How’s Your Foundation?

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Sincerity Having Peace Instagram Post. 12/14/2021 8:00am

26-27 “But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards.”

28-29 When Jesus concluded his address, the crowd burst into applause. They had never heard teaching like this. It was apparent that he was living everything he was saying—quite a contrast to their religion teachers! This was the best teaching they had ever heard.

-Matthew 7:26-29 The Message

Verse 26: And 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.

Verse 26 study: A house of cards crumbles just like a fool’s life crumbles. It is not intentional to build on a false or inferior foundation. The problem is most people don’t put thought into life’s purpose. As a result, many people are headed for destruction; it’s not out of stubbornness but thoughtlessness. One way as believers is to help people stop and think about where their lives are headed and point out the consequences of ignoring Christ’s message.

Verse 27: And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; it fell—and its collapse was great.”

Verse 28: When Jesus had finished these words, the crowds were amazed at His teaching;

Verse 29: for He was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.

Verse 29 study: The religious scholars, also called the scribes, cited traditions and quoted authorities to support their arguments and interpretations. Jesus spoke with a new authority, his own. He didn’t need to quote anyone because he was the original Word (John 1:1).

Cross References

Matthew 7:28: Matthew 11:1; 13:53; 19:1; 26:1, Matthew 13:54; 22:33, Mark 1:22; 6:2; 11:18, Luke 4:32, John 7:46

Father, I ask today, how is my foundation? Do I pick wisely spiritual friends? What about studying your Word or spending time with you? Can I say for a fact that anytime that I have a situation that I depend on you for comfort? Today, I will learn my diagnosis in a few hours, whether I have cancer or disease. I would be lying if I said I’m not afraid. But being in your Word helped me over the last week as I keep waiting with no answers. I have a community that reminded me of Philippians 4:6-7 in prayer:

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and pleading with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

I pray that my foundation is strong with you and that I will handle whatever is thrown at me and that I continue to depend on you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Author: Darren Watts

My name is Darren. I started sharing devotions in June 2019. As one of the ministry leaders at my church. One reason why I started devotions is because of the lack of inspiration and motivation in our lives. It is hard to be encouraged with a lot of negativity going around. I invite you to be encouraged by the word of God. Our struggles can be personal, at the workplace, and the lack of community in our lives. When we go through hard times, we need the word of God. Please read them and be encouraged. I also started a podcast talking about racism and discrimination. Please take a moment to check that out as well. Afternoon Coffee Break with Darren Watts.

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