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The Patternists: Unless the Lord Builds the House


“Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain” (Psalm 127:1).

The Psalmist declares an axiomatic truth. We simply can’t prosper without God’s approval. It is such an important thing that it is foolish to presume that God is pleased with us. And yet, presumption is the norm. It is said time and again: “I know the Lord is happy with my worship.” “I am confident that the Lord is pleased with my ministry.” “I am certain the Lord approves of my lifestyle.” These sentiments and their ilk are commonly expressed with absolutely no basis other than the opinions and subjective emotions of the speaker.

The only way we can be certain that the Lord approves of our lives, faith and worship is if He has revealed His approval of these things. The only place that God has revealed His will to man is through the Holy Scriptures. Remember, assumption is presumption. Instead, make sure that it is the Lord that is building your house!

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