"Every one then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And every one who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it." (Matthew 7:24-27)
I take this opportunity to prepare your heart as we engage ourselves in the awesome journey of 40 Days of WISDOM, VISION & PURPOSE as a family. When I began seeking the Lord concerning this apostolic project; the spirit of the Lord began to speak to me about a Foundation. In Psalms 11:3 the Bible posses this question to every believer “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?
1 Corinthians 3:9-12 “For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building. According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a Foundation, and another man is building upon it. Let each man take care how he builds upon it. For no other foundation can any one lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any one builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw”
The Foundation of a building bears the weight of the entire structure. If the Foundation is not properly laid the building will eventually collapse. The Foundation determines the STABILITY of the building. If we are going to survive the current spirit of apostasy and the doctrinal heresy of our day; one must make sure that the Foundation of his or her Christian life is sure. If we will survive the we must build upon the "rock" (Scriptural DOCTRINE) because our "foundation" will determine our ability to stand firm in this season.
THERE ARE FOUR PURPOSES TO STUDY DOCTRINE:
1. To GROUND our Faith firmly on the Word of God.
The Bible says in Colossians 2:7 , “Rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”
2. To INSTRUCT the believer how to function properly in the House of the Lord.
1 Timothy 3:15 “I am writing these instructions to you so that, if I am delayed, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the Church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of the truth”.
3. To EQUIP the Believer to do Good Works
2 Timothy 3:16,17 “All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work”.
4. To PREPARE the Believer for Spiritual Warfare.
Ephesians 6:17 “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God”.
SOUND DOCTRINE HELPS US...
1. To guard against DECEPTION
1 Timothy 4:1 “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by giving heed to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,
2.To Teach people how to OBSERVE the Word of God.
Matthew 28:19,20 "Go therefore and Make Disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you;
3. To give a REASON for our confidence in Jesus.
1 Peter 3:15 “Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
4. To shape our DESTINY
2 Peter 1:8 “For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
THERE ARE FOUR REQUIREMENTS FOR DOCTRINE;
1. Doctrine must be SOUND.
2 Timothy 4:3,4 “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths.
2. Doctrine must be PURE.
Titus 2:7,8 “Show yourself in all respects a model of good deeds, and in your teaching show integrity, gravity, and sound speech that cannot be censured, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say of us.
3. Doctrine must be based upon SCRIPTURE:
2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
4. Doctrine must be PRACTICAL.
Luke 11:28 “But he said, "Blessed rather are those who hear the Word of God and keep it!"
Psalm 19:7-11 “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever; the ordinances of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover they warn thy servant; and in keeping them there is a great reward”
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