The late Reverend Dr. Lester Sumrall, a great general in the church and in the kingdom once said, “feed your faith and you will starve your doubts to death.”
You have to intentionally feed your faith and this takes some effort. You have to be a hearer and a doer of the Word.
“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. Luke 6:46-48 NKJV
In this verse we can see three things are necessary to develop a life that is unshakable when it comes to feeding your faith.
- “Whoever comes to Me”
- “and hears My sayings”
- “and does them”.
You have to come to Jesus because if you don’t come to Jesus you’re not building your life on the right foundation. When you come to Him you get born again, you repent of your sins, and you make Jesus Christ the Lord of your life. That’s the starting point for you to begin to build an unshakable life. Remember Christ is the chief cornerstone, our sure foundation. When you get connected to Christ, you begin the building of your life upon eternal unshakeable principles. This active relationship with Jesus is critical and the first step to living an unshakeable life.
A lot of people take the first step in coming to Jesus, and then they stop. Jesus didn’t say to stop there, He said, “and hears My sayings and does them”. We are called to be practicing Christians, not Christians in name only. A practicing Christian is both a hearer and a doer of the Word.
So Jesus says: “you come, you hear, you do!” Then He said,
“Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, [when the shaking started], the stream beat vehemently against that house, [against that life], and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing [in other words, in one ear and out the other and didn’t apply the principles to their life] is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.” Luke 6:47-49 NKJV
This person was in presumption not faith. He said “well I know what the Bible says, I’m not doing it, but I know what the Bible says.” Just knowing what the Bible says will still get you destroyed when the floods come. It’s being a doer of what the Bible says that makes you unshakeable and connects you to the eternal foundation, the eternal truth.
The passage says, “the stream beat vehemently.” Some storms can be vehement, can’t they? “And immediately the house fell and the ruin of that house was great.” To prevent this you have to feed your faith!
How do you feed your faith?
The Bible says that the man dug deep and laid his foundation upon a rock. Digging deep means putting forth the effort. On the other hand, a shallow person is looking for the easy way, for what’s laying on top of the ground. This person says, “I’ll take it, but I’m not going to put any extra effort into trying to find it.” If you’re the type of person that has come to Jesus but you want everything to be easy and handed to you; “if God speaks to me fine, if He doesn’t okay too”. Then perhaps you didn’t understand what coming to Jesus really means.
Coming to Jesus is not a take it or leave it deal. God said we are to go after Him and seek His face, and seek Him with passion and with all of our heart; come after Him and say, “here I am Lord, speak to me”. You can’t be a casual Christian and have an unshakeable life, you can’t be a Christian that is just looking for convenience and an easy way. You have to realize that in order for your faith to become strong, to dissolve the doubts in your life, and cause you to be unshakeable in the midst of vehement storms, you have to go beyond the surface and get deep. That means you’ve got to be a student of the Word of God.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV
Become a student
The disciples were pupils of Jesus hanging on His every word. They sat when He sat, when He stood up they stood up, when He went walking they went walking, wherever He was they were, because they wanted to hear everything coming out of His mouth. Jesus is not here bodily for you to go find Him and sit down with Him, but the Bible says in Ephesians 4, “When He ascended on high…He gave gifts unto men.” God has put ministry gifts in the church; the five-fold ministry gifts of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher (Ephesians 4:11), and He speaks through these ministry gifts to His church. Find those gifts, those men and those women of God and sit with them, be where they are, hear what they’ve got to say, follow their faith, follow their example. That’s why the local church is so important. God set the church up and put the ministry gifts in it so you’d have a place to come, to hear, and to do as Jesus said and did.
This is what we have to understand, we cannot take or leave church; because we’re evading God’s way of dealing with our life and speaking to us. It’s not that He doesn’t speak to us individually when we go before Him, He does; or when we get in the Word, He does. But that is not the only way He speaks. One of the primary ways He speaks to us is through the ministry gifts, otherwise let’s shut the doors and all go home and read our Bibles. God established the local church and gave the ministry gifts to it for the specific purpose of feeding your faith.
Become A Giver
The Bible says “It’s more blessed to give than it is to receive,” so you don’t want to always be on the receiving end, you want to grow and get in on the giving end. That means to grow to the place where you can start sharing the Word of God. You don’t need a church pulpit to do that. Kenneth Hagin used to preach to cabbage heads. He said that he would go out in the garden, stand on a box and preach to cabbage heads, he didn’t care, he just wanted to preach the Word of God.
Prepare yourself to hear
When you come to the house of God, you should not only pray for yourself but you pray for the spiritual leader who will be ministering to you. Pray, “God I’m coming to hear, put Your Word in the man or woman of God’s mouth, I want to hear You through them.” When you are faithful in following this preparation, you’ll be sitting there and you will find yourself in the cloud of God’s glory, God will speak something to you miles beyond what you have just heard. What an awesome experience when we recognize that God is speaking directly to us!
Logos & Rhema
There are a couple of Greek words translated into one English word, “Word”. When you read the Bible every place it says “the word of God,” it may have different meanings, depending upon the context. The first is “LOGOS“, it is just a word for the Bible in general, the whole Word of God. For example, John 1:1: “in the beginning was the Word.”, John 1:14 “Jesus was the Word made flesh“, “if you’ve seen Me you’ve seen the Father.” The Word of God – logos, refers to the total concept of God.
The second is the Greek word “RHEMA” which means the spoken Word. It is when you are reading or listening to the “LOGOS” that God speaks directly to you. God speaking is the “RHEMA“, going from information to revelation; and it’s revelation not just information that causes your faith to grow. Jesus said in Matthew 4:4,
“It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word [Rhema] that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ” Matthew 4:4 NKJV
When you hear the voice of God through His Word, that’s what gives you life, that’s what pumps faith into your heart. This is what I have referred to earlier as digging deep. This is going the extra mile, putting in the extra effort not just looking for whatever is laying on the surface or pulling a promise for the day out of your promise box. You might get a little nugget laying on top of the ground like that; but when you get your good study Bible and your note pad, some good Bible software, and get plugged into the local church, you’re on the way to spiritual maturity, to becoming a disciple able to reproduce yourself in others that they too may know Christ. When you undergird these things with a private devotion time, you will find yourself satisfied but increasingly hungry. The more of God you get, the more you want.
Revelation makes us Unshakeable
In Matthew 16:13, we find Jesus asking His disciples a very important question:
“…’Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?’ So they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter answered and said, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ ” Matthew 16:13-16 NKJV
How did Peter get the right answer? How are you going to get the right answer? How are you going to answer the problems of life when they come your way? How are you going to answer the devil? How are you going to answer sickness, disease, poverty, and all the problems we face? How are we going to answer the circumstances of life?
“Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock [the rock of truth, the rock of revelation of who Christ is], I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.’ ” Matthew 16:17-18 NKJV
Peter didn’t come to the knowledge of who Christ was by himself, but by the revelation given to him by God. Every revelation is another rock in your spiritual foundation. The important thing is to get from simply information to revelation. This revelation knowledge is what makes you unshakeable in a shaking world.