By David Wilkerson
originally posted 6-12-2012, re posted 1-13-14

“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: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds
blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell” (Matthew 7:26-27).

The law is not intended for the person whose obedience springs out
of a desire to please God. He is not concerned about what is legal
or illegal, what is permitted or forbidden. He has only one criterion:
“What does my Lord desire?”

You can lay out all the law before him – all the rules, regulations
and prohibitions – and he will say, “You don’t have to tell me not
to do those things. I wouldn’t do anything to hurt my Father. I love
Him! I’ve already forsaken the world and its lusts to go after Him
whom my heart desires.

“Show me what He wants, not just what He forbids. I want His
heart’s desire to become my actions. I want to know His mind and
obey it. Sure, I love His law. But that’s for the lawless, for those
who haven’t come into a knowledge of intimacy with Christ. I have
another law at work in my heart. It’s the law of love, one that says,
‘Lord, what can I do to please You today?'”

Such a person isn’t moved by threats of hellfire, or even by rewards.
He needs no prophet to shake him, no warnings of judgment. He is
in love with Jesus and his obedience to God’s Word is a natural
outgrowth of this love. It is as natural to him as breathing.

On the other hand, the person who builds his house on sand does
so only for show. It is a temporary lifestyle. He reasons that he’ll
live in that house for five years, then sell it and leave the problems
to someone else. It’s only a facade with no real foundation!

You see, this person doesn’t believe a storm is coming. He doesn’t
want to think that things are going to get hard. That is the way the
world deals with eternity: They simply don’t think about it. A
Christian celebrity once asked one of the late-night talk show
hosts, “What do you think about eternity?” He answered, “I try to
put it out of my mind.”

Tragically, a lot of Christians also try to put eternity out of their
minds. They try not to think that judgment is at the door. They
don’t want to believe that one day they’ll stand before the Lord
and answer for everything they’ve said and done.

-Original source-

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