“Rock-Solid” life. A life where you’re not easily shaken or moved by outward circumstances. A life where you’re not afraid when a storm comes or when the tides of problems rise. That’s the kind of life that your heavenly Father created you to live. He didn’t plan for some people to live solid, predictably good lives and for others to be tossed to and from living lives of upheaval, turmoil and change.
That’s what Jesus was saying in Matthew 7:24 and 25. Listen: “Therefore, whoever hears these sayings of mine and does them, I will compare him to a wise man, who built his house upon a rock. And, when the rain descended and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house – it didn’t fall; because it was founded upon a rock.”
There. You have Jesus’ word for it. God’s will is for you to not fall, even in the most severe storms that this life can throw at you. The strength isn’t a strength that YOU have to develop within yourself, it’s the strength of the ROCK that you are building your life on.
First Corinthians 3:11 says that Jesus Christ is the only foundation that you can build your life on, and expect it to last through the storms of life. In John 1:1-3, it says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God…All things were made by Him and without Him was nothing made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.”
So, the way you build your life on the Rock of Jesus today, is to build your life on the life-giving principles of the Word of God. It’s the only way to be sure that you’re walking in the light of God and that He can bless the decisions you’re making.
James 1:22 puts it this way: “Be doers of the Word and not hearers only – deceiving your own selves. Because, if any man is only a hearer and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his face in a mirror. He looks at himself and then goes his way, immediately forgetting what kind of man he was. But, whosoever looks into the perfect law of liberty (the Word of God) and continues in it, this man shall be blessed in his deeds.”
A lot of people come to church and like to sing, feel the presence of the Holy Spirit and then listen to an inspiring message. They’re just hearers, unless they put it into practice in their daily lives. That’s why you might have friends who go to church and enjoy it, but they’re lacking the blessing of God in their day-to-day lives.
They hear the message, faith comes, they decide to live according to God’s Word, and they even pray about it. Only to go out and live like they did before. Like a person looking in a mirror, and then going out and forgetting what sort of person he is.
See, the Bible is “the perfect law of liberty.” When you look into this book, you see what sort of person you are, in God. You discover what God wants to do in your life. It lets you know that you’re free from the old inferiorities, the old addictions, the old adequacies and the old failings. That’s why it’s called the perfect law of your life. Spiritual, material and physical.
When you bring what God says in His Word to your friends, they’ll see the good that God has for them, as well as the bad that comes from ignoring Him. They’ll see the bondage that comes from keeping God distant.
“Acquaint now thyself with Him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.” That’s Job 22:21. Who does the “acquainting?” YOU do! Some people are waiting for God to reveal Himself to them, but God is waiting for THEM to reveal THEMSELVES to HIM! Let your friend know that God is waiting to meet him or her.
Other people are waiting for the “right time.” They say, “It’s not my time yet.” Well, God says that now IS the time to acquaint themselves with Him. Why?
Because, first of all PEACE will come. Second, GOOD will come into their lives. They won’t have to go after the good, it will come to them!
When a person tells me that he isn’t ready yet, I usually follow this course:
“Tell me. If you’re not ready NOW, when do you suppose you WILL be ready?” They might say, “In six months.” Or, “when I get out of the military.” Or, “When I get out of school.”
Then I ask, “When you DO acquaint yourself with God, and are at peace, HOW DO YOU SUPPOSE YOUR LIFE WILL BE DIFFERENT? How do you suppose you’ll feel?”
Then, I listen. They’ll tell me about the bad things, bad habits and bad feelings that’ll change. They’ll tell me how they’ll feel better, and will feel good about life and other people and about God.
Then, I ask, “Why is it that you want to PUT OFF having all those good changes? Can you think of a better time than NOW to begin living the kind of life you’ve been telling me about?”
Guess what happens? Usually, the Spirit of God has already been dealing with their hearts, or they wouldn’t be in a conversation like that in the first place. You can count on that.
Second, they WON’T be able to think of a better time than now with God and to be at peace. Or, to find themselves in a position of favor with God.
So, THAT’S the moment of prayer. Simply ask something like this: “What could be better than bowing our heads together and talking to God about becoming acquainted with Him?” If they’re shy, or in a place where you can’t openly pray, simply say, “Maybe you could bow your head and make acquaintance with God silently, where you are. I’ll sit here quietly until you’re through.”
That’s the beginning of helping a person live a rock-solid life, with the blessing of God on all that they do. It’s also part of YOUR living a rock solid life – because you’re doing what Jesus did. You’re introducing people to the Heavenly Father.” He that wins souls is wise.”
It’s your way of living out John 13:34-35. That’s where Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you. Love one another. By this shall everybody know that you are my disciples, if you have love for each other.”
Jesus said in John 15:5-8 that He is the vine and we are the branches. The vine gives life to the branch, which is the fruit producing part of the vine. If you’re connected to the vine, you’re GOING to be producing fruit! Peoples’ lives are GOING to be changed because of your reaching out to them in love.
In James 2:20, you’ll find that faith that doesn’t produce works is “dead” faith. So, you’re not really a Believer unless you’re a DOER. If you’re not DOING the Words of God, you’re building your house on the sand. It’s not just religious talk, but obeying what God says.
Jesus said the Father always heard His prayers, because Jesus did the things that please the Father. When you listen to His Word, and do it, you become a “Father-Pleaser,” like Jesus was.
And, like Jesus, it won’t be YOU that’s doing the work, but the Father working IN you. he gives you the desire and He also brings it to pass in your life (Eph. 3:20).
He’s your wisdom (1 Cor. 1:30), and in Him, you’re complete, lacking nothing (Col. 1:9. 2 Cor. 6:1 says that you have become a co-laborer with Him. That’s why your life is solid, and what you do is blessed by God!