ON THE ROCK

 

“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.” (Lk 6:46-49)

 

Many desire to experience miracles of healing or prosperity. I too desire those. God is sovereign in the way He blesses people.  I know that God is good and faithful to His promises. But as a ‘simple person’, what can I do to experience the supernatural power of God? How can I ‘facilitate’ a miracle? What is the part I must play in my relationship with God? The answer is this: I must dig deeper and draw closer to God!

Our Lord tells a story about two men. One is foolish and the other one is wise. Each one loves the good things of life. Each one built a house for himself. Both houses look good from the outside. Each one enjoyed his house for a time. But when the storms of life came, one house stood strong and the other fell down and was destroyed.

 

Wisdom means to apply in practice the knowledge that you already have. For example, you know some scriptures. Now obey what you know! This is wisdom and everlasting success! What is the secret of the wise man? He is a true believer obedient to the Word of God! The foolish man was a false believer, a hypocrite. He called Jesus ‘Lord. Lord’ meaning ‘Master, Master” but he did not obey the words of his master.

 

This is the first lesson: Christianity is not just words, even if they are good religious words. Christianly is active faith and obedience to the Word of God! Faith and obedience are twins. A true child of God OBEYS his Lord’s commands! The clear proof of salvation is an obedient spirit! To obey it means to comply, to follow the commands, restrictions or wishes of your master. It means to submit to his authority. Obedience is action and not just words.

 

The secret of the wise man is that he went to ‘dig deep’ until he touched the Rock. That is the place he anchored the foundation of his house. The Rock is Christ! Once the foundation is secure, no storm outside can destroy the house.  To ‘dig deep’ it means to penetrate down the earth, to advance by pushing aside or removing the soil. It means to go down, to be profound in thinking and to have deep faith. This wise man is not shallow or superficial. He is not interested only in the visible things. He wants a deep humble walk with God. He wants to be established in his faith. He wants to have a strong testimony and character. His life is spiritually fruitful. These things are not found on the surface. These are found as you study the Word, fasting, praying and doing ministry in the church.

 

This is my attitude to spiritual things: I search for the gold of revelation deeper than what is easily available for me. I take the ‘hard’ road. I dig deep. I search for Christ. Thru the power of the Holy Spirit I work to kill the desires of my flesh. I hate fear, doubt, confusion and empty religion. I kill these things. For as long as they still whisper to me, they are not dead. So the battle goes on. From the bottom of my heart I want to obey God. I want to make my Lord happy. This is hard work and the flesh hates it. But the Holy Spirit loves it and He encourages me. I want my life to be an inspiration, beatified with miracles and testimonies. I want my life to remind you of Jesus! To remain focused on Jesus is hard work. But the reward is much greater than any of my labors. I am willing to pay the price for true Christianity. May God strengthen my heart, my mind and my will! I Jesus name I pray, amen!

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