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Anyone who listens to my teaching and obeys me is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the flood waters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse, because it is built on rock. But anyone who hears my teaching and ignores it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will fall with a mighty crash." Matthew 7:24-27

Anyone who knows anything about constructing a building knows you have to have a solid foundation to build on. Without that foundation the building will shift and eventually collapse. The Leaning Tower of Pisa was not originally constructed to lean. The builders didn’t take into consideration the ground they were building on and because of that through the years it began to lean. Under the soil at that location is a soft layer of clay which is made up of sand. One day it will topple over.

Like buildings our lives and families need to have a firm and strong foundation. Divorce and the destruction of the family unit is a major problem today. Many turn to psychology or religion to fix their problems but soon they find that these solutions are like the clay the Tower of Pisa is built on and slowly their family is in danger of collapse once again.

There is only one true foundation and it is not a religion, it is a person. His name is Jesus. In Matthew chapters 5 to 7 Jesus gave us an outline on how to build a strong foundation. Your life must be totally built upon Him. Without Him you are lost and you life and dreams will one day collapse. There is an old hymn that says: "On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand."

Is your life built on sinking sand? Are you willing to build upon Him? Will you turn to Him today? It’s simple. All you have to do is admit you are a sinner and in need of Him. Then ask Him into your heart. Now, find a Bible, read it and attend a Bible believing church. Pray and ask Him to straighten out your foundation.

Thanks to Launa of Launa’s Little Piece of Heaven for creating the Take a Stand For Jesus banner for me. Let everyone know you are taking a stand and copy and paste it into your latest blog. Turn your space settings from private to public.

 

 

 

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Comments on: "Building On a Solid Foundation" (42)

  1. Seriously, dude. Answer my freaking questions. I just want to know! I just want to understand more about how God works! why are you denying me this?!

  2. Hi Jen-NuhI guess patience is not one of your strong points. That\’s ok there are certain things I get impatient with as well. God\’s working on me.In answer to the question "do people who don\’t have the ability to understand the concept of faith or religion still go to heavan?" Yes they do go to heaven. God does not hold them accountable. There is a certain point in everybody\’s childhood where they reach an age where they recognize what is right and what is wrong. Some would say it is by the age of 8 years old. But I guess it all depends upon the child\’s mental developement. Before that God won\’t hold them accountable. There are those who unfortunaltly because of a mental handicap that will never be able to understand.What happens to a person who renouces their beliefs in Christ. The bible says in Hebrews 6:4-6; It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.Now for your last question. I had to do a bit of digging but I found this from RBC ministries.In John 14:6 Jesus declared, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." Jesus\’ words make it clear that He alone has brought God’s gift of salvation to the world. But do His words also mean that everyone who hasn’t heard of Him will be condemned to hell? Abraham lived long before Christ. When he told Isaac that God would provide a sacrifice, his words were strikingly prophetic, but he didn\’t understand their true significance. He knew nothing about the Lamb of God who would die on a cross nearly 2,000 years later. People like Abel, Enoch, Noah, Job, Melchizedek, Abraham, Sarah, and Jacob never heard the gospel, yet Hebrews 11:13 leaves no doubt that they will be in heaven. No one in Old Testament times had a clear understanding of the role that Jesus Christ would someday play in atoning for sin. But centuries before the gospel was revealed, the faith of Old Testament believers was already "credited to them as righteousness" ( Genesis 15:6 ; Psalm 106:31 ; Galatians 3:6 ). One of the most remarkable missionary stories of this century was the martyrdom of five young missionaries in Ecuador and the conversion of the Auca Indians. The first convert from the Auca tribe was a young woman named Dayuma. Remarkably, Dayuma was predisposed to accept the gospel because of her father\’s influence. Although he had never heard the name of Jesus, he spoke out against the blood feuds and murder that were an Auca way of life. Unlike the others of his tribe, he was deeply conscious of his sinfulness and knew that he and his people needed forgiveness. He told Dayuma that some day God would send a messenger to the Aucas to tell them the way of salvation. Like Old Testament believers, Dayuma\’s father was still living by faith when he died ( Hebrews 11:13 ). The witness of his life implies that he would have been overjoyed to hear the gospel, but he died before missionaries came. Does Scripture give us grounds for insisting that Dayuma\’s father is any different in God\’s eyes than the believers of the Old Testament? Clearly, Dayuma\’s father, like Abraham, would face eternal damnation apart from Christ\’s shed blood. Apparent, too, is the desperate spiritual need of those, like the Auca people, who live in fear and spiritual darkness. The fact that Christ is the only way to God places on us the responsibility to make Him known to all. Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles asked: How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? (Romans 10:13-14). But there isn\’t a passage of Scripture that definitively proves that God looks upon Dayuma\’s father differently than He looked upon Old Testament believers who had only a faint idea of the nature of coming redemption. The apostle Paul may have had this issue in mind when he wrote the first chapters of Romans, declaring that God has revealed Himself in creation ( Romans 1:18-20 ) and in human conscience ( Romans 2:12-16 ). Paul said that each individual will be judged according to his response to these two revelations of God. To those who respond positively, God gives more knowledge — as He did to the Ethiopian eunuch and the Roman centurion, Cornelius (see Acts 8,10 ). Those who are lost will be judged according to their response to the spiritual light they have received ( Hebrews 4:12-13 ).It may be that God will extend His grace to Dayuma\’s father on the basis of Christ\’s shed blood, just as He did to Enoch, Melchizedek, Job, Abraham, and Sarah — people who had only the faintest intimation of the means by which God would provide for their redemption. In the final analysis, we must leave this matter in God’s keeping. He is both just and loving. We can be assured that the Judge of all the earth will do right ( Genesis 18:25 ).That\’s it for now! Have a great day!

  3. Hi Jenna, Since I am your favorite, I just wanted to add my 2 cents. 🙂 (don\’t explode). I also wanted to say thanks for the insight into your life. It must be a huge sacrifice helping people with handicaps. I never would have suspected you were such a nice person. (resist explosion again). I really mean it. The first thing I want to say is that there is no guarantee that any of us are going to heaven. We all need to acknowledge this, as we don\’t know the mind of the Father, and we have not stood before the judgement seat before. We won\’t truly know, and our heart will not truly be revealed until we stand before the judgement seat. Concerning the handicap and going to heaven. The truth is none of us really knows. Jesus says that many will come to Him saying they did many great things for him, but Jesus will reply "Depart from me, I never knew you". This could be pastors, or the most sinful people on the planet. It leads me to believe that if you truly do not know God, (having a real breathing alive relationship with Him), there is a good chance you will not enter in. But the truth is, we\’ll never really know until we stand before Him. Concerning your friend, God says He is without partiality. That means he gives every human being the same opportunity to know Him, so I take God at His Word and believe, that this individual with the handicap will be offered the same opportunity. How? Beats me. Will he have have the state of mind to decide on the opportunity? Will He go to heaven. Only the Father knows. Another thing I noticed in the Bible is that God really favours the widow, the orphan and the child. There are special blessings for people that take care of these people. When children came to Jesus, He told people to let them come to Him, even thought they didn\’t understand. That tells me that God has a special place in His heart for the innocent. He also said that if anyone causes them to stumble, it would be better that they had a weight tied to their feet and they were thrown into the sea. All these things being said, I believe that if your friend is as handicapped as you say, and their heart is truly innocent, I can\’t see why the Father would not embrace him.Jason

  4. what\’s the name of the song that\’s playing?

  5. Virtuoso – David Phelps

  6. Hi JasonI hope I have misunderstood you on this but be careful about the statement that there is no guarantee that any of us are going to heaven. Romans 8:15-16 says;So you should not be like cowering, fearful slaves. You should behave instead like God\’s very own children, adopted into his family–calling him "Father, dear Father."For his Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we are God\’s children.See as believer\’s we have this assurance of our salvation. We know when we are not doing right and when we have grieved the Spirit. We also hear voice. Jesus said in John 10:14-15 "I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep."And in John 10:27-28 " My sheep recognize my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them away from me,There is a deep assurance of salvation. The judgement that a believer must face is for what He has done with what he\’s been given to do. The Bible says that we must .Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test? 2 Corinthians 13:5

  7. Gerry, You\’re right. There is an deep assurance of salvation, and yes if you know His voice, He will know you. It was meant as a sanity check. There are many, (that I know personally), that assume they are going to heaven, but do not know the Father\’s voice. There are many that assume that just because they have said a prayer, they have guaranteed their path to heaven, and do not cultivate their relationship with the Father. The Bible even says that there are those that will have done mighty works in His name, that have sat in His very presence, that will not enter. (Luke 23-28, Matthew 7:21-23) The point I was trying to make is that we can\’t assume things about how God thinks, and if Jenna wants to know the specifics behind her situation, I\’m not sure that she\’ll ever have a full answer unless she knows the Father\’s voice. Thanks for the check and I\’ll be more careful in future. Jason

  8. HI Gerry,I wonder .. think… about the judgement and forgiveness. I know God forgets the sins for what people has done if they ask for the forgiveness, but the judgement, will they still face in the white judgement for what they ve done on the earth in bad and good deeds?.. mean that they will see what they did wrong even if they asked for the forgiveness and repented?… or does that mean to judge what they have done in good work in measure for the rewards without judge their sins? It puzzles me…. i am not talking about the people who are sinners without saved , but specific to the christians, who are saved and forgiven, will they still be judged in bad and good deeds? It sometimes bother me because the bible in Revelation says that each word they say will be counted in judging , like bad or good?

  9. By the way: Awesome scripture: 2 Cor 13:5. I just read it in the Amplified.Examine and test and evaluate your own selves to see whether you are holding to your faith and showing the proper fruits of it. Test and prove yourselves [not Christ]. Do you not yourselves realize and know [thoroughly by an ever-increasing experience] that Jesus Christ is in you–unless you are [counterfeits] disapproved on trial and rejected?Wow. Thanks again.Jason

  10. Hi LisaIn response to your question. I have found a great resouce in Radio Bible Class.Here is a page that I believe will answer your questions.http://www.rbc.org/ds/hp941/point1.html

  11. Gerry,Did you become a minister because you were too lazy to get a real job?

  12. Zantichrist,How in the world can you say that to Gerry being lazy? Look at all His blogs! He works very hard to teach God\’s words…. he is not lazy, but hard worker for Jesus Christ who called him to witness HIs gospels over the world….even his devotions on the internet to spread the Gospels.. prove that he is NOT lazy! Pray that you\’ d see how hard he does with the gospels.. not matter if have a job or not… God\’s work is very important in the moments!

  13. I suppose, but my dads an electrician…he works harder…

  14. Zantichrist What a stupid question. But you know what I\’ll answer it. I am disabled. My ex-wife became mentally ill 12 years ago and I was left to care for our 2 children. God called me into full time ministry for which I don\’t recieve a penny. I live everyday in constant pain and it doesn\’t stop me from doing all that I have to do. True ministers and pastors are not lazy. Our lives belong to God. When you devote your lives to helping others you give up your own time.

  15. do you want people to feel bad for you?

  16. Give me a break! You asked so I told you! If you are going to be such a dummy, don\’t bother visiting this space.

  17. Zantichrist,We really don\’t need the pity from people, but of course we need God\’s grace to fulfill our needs in His richly blessings!

  18. Gerry i was all with you until you said that Jesus was our structure. The person responsible for all of there dreams is them selves. Jesus is just an image that people us to do better. because fear and pain are the best teachers the fear that they wont go to heaven is what keeps some people on the right path. my structur is love but not for something that might not exist.too make explicidly clear there is no solid scintific proof that god or jesus is real. there might be speritule things that happen that make you beleve that he is real but there is much more of these things happening in other religions like sorry to say:satinisum every day some freak dose a saonse and it "works", boodism, greek(i dont know what they call it), nativ has the most inlightingment and has the most speritule experiances.*~~*^$CRONIC-PAIN$^*~~*

  19. zanitchrist: (Nice name…)What do you do for a living?

  20. Jimmy Wannabe: No one can convince you that He exists. And even if they did it would be a superficial thing. Why do want the christians to prove Him to you? If you\’ve got the guts, prove if He exists or not to yourself. And if you\’ve already proved to yourself that He doesn\’t exist, then we\’re all "crazy" and you can go on with your merry little life. But if you have not empirically attempted to establish a connection with the supernatural, you\’ll really never know. If you have, and have failed, and have given up, then turn your back, and leave us to our own "delusions", otherwise if you want to try to meet with God, maybe we can help. Don\’t make it difficult… Why are you still here? Sheesh. People forget the context of this site, and assume that since christians are supposed to be sweet and nice and stupid Neanderthals with Bibles, they can take advantage and walk all over them like little ants. Wrong. The context remains the same: thoughts on life and the worship of our Creator.Jason

  21. Hi Gerry,I must say your space has sure generated much controversy. It never ceases to amaze me that you can say and believe whatever you want to as long as you don\’t call something a sin. The moment something like homosexuality is identified as a sin, people come out of the woodwork (or closet) to tell you how narrow minded and bigoted you are for being so intolerant. It seems that their own consciences convict them. Guilt and insecurity are usally the reasons why people are so defensive. I want to encourage you to keep standing.

  22. Hi Gerry!!Making my rounds .. haven\’t stopped in for devotional/coffee in a couple of days…Jesus …my Rock solid .. Solid Rock :DI\’ve one book on the go… Reese Howells intercessor…I picked that up at our local thrift store I volunteer in. A friend sent a gift subscription to Spirit Led Women…which is uplifting and informative…always seems to be things God highlights for me. Now I am interested in reading some writings of Madame Guyon… God Bless you and all yours! thanks too for the devotionals…In Jesus Name!JOY!! in the Holy Ghost!Sherra

  23. Jimmy Wannabe: (your post was deleted for your language I guess, but here goes). That\’s pretty much what I thought. The reality is you want to tell people what they\’re doing wrong, but you don\’t want to acknowledge your own wrongs. The truth is, you\’re being exactly what you\’re accusing me of to the christians. It\’s cowardice and it\’s hypocrisy. It\’s one of Jesus\’s pet peeves. At least we know now who we\’re dealing with. Eventually, you\’ll find that perfect theory that puts God completely out the picture for your conscience\’s sake. But know that He was and is and will be forevermore. Happy researching!Jason

  24. sorry if my language botherd any one i never said that i didnt have fults of my oun mabey thats why i like to point out others because i need toy relate to what i have to deal with.

  25. Jeff, I really respect that answer. If you really are open to seeing your own faults, then be open to the fact that God exists, and your missing Him somehow. My first advice would be to lift up a prayer to Him, and ask Him to reveal Himself to you. It\’s as simple as that. Don\’t expect fire from heaven, or angels to fill your room, but pay attention to your life, and He will show Himself and signs to those who are looking for the truth and paying attention.Take care Jeff,Jason

  26. Thank you.Of course I am going to be impatient when it could take about 3 minutes on MSN to talk about this.. BUT NOOOOO.. that was just way to easy for SOMEONE! What was I going to do to you on MSN? Seriously… What could I do that I havent already done here? Jenna.Ps. I resent the term "handicap"

  27. I am a chritian 2 look at my place its called Gods Childs Place(Me Jo) please leave me a comment

  28. Hi MoJo154I would like to look at your space but you are going to have to change your settings from private to public and then I\’ll take a look.

  29. JennaSorry for not being politically correct. I apoligize.

  30. Hi Gerry, Im really encouraged by your faithfulness to Jesus and taking a stand for Him. I see your site has been under attack too, Ill be praying for you bro. Keep standing strong in Christ, He is everything that matters!! In His Love, Mary

  31. god is a nice thought i have problems yes, but god is not my answer dont lay your religin down on me iv tryed it and i have goten the one and only thing i need without it her name will be undisclosed but i do love her and she loves me that is all i need to live happy and i do that but thanks all the samepeace and love *~~*^$CRONIC-PAIN$^*~~*

  32. JimmySo you have found yourself a goddess. Is she going to keep you out of hell. Sorry but you are deceiving yourself.Do you know why you keep coming here Jeff, cause God\’s Spirit is drawing you. You are being given a chance to see the truth. He loves you Jeff. You say you tried Christianity but I know you didn\’t try Jesus. Cause if you did you wouldn\’t be where you are now. It\’s a relationship and not a religion.I was once 17 too. The teenage years are confusing times when you are finding out what your place in the world will be. Jeff I care for you. I care what becomes of you and so do a lot of other people who come to this page.I used to be just like you. I was the biggest Led Zepplin fan you could find. I actually even got to see them in concert in 1974 at the old Montreal Forum. I had many questions and tried many different things but everything kept pointing back to Jesus. I encourage you to dig deeper into Christianity. You will be very surprised what you find. Many sceptics set out to try and disprove Jesus and who He is and wound up becoming believers.

  33. Shelley said:

    Amen GerryI thank God for you brother. When we obey Jesus\’s sayings our house on rock will stand the test of every storm and anything that life throws our way. We will have fruit on good trees.

  34. Ya umm religion dude Im a good catholic and all but tell me how do you get so much comments and your page is always on the updated section ? Please reply on my page with a comment greatly appreciated .

  35. Great points, Gerry. With no foundation, we will fall – simple fact. Thanks for your encouragement on my space…every word is appreciated.

  36. according to your guidelines, you state that any comment which is not in a ccordance to jesus or god is not welcomed. Therefore, this leads me to believe that you are afraid of possibly second guessing your faith so you only surround yourselves with one-tracked minds.

  37. you will never speak of her like that again she takes your faith and has no problems with me being the way i am i love her inthusiasm for god but i dont share the same experince she dosent go to church and that is her choice she is my love and the only thing i need or ever will need and how can i go to hell if there is no such thing hell hasnt been proven ether. the devil as you call him is in every one around you even in the people in your church.

  38. Rosemary said:

    Nice blog Gerry, heard it a million times…..but always a good one..even tho my husband is a devolper and building on packed sand is really good…but we know the real message…THE ROCK!!!!!!!!!! its really interesting reading your comments…its like they all are talking to each other and your not even there..lol…and I was right about that \’Richard\’ guy….ca—reeep and you were right about \’satan\’ he left me alone…plus I am not public anymore….I will continue to pray for you and your work..and why don\’t you get paid?? we pay our ministers REAL well…maybe you should come to Ont..we are seeking a pastor now..keep it up. its my coffee time too..sure beats the devotional book I am going thru now…no fun comments…

  39. Melissa said:

    Hey, I wanted to know something. I haven\’t been to church since I moved here in Quebec, and I haven\’t been spending enough time with the lord because my life is really confusing right now. I wanted to know if there was anything I could do to change that.. I don\’t even know if you\’d be able to help, but if so I\’d appreciate it.

  40. I just have a simple question. Once, long ago… I was a christian… but God never spoke to me at all. why? Did he not want me to believe?

  41. Hey Gerry,Reading all the comments left on your blog is very interesting. It\’s like all these people are angry with you, but we know that it is not you are not the true cause of their rage. Out of all the blogs, I have visited no one else gets this sort of response. I think it is twofold, one reason is because presenting a message that is diametrically opposed to the worlds philosophy. Why don\’t muslims, buddists, kabbalists, atheists, scientologists, etc… get this open vilification from readers? The answer if obvious: there is something about the exclusive claims of Christ that reveals the nature of the human heart. Its all about Jesus and who he is. We are not here prompting church, christianity, or religion, no we simply hold out the message and person of Jesus. People can rail and rage all day long against you, but that will never bring them peace. You are not the source of their misery and angst, you\’re simply not that powerful. You are, however, making a difference by sharing the word. Keep on proclaiming!

  42. BlackFog0The Bible says that once you are saved, you are never the same again, you are a new creature (2 Cor. 5:17). If you have gone back to your old ways, then most probably you were never saved. If, however, you were saved, then God won\’t let you stay in rebellion for long. He will deal with you in whatever way is necessary to bring you back into fellowship with Him. He still loves you.

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