By: Tim Sader
Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
Last week we learned what Christ said about judging others, we have enough problems of our own and the Lord will judge us all. How we deal with others is how the Lord will deal with us so if we judge others we are judged in the same way. It is so much easier for us to see the wrong in others and completely miss the wrong we are doing so how can we tell them they are wrong if we are sinning to. Each of us should deal with our own sins before we start judging others for theirs and then we won’t want to judge because we are not God. It is best not to judge just be an example and let God be the judge of others. There is a day set when all men will be judged for all they have done, Christ will judge all fairly for their sins. Instead of judging we should testify of Christ by living for Him and telling others about Him so He can be their judge. Judging is a sin it breaks Gods law to love others and we are put on trial because how we judged them is how we now will be judged. When others do wrong it is not our place to tell them about it we have enough problems of our own to be their judge. God is the true and righteous judge only he knows what is fair and only he will judge us with justice so we have no reason to judge others.
The Lord only is just because only He is a firm foundation that will not fail when the shaking comes. Luke 6:46 says, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” If the Lord is a firm foundation then He is the foundation we should be building our lives upon only He can establish us. If we will do what he says then we are building on Him and we can call Him our Lord. Today’s verse Matthew 7:24-27 says, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Really if you think about it there are two foundations we can build our lives on either our foundation is the Lord or it is not Him and will eventually fail. The foolish man is foolish because he would not listen to or follow the words of Christ and His foundation was built on sand and will not hold up when the storm comes. The wireman however builds his life on Christ the solid Rock of God by following the words He spoke and by acting on them his foundation will never fail. Matthew 7:28-29 says, “When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.” Jesus taught with authority greater than the teachers because He had built Himself on the word of God and He lived by it and the teachers only lived by the law.
1 Corinthians 3:10-11 says, “By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” Our foundation is Jesus Christ our Lord and savior we are building our lives on Him by following His voice. By the grace of God we have laid our foundation in Christ and have become the wise builder who follows Him. What we build on that foundation is what must be built with care because we do not want to build a structure that misrepresents the firm foundation. Ephesians 2:20-22 says, “built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” The apostles and prophets built themselves on the foundation of Christ so we can build also on these teachings and help build the body of Christ a structure worthy of this foundation. In Christ the cornerstone every part of His holy temple is connected to Him and everyone who builds on Him is becoming the place where the Spirit of God dwells. We should be building on what has been so we can make a contribution to be the best part of this temple we can be. Hebrews 6:1 says, “Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God” Here we are told to move beyond the early things we learned about when we first believed. We are encouraged to move forward into maturity past the foundation because there is so much more God has for us than just the basics. There are no limits when it comes to God so if we make Him our foundation than nothing is impossible and our structure will be firmly planted.
I will be working on transitioning this study into both the written format on Tuesday and adding a weekly or bi-weekly group discussion at my church if you’d be interested in attending let me know. The church I attend is MorningStar in Fort Mill, SC you can view School of the Spirit meetings by going to www.morningstartv.com and register for free then watch Friday for prophetic training and healing ministry tune in at 7pm EST and Sunday at 9 and 11am EST by clicking the watch live tab at the top of the web screen. Let the words spoken and the message spread into your area share it with friends, loved ones and local believers to spread revival across the nation and around the world. Also for those who don’t already forward the torch to others feel free to forward it to everyone on your buddy list, lets reach more people than ever before with its message. Share it with your churches if you feel lead to. Thanks I pray the Lord will continue touching each of your lives. All of what Christ did he did so we would believe in who he said he was. He told us not to take his word for it but to believe in what he did according to the will of his father who showed him what to do.
I pray that this message will sink into your hearts and minds this week and if anyone is not a believer my prayer is they will meet the Lord. If it’s on your heart to make Jesus Christ your Savior send a message to my email: firstname.lastname@example.org and I will help you do that.
Look out for next Tuesdays Torch found on www.myspace.com/trippy91 or sent from email@example.com this study is written by Tim Sader inspired by The Holy Spirit.
Blessed are you who enter in God’s name—from God’s house we bless you! God is God, he has bathed us in light. Psalm 118:26-27