STAND OR FALL?

 

“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” (Mt 7: 24-27)
This is the parable of the two builders. There are some things they have in common. They both look interested to be landlords; they both work hard to construct a house; they both have dreams for the future for their families. But the differences between them are greater. The end of the story shows that in their foundations they are different as people and as family men (or women). Their marriages and homes are very different internally. Their hearts and destinies are opposites.
What is this difference?
They are both interested to hear the Word of God. Both of them go to church, pray and preach. But the next step reveals the quality of their foundations. The wise man applies the Word of God in his practical life. He reads and studies the Bible with the desire to give God the glory by his changed character. The Word of God penetrates deep into his spirit where it germinates and produces fruit. For the wise man the Word of God is bread and not chewing gum. It is living water to drink and not just a shower. It is medicine to heal and not just a bleaching cream. His flesh may resist the change but slowly, faithfully, he allows the Word to dominate his thinking and his life style. His repentance from sin is deep. He makes no allowance for backsliding. He takes his cross and dies to sinful choices daily. The power of resurrection becomes the dominant factor in his life. Others see this new emerging wisdom, maturity and stable character. His humility is attractive because it is real. He is interested to please God first of all. He is ready to ignore the stares of men or their worldly counsel. He pays the price for holiness and desires to be like Jesus. His body is a willing living sacrifice that the Holy Spirit fills daily with the unmistakable fragrance of Jesus. His marriage is strong, growing and beautiful. His wife and children have a real fellowship with God and with each other. Each activity is done in the presence of God. Jesus is the Lord of their home. The unity of the Spirit is faithfully kept: The husband loves- the wife submits and the children obey!  Each problem is referred to the Rock, to Jesus Christ and His word. They are not shy about their allegiance to the Lamb. That is a home that nothing can destroy. There is not attack designed by hell that can shake this marriage, this family. During the terrible attacks from the outside, the peace that passes all understanding proves to be the stamp of success approved by God and man. Oh, that we may desire this type of marriage and home…
The foolish man starts with a wrong foundation, better said, with the lack of it.. He reads His Bible daily but without the necessary faith to apply the Word of God in his life. He starts to build his house directly on the sand, without any foundation. The truth is that it is very difficult to dig in the desert. The sand immediately fills any hole you try to dig. But the wise builder has to continue to dig until he touches the rock underground.
Spiritually speaking, you have to study the Bible and pray until you come to the revelation of the Word. The foolish man’s marriage and home is not eternally anchored on the Rock of eternal stability. He is not born again; he does not have the vision of a true new beginning. His marriage is not ‘born again’. He does not pay the price to start well. His confession of salvation, his marriage, his family and all are very superficial and unstable. He lives in a permanent anxiety of possible future collapse or divorce, but denies the danger. The sudden attack from outside reveals the weakness and the tragedy of his life. All his efforts and investments end in a sudden loss, disgrace and regret.
The question remains…are you a wise or a foolish person? Does the Word of God impact your thinking, your emotions, your will? These questions are too serious to be ignored. Life is too short to postpone the real soul searching. May God give you the grace to stand and to be established by the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
In Christ I declare:
I am a child of God!
My life and my family are right with God!
My marriage is born again!
To the glory of God!
In Jesus name,
Amen!

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