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Building Your House on the Rock (Sermon)

Building Your House on the Rock (Sermon)

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This sermon talks about Jesus' example of wise and foolish builders in Matthew 7:24-27, and explains that the true meaning of obedience is following the instructions of the Holy Spirit. This sermon challenges Christians to be doers of the word and not just hearers, and to take God at His word and see the benefits of obedience.
This sermon talks about Jesus' example of wise and foolish builders in Matthew 7:24-27, and explains that the true meaning of obedience is following the instructions of the Holy Spirit. This sermon challenges Christians to be doers of the word and not just hearers, and to take God at His word and see the benefits of obedience.

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Building Your House on the Rock 
 Matthew 7:24-27 
Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount is the highest standard of ethical behavior that has
ever been put forth by anyone. Most ethical systems focus on outward actions andfairness, but Jesus goes deeper and focuses on our attitude and thoughts. Jesus taught that
 
… Hatred is the same as murder.
 
… If a man looks at a woman lustfully, he has already committed adultery with her in his
heart.
… We should not make oaths, but let our yes be yes and our no, no.
 
… We should
turn the other cheek.
… We should love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.… We should not let our left hand know what our right hand is doing when giving,
meaning that we should do it quietly and not to draw attention to ourselves.
… We sho
uld remove the plank from our own eye before removing the speck from our 
 brother’s eye.
  No other ethical system sets such a high standard. Everyone, even those who arenot Christians, agree that Jesus was a sage moral teacher based on his Sermon on theMo
unt. Jesus said, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” No one is perfect and Jesus was saying that we need God’s Holy Spirit to transform our hearts
. Theonly way we can change is from the inside-out, not from the outside-in. In the OldTestament, God promised that He would take away our hearts of stone and give us heartsof flesh, and He write His laws on our hearts. He does this by His Holy Spirit.True obedience requires listening to and obeying the Holy Spirit. This is why, asJesus concludes his sermon in Matthew 7:21-23, He says that many who claim to beChristians and have done many things for God have not actually obeyed Him. Jesus istalking about people who choose what they want to do instead of obeying God
 — 
there isa big difference.
Making sacrifices for God’s sake is not obeying God.
We cannot pick and choose what words of Jesus we want to obey, we must simply obey whatever it isthat God sets before us. The Holy Spirit will tell us one thing at a time
 — 
it may be easy or difficult. But our responsibility is to do this thing, not to do something else.Maybe the Holy Spirit will tell you to stay at home and study instead of going outwith your friends. Or not go out clubbing with your friends. Or forgiving someone whohas done something wrong to you. Or being diligent at work when no one is watching.The Holy Spirit will give you one thing to do at a time
 — 
your job is to do this thing andnot something else.In the Old Testament, King Saul tried substitute what God said for somethingelse. He even brought hundreds or thousands of bulls and rams to be sacrificed to God,
 but God sent the prophet Samuel to say, “To obey is better than sacrifice.” Sacrifice is nosubstitute for obedience. We don’t want to go to heaven and say, “L
ord, I did this and this
and this for you,” and have Him tell us that we never obeyed Him at all. Do you read the
 
Bible to listen for God’s command? When you came to church this morning, did you
come to listen for what God wants you to do?
James 1:
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourself. Do what it says.”
 
If we hear the words of Jesus and say, “Yes, that is the truth. It is good. I agreewith God,” but then we live a different way, we are deceiving ourselves. We are living a
lie. Dwayn
e says that this is called cognitive dissonance. We shouldn’t be this type of Christian. It’s not good for anyone, especially ourselves.Don’t come to God just to fulfill a religious ritual. God’s serious about you … get
serious with Him! What would happen if you made a real effort to obey God completely,in every aspect of your life? Are you willing to try? Have you considered it? Why notgive it a try?
Let’s take God at His word.
He promises that we will experience life tothe full, that He will send His Holy Spirit so that we live in power and love, and that wewill receive 100 times more than whatever we have had to give up. God promises not toshortchange us.
Psalm 37:4 
“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
 Many people who are not Christians look down on those who believe because we
 believe with our mouth and head, but not really with our whole heart. We don’t put the
words of Jesus into practice.
It’s true … Jesus does call us to a radically different way
of living. His standard is
indeed high, but it’s not impossible to live according to Jesus’ words. It starts with very
simply obedience to what the Holy Spirit reveals to you, moment by moment. Step bystep, the Holy Spirit will lead you to know what you should do. As you get out of theservice, as you spend time with your family this evening, as you go to work or schooltomorrow
 —ask the Holy Spirit living inside you, “What now, Lord?” And when He tells
you something, just obey. Be like Nike and just do it.
You see, you don’t need to dress inwhite robes and speak with “thees” and “thous” to obey Jesus, but simply do what Hereveals to you. He won’t reveal everything at once, but just what you need to do one step
at a time.Maybe you are sleeping with your boyfriend or girlfriend. You may intend to get
married but you’re not now. Stop it! Maybe the Holy Spirit is telling you to set aside your 
full tithe, or to stop cheating your employer or the government. Make a decision to obey!We cannot substitute obedie
nce for sacrifice, and we can’t simply agree but not do it. For 
our Christianity to work, we need to put it into practice.
When we do things, it shouldn’t be because the pastor wants you to or your friends do, but just because God told you so and you’re doing what He said. Let’s say ittogether, “OK, God. I will obey. Show me that obedience is worth it.”
 In Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus gives very important reason why obedience is worth it.He says that the rain
will 
fall, the streams
will 
rise, and the winds
will 
 blow. If we walk inobedience, we will be safe, standing on a firm foundation. But if we do not have the habitof obedience, then we will face disaster, complete ruin. There are two senses here.First, obedience to God is a safe way of living here on this earth. It is aninvestment that will pay increasing dividends. For example, if you are diligent and

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