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The Lord Builds the House (1 of 6)
Let us begin this study by looking at Psalm 127:1-2
Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. 2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
This passage is primarily directed toward the family, but it applies to the church as well. Throughout the New Testament we see that God uses the family to illustrate how He deals with the church. Just as the family is the symbol of the church, a strong family directly benefits the church.
We must realize that it is not our labors that create success for the Lord alone builds the house. This is true for your family and it is true for the house we call our local church. Your labors are in vain unless the Lord builds the house. Over the next few weeks, I want to look at how the church is established based on scripture and how that we must be hearers and doers of the word. God will honor those who honor Him. In 1 Samuel 2:30, God stated, "Those who honor Me I will honor". If you honor God, God will honor you and this church. If we are faithful to keep and do His word, the Lord will be faithful to give us His kingdom and His promises.
It is not the hearers of the word that benefit from God's promises but those who apply the word and do His will. The world is filled with churches and the churches are filled with people who have been hearers of the word their entire life, yet very few will have any real impact that has any eternal significance. I believe that many people are very sincere and want to do what is right, but because true discipleship is lacking in the church, we just simply don't know what we need to do. I was raised in church but looking back I cannot see one example of real discipleship in my life. I was taught the word, but never was I taught how to be a doer of the word. I ...
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