DCLM Higher Everyday 8 November 2021 Devotional by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi — A FIRM FOUNDATION



47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:

48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.

49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.

MEMORY VERSE: “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed” (JAMES 1:25).

The building of the world’s tallest hotel, named Arabian Tower, commenced in 1994 in Dubai, and was declared open to mark the millennium in 2000. The hotel was built on an artificial island on a sea. It took the professional expertise of the best of engineers in the world to lay its solid foundation that can withstand storms and winds. Believers should learn from this story a challenge to strive to build a formidable spiritual edifice that can stand the test of time.

The Lord Jesus says a believer that hears God’s word and obeys it is laying a solid foundation for his faith. He or she will be strong to resist waves and storms of temptations, persecutions, trials or challenges.

Believers that hear the word of God every day without doing it can easily be swept away from faith by any wind of false teaching or slight temptation. The Word does not profit youths who build their faith on a porous foundation that cannot withstand temptations, trials and persecutions. Pray that God will help you to be the doer of His word.

QUOTE: Build a formidable spiritual edifice.

CHALLENGE: The ‘hearer only’ has no firm foundation.

PRAYER: Make me Lord, a doer of the word.

1. Admit that you are a sinner. "For all [humans] have sinned, and comes short of the glory of God....[and] the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 3:23)
2. Repent now. "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out ...[for] if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness " (Acts 3:19, 1 John 1:9)
3. Believe that God loves you and Jesus died for you. "God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet Sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8)
4. Invite Jesus into your life through prayer of faith. Jesus says, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me" (Revelation 3:20)