A Psalm Of Thanksgiving

Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing.

Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.

(Psalm 100)

A Psalm Of Thanksgiving

When John unveils the revelation of the throne of God the stage is filled with heavenly creatures worshiping and praising the Lord giving honor to the one that sat upon the throne. There is an immediate response to all who come into the presence of the Almighty. The heart is filled with praise for the glory of the Almighty as they shout out hymns of gladness to stand before the grace of a loving God. This feeling of praise has longed filled the lips of those who come into the presence of the Lord to worship Him with thanksgiving. Psalms of old are filled with the immediacy of making joyful shouts to the Lord and the spirit of gladness flowing from hearts indebted to the wonderful mercies of a compassionate Creator. Knowing the favor of God elicits a response of joy that fills the lips with shouts of praise to the Lord because there is so much to be thankful for and to acknowledge. Serving the Lord is not a burdensome task but an experience of joyful praise for all the incredible things given by the hand of a benevolent Father. It is not a fearful thing to come before God but an eternal happiness that causes the lips to express a deep love for His grace. People of God are thankful for their many blessings and they shout to the Lord their words of thanksgiving. Singing is an integral part of worshiping the Lord and giving honor to His immense blessings of grace. There is a natural response to thanksgiving that is found in song and praise. Serving the Lord is best done when a spirit of song fills the heart.

Thanksgiving comes from the knowledge the Creator loves His creation. Nothing is greater and more sublime than the understanding that He who formed the creation cares for everything in the life of man. He is Lord and He is God. His authority is firmly established. The role of God as Lord can never be challenged because He is the one who has made us and not we ourselves. There are many things man has been able to accomplish in his brief history that are monumental and grand. These all pale in comparison to the One who can hold the universe in the palm of His hand. What can man do that is greater than that? Thanksgiving must come from a heart humbled by how small the boat of man is in the vast ocean of God’s creation, power, majesty and knowledge. It is He who made us and that must always be remembered to properly address the spirit of thanksgiving. Man is the animal most often referred to as sheep with the Lord as the shepherd. Sheep are timid creatures that cannot care for themselves and must rely upon the shepherd for protection, care and provisions. Like sheep man is dependent upon God as the great shepherd. Everything given to man in life comes from the hand of the Lord and thanksgiving is telling God how much the heart is thankful for all things. The Lord holds the breath of man in His hand. Each day begins by the grace of God and life is extended through the mercy of God. Provisions that help make life bearable come from the hand of the Lord. Thanksgiving is telling the Lord ‘thank you’ for life itself.

As aresponse to the knowledge of God’s providential care the worshiper desires tocome into the gates and court of the Lord with thanksgiving and praise. Joiningwith worshipers who lift up their voices of gladness to the Lord is a time ofgreat thanksgiving. Blessing the name of God is a time of reverent joy to thankthe Lord for all His infinite mercies. The Lord is good and there is no denyingit. His mercy is everlasting and all those who abide in the temple of God honorHim for His everlasting word. Thanksgiving springs from the word of the Lordthat shows righteousness and truth as the divine will of the Creator. All of thewords of God are patterned for the blessing of man. Living under the power ofHis word is where hearts of thankfulness spring because they fill man with theglory of the Creator. Worship is an expression of man to acknowledge theincredible power of God’s divine will to guide, shape and form the life of man.His law is perfect. The way of the Lord is truth. Man’s wisdom ends in folly;God word ends in praise. Thanksgiving fills the soul of man as he walks in thepath of truth. It is not difficult to make a joyful shout to the Lord and toserve Him with gladness because there is so much to be thankful for that comesfrom the hand of God. Happy Thanksgiving in God, His Son Jesus Christ and theHoly Spirit.

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Abiding In Jesus Is Freedom

As He spoke these words, many believed in Him. Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:30-32)

Abiding In Jesus Is Freedom

There is great joy in the soul of the man who finds release from the burden of sin. Nothing can be compared to the knowledge that a wrathful God has removed His power of judgment against the sinful wiles of fallen man redeeming him by the blood of Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son. Sin is a burden that no man can tame apart from the grace of God. There is nothing in the wisdom of carnal man that can devise, plan or execute the solution to his fallen state of degradation. Through the centuries men tried to make themselves gods to free them from the shackles of corruption but to no avail. Only through the gift of God in Christ can man find the freedom is so desperately needs. The joy of freedom does not come only by the salvation of the soul. Jesus taught those who believed in Him the words He spoke would give them salvation because what He shared with them was truth and that truth would set them free. And what freedom that becomes in the soul of the believer.

Abiding in the word of God is dwelling on the eternal truths from the divine will of the Creator. The teaching of Jesus is what gives the freedom for those who are faithful to His word and keep His word. Salvation is given to those who obey the Lord but greater faith comes from dwelling in the word of God. The knowledge of the word of God sets the spirit free from the oppressions of guilt, regret, sorrow and pain. Those who are set free live in the word of God, breathe the word of God and know the word of God. The greatest gift man has is the revelation of the mind of God written down for him to read and understand the immensity of divine grace. The Lord has not left Himself without witness. From the pages of the Bible man learns where he came from and why God created him. He is able to understand the need of grace when he sees the failings of men trying to save themselves. As the scriptures open up the struggles of the people of God grace is realized through the mighty hand of a loving God. Truth guides the soul to blameless living without the guilt of sin. The more time a man abides in the word of God the more freedom he realizes. There is great value in reading the Bible but the greatest gift is the freedom that gleams from its pages into the heart of those who believe and follow the pattern of discipleship in Christ.

Knowing the truth of God is wherefreedom comes from when it dwells continually in the mind of a saved man. This isnot a momentary effort of finding the answers to what a man must do to besaved. Knowing the truth and truth giving freedom should never be looked uponas a single moment in time when obedience is full in Christ. Understanding the truthof Jesus Christ and abiding daily in the word of God is where freedom comesfrom. It becomes a constant release through the life of those who continuallybelieve and act upon that belief in the daily living. Truth makes the heartfree to those who live by the word of God. This becomes a continual action asthe word fills the heart, mind and soul of the follower of Jesus Christmanifested in the life of those who serve the Lord in truth and sincerity.Freedom is a daily experience. There is great joy in the hearts of those whoknow the word of God, abide in the divine words of eternal truth and practicethe principles of righteousness in every part of their lives. Nothing can set aheart as free as the love of God dwelling in the soul of man. Know the truth ofGod. Understand the word of God and you will be set free.

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The Outcome Of Your Faith

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In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:6-9)

The Outcome Of Your Faith

It is difficult to imagine living in a world where Nero was ruling as Caesar and as a Christian persecution was a common lot. The apostle Peter lived in a time of great trial to call Jesus Savior and King and serve the Lord instead of pagan dogmas. Many of God’s people would suffer death because they believed in one God and professed allegiance to the King Jesus. Persecution came from many quarters of the Roman world: the Roman government, Judaism, carnality, internal and individual conflicts among the brethren. Peter is writing to the pilgrims of the dispersion seeking to instill in their hearts a spirit of courage and faith. There was little room for comfort in a world attacking those who professed Christ. The humble apostle writes to bring hope to the weary souls of those who had faced many trials as Christians and had more trials to face. He wanted them to understand that all their trials would last for a little while but then be removed. Whether in the end of persecution or the reality of death, hope for the Christian came from the knowledge the faithful would inherit the kingdom of God. Faith needed to be genuine to survive the torrent of trials the early saints faced. Through the trials of their test of faith the early Christians would learn a resilience to carry them to salvation. Peter had seen the Lord and spent many hours with Him. Many of the Christians he writes to had never seen Jesus and yet believed strongly in the message of the man from Galilee. The saints loved Christ and this love was not based on having seen Jesus face to face but through the teaching of the word of God. Their joy was inexpressible and full of glory by faith in Christ. This is an amazing kind of faith when those who have never seen another love with such intensity. As a result of their faith they had in a figure received the salvation of their souls. Grace would be poured out in its greatest measure in eternity but the grace of God overwhelmed His children who received the end or outcome of their faith in this life by believing in Jesus.

Faith serves many parts of life. It is the substance of things hoped for because it sees the face of Jesus and trust in His word. Faith is the evidence of things not seen giving salvation to the soul knowing that God’s word is faithful and true. The outcome of faith is the blessing it brings to the heart to face whatever trial life brings. In the days of Peter it was fierce persecution. In many parts of the world today there are faithful children of God living under the pale of oppression because of their belief in one God, one Lord and one faith. The outcome of their faith gives them the reassurance of all God’s promises being true and they can enjoy salvation of their souls in the hope of eternal life yet to come. For those living in America it is a greater challenge to build upon their faith as it can easily become something taken for granted. Joy inexpressible is rooted in the feelings of dependence on the grace of God to carry the soul through the trials of life. It may be facing cancer, hearing the news of a loved one’s death, losing employment, struggling with the consequence of sin and a host of ways Satan seeks to destroy faith. Salvation is realized in this life when hope trust in the promises of God.

Genuine faith is more precious than gold that perishes. It becomes stronger when tested by fire. Salvation never comes free. It cost Jesus His place with the Father and His death on the cross. All those who seek to follow the Savior must humble themselves and carry a cross. The burden of faith is relieved in the joy of salvation’s message of hope realized in this life. No matter the challenges faced in life hope is awakened from the eternal strains of God’s love and grace. Faith is seeing the face of Jesus yet having never seen Him. The outcome of faith is found in praise, honor and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ. This knowledge soothes the weary soul to endure the trials of life and see the joy of heaven. Salvation of the soul is not something to look forward to but to enjoy now through the eye of faith.

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Fear In The Assembly Of The Saints

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And the heavens will praise Your wonders, O Lord; Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the saints. For who in the heavens can be compared to the Lord? Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened to the Lord? God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be held in reverence by all those around Him. (Psalm 89:5-7)

Fear In The Assembly Of The Saints

Ethan the Ezrahite was a man of great wisdom who lived during the reign of Solomon, son of David. When Solomon was compared in his wisdom it was said that he was wiser than Ethan the Ezrahite. The only writing we have of Ethan is the eighty-ninth psalm contemplating the mercies of God along with the covenant given to David. Contained in his power psalm is recognition of how powerful the time is for man to stand before the Lord God Almighty and offer worship. From the beginning of time man has known the Lord requires worship and like in the story of Cain and Abel recognizes true worship from vain. In his declaration of praise to the Lord, Ethan the Ezrahite directs his readers to focus on the assembly of the saints and the attitudes manifested by adherents to the law of God. Coming before the Lord must never be done with a cavalier attitude of disrespect for what man is permitted to do in the presence of his Maker. The world is a testimony to the awesome power and might of God. Man is the creation and must subject himself to the will of the Lord. Worship is a time of holiness and honor where men must fear standing in the presence of God. There is a sense in which men think they will stand before God and speak to the Almighty as if they are best friends on a fishing trip. Many view God as a buddy they can slap on the back, laugh and jaw with through eternity. Their perception of the Creator is one of vanity and casual association with little respect for the immensity of His being. Ethan the Ezrahite understood clearly that worship begins with a fear for the holy and reverence for the divine.

Worship has never changed in principle. The modes of worship have evolved as God unfolded His divine plan but the nature of worship will never change. All those who come into His presence to worship Him must come with great fear. This does not suggest a trembling fear of wrathful recompense but the respect and honor due to Creator by His creation. Man is not God and God is not man. True worship comes from a heart gracious for the privilege to stand before the great I AM and not be destroyed. There is no comparison to the immensity of the Lord God and the frailty of man. God can hold the entire universe in the palm of His hand. What can man do that bears any resemblance to such power? Only by His mercy and grace does He allow man to come before Him to worship Him. The first emotion that sweeps over the soul of the worshiper is that of thanksgiving for the honor to stand before his Maker. God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints. John in the Revelation shows how the heavenly beings fall before the throne casting their crowns before the throne. No man can come before the One sitting on the throne without fear. The Lord God is to be revered for who He is, what He is and why He is. To revere the Lord in worship is to respect His name, honor His personality and approach Him with veneration.  All those around Him must reverence Him.

The church is the body of saints that worship according to the New Testament pattern. It is easy to follow the rote laws of proper worship and go through the motions of traditions established for generations. The great challenge is to remember that worship is not something to be taken lightly; however that is one of the greatest concerns in the Lord’s body. Often those who come to worship come to church instead. They come to a building to go through the motions of mechanical worship with little or no reverence for the occasion. Their clothing is fashioned after the world to elicit responses from others. Children are taught to ignore the meaning of worship as they play with a hosts of toys brought in to entertain, food by the bagful to placate their stomachs and electronic devices glowing in their faces. It is impossible to teach children to respect the Lord God in life when they are allowed to ignore the Lord God in worship. Adults scroll through social media during worship. Drinks are carried in from coffee shops, fast food drive through and mugs from home. Holidays like Easter, Halloween and Christmas invade the church services with carnal trappings of costumes festooned from the unholy world in a holy place of worship. Saints of God lose focus on the purpose for gathering together to worship the Lord, study His word and revere His name. Ethan the Ezrahite reminds all worshipers to come before the Lord with fear and reverence. The name of God will be glorified and His honor will be manifested by His majesty.

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Premarital Sex And The Christian

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But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. (Ephesians 5:3-6)

Premarital Sex And The Christian

The societal norms of any generation have never determined what is right and wrong. Morality is not something governed by the whims of man because what may be considered morally unconscionable in one generation will be accepted by another generation. Character can never be formed by the establishment of society rules as these rules change from time to time as people change and accept what was once unacceptable. Right and wrong is determined by the one who has the right to establish the law of righteousness and unrighteousness. The word of God has always given man direction in the area of morality dictating what is acceptable and unacceptable. Through time eternal the law of God has remained unchanged in its principle nature of good and evil. One such norm is the increasing acceptance of pre-marital sex. What is concerning is the willing acceptance of fornication among the children of God. Those who profess to be Christian’s engage in sexual liaisons outside of marriage with little guilt or shame. In some cases congregations of the Lord’s kingdom ignore or treat with little concern those who live in such a manner. This would include those who engage in fornication on a frequent basis and sometimes just the casual occurrences through dating or pre-marital engagements where couples believe they have a right to sex before marriage. In either case – fornication is sin – and sin without repentance will destroy eternal life.

Premarital sex is one of the most common problems young and old face. It is exciting, fun and momentarily rewarding. However, the Lawgiver has said that sexual relations outside of marriage is wickedness and will bring about His wrath on those who trifle with His law. Saints of God should not be known for their promiscuity. Young women should be examples of purity in the manner of the dress (the clothes they wear), their speech (the words they use) and their attitudes (the manner of their heart). This is especially true of young men who must be men of God (the character of their heart) who act in a godly manner (the example they give) as they interact with young ladies. Parents must teach their children the need for purity with no suggestions of acceptability in the matter of premarital sex. When fathers and mothers condone their children’s actions as “being young” they prepare their children for an eternity in hell. Fornication should not be named among those who profess to be Christian’s. The law of God on fornication is not given because of health reasons, psychological reasons or societal pleasures for a happy marriage. Premarital sex is a sin because God said it was. There will be regrets when this law is ignored. It will impact lives for many years that sometimes can and never heal. Godliness is profitable for this life because it leads the heart toward purity and lessens the regrets of life.

One of the deceptions of fornication is the belief that if no one knows it happened it will be okay. Sometimes this becomes evident with a pregnancy but more often than not it goes undiscovered. The apostle warns against the smug feeling of hiding the sin of fornication by reminding disciples of Christ not to be deceived by empty words. The wrath of God will come upon all those who practice disobedience. Premarital sex may never be known by those on earth but the Father above is fully aware of time, place and whom. David tried to hide his sin but God knew everything. Young and old must be warned that fornication may happen in the dark but to the Lord God all things are done in the day. His wrath will come upon those who engage in premarital sex and fail to seek repentance and stop their ungodliness. There are many blessings in waiting for marriage. The conjugal blessings found in the marriage bed will bring great happiness, joy and fulfillment when the word of God is followed. As Creator, the Lord designed the home to be founded upon the purity of its relationships given by one man and one woman to each other. As people of God, fornication should never be named. Live pure. Live holy. Serve God.

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David’s Ten Points Of Character

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Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill?

  1. He who walks uprightly,
  2. And works righteousness,
  3. And speaks the truth in his heart;
  4. He who does not backbite with his tongue,
  5. Nor does evil to his neighbor,
  6. Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend;

In whose eyes a vile person is despised;

  1. But he honors those who fear the Lord;
  2. He who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
  3. He who does not put out his money at usury,
  4. Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.

He who does these things shall never be moved.

 (Psalm 15; A Psalm of David)

David’s Ten Points Of Character

The essential question has always been to find how to dwell with God again. When the Lord placed man in the garden there was a harmony and a pleasant existence between the creation and the Creator. Sin destroyed this union and man has struggled to find his way back to the Lord. Character has been at the forefront of how man finds God and rekindles the spirit of true worship and holiness and learning to come before the great I AM. As a man after God’s own heart, David understood the meaning of having a purposeful character in approaching the throne of the Almighty. He outlines in ten simple yet ideal parts of character the answer to whom can abide in the presence of the Lord and dwell in the place of holiness. Immediately the reader is struck by the reality that coming before God is not to be done with a frivolous and carefree spirit. The Lord God is holy and demands a holy character to come before Him. Not everyone can abide in the dwelling of God and not everyone will be permitted to dwell in His presence. Men often mistake their carnal wisdom of friendship with acceptability of the Lord to their sins and hypocrisy. He is holy and so holy His character demands those who come before Him be holy. The Lord must be regarded as holy and reverenced for His holy name. As the character of God demands character in men the need for all men to come before the Lord is imperative to see the kind of person permitted in the presence of the Almighty. The Lord is a discerner of hearts. He sees the soul of man in its pure form. Those who come into His presence are laid bare in their hearts with no guile and no vain attempts to impress the Lord God. David knows full well the kind of character required to come before the Lord.

Three positives are given followed by three negatives. Abiding in the dwelling of God requires the heart of a man who is blameless and upright, working righteousness and speaking truth in his heart. Character comes from the manner of life. Those who seek the Lord must have a character that is found in living above reproach. Blameless living is acting in such a manner that the word of God is the rule for what is said, how one dresses, and demeanor of attitudes and view of life. Walking uprightly respects the law of God as the rule of life. Working righteousness is simply doing those things that are right as revealed by the word of God. Righteousness is not measured by societal norms but the contrast of what the Bible teaches about morality and character. Truth is on the lips of a man who wants to come before God. One of the most important evidences of character is what a man says. People of God must be known for truth in every part of life. His word must be his bond because his bond is the word of God.

There are three negatives that define the character of the godly. Speaking truth in his heart keeps a man from backbiting with his tongue. To backbite is to slander, gossip, speak evil of and disseminate character assassination against others. The holy person of God does not allow his tongue to define his character as unjust and unkind. Whether in word or deed the follower of God does not seek harm to his neighbor. Children of God are known by their fruits of kindness, patience and endurance to believe the good in people. Accepting the voice of gossip will keep a person from dwelling with the Lord. Backbiting, doing evil to a neighbor and allowing a reproach against a friend will keep a soul from being one with God. This shows the heart of a man willing to accept others as equals without partiality. The Lord is not partial and those who come before Him must exhibit the same character.

Four points of character close out the discussion of who may come before the Lord. The man of God honors those who fear the Lord. He honors the righteous as examples to immolate and model his life after. Learning character often comes from the faith of others as they imitate the Father. Worship is walking in the footsteps of those who seek a higher spiritual plane living blameless in a crooked and perverse generation. Secondly, the man of God is a man whose word is his bond regardless of circumstance. His speech is seasoned with the salt of God’s word and without reproach honors the word he makes because it is established upon the word of the Lord. In a world filled with men who lie and deceive the child of God stands on the holy hill of God as a person of integrity in speech, honesty in action and purity in heart. The third point David offers is the man of God is a person of fair dealings with all men. He does not allow greed to define his character as one who unjustly claims financial reward from others. This is also found in his fourth and final point of taking bribes against the innocent. In other words, a man of God will not take advantage or abuse his relationship with others to their hurt. Coming before the Lord on His holy hill requires a heart that is free from the carnal greed of men who seek to have power through dishonesty and wickedness. Holiness demands a heart of kindness and love. No man will ever stand in the tabernacle of the Lord who is dishonest or abusive to his neighbor.

David exhorts all those who seek to come before the Lord to follow these simple yet vital parts of character. Jesus is the example of all of these traits. He lived blameless before the law and showed in His life the character of one who can abide with the Father and dwell with God in purity. If we imitate Jesus we will follow the words of David and enjoy the blessing of being in the presence of the Almighty. Character is how we define ourselves before men and before God. Follow these words and you will never be moved.

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Building And Doing

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But why do you call Me “Lord, Lord,” and not do the things which I say? Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.” (Luke 6:46-49)

Building And Doing

Jesus is the Son of God. Believers affirm their acceptance that God sent His only begotten Son to die for men and establish His word through teaching, miracles and ultimately by His death on the cross. Few among those who call themselves believers in Jesus as the Son of God will deny His divinity. Yet in their practice and teachings they deny the Lord refusing to do the things which He says. On the one hand adherents will boldly claim a faith in Jesus and turn around on the other hand and teach doctrines that are not found in His word. Jesus told His disciples that calling Him “Lord, Lord” does not mean a person is saved. Believing that Jesus is the Son of God will not save a man if that is all he proclaims. Obedience to the word of God is where salvation is found and those words must come from the teachings of the Bible. Many call Jesus Lord but do not do the things He says. Faith requires obedience and obedience comes from hearts that are willing to follow the word of God without question. Truth is eternal. Serving God has always necessitated the willing heart of doing the will of the Lord without regard to the wisdom of man. From the beginning of time man has refused to do the will of the Lord and suffered because of it. Being a Christian is more than a name. It is completely giving the heart over to the express commands of God without question and obeying all the words of the Lord. Coming to Jesus requires the heart to hear the words of God and then do the words of God. Hearing is necessary but doing is imperative.

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who come to Jesus and hear His words and do them; and those who come to Jesus, hear His words and do not apply His words to their lives. The word has no impact on their hearts. They hear the word but to no avail. Jesus illustrates the character of these two kinds of people with a common parable everyone can understand. A man desires to build a house and finds a place of solid ground where he can dig deep and secure his house to a rock. This will bring strength, stability and security in the storms that will come. If the house is destroyed those living in the house will also be destroyed. Recently some men constructed a house on the beach in Florida when hurricane Michael came roaring through destroying everything in its path. The house was built on a solid foundation with secure strappings that protected the house from the fierce winds and surf. It stood the fiercest of storms because it was built in a secure manner. Jesus said when the floods come and stream beats vehemently against the house, it will not be shaken because it was built on the rock. Those who dwell in this kind of house will not perish. Another man decides to build a house and is unconcerned about the proper foundation. He finds a beautiful place to build his home but the soil is without foundation. Looking at both houses little difference can be seen between the two. It is not until after the stream beats vehemently against it the house built without proper foundation falls. It falls immediately. Sadly all those who thought they were safe inside the second house perish. The destruction is incredible. Hearing the words of Jesus and not doing them is likened to the man who builds his house without foundation.

The teachings of Jesus was a powerful testimony to the love of God. Many people heard Him preach and many more saw Him heal the sick and show the power of God through signs, wonders and mighty deeds. Then came the day when they killed Him on a cross and rejected His teaching. Hearing the word and seeing the miracles did not save the people. Obedience to the word of God is where salvation was found. Doing the will of the Father, acting upon the admonitions of the word, obeying the commands of the Lord – this is building a house on the solid foundation of God’s grace that will protect one from the harmful influences of Satan. The storms are coming. When the heart begins to yearn for the truth of redemption the devil will seek to take the heart away. Building a firm foundation on the rock of Jesus Christ will keep the house of truth secure and safe and save those inside. The storm may rage but under the mighty care of God the soul will be saved. This requires driving the pilings of faith deep into the soil and finding the bedrock of God’s word to establish faith through obedience. Without this care all is lost. There are two kinds of houses that men build. One is secured in the word of God and one is resting on the laurels of man’s wisdom. The storms of life will destroy one but never destroy the other. Which house do you live in?

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