“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” 

Matthew 7:24-25

In the storm, in the rain, in the wind, is your faith still standing? If it is not, you have to ask yourself, what is your faith in?

 

When Jesus said to Peter in Matthew 16:18, “Upon this rock I will build my Church”, He was talking about the rock of the Word of the Kingdom of God, a rock that can never be shaken. God’s Word is Spirit and life; it has the ability to produce a spiritual force that grows and develops within our heart, called faith. Our emotion and our reason may admire, appreciate and value God’s Word but only faith acts on it. 

 

It’s surprising today what faith people have in wrong things. Don’t wait ‘til your life comes crashing down around you before you realise you have been building on the wrong foundation. How can you check the foundation of your life? If we examine our daily life, we know how much faith we have. What are your thoughts, your words, your actions? Those whose minds are not dominated by the Word of God always discuss their warfare instead of the One fighting for them, they discuss their sickness instead of the Healer, their bondage instead of their liberty in Christ Jesus.

 

When you trust God’s Word and its provision, your heart will be fixed and established on the solid foundation, the living Word of God; then you can say with the Psalmist: “Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble.” (Psalm 119:165)

 

 

THE SACRIFICE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

“There is no time to do what is right. We must set our heart to obey the Word of God, all the time. God’s kind of lifestyle calls us to do what is right in the sight of God at all times, even though it is contrary to what we naturally want to do. Choosing to do what is right is a great test to the flesh.

What is the sacrifice of righteousness? Choosing to do God’s will rather than our own. When our flesh says hate, God says love. It takes sacrificial love to love your enemy and to pray for them. These are the weapons of righteousness. This is the sacrifice that Jesus looks at and rewards. Even though that might not be a grand, or outward sacrifice, it is what Jesus values.”

LIFE ANEW

“When we talk of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are talking of the rare opportunity He has given to all believers to experience a new beginning – a situation in which every dead area of our lives receives life anew.

We are dead to our past and alive to our future. Sin’s power over us is broken and we now put on Christ’s new life: we live in Him, move in Him and have our being in Him. Herein lies the significance of resurrection.”

THE LORD HAS CHASED YOUR ENEMY

“How many of us like the people within the dying city, struck by famine, give in to fear, desperation and refuse to venture outside when God has chased our enemy away? Fear can cripple and torment us, and rob us of life’s opportunities. How many minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and even years have been wasted due to fear.”