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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. (Matthew 7:24,25)
Great crowds followed Jesus when they saw him do miracles. Sicknesses were healed, demons were driven out, food and wine were provided miraculously. They wanted more. But when Jesus started preaching about God's requirements to enter the kingdom of heaven, there were few takers. We read in John Ch.6:
From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. "You do not want to leave too, do you?" Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God." (John 6:66-69)
Hearing God's Word is not enough; Jesus said, we must put them into practice. But some believer's do not really grow in the Lord. Of these the writer of Hebrews said,
In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!
Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. (Hebrews 5:12,13)
Is your spiritual life built on a rock solid foundation? If it is, then it will be stable when the wind blows against it.
When the rain comes down, the streams rise, and the winds blow and beat against your life; you will not fall, because your life has its foundation on the rock called Jesus.
The Bible exhorts us in this manner:
Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal. (Isaiah 26:4)
God will strengthen you and uphold you with his righteous right hand.
Posted by Dr. Johnson Cherian