I Never Knew You!


come to meThese are the words that no one desires to hear when the Lord returns; but they will and it will be spoken to many people that are quite active within ministry and the church.

This will be the saddest day for all mankind and I grieve when I read about this in scripture. People are always saying, “well God knows my heart.” This is a direct fulfillment of what scriptures states, “the heart is wicked and deceitful above all things, who can know it?” Well it’s true, God can know it, however, the heart being wicked and deceitful only means that we can deceive ourselves into believing we have some kind of ‘goodness’ that can save us. We don’t. We were born into sin and there is only one that is good, as Christ stated to make His point. “Do not call anyone good for only our Father in heaven is good.

Oh yes, we are good at something that’s true. It is, as I stated, self-deception. We try to climb up on that cross as if we can redeem ourselves with works or our image that we have created. This image is nothing but a false idol that we bow down to and hope that others will as well. Yes, this is why the commandment tells us, “Do not worship false images.” We can create a picture of ourselves in our pride and it is the very thing that keeps us from entering into a true intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. The only one that can save us from our deception and pride. The word of God tells us that, “He became nothing.” That’s right, the king of the universe, stepped into a mortal body to live among us and He did not consider His reputation.

When we come to Christ, we are to have our identity in Christ and we become nothing. He lives through us and touches the world through our hands and feet. Our eyes and mouth. We are the vessels. As pathetic as we are, He loves us in all of our imperfection and He alone brings about the change in us by the power of the Holy Spirit. This cannot happen as long as we are still holding on to any belief that we are doing this or He needs our help. The opposite of the humanist belief must take hold and we crucify our flesh so that He knows we are dead to ourselves. This is why Paul said, “His strength is made perfect, in my weakness. When our pride is wiped out and we are broken. This is when Christ becomes the strongest in our lives. It is the only time that we realize it is not our power. “Not our will, but thine be done.” It’s simply impossible as long as we are sitting on the throne of our will and not submitted to Him.

Now, in the end when He judges mankind it will be just this self-deception that men have chosen, to be cast aside. It is not the Lord’s choosing, but the very men that have been serving in ministry. However, they are not serving God, they only give the appearance of this to the outside world. Here is the pinnacle of the judgement in that day. It says in scripture; (Matthew 7:21-23) “Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say(and the word many translates to the majority, or greater part) to me on that day, “Lord did we not prohesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?” Then I will tell them plainly, Depart from me, I never knew you.” The word knew is defined as “an intimate relationship.

So when the separation takes place we can see that the Lord is not pleased with all of these works, even though the people that claimed this as their right to enter heaven, think that they were serving the kingdom. The key and the operative words are, “I never knew you.”

If you look further, in verse 24, He defines the real meaning of this relationship. You cannot hear the word of God and know the truth and continue to live your life any way you please. There must be an outward change that is visible of your relationship with Christ. And it is not the title or works you perform, but the lifestyle that you live. It must be a reflection of the Lord ruling and reigning on the throne of your heart. If He is ruling, you will have the power to turn away from an unrighteous life and overcome these areas of darkness. You can’t hide behind good works as a smokescreen and believe that the Lord is going to let you slip into the kingdom because you taugh bible study or led ministry. He demands a consecrated life and we are the example of the Word of God being read. Paul tells us, ‘we are epistles being read.” Our life and the fruit of our lives to the world.

If we do not allow this, we are in rebellion and we are the ones spoken of in the last days, “they worship me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”

So we can see these portions of scripture are dealing with the ones that claim to know Him. He is not speaking of the unsaved world. It is far worse to claim you know the truth and continue on with your deeds of darkness and use the name of Christ to promote yourself. This is very dangerous since we can see that the lost, don’t walk in hypocrisy. They don’t claim to have a desire to follow Christ and therefore are not preaching a double standard.

I had a friend that came with me to a church years ago. It was a vital church, but things started to be shaken at the top. Church leadership was being called out, by the Lord. A definite shaking was taking place and these people had lives that were unconsecrated and they were doing things that were morally wrong.

My friend laughed when we had a trip together. We were in a European country and walked into a club and she and I saw women on the tables dancing and men drunk as could be. We walked out and she made the statement, “hey it’s just like that church!” I laughed so hard and thought, “you know, she’s right! What separates that church from the world, if the leaders are engaging in acts such as these? She had asked me, “why would these people even want to pretend? If they are going to do this stuff, why no just quit being involved in a church?” Very profound statement from my friend. I was trying to be a witness to her and yet, after she had seen this, she made the valid point, that these people were indeed, worse that she was in their actions, because of their sanctimonious and hypocritical lives.

Of course the Lord wouldn’t allow this to continue and the church fell apart. If the leadership wanted to walk in these ways, the Lord was not going to allow them to lead so many others down this slippery slope. “Judgement begins in the house of God.” And since we are also considered temples, this means us as well.

So here we see the end days approaching and I would encourage everyone, to look at these words with great fear and do a self-examination, just as I did. I speak for myself as well and can say, I had almost fallen away from discouragement, yet refused to be claiming I was an active believer when I was walking in darkness. I just couldn’t drag the Lords name through the mud. To me, get in or get out! This is exactly what the Lord says in Revelation. Remember, I had posted this once before.

Revelation 3:14-16 “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I am about to spit you out of my mouth!” (The word for spit/spew, is vomit) It actually makes the Lord sick to His stomach to see such hypocrisy and remember, He is speaking to the church.

It is coming very soon, so I would say, now is the time to get on your knees and repent. Ask Christ to come and reign in your heart so that you will be one of the over-comers that He praises in the end. These are the ones that He will say to, “Well done my good and faithful servant, enter into your rest!”

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I Did Not Come To Bring Peace, But A Sword


He brings the sword of truth

He brings the sword of truth

These are the words that our gentle Lord had spoken. That’s right and it is happening to families all over the world. The division is taking place.

No, it isn’t just because a person has acknowledged Jesus Christ as his/her savior, but one of His many names is, the Truth. (Remember, I am the Way, the Truth and the Life?) People will be divided because they are following another gospel other than the gospel of Jesus Christ. He said the “the sum of thy word is truth.” That means all of it.

The words He spoke were, “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For Ive come to turn “a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law, a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.(Matthew 10:34)

Why would Jesus speak such words to us? I thought he wanted reconciliation for all. Yes, He does. It is the men and women whose hearts have been hardened by sin that do not. They want to follow part of the word, but the entirety, if it doesn’t fit their agenda. This way they believe they can continue in their darkness and no one will know and God really doesn’t care about that little bit of sin, after all does He?

Well, according to Jesus, that little bit of sin is the “leaven that ruins the whole batch. It’s like being a ‘little bit pregnant.’ It’s just not possible with God. You’re in or you’re out. If you are a believer and you are walking in truth and you have members of your own family that are not, they are convicted by you and this brings the sword that divides. The Lord Himself will not allow it. He wants repentance followed by the “fruit in accordance with repentance.”

In Hebrews it is spoken about this personal apostasy. “It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.”(Hebrews 6:4-6)

There is a major difference between committing sin and habitually sinning. When we repent and keep turning back to the same sins, we are lying to the Holy Spirit. We have to do everything in our power to stay away from all the ungodly influences that are leading us down this road. This is sometimes even family and friends.

When someone comes out of a drug rehab program the first thing they tell them is to cut off all their ties with the enablers. The friends that they had influencing them the family members that caused them to fall. They simply cannot take a chance on allowing these people to bring the harm or even death. Isn’t this more important to our own spiritual lives? And we also have a responsibility to those around us that are unsaved, to reveal truth and walk in truth. If we are partaking in deeds that are corrupt, how are we being an example of the new, regeneration, in Christ? All they see is another church ritual. There’s no salvation in that. It’s actually worse than our former condition. The Lord tells us this. It was better that we did these things without tying the Lord’s name to them. It is the ultimate sin against the Lord. We are committing the acts and leading others down the road with us.

This is where the sword will divide until the end of the age.

The Lord is coming soon and you will see a polarization in place. Everything must be exposed to the light of His truth and this will divide people, yet God will bring His restoration in due time.

He makes a way, where there seems to be no way. This is what I pray for.