Foundation 12 – Stand Strong

Matthew 7:24, 25 “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: 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.”

“Stand Strong” is the last of the twelve foundations.  Once we have built our life on Jesus Christ we have developed a foundation that will stand the test of time. When Jesus said in Matthew 7:24, 25: “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:  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.”  He is promising that a house built upon His foundations would stand strong when the storms come.  Storms will come, trials and tribulations will come, but a house built upon the Rock–Jesus Christ and His teachings –will stand!

Once someone receives Jesus into their life they have all the power they need to overcome any addiction.  It does not matter how long they have struggled with addictions, or how bad of an addiction problem they had – Jesus can change anyone.  It does not matter what someone has done in the past – through Jesus they can change! They just need to “stand strong” in Jesus.

1 Cor. 6:9-11 “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,  10  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.  11  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”

There have been many people that God has changed.  They may have been addicted to all kinds of sinful activities, but now they are different.  When God saves someone, He gives them a new heart.  They are new creatures (creations) in Christ!

(2 Cor 5:17)  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Apostle Paul was not always Apostle Paul.  He was known as Saul of Tarsus.  He was against Christ and persecuted all those who believed in Christ.  He was the one who gave authority for the death of Stephen, who was a great man of God.  The Bible also says in Acts 9:1 “And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.”  He hunted down anyone who believed in Jesus Christ.  Then one day he received Jesus into his life.  Jesus changed his life and used him to spread Christianity throughout the world.

Listen to his testimony in 1 Timothy 1:12-17:

“And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;  Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.  And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.  This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.  Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.  Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

If God can change someone like Paul then he can change anyone!  He will lift us up and place us on a solid foundation where we can “Stand Strong” for Him!

(Psalms 40:2, 3)  “He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.  And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.”

A Solid Foundation

Someone who receives Jesus into their life and lives according to Jesus’ Words will have a foundation that will stand the test of time.  It is solid and nothing can destroy it.  If we continue to apply God’s truth’s to our lives–even when the world, the flesh and the devil try to knock it down–they will not be able.  We can be confident in what God’s Word teaches us.  A life built on Jesus is a Solid Foundation!

We Have the Power to Stand Strong!

Once someone receives the Lord they have the power within them to overcome addictions.  We should not have a negative attitude and think that we cannot do it, or that it is hopeless.  There is always hope in Christ.  The devil wants us to think that we cannot change.  Every time we sin he will be there to say “Give up”, “You will never overcome addiction”, “It is too hard”, “Why fight it?”  He will try to discourage us with these lies, but God’s Word tells us the truth!

(Phil 4:13)  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

(Eph 6:10)  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

The truth is that we have the power to overcome addictions – through Jesus.

Sin No Longer Has the Power Over Us.

As a child of God we are free from all sin and addiction.

(Rom 6:6, 7)  Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.  For he that is dead is freed from sin.

‘Destroyed’ means – to be rendered useless.  Sin does not have power over us!

(Rom 6:11-14)  Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.  Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.  For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Before we received the Lord sin had power over us and it controlled us.  We basically did what came natural and we became enslaved to sin.  Once salvation occurs we are no longer in bondage.  Jesus has broken the chains of sin and addictions and now we are free!

(John 8:32)  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Through God – We Can Overcome!

We must never forget that God is on our side.  The world, the flesh, and the devil are against us, but God is with us.  That is all we need to make it.  If God is for you, who can be against you?

(Rom 8:31)  What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

There may be some battles we face that seem to be insurmountable.  It may seem that our addictions are so strong that not even God can break the chains, but with God all things are possible:

(Luke 1:37)  For with God nothing shall be impossible.

David, according to the Bible, was only a young lad when he took on Goliath. Goliath was a nine feet tall skilled warrior.  It seemed impossible, but David knew that all he needed was for God to be on his side and Goliath would not stand a chance.  Without even a sword in his hand David slew Goliath and God’s people were victorious.

As the children of Israel crossed over the Jordon River the first enemy they faced was Jericho.  Jericho was a walled city that seemed to be impenetrable.  God instructed Joshua to walk around the walls of city and the walls would fall down flat.  Joshua obeyed God and the children of Israel had victory over Jericho.

When the children of Israel faced the Midianites that were too many to count, God used Gideon and 300 men.  These few men were able to defeat the innumerable Midianites because God fought for them.

When we are battling addictions in our life, it may seem like a giant or a fortress that we are going against.  At times it may seem that we are outnumbered.  We need to remember that God is on our side fighting along side with us.  We just need to be obedient to Him and follow His lead and we cannot lose.

When You Fall: Get Back Up!

To “Stand Strong” also means to stand up when you fall.  Unfortunately there are going to be times when we “mess up.”  We are going to have good days and bad days.  When the bad days come and we give into temptation we just need to get back up and stand strong again.

(Prov 24:16)  For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

We need to remember that it is always too early to quit.  We must get up and try again.

Never, Ever Quit!

(1 Cor 15:58)  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

There are blessings up ahead if we just do not quit.  Always remember Galatians 6:9: “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”  In the near future, if we do not give up, we will reap the blessings of God.  We just need to press on, move forward, and continue to build our life on Jesus Christ.

Why someone should “Stand Strong”
-We have a solid foundation — Jesus Christ.
-We have the power to stand strong.
-God is on our side.
-It is always too early to quit – when we fall we must stand up and stand strong.

Stand Strong on the foundation of Jesus Christ and your house will stand!

Questions:

  1. What is the name of the man who persecuted Christians, but after he received Jesus he spread Christianity all overthe world? ______________________________________
  1. When God saves someone He gives them a new h_____________________.
  1. The world, the flesh and the devil are against us, but who is in our side? _______________.How do you know this?

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  1. Why were the Children of Israel able to defeat the Midiantites when they had an innumerable multitude, while thechildren of Israel had Gideon and only 300 men? ___________________________________________
  1. What is up ahead for us if we do not quit? b_________________
  1. Give three ways we can stand strong:
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  2. ______________________________________________________________________________
  3. ______________________________________________________________________________

Memory Verse:  (1 Cor 15:58)  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

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