Does Jesus Know You? Do You Know Him?

Sunday, February 21, 2021

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Matthew 7:13-23; Luke 9:23; Luke 13:24-30; Psalm 139:23-24; I John 1:8-2:1-2

Matthew 7:21-23

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Does Jesus Know You? Do you Know Him?

I never knew you!!!!

Do you have a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ? Does He know you? Are you confident that He knows you? What gives you the assurance that your name is recorded in the Lamb’s Book of Life? What makes you sure that the work you do is acceptable to God?

Let us begin with our relationship with Jesus Christ? Every [true] believer in Christ is presented with a proposition in the form of a statement (Luke 9:23; Luke 13:24-30). The message in this text, and throughout the Christian experience is the Cross. “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23). Notice that Christianity is a personal undertaking, but never private. Does Jesus Know You? Do you Know Him?

Our relationship begins with Self-denial. There is no suggestion of works or gifts other than giving of yourself to the Lord. This is not for self-glorification or fame because Jesus did not display any of those behaviours. To have a relationship with Jesus Christ, must begin with self-denial; which initially may seem easy for some without taking time to find out what this entails. Does Jesus Know You? Do you Know Him?

The second requirement is taking up your Cross (Luke 9:23). The cross signifies suffering, trials, tests, persecutions, and more which identify us with Jesus Christ. Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 7:21-23. Many will come to him on that day, and declare all that they ever did for Him. His response will be, “I never knew you.” The cross will be your passport to glory and eternal life with the Lord. Jesus will be able to recognize you because you bear in your body the signs of the crucifixion. “From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus” (Galatians 6:17). “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). What is your mark of identification which proves the authenticity of your relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ? It does not matters where you travel; when you are about to board that plane you will be asked for your identification. When you go to certain places such as the doctor’s office, government offices, or making a purchase and so much more; you must present an identification. Therefore, Jesus is looking for your identification which is the cross; and it begins here while you are on earth. This where the new birth took place. You were sealed on that day by the Holy spirit (Ephesians 1:13ff). With natural birth, from the day of delivery that child is given some form of identification; and he or she must be registered with a name. That name stays with the child until the day when he or she passes this life. Does Jesus Know You? Do you Know Him?

The third requirement is Obedience which means that every true believer must purpose in the heart to follow the Lord with sincerity, truthfulness, honesty, humility, submissiveness, integrity and faithfulness. These are necessary qualities akin to obedience. Obedience attracts two other major qualities which depict sincere love ,and readiness to forgiveness. The obedient follower of Christ will forgive and avoid holding a grudge against anyone. Does Jesus Know You? Do you Know Him?

Fourth, you must Choose the right road that leads to the right gate, which is narrow and fraught with difficulties, and all the attachments of bearing the cross. Jesus said, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:13-14). When you have taken up your cross and obediently follow Christ, He shows you which of the two gates to enter. There are only two gates; each with its own size, description, functions, structure and offerings. Does Jesus Know You? Do you Know Him?

The fifth requirement, you must Know the voice of Jesus. After you have fulfilled all the initial requirements, you will be tempted to follow the voice of the enemy (Matthew 4). Jesus is reminding us to know His voice so that we do not follow Satan’s voice. Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any (man) pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave (them) me, is greater than all; and no (man) is able to pluck (them) out of my Father’s hand” (Luke 10:27-29). You will be safe in the arms of Jesus as you lean on His gentle breast. He will protect you.

Not only must we know the voice of Jesus, but He knows us by our identification. “I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd” (John 10:14, 16). The fact that Jesus recognizes us here on earth, suggests that we have a certain mark which differentiates us from other sheep. Does Jesus Know You? Do you Know Him?

Every believer should take heed! This is no time for playing church. Too many false prophets, self-titled apostles and prophets are deceiving the world and God’s people. It is time for repentance and turning away from witchcraft. Yes, witchcraft and the worshipping of the Baals of money, greed, and fame. How many more planes can you purchase with [other] people’s money which you squeezed out of their hands? The ploy [deception] is “Sow a seed.” How many more homes can you buy? How many more cars do you need while others are suffering, dying of thirst and starving for the word? In the meantime you are accumulating wealth; and some of you charging thousands of dollars to make a lot of noises which you call preaching from your mechanical toy with new age scriptural interpretation and not from the King James Bible.

You have the opportunity to repent and turn away from the beggarly elements of sin and its bondage of destruction (Galatians 4:9; Hebrews 12:1). Sin is destructive and will lead you into hell. Maybe you forgot that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23); but this is paid in the fires of hell where there will be no repentance. Return to your first love, and begin to do the first works again (Revelation 2:4ff). Ministry is about the saving of souls and not the acquisition of wealth. Jesus is coming back. Does Jesus know you? Do you know Him?

I never knew you. Think about it!

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Vanity, and the Deceitfulness of SIN!

Ephesians 4:17-20

This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,

Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:

Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

But ye have not so learned Christ;

VANITY: emptiness, pride, purposeless, darkened understanding: warped, twisted, separation from God: utter sinfulness, ignorance, callous heart, insensitivity to sin: dead feelings because sin becomes a normal activity, uncaring, deceiver and being deceived, I am right: you are wrong, immorality, worldly dressing… This is the description of many church goers of the 21st Century Christian church. Many are professional church goers, because they only go through the motions on a Sunday morning; but it is business as usual. Vanity, and the deceitfulness of sin!

Many Christians today are immature, unlearned, careless and worldly because there are church leaders who are only after money, greed, fame, fortune, and filthy lucre; and they know how to squeeze it out of your pocket with the selling line “sow a seed” preface by their gifts. Those persons do not care about the souls of the people they are leading into the bosom of hell. They no longer teach about living a holy, sanctified and godly life. To teach these messages would cause their congregation to dwindle. Indeed, they have believed the LIE from the devil in Matthew 4:8-9; “Again, the devil takes him up into an exceeding high mountain, and shows him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.” Baal worshippers will gladly accept riches from the devil through witchcraft. Those leaders do not care that he is a liar from the beginning (Genesis 3:4). Vanity, and the deceitfulness of sin!

God is watching, and He will rescue those who are being deceived by church leaders who refuse to teach His word. He will replace those ungodly worldly people with credible God-fearing ministers whom the world may not know; but who will teach the word of God to hungry hearts and save them from the fires of hell. “And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding” (Jeremiah 3:15).

Let me ask you a question, a few weeks ago, What decision did you make? How did you advise your congregation? Did you advise them to choose Baal or God? To have chosen Baal would only lead to the sacrifice of those who are unable to help themselves. Indeed, Satan will continue to have his fill of what gives life, but [you] pastor, self-appointed prophet, or apostle will end up answering to God for the souls [you sent to hell or death] because of your selfish, greedy, Godless acts. Vanity, and the deceitfulness of sin!

Unbelievable, but there are wicked leaders in the church. Here what God said in Jeremiah 5:26ff; “For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that sets snares; they set a trap, they catch men.” Did you know that some of those snares represent the lie you have been sowing over the years that tithing is for today’s Christians? You take the money and make yourselves [rich and famous] while the [giver: the widow] goes without. SAD! Vanity and the deceitfulness of sin!

LISTEN how Jesus describes your self-satisfied vain condition in Revelation 3:15-17: “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:” Vanity and the deceitfulness of sin!

You thought God was pleased with you, and therefore blessed your selfish and worldly ways. Hear what He says in Psalm 50:21: “These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; you thought that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.” You are so vain and self-satisfied, that you thought, God was like you! No way! God is going to judge you for failing the people whom He placed in your hands to lead. Baal worshipping leads to destruction and hell. Vanity, and the deceitfulness of sin!

REPENT! Read for yourselves: Jeremiah 3:14-14 and Revelation 3:18ff; from the King James Bible, which is the only version today that has maintained the original scriptures.

SAVE YOURSELVES! To believers who are being led astray, flee from those devil worshippers. Ask God to lead you to where His word is still being preached and people are taught to love and obey Him. There are pastors who are still doing the right thing: Keep on doing the will of God. Separate yourselves from the Baal worshippers and be like Elijah. If God be God, let us serve Him in Spirit and in truth (John 4:24). Not all of us are serving Baal and have become involved in his evil deeds of witchcraft and the taking of lives. Vanity, and the deceitfulness of sin!

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Strong Delusion and the LIE!

Isaiah 66:4

I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spoke, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.

II Thessalonians 2:11

And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

In most churches of the 21st Century, they have come to be a place for social encounters, comedy, and fashion showing. Most of what is heard as [worship] songs and music only cater to the devil and those who faithfully worship him for 6 days, and on Sunday say “hello” to God!

What many people do not realize is that God sees everything we do. He sits high on His throne in heaven and has His footstool upon earth. Nothing misses His all-seeing eyes.

God is concerned about His people who faithfully serve Him, the hypocrites who give Him lip service, and even the sinner who lives for the devil. God is merciful and waiting for the sinner to stop sinning.

Despite the sinfulness of mankind, God is merciful and loving; but there comes a time when He says, enough. When people forget God, He responds and sends them strong delusions so that they believe the LIE!

II Thessalonians 2:10-12: “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”

Isaiah 66:4 “I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spoke, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.”

Maybe you are asking what is the LIE? Genesis 3:1-4

“Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.”

And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

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Blinded Hearts, Eyes, and Ears

Blindness of Heart and Mind affect the Eyes and Ears

II Corinthians 4:4

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.

When people’s heart become blinded, this affects the eyes and ears. The heart in this context is the inanimate spiritual organ from which all manner of both good and evil proceeds.

For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man:” (Matthew 15:18-19b).

The blinded heart is hardened and becomes the seat of satanic activities which the individual has no power to control unless that person knows the Lord Jesus Christ and is serving Him with a true heart.

Solomon advises us to guard our hearts because out of it are the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23).

You guard your heart by asking Jesus Christ to come in and reign in you. Of yourself, you cannot do this; but with God you can do all things.

Why not give your heart to Jesus today? Ask Him to cleanse you from your sins and to come into your heart and reside.

You do not have to live with a hard blind heart. Give God a chance! Have a blessed day.

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