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26A. The Test (A wise builder digs down to the Rock)

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  speaker icon   1. The Wise and Foolish Builders, Matthew 7:24-27   (2:18)
  speaker icon   2. The Test   (27:35)
  speaker icon   3. Holy Bible, Book Divine, first and last verses   (0:55)

Selected Verses:

Galatians 6:7.  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Matthew 7:21-27.  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.  24Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25And 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.  26And 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: 27And 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.


[…] something in my life that I knew He wanted to give me.  And I discovered that the test was necessary.  But now in His great mercy He tells every one of us that a very great and final test is coming.  We’re all building.  God says every one of us is building for eternity, and that ought to interest us, shouldn’t it?  We’re building, and someday there’s a great storm coming to test the building we are putting up.  “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” 

But you know where the Lord Jesus Christ gives us that warning.  He says, “Whosoever…”  Now, who is whosoever?  How would you define that?  Whosoever.  Why, that’s you, me, and everybody else.  “Whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them shall be likened unto a wise man who built his house upon a rock.”

Selected Quotes:

speaker icon Now, we may put up a very nice building, and may be very well satisfied with ourselves and with our accomplishments.  And that’s one thing we’ve learned to do, we really have.  My, all you have to do is go to someone and point out some fault they have, and how quickly they cover up and try to excuse themselves, and say, “Well, he is as bad as me, and she’s worse than that.”  And in fact, that’s where our judgments come from.  The reason we like to criticize others is because we hide our own faults that way.  A person that knows themselves will lose all joy of criticizing others.

speaker icon A person can put on a righteousness that looks pretty good on the outside, but how is it inside?  Oh, that’s what is meant when God talks about digging, and planting our house upon the Rock foundation.  There are debts in our being that are not exposed.

speaker icon Beloved, without tribulation we cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven because we never find out the corruption that’s within!  That’s what the Holy Ghost has come to do: to cleanse us.  It’s the baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire, thank God!

speaker icon It’s when you get rid of that corruption that Jesus Christ comes and gives you Himself and His Spirit.  And instead of having a false love, a pretended righteousness, Jesus Christ comes and lives out His own righteousness within you.

speaker icon One of the great blessings that I want to thank God for: conviction—fire, the purifying fire of the Holy Ghost!  I said, “My God, don’t let me run.”  People advised me to run.  They said, “You don’t have to take it.  Nobody wants that.”  Another minister said to me, “I ran away, I wouldn’t have that.  I don’t have to take that.”  I knew that if I ran away, I’d take my flesh with me.

speaker icon Oh, do you really want it?  Do you want to build your house upon rock foundation?  Jesus is that Rock foundation.  Unless I have His love, I don’t have love worth calling love.  Unless I have the joy of the Lord that never fails flowing freely under all circumstances, I don’t have the fruit of the Spirit fully.  And unless the “peace of God that passeth all understanding possesses my heart” and really rules therein, I’m not in the kingdom of God!

speaker icon You won’t stand, you won’t.  I can tell you from my experience, you won’t stand for God unless you’re built upon the Rock foundation.  You can’t preach unless you live it yourself.  And there must be a commensurate experience, praise the Lord!

speaker icon What do I do with this wonderful Bible?  It’s a Testament: it bequeaths to me.  What the law demanded from me, it bequeaths to me—the very Divine nature of the Son of God: the love, the joy, the peace.  But I found out it doesn’t come by itself.  It’s when you “give diligence to make your calling and election sure.”  And that will make every one of us a diligent Bible student.


An illustration of a dentist who did not get to the root of the problem.    (from 11:04)

An illustration of the failure of a test of humility.  “‘You’ve been asking Me for cleansing and for humility, and I gave you a chance, and you failed!  Now you’ll have to go through it again!’”    (from 15:43)

Unforgiveness, the undoing of a saint.    (from 25:07)

German at 17:32:

Hats noch gewurmt - weißt du was das ist?

It boils on the inside - do you know what that is?

German at 21:55:

Da hauts und blitzts und brennts und krachts, da braucht man gute Wehr.

There is thunder and lightning, there is burning and crashing; one needs a good defense.

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