Build Your House on the Rock

Jesus said in Matthew 7:24-27, “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.”
This pivotal passage at the end of the sermon on the mount demonstrates how Jesus spoke with authority. Jesus always highly prized his words. Note these passages:
John 8:31 “abide in my words” truly disciples of mine (love is not the only thing that determines one to be a disciple)
John 12:48 “rejects me and receives not my words” has a judge, the word I have spoken
Luke 9:26 whoever is “ashamed of Me and of My words,” I will be ashamed
Matthew 24:35 my “words” will not pass away
John 6:63 the “words” I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.
John 8:47 “He who is of God hears the words of God”
John 10:24 “He who does not love Me does not keep My words”
John 15:7 “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
Jesus asks us to listen to him and to act upon his words, not to ignore what he says. Foolish men build their houses on sand by acting as they please rather than listening to the Lord.
Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it” (Luke 11:28). Jesus promises that both he and Father will love and dwell with the one who keeps his word (John 14:23).
Build your house upon a rock by listening and obeying. Building on sand means you heard God but did what you wanted. That simply won’t work.

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