Breakfast with the Word Thursday First Week of Advent
A foundation is the underlying part of a building. The strength of every building is determined by how strong the foundation is.
Foundations are always made with concrete underneath the building to make sure nothing will pull the building down. This is what happens to any life that makes Jesus his foundation.
A Little Understanding
The Greek word phronimo as used in the gospel of today. Matthew 7:21 24-27 describes a wise man as someone who is practically wise, thoughtful, and intelligent.
While the word moro describes the fool as senseless, stupid and foolish. Today Jesus sets the distinguishing factor between who is wise and not wise.
The difference in these factors is living according to His dictates.
In the gospel, Jesus says:
‘It is not those who say to me, “Lord, Lord,” who will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the person who does the will of my Father in heaven. Therefore, everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on rock. Rain came down, floods rose, gales blew and hurled themselves against that house, and it did not fall: it was founded on rock. But everyone who listens to these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a stupid man who built his house on sand. Rain came down, floods rose, gales blew and struck that house, and it fell; and what a fall it had!’
From the gospel, Jesus seems to indicate that whoever lives according to Godly principles is the wise man but whoever lives on His own principles or whoever abandons God is foolish.
The point here is that the Word of God is not merely for the sake of preaching it or listening to it. It goes deeper than these.
Also, the word of God is not for entertainment purposes. We do not hear it for the sake of hearing it and yet continue from where we stopped.
We hear the Word so that we shall take it as a guiding principle in everything we do. This is not merely when we keep the ten commandments.
This is when we do certainly and accordingly whatever Jesus says. At the wedding at Cana, the advice Virgin Mary gives to the disciples to solve the pressing need of the time is to “Do whatever He tells you” (John 2:5).
Therefore, the Word of God is a guide for daily living, on how we relate, how we pray, a guide in difficult circumstances etc.
Every advice we need in this world is contained in the bible. Those who truly practice the word can experience true blessedness and peace both in this world and after.
Also, Heaven, at last, belongs to those who live the Word. Living in the Word is the best thing that will happen to any soul. It is the greatest avenue to experience the power of God and the change of life.
The One who builds on A Solid Foundation
Today, Jesus sees the one who lives by the Word as a house built on a solid foundation which nothing on earth can defeat.
Jesus is that Rock ( 1 Peter 2:4, Acts 4:11) because Jesus is the Word of God (John 1:1-3). When we live in His Word, we make Jesus our sure foundation. The only sure foundation to build is on Jesus.
There are many today who make people their foundation. Whatever their person says whether it is accordingly or not, they swallow it hook and sinker. Because of this, their faith has been affected and their love for God begins to wane.
Sometimes, they forget also that there is the spiritual just as we have the physical. Many thus begin to see everything with the eyes of the mechanical. They are among those people who tell you that Jesus never existed while they are not even aware that scriptures, archaeological discoveries, history and even the Quran said He did.
They tell you that Christianity is a scam while Christianity preaches nothing but salvation, peace, love forgiveness, faith in the midst of difficulties, eternity etc.
Some people also obey the word of their political and societal leader more than they heed to the word of God.
The truly wise man is one who knows that He is just a visitor to a world He did not know how it came to be.
Hence, He decides to abide by the dictates of the Creator of the world who alone knows how one can survive in it.
Jesus as the Rock
When speaking of Jesus as the Rock in Romans 9:33, Paul says that whoever believes in Him will never be disappointed. Jesus can never disappoint you when He is your guide.
When Jesus is the Foundation, nothing on earth can defeat us. It means you are the wise man. It ensures that a Supreme Hand is guiding you, and victory is sure at last.
Let us build our lives on this Solid Foundation and not a human foundation. Every other foundation will fall or depart from this world with us one day to meet our Creator. Only Jesus is the Sure Foundation and when Jesus is the foundation, we will not crash.
When He is the rock, we shall stand against every challenge and temptations. There will be peace, love and progress and then heaven at last.
This is what He means when He says “Rain came down, floods rose, gales blew and hurled themselves against that house, and it did not fall: it was founded on rock”. Therefore, let us build our lives on a solid rock.
To build our lives on Jesus is to build our lives on holiness, faith, charity, good work, prayer life, and total communion with God.
When we build our lives on Jesus, we will never crash. We may undergo difficulties, problems, persecutions, temptations etc, but victory will be ours at the end. For Grace is always abundant even in the time of weakness.
May God bless you and give you the grace to live according to His Word. May He help us to defeat all your challenges. Amen
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rock of ages, be our guide, our foundation that we are never shaken, oh Lord!!
Amen, remain blessed Bro. Good morning
Through the feast of your immaculate conception , pls mother Mary intercede for me. Grant me these as a gifts for your feast:
1. Divine healing upon my mom
2.Divine guidance and protection
3.Forgiveness of sins
4. Financial blessing, financial breakthrough and financial abundance
5. Increase in my spiritual and prayer life
6. Divine manifestation
7. Divine grace, wisdom and knowledge
8. Peace, love , unity and understanding among my family members
9. Happy repose of the departed souls in my family especially upon my late Dad “Late Mazi Livinus Iroanya Adimoha
Oh Lord help me to build my life solely on you in Jesus name. Amen 🙏
Amen. Through HIS grace we overcome
oh Lord My God, I need the grace to live according to your words. Amen
Amen.. thank you Jesus!!!
Happy new month to you brothers and sisters!
Amen and Amen
Thank you Padre. God bless you richly for this inspiring reflection.😍
May I live according to your word Lord🙏
Amen. Happy new month Padre
Amen and amen.🙏 More unction for you, fr.
Hello Father, Happy New Month.
Glad to see the last month of the year, 2022.
First, I want to say thank you fir creating home of Victory. Thank you fir all the selfless service. Thank you for the love and care you show. Thank you for directing us on the right part.
Prior to me joining home of Victory this year in May after following you on Facebook during the lenten period ,I was a total wreck. I’m always angry, sad and unhappy with my self and even God. I know I needed help in my prayer life. So when I saw the link to join the group in your comment section to join for the May devotion, I went for it.
I was excited about it, but still I didn’t complete the 31days and that’s the same for all the subsequent Novenas. I will always miss a day or two or three. I Kept on cus for me is better than not praying at all. And ever since then, at least I’m not always gloomy, sad, angry and unhappy.
And Father, the testimony of the day is that I finally completed a Novena, yes, I completed the 21 days Novena to Angel Raphael. It was a total different experience after following your audio meditation for the first day. There was calmness, peace,positivity. I feel different. I want thank God.
Also, during the Novena, I got an opportunity to apply for a very juicy job, I first registered and generated my user name and password, fast forward to process the application, it was going again. At first, I thought my own version is not the required one, so I went to a cyber cafe, still the same thing. The owner of the cyber even went extra mile using all the email he knows, yet I didn’t work. I was sad, I was let me just apply first. I made it a prayer request to process the application, and God answered. I even used my own system that I thought that had another version and I went through and I got a confirmation email that my application has been received.
I also want to God, our mother and Saint Michael, during the Novena to Saint, Michael, St Michael fought a secret battle for me at my current work that I didn’t even know was going on. It’s a long story that I didn’t evenknow that it was was going on. It was when the whole thing came out in the open that the external auditor told me that what is happening now is a reversal case, that this would have been me. that infact, it’s the plot they plotted that hit them and this happened during the Novena to St Michael.
Fr. you don’t know how grateful I’m.
And I know my intentions to come to pass one by one including the job I applied for.
Thank you Fr for home of Victory. May God keep you, strengthen you, give you more grace to work in his vineyard. You will no know sorrow. Thank you.
Amen and Amen 👏.
Father, I ask for the grace to live in accordance with your will and not according to human philosophy, and I depend on you cause you are the solid foundation, the root of my soul’s recreation.
Happy new month to you padre.
Oh Lord please I need your grace to live according to your word Amen
Amen thanks Padre
Happy New month
Thank you Lord for being the solid foundation on which we stand.
Amen. Thank you brother.
Amen and Amen
LORD please give me the GRACE to build my life on the solid Rock AMEN 🙏
Amen Padre and God’s Divine wisdom and strength.