DATE WRITTEN: Sunday, 2021-08-01
WRITTEN AT: Hattiesburg, MS
SCRIPTURE FROM: Luke 6:46-49
TRANSLATION: New Living Translation (NLT)
BIBLE TEXT: 46 “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say? 47 I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. 48 It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. 49 But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house right on the ground, without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.”
APPLICATION: Whether we are faced with family challenges; our work environment; our friend relationships; or the gossip, hatred, backbiting or jealousy that Satan forces on his followers that attend our churches; we all look up at times and ask God for guidance and/or help to overcome. But Jesus teaches us today that we are not to only seek Him arbitrarily when we have problems to resolve. He is looking for His children to stand firm against the earthly battles, trial and temptations everyday, because of their firm footing in Him. He likened this ‘firm footing’ to a house that is well grounded and well constructed, for it can withstand the storms that are bound to come its way. You see, we can build a house that looks perfect – just as beautiful inside and outside as the house next door. But if the construction is superficial, the beautiful house will not withstand the weather. Jesus was illustrating that when you build a relationship with God, through His Son Jesus, and mature it to the extent that you are confident of God’s love, His wisdom, His direction and His consistent answers to your prayers, then you can rest assured that He is there in the good times – those mountaintop experiences, and in the tough times, when you feel like you are going through the deepest valleys of your life. However, God knows our pretense all too well. So if we turn to Him during those times of dire need, BUT turn our face to His commands and His teachings at all other times in our life, then Jesus likened us to a house built on an insecure base, like sand. I believe that Jesus is teaching us to stay connected to Him. Read His Word (His teachings, His commands and all about His example while here on earth); Call on Him every morning, whether you are experiencing the mountaintop experiences that we love, or whether we feel at the end of our rope in life-challenges. Friends, when we are ‘connected’ and obeying our Lord’s commands every day, we are much like the house on solid ground – for we have a firm footing and we KNOW in whom we believe, serve and obey. When Jesus is just a God of convenience and need to you, you will approach the throne much differently – in guilt and knowing that you have disappointed our Lord. Our stress level is not relieved very much, for like the unbeliever, you hope that God will hear your cry and smile on you. Where do you stand today? Do you know without a shadow of doubt in whom you believe? Or are you approaching the throne of a God you want to keep at a distance, and just available if you need Him? There’s a huge difference my friends! Let me recommend that you take full advantage of being in an honest, real and close relationship with our Master and Lord.
BLESSING(S) NOTED: The difference in having a ‘real’ and honest relationship with the Lord, versus one under false pretenses, will determine the outcome of your battles.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, I know that we all fail from time to time, but please remind us every day that You are a God who knows all about us, whether we disclose our hidden secrets, or not. Please help us to live in an open and honest relationship with You, so that whether we praise You, or beg You for our deepest need, there will be nothing that stands between us. I believe You are well aware that as long as we remain on earth, we will be tempted to sin, but I know that You have promised to be with us every step of every day, through our good times and through our struggles. May we keep our eyes fixed on You and our relationship open and honest in every way. Thank You for loving us in spite of our weaknesses. May Your strength and power be evident in every step we take, so that others may experience the love of our Savior. AMEN!
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