“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” (Matthew 7:25,26)
Read those verses again. Isn’t this what we’re seeing today; heavy rains and floods? But when you think about this scripture, for some reason, you tend to think it only refers to beach front property. This is because we only thought about the man who built his house on the sand. Therefore, we’ve assumed this verse only applies to those intending to build on the beach. But that’s not the whole truth. Though it applies to homeowners there, Jesus also said, ‘on the rock’, which would include all homeowners and all properties. This is because all homes are built on a foundation of either concrete which is made of ‘a coarse gravel or crushed rocks…along with finer materials1’ such as the sand the foolish man used. This means when building a home, you can either build it on rocks or sand. But let’s bring this into today with the floods in the Gulf. How would this apply to them?
The Lord said that whoever hears and does what He says will not fall. Often when you hear that, you think He’s only referring to the person; as if to say that when the storms of life come, you will not fall and that’s absolutely true. But the Lord is so wise that while He’s telling us how to ensure the safety of our person, He also provides us insight on how to ensure the safety of the construction of our homes. I got to thinking about this over the weekend with the floods in the Gulf. I kept seeing posts about pray and while I did, I soon saw that us praying the storms away is good, but then it only sends it away to others, whom we’ll again have to pray for. So, I started to think structurally; meaning, as believers, we know storms will come. In fact, the rain, flood and winds beat on the wise and the foolish man’s house. But how can we, and those impacted by the storm, stay protected?
Facing a Storm
Those impacted by the storms must do what the Lord did when He faced His. They’re going to have to move into and rebuild their homes on the rock; which as the Lord told Peter in Matthew 16:18,19, is the revelation of God’s Word, in that the gates of hell cannot prevail or penetrate it. Meaning not even a hell sent storm can penetrate their homes. They (and you) are going to have to get a revelation of Matthew 7:25 which says, ‘…whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.' This means they’re going to have to get a revelation that when it says, ‘…it did not fall’, that neither will their homes. In other words, neither will their homes incur any damage; be it submergence or structural. That means no seeping, wood warping, mold, sewage backup, broken pipes, carpet damage, or roof leaks. This seems impossible, especially if you live in flood prone areas. But I think this is what the Lord wants us to do in our time, in 2017, with our storms. Because isn’t this essentially what He did when He faced His?
Protected from Storm Damage
In Matthew 14:22-33, while going to the disciples during a hurricane, did the Lord incur any damages while walking on the water? And let’s not forget when He was found resting soundly during another tropical storm in Mark 4:26-41. Him walking and resting during His storms, 2000 years ago, says to us in 2017, that we can and must do the same during ours. Meaning, we can confidently believe and confess that are our homes are protected from all storms. The problem is that, we’ve mistakenly wanted to pray the storms away and in some instances, we can. But for those that won’t go away, our job is to believe and confess that our homes are protected from the damage caused by the storm which includes leaks, submergence and all types of structural damage. It doesn’t matter if rescuers come to your neighbors sand built house, yours can still be underwater – not incurring any type of excessive damage. Not saying there won't be any damage, because there may be some. But it won't be any excessive, life-altering, I lost everything type of damage. So…
Pray this with me: Heavenly Father, this seems a little far-fetched. But if I truly believe that Jesus walked on the sea and slept during a hurricane, then surely, I can believe that even in the face of a flood, my home does not have to incur any damage. Help mu unbelief Lord. In Jesus’ name.
Believing this takes time. That’s because you grow in faith.
To help you develop, begin to confess these daily over your home.
Confess this with me:
Even though it’s raining and flooding, my home is founded on Jesus and will not incur any leaks, submergence or structural damage. (Matthew 7:25)
Lord, like You shut Noah and his family into the ark during the flood, I thank You that You have shut me and mine into ours. The water wasn’t able to leak through the ark and neither will it leak into ours. (Genesis 7:16) Be sure to also read, 'Maturing in the Storm.'
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