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17th January 2024


Solid Foundation

Jesus instructs us how to build on a sure, certain & solid foundation.
When we hear, act upon & action His teaching we are building wisely on that solid rock & foundation.
Building on the truth revealed by the one full of grace & truth (John 1:17).
Building too with the truth of the One who fulfils the original intent & purpose of God’s law (Matthew 5:17-19).
Building to stay safe & secure amidst the storms of this life. SELAH
The storms of life affect us all & we will think upon those storms today.


“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 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. “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: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” Matthew 7:24-27 NKJV


Note how the storms affected both houses – the same storms.
Rain fell, floods rose & winds blew & beat against both houses.
Only one stood firm amidst the storms of life. The house built upon rock.
The house (life) built upon the truth & teaching revealed through Jesus Christ.
It wasn’t the building materials or nature of the storms but rather the foundations that determined the outcome. SELAH

The storms of life come in all shapes & sizes & none of us is exempt from them.
Financial issues, illness or sickness, bereavements, employment issues or lack of employment, friendship & family problems.
The list of storms is in many senses not the main issue. We must all face them large or small at some time or other.
It is what we are standing upon (firm solid, unshakeable footing) that helps us withstand & navigate safely through the storms.
Building upon the solid rock & foundation that is Christ our Saviour, deliverer & life coach!!

We can stand firm when we stand upon the unshakeable foundation that is Christ.
His truth & wise teaching endures through the toughest & fiercest storm that life can throw at us.
He alone is the One who can speak peace to both us & the storm (Mark 4:39). PEACE – BE STILL. SELAH
The One whose truth & teaching carries authority & power to overcome. Hallelujah!!!
Keep standing firm upon the solid rock & firm foundation that is Jesus Christ. SHALOM

For Reflection

  • How secure & safe do I feel in my life right now?
  • In what ways am I being an effective hearer & doer of Jesus’ words?
  • Meditate upon the different storms we must fact & endure in life.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you that You are steadfast, faithful & unchanging,
My God, my Rock, My Strong Tower & Shield.
Jesus thank you that You are the same, yesterday, today & forever,
Fully reliable & totally trustworthy as my unshakeable foundation.
Holy Spirit keep me fully attentive to Jesus the source of my peace, amidst the storms of this life,
Keep me rightly applying the truth of His teaching through godly wisdom.
This I ask in the mighty Name of Jesus.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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