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BUILDING A STRONG FOUNDATION

Building Life Together – 4

Matthew 7:24-27

Pastor Daniel Cassels

April 22, 2018
 
Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and doesn’t act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, the rivers rose, the winds blew and pounded that house, and it collapsed. It collapsed with a great crash. Matthew 7:24–27 (CSB) 
 
BUILDING A STRONG FOUNDATION REQUIRES …
 
1. Personal _________________ Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. James 1:19 (NIV)
 
Every conversation involves …   * What you mean   * What you are actually saying   * What the spouse actually hears   * What your spouse thinks he or she hears   * What your spouse says about what you said   * What you think your spouse said about what you said. 
 
Each one of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. Romans 15:2 CSB ( )
 
No foul language should come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need, so that it gives grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29 CSB ( )
Communication conveys     * You are important to me.   * Your opinion is valuable to me.   * I want to know what is going on in your heart.   * I want to hear what you have to say.   * I want to know how you feel.   * I love you enough to keep my mouth shut         and my ears open.
 
2. Consistent __________ Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell-and great was its fall.  Matthew 6:26-27 (NASB) 
 
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come! CSB( 5:17 2 Corinthians )
 
And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like Him and reflect His glory even more.  2 Corinthians 3:18 (NLT)
 
3. Spiritual ______________ Unless the Lord builds a house, its builders labor over it in vain; unless the Lord watches over a city, the watchman stays alert in vain. Psalms 127:1 CSB ( )
 
For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.  Matthew 33 -6:32 CSB ( )

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