Wednesday, September 23, 2009

How To Survive A Flood

Luke 6:48
He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock, and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock.

People in Atlanta are dealing with severe flash flooding. After months of drought they now have to deal with the other extreme of flash flooding. Roads, golf courses, and subdivisions are submerged under water. One lady was interviewed on CNN and she was still living in her home with her whole street flooded. She was living upstairs with downstairs underwater. She still had her home with some water damage but it was still standing because her home had been built on a firm foundation.

One of the first things a contractor will do when building any house is to lay a foundation.

1. The basic experience, idea, or attitude on which a way of life or belief is based: respect for the law is the foundation of commercial society.

2. A construction below the ground that distributes the load of a building, wall, etc.

3. The base on which something stands

4. The act of founding
The foundation will make sure the house withstands storms, is not easily shifted, and it doesn’t move by outside forces. This principle goes all the way back to Jesus’ day. Jesus said, “When someone hears his teachings and actually does them he sets a firm foundation.”

It is not enough to hear the Word of God but you must do what the Word of God says. Many of us are tossed and driven by every wind of new teaching because we don’t have a strong foundation. You can listen to great preaching every week and still not have a strong foundation. You can read the bible every day and still not have a firm foundation. It is only when you hear the Word and do what it says that God begins to pour the concrete in the foundation of your life.

When the floods of Life come they will test what you have built. The house represents what we construct in our lives, our careers, families, ministries, businesses, unless the Lord builds the house the builders build in vain. What we build will be tested by storms and streams.

The streams represent the currents of culture, the rapids of religion, and the waves of the world. These outside influences can beat against a house visciously in the time of storm but if our foundation is set then they can huff, and they can puff, but they will not be able to blow the house down because our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus Christ and his righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus name. On Jesus Christ, the Solid Rock, I stand. All other ground is sinking sand!

Dear God, strengthen my foundation through obedience to your word. Though the storms of life will come, I’m sure I will survive the flood because my soul has been anchored in the Lord. Just like a tree planted by the waters I shall not be moved. I’ve been through the fire, I’ve come through the flood but I’m still here. I’ve been kept by your love.

In Jesus Name,


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