Castles in the Sand

Posted on 07/14/2013 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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KING OF KINGS

King of Kings and Lord of Lords
Glory, Hallelujah!
King of Kings and Lord of Lords
Glory, Hallelujah!

Jesus, Prince of Peace
Glory, Hallelujah!
Jesus, Prince of Peace
Glory, Hallelujah!


I SURRENDER ALL

All to Jesus I surrender
All to him I freely give
I will ever love and trust him
In his presence daily live

All to Jesus I surrender
Humbly at his feet I bow
Worldly pleasures all forsaken
Take me, Jesus, take me now

All to Jesus I surrender
Lord, I give my self to thee
Fill me with thy love and power
Let thy blessing fall on me

I surrender all
I surrender all
All to thee, my blessed Savior
I surrender all


HE IS LORD

For he is Lord, he is Lord
He has risen from the dead
and he is Lord
Every knee shall bow
Every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord

For you're my Lord, you're my Lord
You have risen from the dead
and you're my Lord
Every knee shall bow
Every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord



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Let's read today from Matthew chapter seven, verses 24 through 27.

"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."


Now, for most of us, there are things in our life that are not founded upon the Word of God. There are castles we've built just because we wanted to build them, and we have built them on shifting sand.

In Psalm 127 verse one we read, "Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it." If you're building your life on anything other than the solid foundation of God's Word, your works won't stand. And if you're building things that are not God's plan for your life, then you're wasting your time.

But when you build your life upon the solid rock of God's Word, and seek for His direction in everything you do, you'll see a magnificant building begin to take shape, and it will stand through every storm life brings your way.

As you begin to build your life according to God's awesome plans for you, there is one very important thing you should keep in mind. If you don't realize this one vital truth, you may be tempted to feel as though you are going nowhere:

A tent doesn't take very long to pitch, but it isn't suitable as a permanent home. A structure made of plywood nailed together without any real foundation may take shape fairly quickly, but it's going to fail you when you need it the most.

A magnificant castle isn't pitched in an hour, or thrown together in a day. The foundation alone can take weeks, months, or years. And you might be tempted to start thinking God is not doing anything in your life, or that you're not moving forward.

Because it's in our human nature, we tend to become so impatient and restless, and then new and exciting paths and opportunities will excitedly to us, glittering and shimmering as only the very best fool's gold can.

But Isaiah says this: "Those who wait upon the Lord will renew their strength; they will mount up with wings as eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint." It is in waiting in the presence of the Lord, and seeking God's presence and direction at the beginning of each new day, that we find the strength, the courage, and the faith we need to move forward, and it is in those times of intimate fellowship with Jesus that we sometimes see more clearly just how far we've come, and we might even get glimpses into what lies ahead.

One thing I would like to point out before we close is that our passage for today about the wise and foolish people is the summary of Jesus' message. He gave a long and powerful sermon covering every facet of life, and then he concluded by saying:

"The one who hears these words I've spoken to you and puts them into practice is like a wise person who builds their house on a rock; the rains fell, the floods came, and the winds blew, and they beat upon that house, but it stood strong because it was founded on the rock.

"On the other hand, the one who hears these words I've spoken to you and does not put them into practice is like a foolish person who builds their house on the sand; the rains fell, the floods came, and the winds blew, and they beat upon that house, and it fell; and great was its fall."

You might have heard about the pro-abortion activists who have been gathering tampons, pads, feces, urine, and bricks, which they were intending to throw at senators who support the ban on abortions after 20 weeks. To me, that gives me the immediate mental image of a bunch of monkeys in the trees, jumping up and down and screaming as they throw poop at the people down below. I'm not trying to sound gross, but that's what monkeys do.

Well, when your view of reality is built on anything besides the solid foundation of God's word, your house of mental sanity is going to lean at best. And for more and more of the world today, their mental castles are falling.

This world is going bonkers -- the masses are going stark raving mad.

2 Timothy 3:3-4, 7 (NKJV)

3 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:
2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,
4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,

7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.


Are we in the last days? You decide. Racial violence has escalated. Violent, anti-Truth protests and attacks are rising quickly. If you speak out against the sins that are separating people from God and from life, you're called a bigot, an extremest, and a lot of names I won't repeat here, and some of the people hurling the insults are people supposedly in the Church.

Even those we've elected to lead us are giving our money to our enemies, while spitting on the Faith that once made our country great. We put paedophiles, sodomites, and haters of God in authority over us, because that is who we have become.

I read a report of the recent incident in which a street preacher was physically attacked by members of a homosexual crowd, and was violently beaten. In the comments under the article, some of the readers were cheering the attackers, saying that it's about time the tables were turned, and chanting, "Go, gays, go!"

The world is filled with people who scoff at the few who are carefully building their houses on the rock, and they are screaming intollerance when those few suggest that the sand is a disasterous place to build and that their houses are going to be destroyed.


2 Timothy 3:12-17 (NKJV)

12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.
14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them,
15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.


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