Foundation of Reproach 3
A man of God is not exempted from experiencing the effect of the foundation of reproach; note that for whatever you have not discovered (the secrets you’re yet to uncover), you can neither recover nor takeover.
And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. And the Lord said unto Satan, The Lord rebuke thee, O Satan; even the Lord that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire? Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel. Zechariah 3:1-3
The audacity of the devil grows to the level of confronting even a known fire branded minister of God when he knows that the minister has an element of his belongings in his custody and one thing about devil is that no matter how minute that item of his might seem to be, he will never for the sake of its size spare the person. Devil could fearlessly (has no respect for human) confront a fire branded man of God because he has a legal ground (foundation) upon which he’s firmly standing; Joshua the priest was clothed with filthy garment and for this reason, devil found his way through to oppose Joshua before God. Devil vividly knows that God is Holy, and he cannot behold iniquity, and he gives honour to his word more than every other things, whereas here’s a priest clothed what God detest the most. The Devil was joyfully presenting his case before the judge (God) with critical back-ups from the code of law (words of God) and God remembered mercy and ordered the removal of the filthy garment to shame the devil.
Foundation of reproach has diverse methods of manifestation such as limitation, boundary, embargoes, yoke etc and it manifests itself in different facets of life such as marital life, financial aspects, academics, material things, ministry, business, trade and lots more but it is usually relative in terms of persons, families, backgrounds or the kind of wickedness that had been committed in the past.
To every building, there’s always a foundation and for every foundation, there’s always a pattern and size of building that’s expected to be built on it as designed by the specialist in such field prior to the time of preparing the foundation. No foundation prepared for a two-bed room flat can successfully carry a skyscraper, although, the engineer might end up succeeding in building it but the occupants of the building will not escape the danger of its fall because it won’t stand the test of time. The latitude that many enjoy at present make them to find it difficult to believe that they might likely have an operational foundation of reproach in their lives not until they have been fully outstretched and the more they make attempt to go further, the more difficult movement becomes.
Foundation of reproach many a time operates like a very long rope tied round about the waist of a monkey. Such a monkey will never know that its freedom is never a complete one until the day or time it longs to pick any object whose distance is longer than the length of the rope tied round about its waist, and then, all effort will be gathered to get the object but it will be to no avail until the rope (foundation of reproach) that dictates the extent of its movement (freedom) is cut off.
Foundation of reproach can operate in a life like the example of the rope given above such that there won’t be any hindrance when the person is having their formal education; they will enjoy the best of honour even on the day of their wedding. Foundation of reproach might not hinder you from having a long life; it might not stop you from working in a good company or even bearing children. You might not be prevented from having great vision and intentions; you might even be privileged to travel to many countries and enjoy yourself. But what will make you to observe the existence of the foundation of reproach is that the moment you make an attempt to stretch beyond the length of the rope like the monkey in our previous example, you’re immediately drawn back or when you make an attempt to build a skyscraper on the foundation make for a bungalow, you might succeed in making the building (which is your pursuit), but the mourning for the loss of the building after its collapse will be far more than the shout of Joy after its completion.