Building on the Rock

BUILDING ON THE ROCK
(Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC)

I) INTRODUCTION – WE HAVE ALL SEEN THE DEVASTATING POWER OF A HURRICANE. PERHAPS THIS IS ONE OF GOD’S WAYS OF REMINDING US THAT WE ARE NOT IN CONTROL. WE MAY THINK THAT WE HAVE LOST CONTROL, BUT THE TRUTH IS WE NEVER WERE IN CONTROL. THESE LARGE STORMS DESTROY TEAR OFF ROOFS AND DESTROY HOMES, BUT IF YOU HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO THE NEWS, THEY ARE PARTICULARLY HARD ON MOBIL HOMES AND HOMES THAT DON’T HAVE A FOUNDATION. THIS KIND OF REMINDS ME OF A STORY THAT JESUS TOLD THAT IS FOUND IN THE GOSPELS OF MATTHEW AND LUKE.
II) SCRIPTURE READING: LUKE 6:46 – 49; TEXT LUKE 6:46
III) STORY OF TWO MEN WHO BUILT A HOUSE
A) 1ST DUG DOWN AND BUILT A FOUNDATION ON THE ROCK
1) TOOK A LOT LONGER TO BUILD
2) MUCH MORE COSTLY
B) 2ND MAN BUILT HIS HOUSE UPON THE GROUND WITHOUT A FOUNDATION
1) HOUSE WENT UP VERY FAST – NEIGHBORS WERE AMAZED
2) HE SAVED A LOT OF MONEY. HE DIDN’T HAVE TO DIG DOWN OR POUR A FOOTER OR LAY BLOCK. HE JUST LEVELED THE GROUND WITH A RAKE AND SHOVEL AND BUILD THE FLOOR RIGHT ON THE GROUND THEN ERECTED THE WALLS AROUND IT.
C) WHEN THEY WERE FINISHED BOTH HOUSES LOOK GREAT!
IV) THEN THE STORM AND THE FLOODS CAME
A) THE HOUSE BUILT UPON THE ROCK STOOD FIRM AND STOOD UP THE STORM: WHEN THE FLOOD AROSE, THE STREAM BEAT VEHEMENTLY UPON THAT HOUSE, AND COULD NOT SHAKE IT: FOR IT WAS FOUNDED UPON A ROCK…
B) THE HOUSE BUILT UPON THE SAND DID NOT FARE SO WELL: The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete…
V) JESUS DOESN’T LEAVE US TO WONDER ABOUT THE APPLICATION OF THIS STORY – THE HOUSE WE BUILD IS OUR CHRISTIAN LIFE.
A) “…THE ONE WHO HEARS MY WORDS AND DOES NOT PUT THEM INTO PRACTICE IS LIKE A MAN WHO BUILT A HOUSE ON THE GROUND WITHOUT A FOUNDATION. THE MOMENT THE TORRENT STRUCK THAT HOUSE, IT COLLAPSED (LUKE 6:49 NIV)
B) THIS STORY TOLD BY JESUS IS ALSO RECORDED IN MATTHEW. LEADING UP TO THIS STORY MATTHEW CHAP 6 RECORDS THE BEATITUDES  THAT WE NEED TO BE SALT AND LIGHT, THAT WE SHOULD NOT LAY OUR GIFT UPON THE ALTER IF WE HAVE OUGHT AGAINST OUR BROTHER, HE TAUGHT ON ADULTERY – MEN IF WE EVEN LOOK ON A WOMEN LUSTFULLY WE HAVE ALREADY COMMITTED ADULTERY, HE TAUGHT ON DIVORCE – GOD TAKES DIVORCE VERY SERIOUSLY, ON NOT RESISTING EVIL, LOVING OUR ENEMIES, GIVING TO THE NEEDY, HOW TO PRAY & FAST, LAYING UP TREASURES IN HEAVEN, NOT WORRYING OVER FOOD AND CLOTHING AND THE NECESSITIES OF LIFE, NOT JUDGING OTHERS, ON SEEKING AND KNOCKING, ON THE NARROW AND THE WIDE GATES, WATCHING OUT FOR FALSE PROPHETS…
C) HE CONCLUDES BY MAT 7:21 “NOT EVERYONE WHO SAYS TO ME, ‘LORD, LORD,’ WILL ENTER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, BUT ONLY HE WHO DOES THE WILL OF MY FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN.

D) YOU SEE – THE STORMS ALWAYS COME – SOONER OR LATER. SOME TIMES WE MAY GET WEARY IN WELL DOING…THINKING BROTHER & SISTER JONES SEEM SO BLESSED YET THEY HARDLY HAVE TIME FOR GOD, THEY RARELY ATTEND CHURCH, THEY DON’T GIVE TO THE CHURCH OR TO THE POOR, THEY SAY THAT THEY ARE CHRISTIANS BUT YOU DON’T SEE ANY FRUIT. YET THEY DRIVE NEW CARS AND HAVE A BEAUTIFUL HOME – YOU GET THE PICTURE.
E) I REMEMBER YEARS AGO I WOULD DRIVE THROUGH RICH NEIGHBORHOODS AND WONDER WHERE THESE PEOPLE GOT ALL THIS MONEY. THEY ALL SEEM TO BE DOING SO WELL. I HAVE SINCE DISCOVERED THAT SO MANY OF THEM ARE NOT DOING THAT WELL AT ALL. IF THEY DON’T HAVE JESUS AND ARE NOT LIVING IN THE LIGHT OF HIS WORD: THEIR MARRIAGES ARE IN SHAMBLES; THEIR KIDS ARE BRINGING THEM A LOT OF GRIEF, THEIR BUSINESSES FAIL AND THEIR HEALTH EVENTUALLY FAILS. THANK GOD, SOMETIMES WHEN THIS HAPPENS THEY TURN TO JESUS.

VI) CONCLUSION – ARE YOU ONE OF THOSE WHO HEARS THE WORDS OF JESUS SUNDAY AFTER SUNDAY BUT YOU DO NOT PUT THEM INTO PRACTICE? SAYING NOT EVERYONE WHO SAYS LORD, LO AS A PASTOR I SEE HOW PEOPLE REACT SO DIFFERENTLY TO THE CRISIS OF LIFE. SURE THE STORMS AND TROUBLES COME TO THOSE WHO FOLLOW CHRIST AND OBEY HIS WORDS AND ARE SERVING HIM FAITHFULLY, BUT WHEN THE STORM COMES THEY KNOW WERE TO GO FOR REFUGE. THEY HAVE BUILT UPON THE ROCK AND THE STORM EVENTUALLY PASSES. THE OTHERS OFTEN PANIC. GOD IS UNFAIR – HE HAS ABANDONED THEM – IN REALITY THEY ABANDONED HIM LONG AGO. PAUL AND SILAS WERE THROWN INTO PRISON FOR SERVING CHRIST, BUT AT THE MIDNIGHT HOUR THEY WERE SINGING SONGS AND PRAISING HIM. GOD COULDN’T STAND IT ANY MORE HE JUST HAD TO GET THEM OUT – AND RIGHT NOW!

VII) JAMES SAYS 1:22 – 25 DO NOT MERELY LISTEN TO THE WORD, AND SO DECEIVE YOURSELVES. DO WHAT IT SAYS. 23 ANYONE WHO LISTENS TO THE WORD BUT DOES NOT DO WHAT IT SAYS IS LIKE A MAN WHO LOOKS AT HIS FACE IN A MIRROR 24 AND, AFTER LOOKING AT HIMSELF, GOES AWAY AND IMMEDIATELY FORGETS WHAT HE LOOKS LIKE. 25 BUT THE MAN WHO LOOKS INTENTLY INTO THE PERFECT LAW THAT GIVES FREEDOM, AND CONTINUES TO DO THIS, NOT FORGETTING WHAT HE HAS HEARD, BUT DOING IT–HE WILL BE BLESSED IN WHAT HE DOES. HAVE YOU LOOKED INTO THE MIRROR OF GOD’S WORD LATELY?

HEBREWS TELLS OF THOSE “WHO THROUGH FAITH CONQUERED KINGDOMS, ADMINISTERED JUSTICE, AND GAINED WHAT WAS PROMISED; WHO SHUT THE MOUTHS OF LIONS, 34 QUENCHED THE FURY OF THE FLAMES, AND ESCAPED THE EDGE OF THE SWORD; WHOSE WEAKNESS WAS TURNED TO STRENGTH; AND WHO BECAME POWERFUL IN BATTLE AND ROUTED FOREIGN ARMIES. 35 WOMEN RECEIVED BACK THEIR DEAD, RAISED TO LIFE AGAIN. OTHERS WERE TORTURED AND REFUSED TO BE RELEASED, SO THAT THEY MIGHT GAIN A BETTER RESURRECTION. 36 SOME FACED JEERS AND FLOGGING, WHILE STILL OTHERS WERE CHAINED AND PUT IN PRISON. 37 THEY WERE STONED; THEY WERE SAWED IN TWO; THEY WERE PUT TO DEATH BY THE SWORD. THEY WENT ABOUT IN SHEEPSKINS AND GOATSKINS, DESTITUTE, PERSECUTED AND MISTREATED– 38 THE WORLD WAS NOT WORTHY OF THEM. THEY WANDERED IN DESERTS AND MOUNTAINS, AND IN CAVES AND HOLES IN THE GROUND.” (HEBREWS 11:33-38) FOLKS, THIS KIND OF FAITH COMES BY HEARING AND RESPONDING TO THE WORD OF GOD.

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