[SW267] 01/27/2017 message notes by
Reverend Susan J. Wynn ©2017
“Will You Stand or Fall?”
Will you stand or fall, when storms come? Just like with a house, it depends where you have built it. Ask the Master Builder for HIS PLANS, and you will not fall. Hallelujah!
Text: Matthew 7:24-29
In good weather, a house built on rock and a house built on sand seem equally sound and sturdy.
But storms reveal whether or not the location was wisely chosen.
In Jesus’ parable, a few things are important to note:
— Both houses experienced the same kind of storm
— Both builders heard Jesus’ words
Before I go farther, what are the words Jesus refers to, in this parable?
He just preached the Sermon on the Mount, so I’ll do a brief flyover of that sermon.
— Humbly mourn over your spiritual poverty
— Hunger and thirst for righteousness
— Be pure in heart
— Be a living example of reconciliation and peace with God through Jesus Christ.
— Expect to be persecuted, rejoice and be glad for it
— Your righteousness must exceed that of people who outwardly do good things to earn their way to heaven.
— Do not be angry.
— Reconcile with those who have something against you.
— Even looking at a woman or man with lust is enough to send you to hell, so cast off the thing that makes you lust.
— Do not divorce because you lust for another person’s husband or wife.
— Be truthful always, your yes being “yes” and your no being “no.”
— Turn the other cheek, give your prized possession, and pray for your enemies and those who persecute you.
— Do righteous acts anonymously and in secret, not to be seen by men.
— Forgive others, or your Father in heaven will not forgive you.
— Do not be a servant to money.
— Do not worry, but seek My kingdom and My righteousness, and I will provide for you.
— Do not be judgmental. Do not be a hypocrite.
— Enter My kingdom through the small gate and travel the narrow path that looks difficult to navigate. Do not follow the “many” who go through the wide gate and travel the broad path. It leads to destruction!
— False prophets will come, and they will look like you. Know them by their fruit. That requires the righteous kind of judgment.
These are the words Jesus refers to in this parable. And there are two kinds of people who hear His words —
The one who hears and does
Everyone — no exceptions, praise God — who
Hears His words AND
Does them — that is, obeys them
Why? They have built their house on a rock (their obedience to Jesus’ words).
So YOU WILL STAND, when the rain comes down and the rivers overflow and the winds come and beat against you. What Good News!
The one who hears and does not do
Everyone — no exceptions — who
Hears His words AND
Does NOT do them — that is, disobeys them
Why? They have built their house on sand. The storm’s rain and floods erode the sandy base, and the wind easily destroys it. Totally.
You cannot stand, for you have chosen not to obey Jesus’ words. Great will be your fall! The picture is of total destruction. The picture is of hell.
What? But I go to church every Sunday, and I go to church every time the doors are open! You have heard His words, but you have not obeyed them.
The Lord is gracious and merciful to tell us what will happen when we obey His words, and what will happen when we choose to disobey His words.
You may say, “But it’s too hard to obey His words all the time!”
You’re right! It is hard until (here comes His Good News) . . . you ask Him to make the WAY for you to OBEY His words as easy as breathing. How?
Jesus tells you, in Matthew 7:11, and Luke 11:13!
Obey THESE words, and He will make your heart obedient to all His words. And indeed, you will be able to withstand any storm.
Will you be a hearer only, or will you be a doer (James 1:23-25)?
Come to the Heart Changer and Chain Breaker. He will do it, if you confess that you are disobedient and ask Him to break the chains of slavery to sin and change your heart!