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April 6, 2014 | STANDING IN THE STORMS (PART 4): How to Stand When Others Fall
Dr. Burnie R. Burnside
Jesus had been preaching for a while out on a beautiful hillside overlooking a large lake called the Sea of Galilee. The multitudes were in awe at what he had said—never had they heard someone speak with such power, wisdom and authority. Everything Jesus had said was awesome—and perhaps some, were wondering how would he conclude such a great message.... How do you bring such teaching to an end. This is how Jesus concluded his sermon to the multitudes on the mountains on the shore of the Galilee.
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete” (LUKE 6:46-49 NIV).
What Is the House That We Are to Let the Lord Build?
The Psalmists writes “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain” (Psalm 127:1a NIV).
For us, to lay a foundation other then God—is to build foolishly.
The house that we are to build is one whose core and foundation is a strong relationship with God.
This house that we are to build also consists of our contributions to the Church of Jesus Christ.
“Coming to Him, a living stone—rejected by men but chosen and valuable to God—you yourselves, as living stones, are being built into a spiritual house...” (I Peter 2:4-5 HCSB).
Each Christian, is a stone—a stone that is part of one great spiritual house; which is called the Church—the Kingdom of God.
Why Should We Let the Lord Build Our House?
Because life is full of storms....Since we know that the storms will come, it makes sense to be prepared.
To build our lives without God -- is to labor in vain.
When God is not the center of our lives and we have problems, they will beat us up -- the storms will get the best of us.
There is another problem with not letting the Lord build our house - to build without God, puts us at odds with God.
People tend to put off building for God: "These people say the time has not yet come for the Lord’s house to be built..."
If you are not working on your relationship with God right now, chances are that you will not work on it later.
Without God as a foundation life is never quit satisfying enough.
“Think carefully about your ways: You have planted much but harvested little. You eat but never have enough to be satisfied.... You put on clothes but never have enough to get warm. The wage earner puts his wages into a bag with a hole in it. The Lord of Hosts says this: “Think carefully about your ways” (HAGGAI 1:5-7).
We also, need to GIVE CAREFUL THOUGHT TO OUR WAYS.
If you are not content, if you are not satisfied with your life.... And many are not -- God is telling you RIGHT NOW "give careful thought to your ways...!"
God is not pleased when we are not building in him.
“The word of the Lord came through Haggai the prophet: “Is it a time for you yourselves to live in your paneled houses, while this house lies in ruins? ... My house still lies in ruins, while each of you is busy with his own house” (Hag. 1:3-4, 9).
These people took care of themselves first... They kept the first fruits of their labors for themselves.
God opposes us when we build for ourselves and not for him.
“You expected much, but then it amounted to little. When you brought the harvest to your house, I ruined it. Why?” This is the declaration of the Lord of Hosts. “Because My house still lies in ruins, while each of you is busy with his own house” (Hag. 1:9).
Listen to verses 10-11: “Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their dew and the earth its crops. I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains, on the grain, the new wine, the olive oil and everything else the ground produces, on people and livestock, and on all the labor of your hands.”
Listen to Haggai 1:12-13
...the whole remnant of the people obeyed the voice of the Lord their God and the message of the prophet Haggai, because the Lord their God had sent him. And the people feared the Lord. Then Haggai, the Lord’s messenger, gave this message of the Lord to the people: “I am with you,” declares the Lord.
You must, build your house on the rock and not on sand, because this life is full of storms.... the winds will blow the waves will rise—and all houses built on sand will fall... But the houses built on the rock, will weather life’s storms.
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