The Solid Rock

Our text is from Matthew 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: 

 Jesus Christ is likened to a rock in Holy Scripture and to have him for a foundation is a good and solid foundation.  And to build upon a solid rock is wise.  You start building your home, family, and personal relationships with a good foundation and you won’t have to worry about them sinking in the storms of life.   The problem is starting with the right building material.  Many don’t.

If you were building a house, you would not think of setting it up on a sandy or muddy foundation.  You would know what will happen under any kind of stress.  Yet so many people build their lives on this kind of foundation and it’s no wonder of the suicides and divorces that take place.  It’s the foundation you started to build upon.

May God give you the wisdom to build on the right foundation.

The great Hymn The Solid Rock goes like this.                                                                                1. My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

2. When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

3. His oath, His covenant, His blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.

4.When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found;
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

Refrain:                                                                                                                                                  On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

 

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The One Thing That Will Mean Everything

Our text is from Romans 10 today.  10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Years ago my wife made a simple and profound statement.  She stated that one day the things that we think will be important will mean nothing and the things that we don’t think is important will mean everything. How true!  I have never forgotten that.

What is the one thing that will mean everything?

By these verses it is the one thing that so many religions, sects, denominations, and cults fall short of.  It is the one thing that works won’t accomplish, religion can’t establish, and creeds, forms, programs, and rituals can’t compete with.  It is not a physical thing, a head thing, a good intention, a sincere feeling, or a popular opinion.

It is belief in the heart that God raised the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead after he died on a ole splintery cross and was buried.  This is the Gospel.

Notice, it is a heart belief, not just a belief and not just a heart belief in God or religion or some act of man.  It is a belief in God sending his own Son to die for our sins.  After that he was buried and then he rose from the dead.  It is the belief in the act of God sending his own Son to pay for our sins because he loved us and didn’t want to see us go out into eternity “having no hope.”  So God made a way for us to escape and it is the one and only way to escape an eternal lake of fire.

Heart belief in what God did for us is the one thing that will mean everything and everything else is a waste of time and effort.

Please don’t waste your time and energy in the things that will mean nothing but “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.  Acts 16:31.

This belief is… the one thing that will mean everything.

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He is not Here.

Our text will come from Matthew 28 verse 6. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.

It is the morning of the resurrection of Jesus and two ladies are coming to see the grave site. When they get there they see the stone rolled away that was used to cover the opening of the grave. There’s no one inside but there is an angel sitting on the stone which tells them that Jesus is not there just as he predicted.

 

So here’s an interesting thought. The angel said that he is not here.
Where are some places that he is not?
Here are some places you won’t find Jesus.

  1. In Churches that teach works as a means of salvation. If your sins can be paid for by your own works then Jesus wasted his time paying for them on the cross. If you study the gospels you will find that Jesus left the temple because they wouldn’t believe his words. Additionally, the Lord won’t let you steal his glory saving you. He does the saving, not you.
    2. In homes that don’t want him there. Jesus won’t go anywhere where he is not wanted. He always went to homes to where he was invited.
    3. In Bible revision committees and councils. The Lord Jesus Christ is not where men have changed, perverted, added to, corrupted, subtracted from, reworded, or revised what he said. He said what he meant and meant what he said.
    4. In the heart of unsaved people. The Bible says if we call on him and trust him to get us to Heaven he will save us. Romans 10:13. If we don’t trust him or call on him to save us, then he won’t.

My prayer is that were he is there you will be also.

 

 

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No Exceptions

Our text will come from John 3:5. Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

In some business establishments and other places of interest there are rules of conduct, dress, and even what is allowed on the premises with the final words, “No exceptions.”

That is the way it is when we talk about to going to Heaven.

Our text is a familiar one to say the least and is believed by many in Christian churches however, there are multitudes that don’t except this verse even though they may go to church.
They figure that there are others ways to Heaven even though Jesus Christ says otherwise. He said in John 14:6 that he was “The way” not a way. There is only one way to go to Heaven and that is through Jesus Christ. Why Him? He is the only one that is able to pay for your sins and cleanse you from them. No one else can pay for your sins.

You see…
We are all sinners: No Exceptions.
We are all guilty before God: No Exceptions.
We are all ungodly in the eyes of God: No Exceptions.
We all are born with a sinful nature: No Exceptions.
We are not able to save ourselves: No Exceptions.
We cannot be saved through good works of our own: No Exceptions.
We cannot be saved by religion: No Exceptions.
We will go to Hell if we don’t call on Jesus and Jesus alone to save us: No Exceptions.          If Jesus doesn’t come in your lifetime you will die and face the judgement: No Exceptions. In order to go to Heaven you must be born again: No Exceptions.

Remember, Jesus died to pay for your sins, was buried, and he rose again the third day.    If you get saved, when you die you will come up also: No Exceptions

May God help you to see that when we all get to Heaven we got there through Jesus Christ alone with…
No Exceptions.

 

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It is Finished!

Today our text is from John 19:30.                                                                        

When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said,

It is finished:

and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

When our Lord cried out these last words on the cross…

He endured the most painful suffering,

experienced the most horrible judgment,

because of the greatest love,

for the most ungodly people,

finished the greatest work,

completed the most difficult task,

defeated the most dreaded enemy,

performed the greatest miracle,

declared the greatest victory,

produced the greatest results,

gave charge to the greatest commission,

made the greatest promise,

and because of this,

He deserves the greatest amount of praise and worship this universe can give.

The Lord be magnified!

Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.

This Easter give thanks for all the great things our Great God has done.

HE IS WORTHY!

 

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At the End of the Day

Our text is from Psalms 4:8. I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.

at the end of the day 2Regardless of who you are or of what status you may hold, the one thing that is common between every man, woman, and child is the fact that we are all sinners. We have been born with a sin nature. We know how to do wrong.

Another thing that is common with us as sinners and that is the fact that we reap what we sow. We all have to pay the consequences for our sins and sin does have consequences. Even if you sin and no one sees you, God sees and sooner or later there will be consequences. It may take years for it to come around but it will come around. You may be thinking about all of the unsolved murders. One day God will bring to light the hidden things of darkness and there will be no unsolved crimes. None!

There will be a reckoning sooner or later. In Revelation 20 the Bible says, And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. So, it seems that everything we have done, said, heard, or thought is written down in a book and one day it will be read out loud where everyone can see and here. Our sins will be exposed. Knowing this, how do you suppose that the Psalmist could lie down in peace at the end of the day?

That’s easy. The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ paid for our sins and if we ask him to save us from our sins, he promised that he would wash our sins away with his own blood. 1st Peter 2:20 says, Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree…In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:14.  Jesus died for our sins and he was buried and he rose again the third day.  That is the good news.

At the end of the day you will lay your head down on the pillow before you go to sleep and you will either have peace with God knowing that he is your protector and redeemer and will take you to Heaven when you die, or you will have a conscience that will prick your heart because you won’t have peace with God. He has not been your redeemer because you have never asked him to save you from your sins.  He won’t save you if you don’t ask him to.

At the end of the day, when you lay your head down on the pillow, should you die in your sleep, where will you be then?

May God help you to have peace with him before the end of the day.

god doesn't change

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