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How to Have a Strong Life

One of the most popular sermons ever preached is the Sermon on the Mount. This was Jesus bringing the law to it’s highest point and showing how we are all in need of a Savior. At the very end of His message, He concluded with a parable. He told them, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”” (Matthew 7:24-27) (NASB).

            The parable is written to remind us that we need a solid foundation. This house is a representation of our life. If the winds knock down the walls of the house, the foundation can be seen. When you seek first God’s will and His kingdom, all of the other details of our life will fall into place.

Oswald Chambers a Scottish preacher in the early 1900s once said, “You will never cease to be the most amazed person on earth at what God has done for you on the inside.” We need to be reminded of the work that God does for us not only on the outside, but we also need to be thankful for what He does in our heart. See we have a great foundation; the winds and waves of this life cannot knock us down. Sadly, Oswald died at the age of 43. His devotional book, “My Utmost for His Highest” is one of the most popular devotional books to ever be written. In fact over 15 Million copies have been sold.

Did you know that Pastor Oswald never saw this book? It was after his death that his wife Gertrude (Biddy) compiled his messages together into this devotional book. This is what a good foundation looks like. Despite going through a great loss, she was able to still have a foundation with Christ. Although her house looked different without Oswald, her foundation was the same.

When you bring Jesus into your home, you will have a strong life! Listen and do what Jesus says. We have to finish well. Paul told the Church in Philippi, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6) (NASB). The only storm proof foundation is found in Jesus! If there is one central point to the parable of the house, it is that we need a solid foundation.

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