Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
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.
When I was reading this scripture, the fairy tale "The Three Little Pigs" came to mind.
The story goes as such:
There were three pigs who were set into the world by their mother. The little pigs went off into the world and contributed to society and built their home. One little pig built a house of straw, the second built the house of sticks, and the third (the wiser one) built his house of bricks. The enemy- THE BIG BAD WOLF, was prowling around looking to see which little pig he could devour. He was watching and lurking behind trees and bushes.
One random day the wolf decided to attack and try to devour the pigs. He came to each of the pig's home, with the weakest foundation being the first attacked--the house of straw. The wolf and little pigs exchange some words
"Little pig, little pig let me in!" (wolf)
"Not by the hair of my chinny-chin-chin!" (pig)
"Then I huff, and I'll puff, and blow your house down!" (wolf)
When the wolf blows the house down the first pig runs to his brother's house with the sticks. The wolf does the same with the second pig's home, which makes the first and second pig run to their wiser brother's home, the one whose house turns out to be the only one which is adequate to withstand the wolf with the blustery breath.
So how does this all tie in with Jesus and the firm foundation?
Simple....if you build your house on the firm foundation of Christ's love, redemption, and His goodness....it will be hard for the "wolf" to come in and devour those who are grounded with the Word of God.
When you grasp on to the clear revelation of who Jesus is and what He came to do, there is NOTHING that can overcome you. Truly, NOTHING! This is good news. How can this be, it just seems to good to be true? There are others who are christians that have been overcome in different ways? Yes, and if you think back to the story, the other little pigs came from the same home and built their little houses but never were wise enough to build it with a strong foundation. Pigs one and two chose to spend less time "building" to make more time for pleasures of the world.
Our walk with the Lord isn't a religion or something to take lightly. No! It needs to be more important than eating! More important than watching the News or listening to talk radio! More important than watching soap operas or your favorite evening TV show! It is more important than spending hours reading "other" types of reading materials or going out to your clubs.
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT!
If Jesus was constantly in the presence of the Father and doing His father's business? Then how much more do we need to be in meditation or in the presence of the Lord? No wonder Jesus did amazing miracles!! Yes, I know He was God in the flesh, but Jesus came as a man (like you and me) and had carnal thoughts (like you and me). Jesus was our example of what godly men or godly women should do in the Kingdom of God here on earth. He showed us by what He did, how He prayed, how He solved problems, and how He loved.
Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.
Being in the word of God teaches us WHO we are as born again believers and to realize what we have and to draw this out by the Spirit of God. It isn't something we have to ask the Lord to fill us with or gain if we do more good works...NO, WE ALREADY HAVE IT INSIDE OF US! Our born again spirits have all things pertaining to life and godliness.
2 Peter 1:3According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
Jesus in His love for us warned of the "Big bad wolf". Told us tribulations and storms would come, and clearly taught for us to build our lives on a firm foundation.
He says "Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world"
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
1 John 2:14
I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.
1 John 5:4
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
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