Building on the Foundation

Matthew 7:24-27  24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the (petra) rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. 26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

Notice, each house, went through the SAME test. The Christian life is not a storm free life. So how does the wise man build? By Hearing and DOING the Word of the Bible. Don’t be just a hearer only, because the bible has no promises for them. This means applying the teachings of the Bible, the teaching of Jesus in your life. If you start doing this, God will show you MORE new areas to apply the Truth. New areas in your life where you need to apply it.

Luke 6:   46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ but do not do what I say? (Jesus Speaking) This is an important question. Why call him Lord if we don’t obey him47 I will show you what everyone is like who comes to me and hears my words and obeys.48 That person is like a man building a house who DUG DEEP and laid the foundation on rock. When the floods came, the water tried to wash the house away, but it could not shake it, because the house was built well.

In order to build on the bedrock we need to dig deep.  There are many things we need to get out of the way in order to start building. There are 5 things we need to get out of the way before we reach the bedrock.

1. Traditions.  Not all are bad. Some are good, some are bad.  Mark 7:13 NKJV  making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.”

2. Prejudices – (Racial, Denominational, Religious, Personal, etc)

3. Preconceptions – False views of how Jesus was, false views of what being a Christian is

John 10 35 If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken),

The Bible cannot be broken. It is absolutely authorative. It will be totally fulfilled. You can take your stand against it, you can deny it, but u cannot break it. If you deny it, ultimately, it will break you.

Say out loud. The Scripture cannot be broken.

Not only is the bible the Word of God, but Jesus is the Word of God.

John 1: 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

This refers to Jesus, He was the Word, He IS the Word.

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

When Jesus was born, the Word became flesh. But he was always the Word. Eternally He was the Word with God. When comes back

Revelation 19 11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns (Royal Crowns). He had[e] a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.

He always was the Word, still is the Word, and will be the Word. There is total agreement between Jesus and the Bible. Your attitude towards one must be the same as the other. Jesus is the Word made flesh.

John 14 19 “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also.

Jesus made a distinction between the world (those who don’t acknowledge Jesus), and his disciples. The world won’t see me, but disciples will see me.

22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.

Jesus said he will reveal himself to his disciples, not the World. What’s the difference between the disciples and the world? Keeping the Word of God. True disciples keep the Word of Jesus. Keeping Gods Word distinguishes the world from disciples.

If anyone loves me he will keep my Word. If you keep His word, this is the supreme test of the disciples love for God. Love is the motivation for obedience. As believers we are not motivated by fear, but by love. You can use fear, for example to control, but once they leave you, they will change. The only motivation that will keep you loyal and faithful is love. Keeping Gods Word is the supreme test of your love for God. 

Credit: Derek Prince Foundations

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