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"Whoever comes to me, and hears my sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock." Luke 6:47-48 We live in a world where there are many voices feeding into our minds daily. We are given the free choice of whom we listen to. I used to be confounded when hearing the views of "the left," the so-called "liberals," because I just could not fathom how they came to the conclusions they came to. After pondering this for a very long time, I came to realize that our attitudes, our beliefs, and our world-view are determined in great part by whom we listen to. I don't listen to the mainstream media because I know it is backed by the globalist agenda, but from time to time I will come across an item from one of them and I just can't believe what I'm reading, and then it becomes clear to me that people who feed on this deceptive input daily are of course going to come under the deception it's meant to lead them to. In the passage quoted above, Jesus spoke about the choice we make of the voice we listen to. He said that if a person listens to HIM, and builds his life upon the rock which is Christ, then when the storms come - and they surely will - the person will endure and not be overthrown. On the other hand, he who fashions his life according to the principles of the world - this one will not remain in the faith when the storms come upon him. vs 49: "But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.” Yes ...and the ruin of that house was great. This is the person who is so disillusioned by life that he or she will turn to alcohol or drugs to drive away the pain and frustrations they feel. Or they'll get into illicit relationships, or pornography, trying to satisfy that which cannot be satisfied this way. He'll end up empty, never satisfied, his life having missed the purpose God would have had for him. Friends, we cannot have it both ways. We are either of the world or of the Kingdom of God, and the Scriptures tell us that they are totally opposite in their foundations, and upon what we feed, that's what we will become. "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made FOOLISH the wisdom of this world?" 1 Corinthians 1:19-20 We're only here for a comparably short time. 70 or 80 years more or less - is a grain of sand compared to eternity. Make the right choices now, because the choices you make now will determine your eternity.

The context: One of the most heart-wrenching passages in the Bible is recorded in Genesis 45. Out of their deep-seated hatred for Joseph, his brothers were out in the fields one day and sold him as a slave to a passing caravan of merchants heading for Egypt. They got rid of him. They had taken his coat, smeared it with an animal's blood, and brought the coat to their father Jacob and told him that Joseph was dead. The grief of his father was unimaginable, because Joseph was born to Jacob in his old age, and was the son of Jacob's beloved wife Rachel who had died. Many years passed and during that time Joseph found great favor with the Pharaoh of Egypt, so great in fact that Joseph was made ruler over the entire land of Egypt, second only to Pharaoh, who placed him as the authority over all the agriculture and food distribution in the land. Later, there was a famine in the land of Canaan where Joseph's father and brothers lived, and that forced his brothers to travel to Egypt to buy food. They did not recognize Joseph when they came to him for food, but he recognized them. The story goes on and finally in chapter 45 Joseph reveals to them that he is their lost brother, the one they had gotten rid of so long ago. You can't read that chapter with dry eyes. This is one of the greatest tear-jerkers in all of the Bible. His brothers were absolutely shocked and desperately afraid when they found out who he was, the ruler of all Egypt. Great fear came upon them when they realized he was in a position of authority over all the land, as they remembered what they had done to him ...and they feared greatly for their lives. But Joseph forgave his brothers, and embraced them. Imagine the grace of God working in his heart as he told them: “But as for you, you meant evil against me, BUT GOD MEANT IT FOR GOOD, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive." Genesis 50:20 There is very deep meaning in those words. Read on... "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28 It's not only that all will work to our good, but that in his foresight, God actually governs over the sufferings we go through. You may have heard it said that nothing will touch a child of God that God hasn't first allowed, but it's more than that. God does not allow us to suffer for the sake of suffering. There is ALWAYS a purpose in it. Do not underestimate the glorious and wondrous thing God is doing in your life by allowing the necessary stories that are the very groundwork for the end result. God is faithful, and you will understand the depths of that only when you leave this earth and enter heaven to live with him there - forever. You will stand in awe as you see all that was behind every story that made up your life, and all that God accomplished through them. What Satan meant for evil against you, God worked all of it out for good. Do not despise the process.

"You will show me the path of life. In your presence is fullness of joy, at your right hand are pleasures forevermore." Psalm 16:11 "Pleasures"… Isn't it the constant pursuit of man ...to seek out that which pleases him? Yet that which pleases him does not always satisfy. Indeed, if what he seeks is wrong, there will be a constant dissatisfaction in him even as he succeeds in attaining it, and he'll continue to seek more and more and more. But wrong can never satisfy. On the other hand, when a person seeks God, asking him to show him the right path in life, he will find the joy that does satisfy. When he finds it and walks that path, he will find a fullness of joy that he wasn't even seeking. God has made each person with a God-shaped void in his heart. Nothing else and no one else can fill that void. God has also created each one uniquely. He has fashioned each one with gifts, talents, interests, and abilities unique to him. Then the Lord has set out a plan for each one's life, a plan that will bring about the satisfaction and fulfillment from doing that which he alone was prepared to do, for we are fearfully and wondrously made, each in his own particular way, with a plan to bring about the fulfillment of all that the person is. What a shame it is for those who reach the end of their lives - and realize they've wasted it. They can still be saved, because salvation is not the reward of our works, salvation is a free gift for those who have placed their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. But there are rewards for service, and those rewards are eternal. There will be fruit from the works of one who has sought the will of God for his life, and the fruit from that life is forever. Do not stay away out of fear of what God might ask you to do, and above all, do not compare your call with someone else's. He will not have you doing what someone else is doing and what he WILL have you doing will be exactly what he has fitted YOU for, and you will love it and find satisfaction in it. Always keep in mind the scene of the day you stand before the Lord. Keep in mind that one who has not sought out God's plan for himself will stand in regret as he is shown ...what could have been. But for the one who fulfilled God's plan, there will be an eternity of joy, and the satisfaction in seeing how the Lord brought it all together. “Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at something that doesn't really matter.” Dwight L. Moody Seek to know from God what DOES matter ...for your life. Pray with me: Father, let me not follow after the pleasures of this world thinking they will satisfy, only to find that they don't. Let me instead find your unique will for my life which you have fitted me for perfectly. I do not want there to be any regret when I stand before you. Show me the correct path for my life which you have laid out uniquely for me, that I may hear from you on that day: "Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord." Matthew 25:21-13