““Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.” Matthew 7:24-25
Life happens to everyone. Accidents, mistakes, people causing trouble. So often we try to avoid problems, and even worse we do it after we get saved. We quote all the promises and hope hat God will keep us from the storm. The truth of the matter is that the storm comes to everyone, but what are you standing on? Will you make it all about you? This has really been on my heart lately.
Seeing problems through God’s eyes
Recently I was supposed to go on a trip with Ken Fish in December. I had my plane ticket purchased and my housing all in order. The venue was 15 minutes away from my uncle’s house! Well, the pastors of the church decided not to go with the event for personal reasons. I was not aware of this until I had talked to Ken’s assistant. So I had a moment of shock when I saw the calendar no longer having that event on it.
The enemy would love to take away your peace in a moment like that. I stopped and asked myself “didn’t God already know this would happen?” I didn’t panic. I emailed Ken’s assistant and decided to be at peace and trust God. She got back to me pretty quick thankfully. She told me what happened and that they were sorry. I wasn’t even upset. Why? Because God is on His throne, and I am seated with Christ in heavenly places. I have more than enough resources from heaven to fix this problem.
What about when the answer takes longer to come? What about when you can’t seem to make heads or tails of the matter? People in the world crumble, and fast. Why? Because it’s all about them and how the situation effects them personally. When you come into the kingdom, it is supposed to be self denial. It’s no longer about you. It’s about Jesus.
“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” Matthew 16:24-25
This verse makes many people think about heaven and hell. Like, “if I save my life here, I won’t go to heaven.”There’s truth to that, but the point I want to make is that the person who loses “his life” finds actual life. As a Christian, you do not have the right to ask yourself “how is this situation effecting me?” We have just established that this is not longer about you, and you gave up your life to Jesus.
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
Jesus gave all to us, and did not complain when He went to the cross.Why? Because He didn’t think about Himself. How could Paul go through everything he did, and cause massive revival, instead of hiding from his persecution?
“But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” Acts 20:24
Be, then do.
Jesus said whoever hears these sayings of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on a rock. In order to do what Jesus says, we must first become what Jesus says. I don’t fully know how to explain what I mean, other than this; spend time with God and in His word. Ask God to transform your mind, attitudes and behaviors.
The Father loves the Son, and now that you are also a “Son” (or daughter) He loves you and wants you to be like Jesus. The process will take our whole life, but I guarantee you that Jesus never worried. That is the key to victory. Christ-likeness. He was not subdued by the storm, He commanded the storm, and it listened. If it wasn’t possible for us to be like that too, He would have responded differently to His disciples when they worried and panicked.“But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”” Mark 4:40
He rebuked His disciples for their lack of faith! (And that wasn’t the only time lol) We also are Jesus’s disciples, and if we are to follow Him, we are going to become more like him and do what He does. That’s why Paul said that he lived “by the faith of the Son of God”
With all your chips in the middle, it’s a good day to be in Christ. He will make you strong in Him. Even though the storm may come, you will not be moved.