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Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: And the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house: and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

Now everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: And the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.
(Matt. 7:24-27)
The rains, winds and floods came against both houses. One was affected and the other wasn't. Jesus said all of us will encounter storms. Those who hear and do the Word of God will stand.

Those who only hear but don't do the Word will fall. You decide whether you will stand or fall by what you do with God's Word.

Key For Overcoming
The key for overcoming is doing the Word of God. The wise man did the Word. Both the wise and the foolish man heard the Word, but the wise man became a doer of the Word.

You'll be wise to become a doer of the Word that you know. You already know enough to put you over. If you simply do what you already know, you can be victorious in every area of your life.

I am saying that for a reason, because many people improperly perceive that the solution to their problems is gaining more knowledge. In some cases, that may be true.

But for the people who have heard the Word over a period of time, it's not necessarily more truth that they need, but it's the application of the truth they have already received.

Jesus didn't say the man who stood was the man who got more information. In face, He says they both had the information. The overcomer was the one who took what he knew, applied it to the situation and put it into practice. He became a doer of the Word of God. In other words, there was a corresponding action.
Now it happened, on a certain day, that He got into a boat with His disciples. And He said to them, "Let us go over to the other side of the lake." And they launched out. But as they sailed He fell asleep.

And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy. And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, "Master, Master, we are perishing!" Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm.

But He said to them, "Where is your faith?" And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, "Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!"
(Luke 8:22-25)
Jesus asked the disciples, "Where is your faith?" All the disciples could see was disaster, problems and difficulties. Jesus didn't commend them for waking Him up! He stopped the storm, but in essence, it was a rebuke! He said, "Where is your faith?"

In other words, Jesus was saying, "You already have the faith to stop the storm and get through it. Why didn't you use it? Where is your faith?"

They had the ability to use their faith, but they didn't.

Faith and fear repel each other. They're opposites. If fear rises up, faith goes out the door. If faith rises up, fear goes out the door.

That's the key to coming through your storms: being a doer of the Word by releasing your faith and dispelling the fear.

Fear paralyzes while faith activates. When you believe what God says and stand on it, fear will leave you. But when you believe the circumstances and words the devil brings, then faith will leave.

If you want a greater measure of faith in your life—the type of faith that helps you overcome—choose to believe and act on the Word, doubt the lies of the enemy, and then watch your faith come alive!

Source: Overcoming the Storms of Life by Billy Joe Daughtery
All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Author Biography

Billy Joe Daugherty
Web site: Victory Christian Center
Billy Joe Daugherty was founder and pastor of Victory Christian Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was also the founder of Victory Christian School, Victory Bible Institute and Victory World Missions Training Center.

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