Sinking Sand

sinking sandWe shall draw our text from Matthew 7:                                       7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:                                                   7:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.  7:26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:                                                7:27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

Our text is a common one.  Many that are not familiar with the Bible are familiar with this story.  A man can either build his house on a rock or the sand.  When the storms begin to rage, which will stand and which will fall?

In the verses preceding our text Jesus discusses those that build on outwards professions and works and when the storms of life come, they don’t satisfy and won’t give stability and confidence.

The foolish are like religious folks that build their houses on unstable foundations.

I have stood out in the surf and with the currents and waves it is impossible to stand for very long in one place.  The sand erodes under your feet and you have to make constant adjustments and reposition yourself.  That is the way of religion or foolish builders.  When the storms of life comes those that are religious have to make constant adjustments according to the times and societies.  That is, because of their faulty foundation they are not stable.  These are the ways of the foolish and their houses will eventually fall.

When a wise man builds, he builds on Jesus Christ (The Rock).  He then will have peace and stability so when the storms of life come, he won’t have to make constant adjustments and reposition himself. He will produce the right kind of fruit, and with that comes peace and confidence.

So now you have a choice. Do you want to be a wise man or a foolish man?

By the way, Jesus doesn’t know foolish people.  Does He Know You?

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Did You Think to Pray?

Our text is from Jeremiah 8 verse 6.  I hearkened and heard, but they spake not aright: no man repented him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done? every one turned to his course, as the horse rusheth into the battle.

In the verses preceding the setting is the Nation of Judah in a backslidden condition and the Lord wants them to repent of this and seek him but they don’t want to.  They don’t want to seek him first.  They just want to do what they want to do and go about their own business in the way they see fit without the Lords guidance and as a result they suffer many things including death itself.

This is how many live today.  Our text says that many get up in the morning and head out of the door just as a horse rushes into battle.  Did you ever see a horse race?  They rush out of the gate and down the track just like there’s no tomorrow.  That’s how many live each day.  Notice that they say, “What have I done?”  We would say, “What’s wrong with what I’m doing?”  Well, friend the wrong thing may not be with what you are doing but how you start off at the beginning of your day.  You don’t have the wisdom needed to direct your own paths nor the foreknowledge to handle the day that lies ahead for many things can arise unsuspected.  You cannot handle the devil and his forces.  He will defeat you every time without the grace of God and his direction.

You may be saying, “I’m doing just fine without the Lord.”  Really?  This is very much like driving down the highway on a long trip, and as long as you don’t’ run out of gas you don’t need anything but, you will run out of gas eventually and you will need to pull over and stop.  That’s not all.  There will be things that will happen in your life that you will need a outside force to intervene or you will be in deep trouble.  Chances are there have already been things happen during your course of life you are totally unaware of, and if it wasn’t by the grace of God, you would would already be in a mess or worse.  It’s really a miracle of God that you live past 5 years old.  Think about all the things that could of happened to you up till then including diseases.

So today when you wake up…Did You Think to Pray?

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No Purpose

Our text is taken from the Gospel of John.                                                                     10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

As I come in contact with people everyday I notice that mulitudes have no reason to live or die.  They think that they are here to go to work, make money, pay bills, eat, sleep, and wake up to do it all over again.  Sad, sad, sad.  Life after death never enters their mind.  The most distant future that they think about is retirement.  Sad when some never live to see retirement.  Then what? 

Friend, God has a purpose for you else he would call you home.  Ask the Lord to show you what your purpose is.  You are still alive and there is plenty to do and for some so little time to do it.  You do have a purpose. 

Jesus said that he wants you to have more abundant life not just existing or going through the motions of life like some kind of robot.

You do have a purpose.  Find out what it is and do it.  Where do you look?  Read the Bible and you will find what you are to do. A good place to start is in the Gospel of John.

For some it may be that you just need to get saved.  If you don’t do anything else, do that. At least then you will have a purpose to die.  How do you get saved?  Refer to the devotion entitled, The Door is Open. Is is easy as A, B, C.

Don’t be one of the multitudes that don’t have purpose.  Serve the Lord and you will have purpose. May God help you find your way.

See you in Heaven!

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Sorry About Your Luck

Our text is from Isaiah 45:22  Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.

dice Here the Lord is telling Israel to look to him for salvation because no one else will be able to deliver them neither any of their phony gods.  In verse 27 in the same chapter the Lord mentions those that pray to a god that cannot save in other words, “Sorry about your luck.”

Just like the people back in those days that looked in all the wrong places and all the wrong directions for deliverance, today people will try anything but God to get them out of their messes. 

They will try the lottery hoping that money is the answer to their problems which will only add new problems.  They won’t win anyway.  Sorry about their luck.

 Many will try some kind of vice thinking they can escape their problems.  Sorry about their luck.

 Some tries relationships thinking that others will help them out of some mess that they got themselves into.  Sorry about their luck.

 Other look to the government thinking it will bail them out of some debt or trouble.  Sorry about their luck.  

And finally there are those that seek religion and good works thinking that God will look down on them with some kind of special grace because of their own merits.  Sorry about their luck. 

Without Jesus Christ there is no hope at all of getting saved from sin or Hell.  He is the only one that can save you and he is the only hope you have if you want to go to Heaven. It’s not about luck, it is about the love of God that was displayed to us long ago on a old rugged cross.

  John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 If you put your trust in Jesus Christ to forgive you of your sins and to save you from Hell then you will be saved and blessed but, if you put your trust in any thing else…

 SORRY ABOUT YOUR LUCK!

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The Way

My text for today is from John 14:6. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Jesus is the way to the Father.

Our text shows that there is only one way to the Father which is in Heaven, just as it states that there is only one source of life and one truth.  Science, education, and philosophy all state their own set of truths however, they are constantly changing and shifting and one of the surest proofs God’s truth is ‘the truth’ is the fact that it never changes because God never changes. (See Malachi 3:6.)  Man changes and society changes. God does not.  The same way to Heaven 2000 years ago is the same way to heaven today.

Jesus Christ the the way and only way to Heaven.  Now you are coming up to the one way sign. It’s either His way or the wrong way.

Which will you choose?

 

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Plenty of Time

Our text will come from Acts 24:25.   And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.

 

Here is a man that has the wonderful opportunity hear the word of God from the Apostle Paul and he has a chance to get saved but the devil has convinced him that he has plenty of time for that later.  So he tells Paul, “When I have a convienient season, I will call for thee.”

As far as we know Felix never did get saved.  He died and went to Hell thinking he had plenty of time, for what?  Could it be for sin?  What would be more important than going to Heaven for eternity and why would you want to put it off knowing that you have no guarantee of tomorrow?  What is so harmful about getting saved and knowing you are going to Heaven when you die?  I ask you; what is more important than that?

Some may have another chance to get saved but many do not.

May God help you to see that you may not have plenty of time to get saved.

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