Hard Rock - You or Me?
Tuesday, October 3
1 Peter 2:4-6
4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
In Jesus’ time, homes were built to last for several generations. The builder, in order to make this possible would start by finding a cornerstone. The cornerstone was the first and most integral part of the house that was placed. Every other part of the structure was fitted into position based upon setting and relationship to the cornerstone. Is Jesus the true cornerstone of your life? Not simply in theory but in fact. Is He what every thing else in your life is positioned around? Most people have Him placed somewhere in their lives but He is just another brick in their wall rather than being the foundation of their life. To truly experience a stable life you must build it upon Him, not just around Him. Are their unstable areas in your life right now? If so, they’re probably setting in wrong relationship to the Cornerstone.
Wednesday, October 4
1 Peter 2:7
So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.”
Are you asking God to bless something that you haven’t built on Him? Think about the troubled areas of your life and then give yourself a building inspection to see whether or not that area is built upon the Cornerstone. It’s not fair to blame God for failures and shortcomings when those things were never founded upon Him in the first place. Your marriage, if not built upon Christ, will be weak, unstable, and likely to fail in a storm. Your kids deserve to be taught how to position themselves upon the rock of Jesus so they can grow in the faith and stability that comes with being anchored to the Cornerstone. You can speak and pray blessing on top of blessing over something that is not built upon the Cornerstone but until it’s set in it’s proper position in relationship to Him all of those prayers will be in effective. His blessing is automatic when your relationship with Him is properly maintained. What is your latest building inspection showing you?
Thursday, October 5
21 And he said, “Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”
Many people have a misguided thought process about certain verses in the Bible. Therefore, they are not properly tied into the Cornerstone. They have an unstable foundation because the lies they believe keep them from experiencing the true blessing of security that should come from their relationship with Jesus. Today’s text, for example, is one of the most misinterpreted scriptures in the Bible. Rather than God taking things from from you such as your family, your health, and your home, which is what many people will tell you this verse is saying, proper translation reveals that God is actually taking those things into His hands. That is a different scenario entirely. God wants to take your life, the good parts and the bad, into his hands and develop them into their highest potential for your good. He always has your very best interests at heart. When you’re properly founded on the Cornerstone, you can trust that He is working on your behalf.
Friday, October 6
17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
You here people talk about trusting God’s timing…all the time. What most people fail to understand is that time exists inside of Him, He isn’t limited by it’s confines. Jesus was not simply a historical figure, He is an eternal figure who stepped into history for a short…time. God made time to give mankind a means measuring seasons inside of eternity. Even man wasn’t ruled by time until the fall because he was never meant to die. This is good to know because when you understand this fact it makes the times when God is silent more bearable. He is always working even when He isn’t speaking. What may seem like a lengthy time of silence to you is simply a preparation season for Him. The time span between the the last words of the prophets and the announcement of Jesus’ birth was over 400 years. But, it was very obvious based upon historical fact that He was making preparations the entire time. If you’re in season in which you feel like He hasn’t spoken to you for a while don’t lose heart. Keep doing what you know to do and trust He is moving behind the scenes preparing good things for you.
Saturday, October 7
4 “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. 5 Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? 6 On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone?
In this discourse between God and Job, even though God is reminding Job of who he was in light of who God was, something profound is revealed. God is a God of the process. He didn’t haphazardly throw creation together and carelessly set the universe spinning in motion. Everything He did was done with excellence and purpose. If He was this intentional with creation then you can rest assured that He is every bit as intentional with the details of your life. He has plans laid out for you that have been established since before time began. You weren’t born and then God suddenly threw some ideas about your life together so that you’d have something to do. You were made on purpose, with a purpose, for a purpose. However you arrived on this Earth, whether you were planned or expected by your parents or not, you were no surprise to God. The next time you find yourself questioning your worth or purpose get into His presence and allow Him to speak fresh life and meaning into your spirit.
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