“Everyone who hears these words of mine and does them, will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.
And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the flood came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it. Matt 7: 24-27
Here in the UK and beyond, we have been having extreme weather conditions of late. Severe flooding, high winds, and typhoons and earthquakes further afield.
In Africa and the Middle East they are experiencing swarms of locusts which are destroying crops, of biblical proportions. We also have a world wide pandemic, Covid 19 is affecting every country in the world in some way. All these things are causing devastation across our planet. Loss of lives and livelihood in great proportion, and a global economic crisis. Have we reached Matt 24: 6-8 You will hear of wars and rumours of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes , in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.
Alpha and Omega
As Christians we are being told by Jesus, not to be alarmed, these things must happen before He returns. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.
The very core of our security is being shaken.
Can we honestly say, our security is in Jesus and Him alone?
This parable, analogy that Jesus was demonstrating, I believe was referring to our own spiritual condition.
Is our faith grounded on God’s truths, the Word of God?
Is Jesus our Cornerstone? Isa 28-16 See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed.
Our foundation has to be upon the Rock, anything else will crumble and wash away.
Ministries that have not been founded on Jesus, but out of ambition, will tumble.
Big empires will be destroyed, like the walls of Babylon. Only the meek will inherit the earth. Matt 5:5
When we grasp the importance of God’s Word, that it is a living Word, a two edged sword that does not return void, we shall be able to stand firm on solid ground.
The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Can I encourage us all to pray the Word, proclaim it, prophecy it, and live it! Man’s words and thoughts are empty and limited, but God’s Word is eternal.
Find rest O my soul in God alone, my hope comes from Him alone.
He is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and honour depend on Him.
He alone is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in Him at all times, O people, pour out your hearts to Him. For God is our refuge. Psalm 62:5-8
As for God, His way is perfect; the Word of the Lord is flawless, He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him.
For who is God beside the Lord?
And who is the Rock except our God?
It is a God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; He enables me to stand on the heights.
He trains my hand for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
You give Your shield of victory; You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn.
2 Sam 22: 32-37
By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any other foundation other than the one already laid which is Jesus Christ.
If any man builds on this foundation using gold or silver, costly stones, wood, hay, or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. If what he has built survives, he will receive a reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames. 1 Cor 3: 10-15
Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writing by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey Him-to be the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen
This is the Word of the Lord concerning Israel. The Lord who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the spirit of man within him, declares I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling, Judah will be besieged as as well as Jerusalem. On that day, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to remove it will injure themselves. Zech 12: 1-3
Grace to you and peace from Him who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits before His throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the first born from the dead, and the ruler over the Kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us Kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever Amen.