Daily D – Matthew 7:24-25
Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on the rock.
MATTHEW 7:24-25 (CSB)
There are two big questions of discipleship:
1. What is God saying?
*This is the issue of awareness.
2. What am I going to do about it?
*This is the issue of surrender.
The big battle of discipleship is, “Can I trust God?” Faith is hearing the voice of God and trusting the heart of God enough to act on what you have heard.
Learning to hear God is the most empowering discipline of our lives. Helping others learn to hear God is the most empowering gift we can give someone.
There are many people in church who are biblically literate. They know lots of God Facts. They have knowledge regarding biblical truth. Even so, they live spiritually powerless lives. Why is this so? Because they are like the foolish builder in Matthew 7:26, 27.
“But everyone who hears these words of mine and doesn’t act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, the rivers rose, the winds blew and pounded the house, and it collapsed. It collapsed with a great crash.”
Those who hear and obey God live with wisdom and power. Those who hear and do not obey God live foolish lives devoid of the power of God. Hearing and obeying God moves us from a transactional faith to true transformation.
Daniel lived in a society far from his ancestral homeland. The God-shaped culture he came from was replaced by a pagan world full of different, often antagonistic, realities. Because he listened to what God said and obeyed him, he thrived in spite of the forces arrayed against him.
Esther lived in much the same circumstances. Because she heard and obeyed God, the Jewish people were saved from destruction.
Time alone with God day by day helps us hear what he has to say. Applying his truth to our lives helps us do what he says. Hearing and obeying God empowers us to live with wisdom and power.
I will hear and obey God.
Our Father, teach me each day as I read and ponder your words of truth and life. Give me a willing and obedient heart to do what you say. I want to build my life on your firm foundation. I want to live with wisdom and power. Save me from every foolish alternative. Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.