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Summary: I want you all to think this morning about attitude!

Build Your House Upon the Rock

Sunday November 26,2000

This morning we want to speak on building our salvation our faith and our life.

I want you all to think this morning about attitude!

I want to take our text this morning from,

Matthew 7:24-27

24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

Our subject today is Building Your House Upon The Rock.

As we study together you should be able to see that you are building your house either on the Rock, Christ Jesus, or upon the Sand, Fleshly Lusts.

Consider with us this message of our Lord and be a wise man by building your house upon the Rock.

Don’t let the devil deceive you into thinking that your life can be safe and secure when you build it upon the sand.

Your house will be tested by the storms of life and only the house built on the Rock will stand.

Our text begins with the word, therefore, which implies that for some specific reason the Lord was telling us this element of His truth.

Let us back up and read a little to get the context of what the Lord is teaching.

Matthew 7:15-23

15 “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep, but are really wolves that will tear you apart.

16 You can detect them by the way they act, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit. You don’t pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles.

17 A healthy tree produces good fruit, and an unhealthy tree produces bad fruit.

18 A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit.

19 So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire.

20 Yes, the way to identify a tree or a person is by the kind of fruit that is produced.

We see here that,

Israel was warned against false prophets, and the church is warned against false teachers, but both classes come in sheep’s clothing.

Let’s read just a few verses from 2 Peter to get a little better idea what Jesus is talking about in these previous verses.

2 Peter 2:1-6

1 But there were also false prophets in Israel, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly teach their destructive heresies about God and even turn against their Master who bought them. Theirs will be a swift and terrible end.

2 Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of them, Christ and his true way will be slandered.

3 In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money. But God condemned them long ago, and their destruction is on the way.

4 For God did not spare even the angels when they sinned; he threw them into hell, in gloomy caves and darkness until the judgment day.

5 And God did not spare the ancient world—except for Noah and his family of seven. Noah warned the world of God’s righteous judgment. Then God destroyed the whole world of ungodly people with a vast flood.

6 Later, he turned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into heaps of ashes and swept them off the face of the earth. He made them an example of what will happen to ungodly people.

We are to recognize them by their fruits.

That is what we are to watch for in their lives.

21 “Not all people who sound religious are really godly. They may refer to me as ‘Lord,’ but they still won’t enter the Kingdom of Heaven. The decisive issue is whether they obey my Father in heaven.

You can run around and mouth about living by the Golden Rule, but the point is:

Are you doing the will of the Father in heaven?

If you are doing His will, you’ll come to Christ, recognizing that you need a Savior.

22 On judgment day many will tell me, ‘Lord, Lord, we prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’

23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Go away; the things you did were unauthorized.’

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