Prayer request for Pamela Puzon: I received a prayer request from Melissa Puzon for her daughter Pamela who is hospitalized and seriously ill. You will remember that Melissa’s husband died just recently. This is an urgent request for prayer for Pamela. Please beseech our loving Father to intercede immediately.
We Shall Not Be Moved
There is nothing more important than having a firm foundation in Jesus Christ so that we shall not be moved. What does it mean when we say, Christ is our foundation? Most of the world has heard that Jesus is the foundation and it has not brought about their conversion or caused a change in the way that they live. How much has it changed our life?
We know that we are to build on that foundation stone, and not upon sand. But, there is not one Protestant minister who does not also know that! What does it actually mean when it is said that we are to build on Jesus Christ? How do we build? What do we build? How do we know if our foundation is sure? How can we know that we shall not be moved? We go to church on Saturday instead of Sunday—what else is there to do?
How do we act or think differently now that we claim to be built on the foundation which is Christ? The foundation is the support part of a structure, and it bears all the weight and forces. The foundation of things built is that part which anchors, carries and transmits all of its weight and forces directly to the earth beneath it. Jesus used this tried and tested building technique as an analogy for Christian character growth when He demonstrated that using His name alone was insufficient for salvation (Luke 13:25).
Matthew 7:21, 24-27 Not everyone that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven… Therefore whosoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that hears these sayings of mine, and does them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
The difference between those founded on Jesus
Christ and those of the world comes down to a matter of performance and doing those sayings of Jesus. Those people in the world hear with the ear, but they do not heed the teachings of Jesus. They do not do what Jesus says is necessary to be done. It is therefore incumbent upon us to know and follow Jesus instructions and the example that He set for us with His life. We are to come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:13). That is a tall order, and cannot be achieved without the help of God (Hebrews 13:6).
As little as it is practiced, everyone knows that Jesus taught about peace and love and forgiveness etc. But how many understand that Jesus taught with the example of His life? He said, I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you (John 13:15). How far does He want us to go in emulating His life, not that we could ever equal or surpass His perfect standard?
Jesus Christ courageously faced death knowing and believing that His Father was sure and faithful to raise Him up (Ephesians 1:20). In fact, that was the only sign that Jesus ever gave that He was indeed the Messiah. God the Father raised Him to life after three days and three nights, and did not allow His body to see corruption (Acts 13:35). Does Jesus expect us to be willing to face death in the way that He did?
It is a fact that Jesus Christ came to this earth as Savior. Do we comprehend that we are to follow His example and also become co-saviors with Christ? Who among us is willing to set all aside and lay down our life for others just as Jesus did (John 10:15)? “Let him know, that he which converts the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death (James 5:20).” When we make the things of Jesus Christ our sure foundation, then we shall not be moved.
Acts 2:25 David speaks concerning Jesus Christ, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for He is on my right hand, that I should not be moved. (Psalm 16:8)
Your brother in Christ,