"Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine, and acts according to them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house upon the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock" (Matt 7:24-25).

Jesus used the illustration of a house on a firm foundation to emphasize the importance of building our lives on His words. Many people passively tolerate the Bible while they build their foundations on worldly values. However, Jesus clarifies the need to actively choose a foundation based on His teachings.

1. To Ensure Enduring Life through Troubles

Life's unavoidable troubles, both spiritual and physical, often test our foundations. If the foundation is built on Jesus' words, we'll be equipped to withstand the trials and even turn them into opportunities for growth (2Cor 4:17, Jas 1:2-4).

2. To Achieve Spiritual Anchoring

Building our lives on the words of Jesus provides the spiritual stability that nothing else in this world can give. Scripture reveals our value, purpose, and destiny, while its truth provides an unshakeable bedrock for our lives.

3. To Bring Clarity in Decision Making

When we base our lives on Jesus' words, we're provided with a framework to navigate decisions. God's truth provides clear-cut wisdom and moral guidelines to make choices that honor Him and advance His kingdom.

4. To Develop a Resilient Character

Living by God's word shapes us into resilient people. His truth prepares us for challenges, cultivates peace, and equips us to endure hardship with hope (Rom 5:3-5).

5. To Avoid Life Built on Unstable Ground

Without a commitment to Jesus' teachings, our lives can easily get consumed by temporal, unsteady foundations. The pursuit of self, possessions, or fleeting pleasure leads to discontentment and dissatisfaction.

6. To Appreciate True Prosperity and Happiness

Jesus' words offer the blueprint for true happiness and prosperity (Jn 10:10). Living by them results in an abundant life because we're tapping into God's divine resources, understanding, and purpose.

7. To Secure Eternal Life

More importantly, the foundation of Jesus' words guides us to eternal life with Him in Heaven. The Scripture is a roadmap that leads to salvation in Messiah Jesus (2Tim 3:15, Acts 4:12).

In conclusion, living according to Jesus' teachings means building our lives on a firm foundation—a source of life's stability, moral truth, and the assurance of salvation. It's an active commitment to make the words of Jesus the very base of who we are and how we live. This lifestyle allows us to face life's challenges while finding comfort, strength, and joy in Him.

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Marlena Ziebelski has been in ministry for over a decade, working with youth and young adults, with a heart for evangelism and missions. She has a Theology degree and a background in teaching, focusing on Biblical Studies. Marlena's passion is to create disciples of Jesus who walk intimately with Him and boldly represent Him. She is a prayer enthusiast and an unapologetic believer of God's Word. Marlena is married to a musician/computer programmer, Wiesiek, and mom to three girls. She enjoys music, arts, literature, and spending time outdoors. Find her blogs at http://marlenaz.homeblog.co and more writings on Christian Page or LinkedIn.

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Scripture Twinned: Matt 7:24-25; 2Cor 4:17; Jas 1:2-4; 2Cor 5:3-5; Rom 5:3-5; Jn 10:10; 2Tim 3:15; Acts 4:12

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