RAIN, “WORTH CONSIDERING, 4/30/20, From Ken<><
Today’s Scripture (Across my emails this morning from Texas.)
“…Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock…” (Matthew 7:24, NIV)
Still Standing after the Storm
The Scripture says, “Your Father sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” Being a person of faith doesn’t exempt you from difficulties. Jesus told a parable about a wise man who built his house on a rock. This man honored God. Another man foolishly built his house on the sand. He didn’t honor God. Then the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on the houses of both the just and the unjust. But after the storm was over, the house built on the rock was still standing. The house built on the sand was completely ruined.
You may get knocked down and go through some dark, stormy times, but that’s just a part of life. It rains on everybody. The difference is that when you honor God, when you stay in faith, you have God’s promise that when the storm clears, you won’t be the victim; you’ll be the victor. You’ll still be standing.
A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that my life can be built on the rock that You are, and I can live to honor You. Thank You for Your promise that no matter what comes my way, when the storm is over, I’ll still be standing. I believe that You will bring me through. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
Interesting word, RAIN, In the song by Michael W. Smith it is a prayer for the Holy Spirit for God to bring us into HIS Kingdom of Righteousness and change our lives to be in HIS image as the “LATTER RAIN” Joel 2:23, James 5:7 (The last great harvest before Rapture.)
Again RAIN is a metaphor to show God’s love and faithfulness in Matt. 5:45 “That ye may be (become) the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise o
n the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”
And in the subject RAIN scripture in context is considered as destructive and as a warning to build on HIM, Matt. 7:24-27 “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
So in one context rain is good and the Holy Spiri, in another God’s love is for everyone and yet another a warning to build on HIM or get washed away by it, Isa. 28:25-18, “Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves: 16 therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste. 17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place. 18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it. (A wake up call for Calvinists.)
Consider this scripture with several different translations, freewill is the heart of it.
So again, Content without Context is Pretext.
So again always find the context for understanding the true meaning of a scripture concerning God’s Truth. And with all of the lies that are in the spiritual and political arena today this is doubly important. Paul mentioned this in his remarks in Eph:4:11-16. The only sure ROCK (Foundation) that I know of is Christ Jesus. His words are LIFE and TRUTH, He is the only sure foundation. He is the Way, Truth & Light.
As for us in Kealia during this down time, we are doing fine. Have some plumbing to complete for a bathroom in the shop. Then we will be looking to get the sheet rock done in the bathroom and make it usable. Also have some carpentry work to do along with getting rid of a bunch of stuff that is taking up room and is no longer need. Also have a lot of books to try to find a home for? And looking for help with the yard once a week to keep it from returning to being Jungle.
It has been beautiful weather here in Kealia about 75 degree days and 65 nights with humidity in the 50-60’s lawn growing like crazy. More bananas, papayas, kabota squash than we know what to do with. But as yet all of the parks and places to go are shut down Very few cars on he roads. But it will probably lighten up a lot by the end of the month. But I feel that a second wave may be on the way when the door is opened again, sorry to say that so take care to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit in what you do.
Yours, in HIS gret love and wonderful grace and mercy, Ken<>< www.Trinity-Aloha.org
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