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Lesson # Matt. 7:24-27
Study Material - Matt. 7:24-27
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24 'Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine, and acts upon them, may be compared to a wise man, who built his house upon the rock. 25 'And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded upon the rock. 26 'And everyone who hears these words of Mine, and does not act upon them, will be like a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand. 27 'And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house; and it fell, and great was its fall.'
There are two opinions in this world - rock and sand. The rock is granite, huge thick and solid. It is immovable, and impenetrable. The sand is quick sand. It is loose and unstable. It provides no support except for its own self existence. Anything else that relies on it is consumed and destroyed - slowly.
Life can be a slow business of self destruction. Physical life is a picture of this. Once a person is born, he begins a long journey of deterioration toward old age and death. This takes years and is very subtle. As young people we are full of energy. We can conquer the world. We are invincible. Then we turn 40 and then we turn 50, and then we turn 60, and sooner or later we discover that we can't move, or lift, or get around quite the same. We tire easily. We take naps. Just as we did when we were three years old. Our invincibility has gone off somewhere.
Some people listen to the words of Gods wisdom, Bible doctrine. Some listen and utilize them in their daily lives. Some do not. Some refuse to listen. Some listen, but ignore the words. Life goes on from day to day and these negative types don't see any form if instant discipline with respect to their life style. Today appears to be just like yesterday. Why change anything?
But things do change. Do we watch the grass grow? No. But it gets taller over time, though we don't see any change in it from moment to moment, or even day to day. But give it a couple of weeks and it somehow gets taller. Even in our own lives. We don't see the cellular changes inside us, but they are there. Very subtle indeed, but there.
The soul is no different. Sometimes I write on topics and fully expect someone to comment on it in a negative way. Especially the controversial topics like capitalism, or divorce, or abortion. I expect folks to fall out of the Bible study in droves, but nothing happens. Then I write on a subject like inter-racial marriage, or describe human righteousness in the terms of Isaiah - menstrual rags, and I get all kinds of flack for language not proper for young people. Go figure!!
It is interesting how people set their limits as to what they will read and what they will reject. But at least these negative responses are very, very small compared to the huge audience out there that uses this Bible study. That is encouraging because it would seem that people are not superficial and do not over react to things in general. Whether you agree or not is not really the issue. Your ability to stick to the Bible study and await something to confirm a concept is more important. And sooner or later everything gets confirmation. Granite is Bible doctrine. You cannot see its composition, but once you have been on it and have been on quick sand, then a comparison is available for you to discern between the two and know that the rock is better, more solid, more stable, far superior. That on the rock there is a good destiny. And on the sand, there is only misery awaiting you.
To the positive, God reveals truth and wisdom, and He makes you wise. To the negative, God allows you to sink very slowly in your delusions. A rigidly negative person will not see that last gasp coming until it is too late. And even then they will not turn from their ways, but get even more frustrated and angry against God.
In everyone's life the rain and floods come. Disasters have no bias toward believers or unbelievers, positive or negative people. So we all get hit with problems great and small. That is the nature of this world and we will never change it. But we can prepare ourselves for it. Knowing that those challenges will be there sooner or later. Our preparation is Bible study, and our follow through of applying what we learn to life. Often times it is simply a greater sense of common sense in life.
I heard a story on the radio a short while ago about a man (35 years old) and his 5 year old son, on vacation in a national park, hoping to get pictures of some bears (wild bears mind you). They threw food (bagels) to them to get them to pose. Now this guy has probably been watching too many cartoons and probably figured that Yogi and BooBoo would be coming along pretty soon. Of course you know what happened. The bears got aggressive and grabbed the boy, then took the food and let him go. This could have been a very painful story, but luck was on the side of the stupid man. No common sense. Must have been a city boy!
Bible doctrine creates common sense, among other things, in your soul. Rock or sand? Which is better to build on? Where does fruit come from, fruit vines or weeds? To whom do you direct your worship? God or something man made? Where do we get our information concerning God? The word of God, or some philosophy thought up by man?
Whomever hears the words of Christ, and acts on them - builds what? A house. What kind of house? A house in the soul. Your very own temple. Your very own palace. Your very own fortress. Why these three analogies? Because your temple is the place for communing with God. Your fortress is the place of safety. Your home is where you live and are most comfortable, and completely relaxed in life.
Bible doctrine in the soul builds up the foundation and framework of your structure in your soul. Your application of that doctrine puts the finishing touches including the furnishings onto and into your structure. Your structure is personalized for you by God. It is yours and yours alone. No one can take it from you. No one can tax it away from you. It is yours forever.
The choice is always yours as to what you will use in this construction project. Rock or sand?
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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