Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Jesus' Sermon On The Mountainside: Wrong Foundation

4) The Lord Jesus Christ's fourth warning was to watch out that you don’t build on the wrong foundation for life, which is anything else besides God’s Son
The real key to this verse is not hearing, or even understanding Jesus’ teaching.
-->The real key, the crux of the matter, is whether you put Jesus’ teaching into practice in your life<--

Wisdom is not the extent of what you know. Ph.D’s in theology will not make you wise. Putting into practice Jesus’ words, Who speaks with authority, will make you wise.

Only storms will reveal the quality of the foundation upon which your house has been built
"Everyone then 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 floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it." (Matthew 7:24-27)
The foundation is the application of Jesus’ teaching.

* The foolish person maybe applies what the Lord Jesus says to everybody else.

* The foolish person will have an intellectual understanding of Jesus’ teaching.

* In fact, by Jesus’ definition, a person can even be teaching Jesus’ words to others, but if they are not applying Jesus’ words to their own lives, they are foolish, and when crises hit, they will discover that they have no wisdom to deal with it.

What are the storms in your life revealing about the foundation you’ve built on?

The two houses can also represent the end of this life, when God will call all people to judgment.

There are false teachers at the gate that leads to the broad way of self-indulgence, making it easy for people to enter.

But when judgement comes, all those houses built on sand will be swept away and nothing will be left. The final test is not what we think of ourselves, or what other people think of us. The final test is what will God say?

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