June 11, 2017

Who are they?

It is interesting that some, perhaps many, claim to know Jesus.

It is also interesting that we find in Matthew 7:21-23 that is vitally important that Jesus knows you.

Rarely do we hear anyone say, "Jesus knows me."

It is of utmost importance that you can say with confidence that Jesus knows you.

He will tell those who he does not know to depart from him at heaven's gate.

How horrific that will be for those who think that they are saved, yet are not.

Many are deceived.

So who are these people who think that they are saved, yet are not?

They are not people outside the church.

People "outside the church" rarely say that they know Jesus, in fact, many take his name in vain.

In the common vernacular, the ones who think they are saved, and are not, are the religious ones.

They will be people who pray, for instance, and not everyone who prays knows Jesus.

Matthew 7:22 tells us this is so.

They will be people who have cast out demons, and who have done things for Jesus that they think are really good activities, at least according to them, and again Matthew 7:22 tells us this is true.

Not everyone who thinks that they are saved really are saved is what Jesus is saying in that passage.

So who are the unsaved ones who think that they are saved, and know Jesus?

Jesus calls them "workers of iniquity," and have you ever studied those words?

In our everyday vernacular who a "worker of iniquity," and is it you?

Look up the word "worker" and what do you find?

Look up the word "iniquity" and what do you find?

Do you study to approve yourself to God, or do you slack off, and think that  you are saved?

Do you have friends who might think that they are saved, yet are not?

Do you care?

What is the gospel message?

If there are people in your church who think that they are saved, yet are not, are you nevertheless earnestly speaking the gospel message to them?

Do you know what will happen to you if you speak the gospel message to people like that?

They will persecute you, just as they did Jesus.

You will be hated, just like Jesus.

They will wish you out of their lives, and they will try to shut you up, just like Jesus.

Is that happening to you?

Jesus said that persecution would occur in your life if you speak the true gospel message.

Do you prefer to gain the world? If so, you will lose your soul.

You cannot have both the world, and Jesus.

Many are deceived. The deceived do not want to hear the truth. They prefer to be blind.

They prefer sin because they love it, and not God (John 3:19, and I John 5:3).

Their dying day will be horrific.

They will have worse than a rude awakening.

They will go to hell.

Do you know him? Does he know you? Who does Jesus know?

From Matthew 7:21-23 it is only those who are NOT workers of iniquity.

Do you spend energy on sin?

June 10, 2017

Do you pray...

...thy kingdom come? (Matthew 6)

Those who long for his appearing do.

...thy will be done? (Matthew 6)

Those who know him, and are confident in his perfect provision will do so.

...Holy is YOUR name? (Matthew 6)

Those who know him as holy, and make nothing of themselves, and adore him, and him alone, do.

... that he will forgive you just as you forgive others? (Matthew 6)

Those who hold no grudges do.

...that others may have Christ dwell in them richly? (Ephesians 3:16-19)

Those who have Christ dwelling in them richly request that God do the same in others.

...that others will be rooted and grounded in love? (Ephesians 3:16-19)

Those who are rooted and grounded in love pray that for others.

... that others may know the depth of the love that God has for them? (Ephesians 3:16-19)

Those who know of his love pray endlessly for others to know of his love.

... that others will be filled up with the knowledge of God? (Ephesians 3:16-19)

Those who know God intimately long that others will know God intimately.

... that others will be blameless for the day of Christ? (Philippians 1:9-11)

Those who are blameless desire only that others will be presented blameless as well.

... that others will be filled with all spiritual wisdom? (Colossians 1:9b-12)

The wise will do that.

... and that they will please God in every respect? (Colossians 1:9b-12)

Those who please God beg him to bring others to perfection in his Son.

... and do you pray that others will share in the inheritance of the saints? (Colossians 1:9b-12)

Those who are no longer selfish pray that others will share in the inheritance.

... continually? (I Thessalonians 5:16)

Those who are pure in heart pray always because the line of communion is always open to them.

Not of works lest they boast.

They beg God to do to others what he did TO them.

It is just that wonderful.

Do you pray fervently for others?

Do you wrestle in prayer for others, or just wrestle with flesh and blood? (Colossians 4:12)

What is it that you pray?

For what do you pray?

For whom do you pray?

Your prayers will tell on you.

Examine your heart for out of it flows rivers of living water, or stale worldly words, and ways.

It will never be both (Matthew 7:17).

Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matthew 4:17).