Thursday, May 20, 2010

Jesus is my ROCK!

Is your life built upon SINKING SAND or is it built upon the SOLID ROCK?

“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. (Matthew 7:24-25)


“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.” (Matthew 7:26-27)


The key difference in the two houses is not their external appearance. The Pharisees and scribes may seem to be as righteous as the heirs of the kingdom. The key in the story is the foundations. The house on the rock pictures a life founded on a proper relationship to Christ (Matt. 16:18; 1 Cor. 10:4; 1 Pet. 2:4–8). It will stand the test of Christ’s judgment, but the house on the sand will fail the test (1 Cor. 3:12–15).

To build “on the rock” means to be a hearing, responding disciple, not a phony, superficial one. Practicing obedience becomes the solid foundation to weather the storms of life. See James 1:22-27 for more on putting into practice what we hear.

Like a house of cards, the fool’s life crumbles. Most people do not deliberately seek to build on a false or inferior foundation; instead, they just don’t think about their life’s purpose. Many people are headed for destruction, not out of stubbornness, but out of thoughtlessness. Part of our responsibility as believers is to help others stop and think about where their lives are headed and to point out the consequences of ignoring Christ’s message.

Father God, it is my prayer this morning that I concentrate more on being like Your Son and make Him the Rock that I build the foundation of my life on.  Heavenly Father, I pray for the wisdom needed to discern what Your will is for my life and the courage to follow You wherever You lead me. I pray this all in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Reference: NKJV Bible, Nelson Study Bible and the Life Application Bible (NIV).

12 comments:

God's student said...

Thank you for this post Lloyd, and thank you for the prayer.

God Bless!

DORCAS said...

I love it! This is great! Thanks for sharing!

~blessings

Dorcas

faithngracegirl said...

Thank you for following my blog Mr. Cannaday.

Moe

Deborah Ann said...

Very beautifully written. It's so true that we tend to judge people based on outside appearances, but no one knows the heart of man except God...

Andrea said...

Great post!
Blessings, andrea

Crystal Mary said...

Oh Lloyd, Amen and Amen to your prayer....
I love this scripture and actually wrote it in texta inside the wall of our house when it was being built.
When you are in-love with someone, they are EVERYTHING to you! And thats how our Heavenly Father, Jesus and the Holy spirit...The Word of God, should be to us. Our very breath, our very life.
Well written brother.

Fabiana said...

Ainda nao falo Ingles,mas acredito que e sempre bom conhecer pessoas diferentes,culturas diferentes.E principalmente se é de Deus,nao importa onde esteja compartilhar nos faz crecer.
Que Deus continue fazendo de voce esse homem forte,eque voce e sua esposa permanecam firmes na presença do pai,sendo um exemplo para seus filhos,netos e todos que estam a sua volta.
Depois visite meu blog,sera um prazer te-lo la.
www.jesusarqueeurespiro.blogspot.com
Fica na paz!!

mama'ritha said...

Thank you for those words. I also prayed this prayer.
Pentecost - Greetings: Aritha.

The Spirit works, hallelujah

David C Brown said...

"And he brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock; he hath established my goings", Psalm 40: 2.

See how you get on at http://dcbverse.blogspot.com/2009/09/rock-i.html
and onward!

I Love Jesus said...

Thank you for the comment your blog is lovely i like it alot and everything that you post up God Bless you too :)) praise the lord always and I love your musicv<3

Karen Lange said...

I like the comparison to the house of cards - great illustration for how fragile that is. I am thankful for the solid rock, Jesus, and what He has done and continues to do in my life. Have a great weekend!
Thanks and blessings,
Karen

Susan Panzica - EternityCafe said...

Hi Lloyd,
Thanks for stopping by Eternity Cafe and for leaving me a comment. You've got a great blog here. I especially love this post about having a firm foundation! I'll be back often :)

Susan