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Upon This Rock I Stand
Or In Whom Do You Trust?

Cross Psalms 18:2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

There is so much happening in the world today. At every turn, there is something else to cause you to 'slip' in your spiritual walk, if you aren't careful. People tug at you at every side. This voice keeps trying to make you believe there's no reason to go on - you can't make it, so why try.

Your spiritual walk is like your health - you have to 'feed' it - you 'need' it! Your body can't grow without food - your Spirit can't grow without food.

When you started out on this 'pilgrim journey', God was right there beside you. He wanted to guide you every step of the way. You didn't become an 'instant success', nor did you become perfect [mature] in the Word the first time you read the Bible. But you knew that He was the one that you wanted to 'spend the rest of your life' serving, because He had made such a change in you in that instant!!

Then along comes the adversary - that little PEST that sits on your shoulder every waking minute, and sometimes, while you are asleep, planting those awful thoughts in your mind. He gives you suggestions on what to do, how to do it, where to go to have fun, to get peace......and all the time, your Spirit man is saying, don't do that; it will only bring you pain. Right then is the time to take control! Can that little pest give you "PEACE that passeth all understanding"? Look at what the Lord says:

John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Can the little pest give you 'life everlasting'? Look what the Word says about that:

Galatians 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Matthew 16:19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

It's time the people of God stand up and take charge - the devil is stealing the people, the children - and the WORD right out from under you! IF you have built anything upon what the World can provide, then you won't stand. If God isn't in the Master Plan of your life, the adversary has stolen what God meant for good. He has tricked you into believing you are fine without the Word, God, the Church, or anything to do with the Christian life.

A disciple is a 'disciplined follower' of Christ. To be disciplined, you have to be able to forgo what your mind might tell you is right, and let the Spirit lead, guide, and direct every facet of your life! To be a disciplined follower of Christ, you have to read the Word, meditate on the Word, pray, LISTEN to the Spirit, and get SELF under control. You have to be able to say, as we tell our youngsters, NO!

Today is the day that you need a 'checkup' on WHOM you are following. What does your plan for your life tell you? Have you vacated all of life's goodies to follow Christ? Do you put GOD ahead of everything and everybody, or does He just fall in there when it's convenient for you? Do you let the devil tell you that God's promises aren't for now, that it's just 'good reading' - that perhaps those things DID happen hundreds of years ago, but not today?

If you can't truly say that you have placed ALL your FAITH in the Solid ROCK, the Master builder, JESUS CHRIST, and took a stand against the wiles of the devil in your life, then, my friend, you need a meeting with the one that can change your life today!! It's never too late, as long as there's breath in you, to ask God for a new beginning, a new lease on life, that true peace that only HE can bring. You only have to recognize that you have a need in your life for something new, forgiveness of your sins, that HE is what he says He is, that HE will DO what he says He will do, and that He was crucified, buried and rose again for your sins, and is now at the right hand of the Father, to intercede for you.......and that HE has given the free gift of GRACE by FAITH for you to gain eternal life with Him - and reign with Him, when He returns for his people. The CHURCH or BRIDE he's coming after will have NO spot or wrinkle - will be 'pure white' - by the GRACE of GOD. He's a merciful God; He's waiting on you now.

Heavenly Father, once again, we thank you for sending your Son to rescue the lost, to show them the way to that blessed promised land! Woo them, Lord, to you, and give them the love that only You can give, the peace of mind that comes with being born-again, accepted into the Kingdom of God, and becoming and HEIR to the Kingdom!! We give you praise, honor, and Glory, in Jesus name. Amen.

The Solid Rock

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Written ©September 11, 1999 by Barbara Sanders. All rights reserved.
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