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05/01/2009

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"You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat. For the breath of the ruthless is like a storm driving against a wall" (Isa. 25:4).

I did my "practice teaching in the sleepy little town of Judsonia, ARK. Like many towns in that part of the country, there was a very large siren near the firehouse. Their's was also near the school. One afternoon while teaching, the siren went off. Within moments the school emptied. I was somewhat puzzled until I asked why. In 1952 a tornado ripped through the small town killing a few dozen people. Thereafter, whenever that siren would go off all of the children would rush to their homes and into the storm cellars. Everyone understood!

According to Jesus, there will be storms in our lives. (Matt.7:24-27) He said that to survive our homes need to be built "on the rock." Those who built upon the sand would not. A religion that provides shelter is one that demands both faith and obedience. It says, "Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says" (Jas. 1:22). Just before Jesus talked about building on the rock He said that those who receive the ultimate shelter are those "that do the will of my Father who is in heaven" (V 21).

The storm hit the five foolish virgins of Matt. 25 in the form of lack of preparedness. It tragically hit the one-talent man in the same chapter because he didn't use what God have given to him. Later in the chapter we find the storm striking again. Those on the right survived because they did what was right. Those on the left perished in the storm because they did not. The "rich young ruler" of Mark 10 failed to survive the storm because he had something in his life that he perceived was more valuable than Jesus. One chapter later we find that the fig tree perished because it was not productive.

So what's the answer? Where do we find our "storm shelter" that will protect us during the storms of life. Its the ROCK!!!!! We must build ourselves on the rock. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 3:11 that Jesus provides the foundation. It is all about finding the ROCK!! The rest is in walking the walk.

"The Lord's our Rock, in Him we hide, A shelter in the time of storm;
Secure whatever ill betide, A shelter in the time of storm.
O...Jesus is a Rock in a weary land, a weary land, a weary land;
O...Jesus is a Rock in a weary land, A shelter in the time of storm.

Vernon J. Charlesworth 1880


Have a wonderful day....Go about doing good.....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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