MATTHEW 7:25_and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
The only thing which saves the house from this type of beating is its foundation. Of course good construction is important, but the foundation is vital. As in the study of the branch and the vine when the vine was the source, now the foundation is the source.
In either lesson Jesus is still the Source.
This life-house stands strong because of its rock-solid foundation. Psalm 11:3 (KJV), “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous [salty-lit-up disciples] do?”
If you’re not building upon the Rock you contribute to the decline of the nation. Salty-lit-up disciples help a country stand against the evils that beat against it.
Psalm 92 (KJV) lets us see why we should be solid in the Rock, “13 Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; 15 To shew that the Lord is upright: he is my Rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.”
When you stand strong against the storms of life, you shed light on God’s righteousness—you preserve His ways.
God of All, Help me show the world Your goodness. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ can use my life to show His righteousness—Oh yes!
MATTHEW 7:18_A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit…
Jesus builds a foundation first and then brings in the necessary tools needed to build upon it – His Creation Principles.
Jesus warned us to beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing. He taught to recognize deception by the fruit it produces. He taught fruit always reflects its source. Jesus’ principles are sturdy and durable. They’ll stand against the storms of life. They’ll stand throughout the ages. I Peter 2:6 (KJV) , “Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him [Jesus] shall not be confounded.”
The apostle Paul used this same idea in I Corinthians 3:9-11 (KJV), “For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye [Christians] are God’s building.10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I [Paul] have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
Paul’s teachings are built upon a foundation. That foundation is Jesus.
We are God’s building, studying Jesus’ direct teaching.
Lord Jesus, Thank you that I am Your building. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ builds on principles—I will live in that house!