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Do you really want a Beach House?

Today is my first official “Teen Tuesday” post.  I’m going to attempt to use every Tuesday to address some of the issues teens are facing.

This past summer I had an amazing opportunity to speak at a few summer camps and one of the questions I was often asked by campers was, “How do I make sure not to lose this spiritual high when I get home?  How can I continue to grow after this mountain top experience?”  I believe the answer to this question is found in Matthew 7:24-29. In this passage Jesus tells the story of two people who were building houses.

One guy worried more about the foundation than how the house looked – he built his house on a rock.  Maybe it didn’t have the best view, maybe it wasn’t the most spectacular looking house, but he knew it was solid.  Like Mike Holmes, this guy was determined to do it right the first time!

The next guy was less concerned with the foundation and more concerned with the location, the view, the cosmetics of the house.  So he found a lovely beach with amazing views of the ocean and set up shop there.  He wasn’t sure exactly how to build it, but made sure to paint and decorate really nicely so no one would notice his sketchy work.  And on the surface, the house was perfect.  An amazing beach house, perfect for parties, vacations and impressing the neighbors.

However, one day a storm rolled in and wouldn’t you know it, the house on the rock stood unshaken and the the one on the beach was pulverized.  Nothing left but a stack of splinters.

What is your faith built on?

The rock – the truth of God’s word?

or

The sand – your emotions/feelings?

Have you ever said “I can’t feel God right now“?  Have you ever decided not to spend time with him or follow him in an area of your life because you “didn’t feel like it”?  I know I have.  But when we trust our emotions and feelings more than the truth – God’s word, we are building our lives on shifting sand.  And when the storms of life hit, our faith will crumble.

If you want to move forward in your relationship with Christ, if you want to grow in your faith, don’t trust your emotions more than the truth of God’s word. I’m not saying to be fake.  I’m saying that even if you don’t feel God, He is still there. Even though you can’t see him, he is always listening when you share your heart with him.  Even though you may feel alone, he will never leave your nor forsake you.

My prayer for you today is that you would trust the truth of God’s work more than your emotions.   You mood may change 100 times in a day but Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever!

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