“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’- Matthew 7:21-23 ESV
Spiritual intimacy with God is similar to INTIMACY with another human being, it requires 2 parties to BE AVAILABLE and OPEN and COMMITTED- TRUSTING the other person with your HEART, BODY and SOUL! INTO ME SEE- intimacy- is a two-way street. We KNOW them, and they KNOW us! In the book of John Jesus says, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me”. (10:27) Intimacy creates a level of DISCERNMENT that separates that person; their voice, their instructions, their guidance, their level of commitment and belief for you- from the rest of the WORLD.
Leader, in Isaiah’s vision of the coming judgement against the Southern Kingdom, God lamented Israel’s lack of intimacy with God and compared it with non-intelligent animals. The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master’s crib, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand”. (Isaiah 1:3) As we study God’s word and seek HIS PRESENCE and HIS FACE and HIS WAY…As we DAILY DIE TO OURSELVES picking up our cross…as we decide: TO LIVE IS CHRIST and to DIE IS GAIN, we become more LIKE HIM! As we allow HIM to USE our struggles, and our failures and our TRAUMA and DRAMA- those experiences become HIS CHISEL, to form us into the likeness of CHRIST- we allow HIM TO KNOW us INTIMATELY!
Conduit, it has been said, “There is so much CHURCH in the WORLD, and so much WORLD in the CHURCH- that it is hard to tell the two apart.” Today’s verse should make every TRUE believer shudder a bit! He is talking about CHURCH folk. People at church every Saturday or Sunday. People that went on mission trips and serve in the children’s ministry- for they prophesied, did miracles and cast out demons in HIS NAME! And yet Jesus said, “I NEVER KNEW YOU”! Forsaking the right way, they have gone astray. They have followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved gain from wrongdoing, (2 Peter 2:15) The Way of Balaam is the WAY OF THE WORLD. COMPROMISE- listening to the FATHER of LIES and thinking you are listening to THE FATHER, ABBA! The Prince of the air, the PRINCE OF THIS WORLD is Satan! Not all blessings that come on this planet, or instructions- are from GOD! We must have discernment and THEN TEST the content of the word we received against the WORD OF GOD! It takes TIME in HIS PRESENCE and DESIRE to KNOW HIS VOICE, and to KNOW HIS WORD, and to DO HIS WILL! There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death! (Proverbs 14:12) Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)