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The Rock

I want to share with you a passage that was my favorite scripture growing up as a kid. .
It’s a scripture that God put on my heart to share with you this morning.
I don’t remember exactly when it was but I got assigned this verse for an Easter program or something like that but I grew to love it because of the vivid picture that it paints in my mind.
But you see though I loved this scripture then, but I didn’t really get it.
Anybody see a movie that you saw before as a kid, or heard a song you used to sing as a kid?
But now as an adult you go wow that really went over my head. I didn’t really know what I was singing.
Well that’s this verse for me. I could recite it from memory but didn’t know what this was about.
Matthew 7:26–27 ESV
And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
Matthew 7:2
Now I’m not gonna ask if you’ve ever had some storms in your life, cause I know you have
Anybody not too proud to admit they built their house on some mean sandy stuff?
You just ain’t know you was on some sandy stuff until the rain came? Until the wind came?
If you don’t know what I mean I’ll tell you about my stuff
You see what you built a house on is what you put your faith in, what you decieded to put your trust in, what you rely upon
I built a house on a job. But I got laid off.
I’ve put my trust in a job. And I got laid off.
I put my faith in people that have let me down.
I’ve decied to rely upon self-determination, and hard work and I got sick, again and again.
I’ve read about some people that build there house upon their finances, and then the econmy crashed and even the banks needed to be bailed out.
Is your faith in your education, but even colleges lose accreditation, or even close
Anybody not too proud to admit that in the past they built some houses on some sandy stuff. But not no more.
But verse 24-25 is the good news.
Matthew 7:25 ESV
And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.
Matthew 7:24–25 ESV
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.
Matthew
You see cause when I was a kid, I didn’t really know about storms.
I’m sure you’ve been in a storm or two and you know what it’s like to have the rain fall,
and the floods rise, it goes from ankle deep, to your wading in
and the win beat against against you, some times again and again.
Who out there has had the storm finally pass by and you realize that you are standing on the rock.
Is there anybody out there that has been some storms or maybe you’re in a storm right but you’re glad you have the.
rock that the builders rejected.
A stonghold that cannot be shaken
A rock that is unchanging.
Psalm 62:6 NASB95
He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken.
1 Samuel 2:2 NASB95
“There is no one holy like the Lord, Indeed, there is no one besides You, Nor is there any rock like our God.
Psalm 18:2 NASB95
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Praise God for the rock that he is. He don’t lay you off, he don’t eve need to be bailed out, he won’t ever leave you or forsake you.
Isaiah
Isaiah 26:4 NASB95
“Trust in the Lord forever, For in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock.
I know about that Rock, the only reason I’m alive today.
The only reason I didn’t get left dead laying in some gutter.
The only reason I that though I broke down, I wasn’t broken.
The only reason I’m standing in a pulpit and not sitting in a jail cell.
Do you know about that rock.
I love the way Marvin Sapp says it “ Standing on the Rock the rock of my salvation, standing on the rock, the rock in the weary land. Standing on the Rock. The Rock of Ages, On Chris the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.
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