Sunday Morning Podcast February 25, 2018. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT:ISAIAH 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
ROMANS 9:33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
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:
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.
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:
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 life is like a house being built. It needs a foundation to be built upon. What we choose will determine whether or not it endures. Those that forget God, or the unwise, spiritually build upon an insecure foundation of their own wisdom and opinions. When the storms, earthquakes, and the fires of life come, they don’t endure, but fall apart. The only sure foundation is Christ, the precious corner stone. To those who don’t believe, Christ becomes a stumbling stone. But to those that build with faith, and attach with love to Christ, they will possess the endurance for all the hardships and travesties life throws at them. They will endure because they are firmly attached. In the literal world of construction, the progress of building requires a continual examination to ensure it is adequately attached to the foundation. The same examination needs to be applied spiritually.
When we first come to Christ, we begin a relationship. We start building upon the precious stones of God’s Word. It is up to us then to stay closely attached to Christ the foundation. This can only happen when we walk after the Spirit. If instead we walk after the flesh, and allow also the building materials of “wood, hay, and stubble,” (or of sin, self, and mere religion), we are in danger of not withstanding the temptations, and tests of life. For we won’t be able to be firmly attached upon Jesus the Rock. Our greatest concern and desire needs to be to have a strong attachment, not to our own ways, but to Jesus. Otherwise when “life’s storms,” persuasions of the flesh, and men come against us, we will become detached from the sure foundation of Christ. And our fall will be great!
A Sure Foundation. How Strong is Your Attachment to Christ?