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19th January 2024


Solid Foundation

We have seen how Jesus encourages & instructs us to build our lives on the truth & wisdom of His (God’s) words.
This is the only sure & certain way to guarantee a safe, steadfast, solid & unshakeable foundation.
As well as sounding an encouragement Jesus also gives a severe warning.
If we reject & ignore His words we are building upon shifting sand which is not a safe foundation!!
Today I want to think about the peril of ignoring that warning.


“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” Matthew 7:24-27 NLT


It is one thing to hear what Jesus is saying or teaching & quite another to obey it & put it into practice.
There are many that reject & ignore who Jesus is & what He has to say.
Jesus warns against this describing it as folly & foolishness.
His warning of what will follow is a serious, even severe, one.
Building on shifting sand will lead to inevitable damage & ultimately destruction.
That collapse & fall will come with such a mighty crash!! SELAH

Living in God’s world my way or the world’s way is a seriously risky business.
It is trusting in my wisdom & knowledge or worldly wisdom & knowledge rather than the Lord’s.
Nevertheless, there are many who are treading his path in life, ignorant of the dangers that lie ahead.
Wide is the gate & broad is the road that leads to destruction (Matthew 7:13-14).
It is a popular road, but it is a perilous route – the destination is destruction. SELAH

Jesus is the One, the only One, whose words reveal the express will & ways of the Father.
Those who are hearers & doers of the Word & words of God (James 1:22-25) are wise builders.
Jesus is calling for a radical & total submission to Himself as Lord. Submission unto the One who fulfills the Law of the Lord.
Build your life to withstand anything & everything this life & world can throw at it.
Build on Christ the solid rock & firm foundation of our faith. Hear Him & obey Him. SELAH
Build for this life & the life to come. Building & stand firm upon the unshakeable foundation that is Christ. Hallelujah!!

For Reflection

  • How aware am I of the dangers & consequences of rejecting Jesus & His teaching?
  • In what ways am I taking risks based upon my own, or the world’s, wisdom & knowledge?
  • Meditate upon the serious consequences of rejecting & ignoring Jesus & His teaching.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank You for the encouragements & warnings within your Word,
That they are there for my greatest good & highest welfare,
Help me to experience & enjoy the encouragements whilst wisely heeding the warnings.
Jesus thank you that You are my firm foundation,
That you lead me on the narrow path of righteousness to life; & life eternal.
Holy Spirit keep me humbly submitting unto Christ,
Looking unto Him in all ways & building my life upon His truth & teaching.
This I ask in the mighty Name of Jesus.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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