The FaithOfJesus2 Daily Devotional


kjv@Revelation:14:12 @ Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

( FaithOfJesus thread begun by pcarr:RandyP )

Today's Verse:


kjv@Matthew:7:24 @ Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock;

kjv@Matthew:7:25 @ 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.

kjv@Matthew:7:26 @ And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand;

kjv@Matthew:7:27 @ 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.

kjv@Matthew:7:28 @ And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine;

kjv@Matthew:7:29 @ For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

Today's notes: These sayings of mine


Note: How many times have you left a lecture or sermon with the strong glow of illumination thinking that you understand exactly what has been said, excited to put it to immediate use, only to have the glow quickly fade? These people on this warm desert evening are leaving astounded and attempting to make sense and practice out of it, just as are we. Context says that they will all struggle with it; even the disciples. Parables say that they will receive it with joy and anon till it encounters pressure and resistance. We have asked what influence is over man to make him believe and do as he has. We have concluded amongst other things pressure/tension/fear/complication to be major factors determining such; another being our propensity to manufacture our own answers and expectations separate and unrealistic, detached from God's.

What is man believing/doing?:

"These sayings of mine" covers a whole lot of ground in two opposite directions. One can go about doing these sayings as any man would with or without Jesus Christ/Holy Spirit, manufacture the zeal and determination and resource, suddenly do what man has for the most part been unable to do in the past forty-two generations and longer. Else, one can be the poor (crucified) of spirit, of the light of Jesus transformed and reflecting discipleship given solely to a righteousness (God's) exceeding all other self born righteousness narrow path. Given the two extreme directions, we can pretty well predict which direction the human heart will want to go.

Lest we forget our manners, we should not be quick to judge these people. Remember that Jesus has not died yet nor been resurrected nor has the Holy Spirit become our instructor. Just as they cannot intellectually come to this understanding short of what is soon to come through Jesus, we cannot now come to the understanding short of the acceptance of what Jesus had then completed. It should be rather our condemnation, knowing what Jesus had completed, being now instructed thus by the Holy Spirit, to yet continue in the understandings and applications that any other man minus Christ intellectually is capable of manufacturing. These people have not this opportunity until after the blessed Pentecost.

What is making man to believe/do as he is doing?:

The obvious reply is that man thinks that he knows, that what is required to be known is already part of him. One can go down through this sermon item by item and not only show where man is failing at the level of individual items, but also combine the many items as an entire context and prove again where they are failing also at that. Narrow the focus down further to the individual man and much the same behavior will remain evident. Even after having been shown this weaknesses and failings, the man will likely insist upon a modified version of the same manufactured determination.

There is a further focus that must be added, one where delivered individuals are joined into a united fellowship with other delivered disciples in Christ and as one body be the light/salt initially pointed to in this sermon. Where we might now have a better understanding of the world in it's failings, with us and our failings, where then is the understanding that goes into a universal church to not be so defeated by these failings in order to overcome by Christ?


Think now of the sermon in light of a well populated spiritual body:

devotion:Matthew:5:1-12 - attitudes of believers instilled by Jesus

devotion:Matthew:5:13-16 - collected as a body to showcase a work only possible by Jesus

devotion:Matthew:5:17-20 - exceeding together as one in even that which could never be fulfilled before

devotion:Matthew:5:21-26 - exceeding as one in religious temperament, not to kill off the spiritual life of congregation

devotion:Matthew:5:27-30 - exceeding in the purity of desires and accountability of members to body

devotion:Matthew:5:31-32 - exceeding in marital unity

devotion:Matthew:5:33-37 - exceeding in willingness to go beyond reasonable expectations in judgment

devotion:Matthew:5:38-42 - exceeding in willingness to go beyond reasonable expectations when compelled

devotion:Matthew:5:43-48 - exceeding in love for enemy (including enemies of Christ)

devotion:Matthew:6:1-4 - exceeding with hidden/unpretentious charity

devotion:Matthew:6:5-15 - exceeding in hidden/unpretentious prayer centered on true reverence and forgiveness

devotion:Matthew:6:16-18 - exceeding in hidden/unpretentious observance and consecrations

devotion:Matthew:6:19-24 - exceeding in focus and intent and drive

devotion:Matthew:6:25-34 - capable by Christ's work of being calm, reliant on God's providence

devotion:Matthew:7:1-6 - capable by Christ's work of unfeigned and measured judgment

devotion:Matthew:7:7-12 - capable by Christ's work of fulfilling Law and prophets by doing for others as Christ has done for you

devotion:Matthew:7:13-14 - capable by Christ's work of taking the narrow way

devotion:Matthew:7:15-23 - capable by Christ's work to be cautious/gaurded of constant corruptions of doctrine

devotion:Matthew:7:24-29 - having been built on rock to withstand what will be thrown up against us

Compare His intention here to all the things we've talked about as to what/why man is doing what he is. The constant thread seems from what we've examined that we do not know God nor what He is capable of and therefore go about this on our own (if at all)

Key Messages:

    What does this say about our present condition?
  1. We hear what we want to hear and disregard the rest. We judge the sermon by what we are able to do with it by our own resource and not what He is able to do on us in these regards by His.
  2. Even if we do hear we are likely not to do. Man's problem in the past isn't just in getting something started, it is in establishing and maintaining what has been started more than a few days/years/generations. Getting started in this case requires turning from the direction every other faith has gone, planting and establishing a foothold, sustaining and advancing that position, doing it not by owns own power but by His.
  3. Everyone faces the rains and winds of this life, seeking to build a place of shelter for their own. The true follower also faces the inclusion of those whose foundation has been shattered and shelter washed away, those whose dwelling is about to be shaken. The base of our shelter properly should be as wide as a universal body of fellow believers that the Lord has worked to bring together whose footing are drilled deep into His rock solid truth. How easy it is though for us to loose sight of that and make do with far less.

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