15 June 2020
Series: Bible study
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Who you serve decides if you will overcome or be defeated

Speaker: Apostle Ernie

We read, in Matt 7:24-27, “24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

What made you decide to become a Christian? 

There is a good chance you are one of those who accepted Christ because of promises given by a well-meaning pastor or evangelist. What kind of promises? Things like “God has a wonderful plan for your life; God wants you to succeed, to be healed, blessed and prosperous if you will only pray this prayer and accept Jesus into your heart.” They claimed to be speaking for God, making promises on His behalf. How do you know they were telling you the truth?

Being human has its ups and downs, seasons of loss, and seasons of joy. When everything is going as it should, it is easy to live as a Christian, believing the promise of “God’s wonderful plan for our lives.” We all want a carefree, successful life filled with abundance and prosperity. But we all know life has its ups and downs, so we choose to believe God will help us through the down periods of life because we said a prayer and asked Jesus into our hearts. What if we are wrong? What if we need to do something as well?

But then something unexpected happens, and for a time, it seems as if God is not listening to us anymore. Someone we love is diagnosed with cancer, so we pray for healing, but that person dies. Suddenly we find ourselves out of a job, unable to feed ourselves and pay our bills, and even though we pray hard, believe for a miracle, it only gets worse. Suddenly it seems as if all those promises about “God’s wonderful plan for your life” have been stolen from you. 

Now two things usually happen, you try to come up with a solution to why they have been stolen from you or start questioning your faith and salvation. 

Trying to find a solution to why they have been stolen from you will make you very susceptible to legalism. In an attempt to get “God’s wonderful plan” back, you will try tithing, giving your way out of your problem, spiritual warfare, positive confession. When all of this does not seem to help, you will fall headlong into doubt, questioning if God is real and if the Bible can be trusted. 

The idea that “God has a wonderful plan for your life” is a lie, and the Bible says the father of lies is the devil. The devil knows that if you accept Christ because you want to experience “God’s wonderful plan,” he has you caught. One day, he will be permitted by Yehovah to test you to see if you are genuinely saved (Deut 13) When you fail that test and start questioning your salvation, the Antichrist has you where he wants you on your way to hell. 

So let me ask you again, what made you decide to become a Christian? How would the Bible answer this question?

The Bible says in 1. John 3:4 sin is breaking the Torah (the written law of Moses.) John 1:29 says Yeshua (Jesus Christ) came to do away with the sins of the world. John 3:16 and Acts 3:19 says if you believe Jesus (Yeshua) died for your sins and repent from sin, you will be saved. 

So, according to the Bible, we should decide to become Christians to be reconciled to Yehovah. Did you catch what it said? It says we are never to become Christians because “God has a wonderful planf or our lives.” We are Christians because we need reconciliation to Yehovah. Do you see the difference between the two? So how do you get reconciled to Yehovah? We are reconciled if we do to things, 1.repent back to the Torah (John 3, 1.John 2, James 2)

I hope this is why you became a Christian because you saw your need for forgiveness, so you chose to repent back to the Torah and believe in the cross. If this is not the reason you became a Christian, then it is a good possibility you are not really saved. (Matt 7:21-23) 

Then some of you might question how the Bible describes salvation, repeating what most churches today would tell you about the Torah. They say the Torah was done away with at the cross, and if you tried to keep the Torah, you would make Christ of no effect and fall from grace. 

I have just shown you how the Bible describes salvation, and it is evident, the Torah is not done away with. The Torah still applies today, we are still expected to keep it, and Yeshua died because we have all disobeyed it. 

Who do you believe? The Bible or your pastor? 

If what your pastor says does not agree with the Bible, the Bible always has to take precedent. If you choose to set your pastor’s interpretation over the Bible, you have made your pastor or your denomination into a god instead of the God of the Bible. 

Now that we know how to be saved, and why to be saved according to the Bible, you will have noticed it never mentioned “a wonderful plan for your life.”

Does that mean Yehovah God does not care about you and your life?

No, He does care, and we see this in Deut 28:1-13, Matt 6:25-34, Isaiah 53, 1.Peter. Yehovah cares about your health, your money, your life. He wants you to be healed, provided for, protected, guided, kept, and strengthened. 

So what is the difference between “a wonderful plan for my life” and what you have just described? 

The first and significant difference is why we should be saved in the first place. If we are saved because we want to get something from Yehovah, it is unbiblical. If we are saved because we need His forgiveness and reconciliation, it is biblical. But if we are saved His way, by repentance and faith, He still does not promise you a “wonderful plan.”

Being saved guarantees two things, eternal life and God’s help in this life, but it does not ensure a carefree life. You are still human; people you love will still get sick and sometimes die. Relationships will again be broken, suddenly you might find yourself out of a job or ill with cancer. But if you are saved, the Bible says Yehovah will help you through all of this. 

This is what we need to understand; He has promised to help us through whatever comes at us and to see to us in the midst of the storm, not to take us out of the storm. 

How do we get His help?

We read, in Matt 7:24-27, “24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

What Yeshua is saying here is this: If we obey His teachings, we will be able to stand through everything that might come at us in life. If we dont follow His teachings, everything that comes at us in life will break us. 

What are His teachings? 

Luk 6:46, Matt 23:2: He taught us how to obey the Torah. 

So what He is saying here, in Matt 7:24-27 is this: If you obey the Torah, you will stand. If you disobey the Torah, you will break. 

This is no different from what Yehovah says in Deut 28:1-13 and Deut 28:14-45. Yeshua repeats it in Matt 6:25-34, and John says in Rev 12 and Rev 14, we will even overcome the devil. 

If we obey the Torah and believe in the cross, we will still have a regular human life. People we love will die, relationships will be broken beyond repair, we might get sick, lose our jobs, and find ourselves in scary and challenging situations. But we will know, and we will experience, Yehovah’s hand and help in all of these things because we obey His Torah. You will be strengthened and comforted in your grief, you will be given new hope, you will be healed, you will be provided for, and you will be protected and shown what to do if you obey His Torah. 

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