Matthew 7:24 - Build Your Life on Christ and His Word.

Matthew 7:24 (NIV) Everyone who hears these 
words of mine and puts them into practice is like 
a wise man who built his house on the rock. 


To build on the rock means to be a 
hearing, responding disciple, not a phony, 
superficial one. Practicing obedience becomes the solid 
foundation to weather the storms of life. See James 
1:22-27 for more on putting into practice what we 
hear. [Life Application SB] 

Many people are headed for destruction, not 
out of stubbornness but out of thoughtlessness. 
Part of our responsibility as believers is to 
help others stop and think about where their 
lives are headed and to point out the consequences 
of ignoring Christs message. [Life 
Application SB] 

When we receive Jesus Christ as Savior and 
Lord, we will obey Him, and, as a result, our 
lives will be radically transformed. It's in the 
doing, the obeying, and the living the life of 
faith that we are changed. [Adult SS Quarterly 


Dont Stop at Just Reading Gods Word
   There are many things you can do with 
Gods Word. You can receive it, read it, research 
it, remember it, and reflect on it. But if you 
fail to put into practice what you learn, all 
those things are useless. As James 1:22 says, 
Be doers of the word, and not hearers only 
   It can be hard to be a doer of the Word, 
because Satan fights it so intensely. He doesnt 
mind you going to Bible studies, as long as you 
dont do anything with what you learn.  
   But Gods Word doesnt really become 
part of you until you obey it. Just reading or 
studying a truth doesnt mean youve internalized 
   Actually, you can be so busy with Bible 
study - going to the next class or seminar or 
Bible conference - that you have no time to 
implement what youve learned. You forget one study 
on your way to the next one!  
   Without implementation, all our Bible 
studies are worthless. Jesus said, 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). 
   Jesus also pointed out that Gods 
blessing comes from obeying the truth, not just 
knowing it. He said, Now that you know these 
things, you will be blessed if you do them (John 
13:17 NIV). 
   Its so valuable to be part of a small 
Bible study discussion group. We always learn 
truths from others that we would never learn on our 
own. Other people will help you see insights you 
would miss. 
   But be sure to take the next step too. 
Let Gods family help you apply his truth in a 
practical way.  
   The best way to become a doer of the Word 
is to always write out an action step after you 
read, study, and reflect on Gods Word. Develop 
the habit of writing down exactly what you 
intend to do. This action step should be personal 
(involving you), practical (something you can do), and 
provable (with a deadline). Every application will 
involve either your relationship to God, your 
relationship to others, or your personal character. 
   As you become a doer of Gods Word, 
youll be building your life on a foundation that 
cannot be shaken. [Daily Devotional by Rick Warren: 


Let the Bible Transform, Not Just Inform
   Did you know studying the Bible can be 
dangerous? In fact, the results of Bible study could be 
   Sounds strange, I know. But God intended 
for us to apply the Bible to our lives - not 
just read it. So when you read Gods Word but 
dont apply it, the foundation of your life may 
   At the end of the Sermon on the Mount, 
Jesus says, 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). That wise mans house stayed strong 
through the storm.  
   But then Jesus spoke about someone else: 
Everyone who hears these words of mine and does not 
put them into practice is like a foolish man who 
built his house on sand (Matthew 7:26 NIV). You 
probably know how the story goes: The foolish 
persons house collapses during the storm. 
   God has given you the Bible for 
transformation, not just information. When you apply it, 
youre building a firm foundation for your life.  
   Here are three more reasons its 
important that you apply Gods Word to your life: 
   1.	Knowledge produces pride if you 
dont apply truth to your life. The Bible says in 
1 Corinthians 8:1, Knowledge puffs up while 
love builds up (NIV). Christians can be the 
most cantankerous, evil, mean-spirited, critical, 
judgmental people the world has known - if we never 
take the extra step and apply the Bible to our 
lives. Thats because knowledge on its own 
produces pride. Instead, God wants you to apply that 
knowledge in love. 
   2.	Knowledge requires action. James 1:22 
says, Do not merely listen to the word, and so 
deceive yourselves. Do what it says (NIV). What a 
person knows should be reflected in what that 
person does. You cant grow spiritually just by 
taking notes on a Bible study. God expects you to 
follow his commands - theyre not optional! 
   3.	Knowledge increases responsibility. 
The Bible says, Remember, it is sin to know 
what you ought to do and then not do it (James 
4:17 NLT). When you study the Bible, God will 
show you areas of your life that need to be 
changed. And once he shows you those areas, hell 
hold you responsible for what hes shown you. A 
deeper knowledge of Scripture equals a greater 
responsibility to follow it. 
   As you study and apply Gods Word, 
youll be building a strong foundation that will 
keep you steady during lifes storms. [Daily 
Devotional by Rick Warren: 


   Surfers know when they go over the 
falls and dont know which way is up, their 
surfboard always will float to the top. If they have a 
leash on their ankle thats attached to their 
board, they can follow it to the surface. 
   In the same way, the Word of God pulls us 
to the surface, where we can fix our eyes on 
Jesus and get ourselves back into alignment with 
God. I can think of so many times in my life when 
my mind was going in the wrong direction, and I 
found that simply quoting Scripture righted me. 
   At the end of the Sermon on the Mount, 
Jesus gave this summary: Anyone who listens to 
my teaching and follows it is wise, like a 
person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the 
rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise 
and the winds beat against that house, it 
wont collapse because it is built on bedrock 
(Matthew 7:24-25 NLT). 
   Then Jesus went on to say, But anyone 
who hears my teaching and doesnt obey it is 
foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 
When the rains and floods come and the winds beat 
against that house, it will collapse with a mighty 
crash (verses 26"27 NLT). 
   We all will face storms in life as 
followers of Jesus. So make sure you build on the 
right foundation of a relationship with Jesus and 
Gods Word. Dont build your faith on experience 
or fickle emotions. 
   How important is the Word of God in our 
lives? Success or failure in the Christian life 
depends on how much of Gods Word you get into 
your life on a regular basis and how obedient you 
are to it. 
   The Word of God restores us. It refreshes 
us. It transforms us. Build your life as a 
Christian on Christ and His Word. [Greg Laurie from 
Harvest Ministries; https://www.harvestdaily.com] 


Matthew 7:24 - Build Your Life on Christ and 
His Word. (revised) 


James 1:22 - Living the Word.