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Who Is Building Your House?, God Of This World And Temporal Earthly Pleasures, Up In Smoke When God Lights The Flames, You Can Change Right Now, Begin A New Life In Jesus Christ, Brevity Of Our Human Existence, There Is No Guarantee Of Tomorrow, Resurrection Of The Dead, Transformation To Our Spiritual Bodies, Closing Remarks, Suggested Reading List
So who is building your house? Are you? Do you claim to be the master of your fate and the only one who controls your life? Is your house and your life foolishly founded upon the unstable sand of the temporal things of this present world, which Satan is more than happy to offer to you? He is, after all, the false god of this present world, and he can offer you whatsoever he will in it. If you doubt that this is so, then please consider the serious warning that is found in the following verses:
"And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: FOR THAT IS DELIVERED UNTO ME; AND TO WHOMSOEVER I WILL I GIVE IT."
Luke 4:5-6, KJV
"In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them."
2 Corinthians 4:4, KJV
"And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away."
1 Corinthians 7:31, KJV
"While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal."
2 Corinthians 4:18, KJV
"But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out."
1 Timothy 6:6, KJV
"If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth."
Colossians 3:1-2, KJV
"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world."
1 John 2:15-16, KJV
So again, are you just a part of the human rat race? Do you try to satisfy your mind, body, heart and spirit with the materialism of this present world? Have you sold your soul for a pound of flesh? Are you building your house with the construction materials of this present world; that is, pride, self-accomplishment and the praise of men? Do you follow the standards of man; or do you humbly submit yourself to God's Will for your life? If you have chosen the former; if you are one who has chosen to build your own life and house with your own construction materials, be advised that someday when God lights the fires of tribulation and affliction in your life, everything that you now think is so important, will all go up in smoke. Your life will eventually come to an end, and you will have nothing to show for it in an eternal context. You will arrive on the Other Side quite empty-handed, as well as ashamed.
However, if you are reading this article, it is not too late. You can make a change right now. You can change routes if you want to. It won't be easy, but you can do it with His help. You can make a new start. God can give you a new life in Him, if you truly desire it. Here is why:
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
2 Corinthians 5:17, KJV
If you have not yet accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, now is the time to do it. Why wait even another day? After all, none of us have any guarantee that we will still be here tomorrow. We can be in perfect health, but if God determines that it is our time to leave this world, we will indeed leave it, regardless of whether or not we feel that we are ready to meet our Maker. Consider the following verses and take heed:
"The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away."
Psalms 90:10, KJV
"The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever."
Isaiah 40:7-8, KJV
"But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?"
Luke 12:20, KJV
"Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready."
John 7:6, KJV
"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:"
Hebrews 9:27, KJV
"Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away."
James 4:14, KJV
"Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you."
1 Peter 1:23-25, KJV
Again, please repent of your sins and your selfish living, accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and make the decision to begin living for Him today. Begin building your house on the Right Foundation, so that someday when your tabernacle of flesh -- your earthly body -- perishes, you will have a mansion waiting for you in Heaven, as we see by these verses:
"For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle [our flesh body] were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life."
2 Corinthians 5:1-4, KJV
"Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:"
Romans 6:4-5, KJV
"For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren."
Romans 8:29, KJV
"Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself."
Philippians 3:21, KJV
"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is."
1 John 3:2, KJV
"There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed."
1 Corinthians 15:40-52, KJV
That is the wonderful, new Heavenly House that I am looking forward to. How about you? As I said, your adventure begins with accepting Jesus Christ. With these inspiring verses I will bring this article to its conclusion. I trust that you have found it informative, and I pray that it has been an inspiration and a blessing in your life. If you happen to have an account with Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, etc, I would really appreciate if you would take the time to click on the corresponding link that is found on this page. Thanks so much, and may God bless you abundantly!
For additional information, you may want to refer to the list of reading resources below which were also mentioned in this article, or which are related to this article, and which are likewise located on this very same Bill's Bible Basics website:
Are You a Burning Ember for the Lord?
Backsliding, Divine Chastisement and the Divine Agreement
Beholding the Evil and the Good
Do You Want Love and Light, or Rod and Wrath?
Going Down the Highway of Life
Have You Sold Your Soul for a Pound of Flesh?
Love, Mercy, Forgiveness and Chastisement
One From Beyond: Hebrew of Hebrews
Parable of the Sower: Salvation and Service
So You Really Think You Are So Humble?
The Fruits of Disobedience
The Heavenly Vision: Have You Got It?
What is God's Will for My Life?