Jun 11, 2017 - Rev. Stephen Lohoefer
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- Stephen mentioned our lives can either be founded on Jesus or on other things, which don’t secure us. What is the foundation for your life?
- Are you facing any storms in life?
- How do Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:24-27 impact –how you understand these storms? –how you respond to these storms?
- Stephen mentions 3 ways to build our lives upon Jesus: 1) Knowing what Jesus knows; 2) Doing what Jesus does; and 3) Consistently desiring to be like Jesus. Which of these three is the most difficult for you? Which of these is easiest?
What if your life could be “storm proof?” What if, when the storms of life hit, you were unshakeable?
See, it is not a matter of if we will face storms in life, but rather how we will face the storms when they come. Storms of life come in all sorts of ways:
- Maybe it’s a relationship that’s just ended or is currently in shambles.
- Or when a routine doctor’s appointment uncovers a previously unseen illness.
- Or when that business deal you were counting on falls apart.
Maybe you’ve faced disturbances in your life such as these or you just know that the only thing you can always expect is that the unexpected will happen. Jesus talks about this in Matthew 7:24-27.
24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. 25 The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its fall!”
Rev. Stephen Lohoefer mentioned this week that just like there are hurricane proof homes, we can have storm proof lives when Jesus is the foundation of our lives. If we, like the wise man, build our lives upon following Jesus we can face whatever comes in our lives.
Now, Jesus doesn’t promise this will make our lives any easier, but he does promise that the storms in life do not have to devastate us. In Jesus there is hope beyond the storm.
Over the next week, spend the First 15 minutes of each day reading along in our Summer Bible reading plan. This week’s scheduled reading is the Gospel of Matthew, chapters 1-4. As you read, reflect on the gift of God in Jesus – that through the incarnation (a fancy word for saying God became flesh or human like us) we have an example of how we are called to live. Reflect on how Jesus shows us who God is and how God desires us to be.