The Smart House Project - Part 11

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Hello and welcome to Our Church Without Walls. I’m preaching this Sunday on THE SMART-HOUSE PROJECT. This is PART ELEVEN I am greatly blessed to share this “Project” with you. THE SMART-HOUSE PROJECT is one that God has laid upon my heart. And now, through the work of the Holy Spirit I am able to share it with you through text, and audio files. THE SMART-HOUSE PROJECT is based upon the words of Jesus Christ found in Matthew 7:24 - 27 and John 20:31.
 
In Matthew 7:24 Jesus says, “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.” (NKJV) For “these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” (John 20:31 – NKJV)
 
For several weeks, I have said that building a successful and prosperous Smart-house includes, but is not limited to, using the right tools. So I talked about the “HAND TOOLS” and I also talked about “THE POWER TOOLS” found in PHILIPPIANS 4:8. And once again, THE HAND TOOLS ARE WHAT YOU USE IN WHAT YOU DO (and are doing) FOR GOD! But POWER TOOLS are what YOU are actually doing in service for God.
 
We are to use these POWER TOOLS, found in Philippians 4:8, in our daily lives. We are to think on them daily and use them in building our "Smart-House". The more we use these the gifts of POWER TOOLS in our daily lives, the more we receive SPECIALTY TOOLS from the Divine Architect, who is the HOLY SPIRIT. The SPECIALTY TOOLS are listed in GALATIANS 5:22-23. These are the fruit of the Holy Spirit that can abide in the believer. And just how do we get them? We find the answer in verse 26 where we are commanded to “Live by the Spirit”, not in our own passions and desires. In other words, if we are living by the “Spirit” and practice using our Spiritual POWER TOOLS like PRAYER, TRUTH, HONESTY, JUST, PURE, BEING LOVELY, HAVING A GOOD REPORT, and VIRTUE, the Holy Spirit will enable us with “SPIRITUAL SPECIALTY TOOLS” such as LOVE, JOY, PEACE, LONGSUFFERING, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS and SELF-CONTROL.
Okay, who is ready to build their spiritual house on THE SOLID ROCK OF JESUS CHRIST? Are you with me? Great! We understand that it is possible to build a house without any plans (or blueprints). But, if you build it without a proper foundation (which is what the plans tell you to use), your house is going to sink, crumble or fall. And, sometimes it will fall without any remedy to be rebuilt!
 
God has created you uniquely and for a divine purpose. His plans for your life are revealed in Scripture. But, if you are building your spiritual life on the wrong foundation, you will never know what God planned for you, and YOU WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO EARN YOUR WAY TO HEAVEN (WHICH IS WHAT OTHER WORLD RELIGIONS TEACH). Neither will your spiritual house stand through the storms of life. Not building on the right foundation is like building your life on a foundation made of sand. Sooner or later, it's going to crumble, sink or fall, and then be CONDEMNED. Once condemned, it is good for nothing but to be thrown into the fire and burned.
 
But, what does this have to do with the humanity of Jesus Christ and why Christianity and not some other religion? What does this have to do with comparing religions? The short answer is that all religions are not the same and Christianity rises and falls on the life of Jesus Christ and His claims to be God. After all, if Jesus Christ is who He claims to be, then He is the "DIVINE MASTER BUILDER”, and you would not want to build your spiritual life under anyone or anything else. In fact, having the desire to build your spiritual house upon THE SOLID ROCK OF JESUS CHRIST is a wonderful desire to have, and one that God wants you to have, so let's get started by examining the questions of “WHY CHRISTIANITY AND WHY JESUS CHRIST?” We will also examine the questions, “ARE ALL RELIGIONS THE SAME?” And, “DON’T THEY ALL LEAD TO HEAVEN?"
 
Well folks, once again we are out of time for today, but come back next week to find out if all religions are basically the same and if they really do lead people to heaven. But until next week, think about how special and precious you are to God, how that makes you feel and how YOU can use these “HAND, POWER and SPECIALTY TOOLS” in doing something great for God.
 
And, if you are enjoying this study but would like a study book that goes along with this project, or, if you would like for me to come and present this “Project” LIVE TO YOUR GROUP which would include study books, face-to-face discussions, and an exciting Power-Point presentation that gives a visual understanding of these Godly principles, just send us a private message via our Facebook page.
 
I’m Dr. Robby, sharing His Word, His Work, His Way.
 
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