Throughout the Bible, Jesus Christ is referred to by many names and even beyond that there are many descriptive words used to describe Him. Because the human mind cannot fully grasp the greatness of God nor comprehend the true makeup of the Godhead, we “see through a glass darkly” and use all these names and word pictures to try and piece together a sense of who He really is. “Without question, great is the mystery of godliness,” Paul wrote. (1 Timothy 3:16) How true! The fortitude of Jesus Christ is referred to as a rock– a stone so massive that it is immovable; strong enough to provide protection and fortress for safety; a high place, where we are safe from drowning in the rough waters from the storms of life. Jesus Christ is the Rock of salvation (Psalm 89:26) because He cannot be moved from His place of authority.
Storms will come. Flood waters will rage and swirl and the winds will push against you, sometimes knocking you down or making you afraid that you’ll drown, but if the place where you seek refuge for your soul is within the presence of God, He who cannot be moved will hold your spirit steady when you feel weak. Psalm 125:1 says, “Those who trust in the Lord are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides forever.” But trusting in Jesus, the Rock of Salvation, doesn’t mean the enemy won’t try to move you- because he will certainly try!
Trusting the Rock of Salvation Makes You Unmovable
Remember that “God has not given you a spirit of fear”, which means that when fear comes upon you – about anything – you do not have to accept it. In fact, you must reject it. Your primary weapon in the battle against the enemy is the Word of God, and in John 1:1, it is revealed that Jesus Christ IS the Word! That is why, during His time on earth, Jesus was able to use the Word, saying “It is written…” (Matt. 4) to combat the enemy’s lies. The Word of God is alive, active and powerful, able to divide between the soul and the spirit- which you will need to discern between in your battle seasons– and the Word, Jesus Christ, the Rock of Salvation, who cannot be moved, will prove itself as the strength of your heart and will bring you the revelation your spirit needs to keep going!
It is Written…
- “…you are My witnesses. Is there any God besides Me, Or is there any other Rock? I know of none…” (Isaiah 44:8)
- “For who is God, besides the LORD? And who is a rock, besides our God?” (2 Samuel 22:32 & Psalm 18:31)
- “…They remembered that God was their rock, and the Most High God their redeemer…” (Psalm 78:35)
- “…because of the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob, because of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel, because of the God of your father who will help you…” (Genesis 49:24-25)
- “Blessed be the LORD, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle…” (Psalm 144:1)
Three Ways Jesus is Your Rock:
1. The Rock of Our Salvation: Psalm 89:26-28 says, “He shall cry unto Me, ‘You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation.’ Also I will make him my firstborn ,the highest of the kings of the earth. In My mercy I will keep him forever, and My covenant shall stand firm with him.” When you’re not sure where to go or what to do or how to get out of what you got yourself into or how to climb out of a hole life threw you into, you need a Rock, a strong support to provide firm footing, something to grab onto as you climb, someone you can cling to and that is Jesus Christ. Through the Word of God, you have as much access to Him as anyone else does. Your salvation was through Him. Your sanctification will be alongside Him. Your success will be because of Him.
2. The Rock that is Higher than I: Here is what David prayed: “From the ends of the earth I will cry to you. When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been a refuge for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.” (Psalm 61:2-3) “Lead me” David prayed. Why? Because when we are overwhelmed we can’t always “see” Jesus. By faith you know He is working in your life and your situations and that He is helping you work out your salvation (Philippians 2:12), but when all you see are problems, it can be hard to “see” Jesus. “LEAD ME!” That is your prayer. You need the Rock that is Jesus Christ, but if you can’t see Him or if you’ve wandered off course, ask and He will lead you to where He is.
3. Our Firm Foundation: “The firm foundation of God will stand,” Paul told Timothy (2 Timothy 2:19) Jesus Christ is the Rock that will steady you when life makes you feel like you’re on shaky ground. More specifically, “Whoever hears these sayings of Mine and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on a 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 a rock.” (Matthew 7:24-27) When your life is built on Him, your habits, your lifestyle, your choices, your priorities, your relationships, you’ll experience a life that has solid ground, even when the world tries to shake it. What does this mean in practical terms? You’ll always have a place of refuge within yourself, where Christ dwells. You’ll have the tools you need to overcome the enemy within and then outside of you. True victory isn’t found when all your problems are finally over. True victory is when the problems are still there, but they have no control over you. THAT is why you need a firm foundation in The Word, Jesus Christ. (John 1:1-5)
Thought for today: Don’t Give Permission to Anything But God
Paul wrote, in 1 Corinthians 15:58, “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (mev) and 1 Corinthians 10:4 says, “…for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.” A lot of people never really experience Jesus Christ, as the Rock of salvation. Why? Because we fret and grasp for control and get tangled up in our emotions instead of running to the Rock and clinging to it. He is the Savior of the shipwreck! He speaks peace to the storm…steady as a ROCK. Prayer, the Word of God and worship are how you’re going to find refuge for your soul, but it isn’t easy to do that. Why? Because if you’re going to cling to the Rock, you’ll have to let go of the control of all the messes, so your hands are free to grab onto Him.
You can trust Jesus Christ. Let go of whatever it is that you’re holding onto, if it’s not Him. If you still feel shaken, remember that God has not given you the spirit of fear- and you don’t have to accept its presence in your life, but you may have to wage a spiritual battle to get it to leave. You have the spiritual authority through Jesus Christ to win, and “…having done all, stand- stand, therefore!” (Ephesians 6:10-18) Stand… on the Rock!
More Resources to Find Solid Ground Upon the Rock of Salvation, Jesus Christ!
- “Building Strong Faith Upon Jesus Christ, the Cornerstone”
- “Jesus Christ, the Stumblingblock”
- LIVE Bible Study: “Why Does it Matter that Jesus Christ is the Firstborn AND the Image of the Invisible God?”
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