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MATTHEW 7:22_and in Thy name cast out devils…
Ephesians 6:12 (KJV), “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
This verse says there are rulers in the darkness and they have powers. It is good to have a healthy fear of these powers. It helps you live in the reality that the devil is powerful, and you are no match for him.
That’s as far as your fear needs to go. When you chose to accept Jesus as your Savior—you defeated the devil. He knows he no longer has power over your eternity. Beware that he will come after you in this life with his deception, and lies about your unworthiness.
Colossians 1:12-14 (KJV), “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet [worthy] to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear son:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.”
That’s why the devil is defeated.
Be knowledgeable about the spirits of darkness, but do not pursue experiencing first hand any kind of occult practices. Don’t go there, even if you think you are learning something for the good of helping a friend. Grow strong in Jesus and know your Bible—that’s how you help friends!
Jesus Savior, Praise You for defeating the devil for me! In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ has defeated the devil and his demons—For me!
MATTHEW 7:22_and in Thy name cast out devils…
Can these people actually cast out demons? Or do they think they can just convince Jesus they can? I don’t claim to know a lot about demonic possession, but I don’t believe there is any power to exhort them but the power of Jesus.
Because life is spiritual, as well as physical, we need to have knowledge of both. We primarily focus on the physical until we have had an encounter with Jesus, and answer that knock. John 15:16 (KJV), “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”
You didn’t become a Christian because it was your idea. You answered the call, the knock, the pursuing of Jesus. You responded, and now you are doing the asking, seeking, knocking, pursuing. You enter a strait gate and a narrow way to gain wisdom, understanding, and knowledge … of truth. And why do you want truth? By now you’ve got this—to live free!
We must face the reality that the spiritual world consists of darkness as well as light. Jesus calls us to be light and light must be free.
Any encumbrances to light keep it from overcoming darkness.
God of Heaven, Please keep my light free to serve You. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ’s light is free from encumbrances—He frees mine!
MATTHEW 7:22_have we not prophesied in Thy name…
Jesus refers to people who profess to be Christian. These people believe they have the right to call upon the Lord when He sits on the judgment throne. Do they believe they are clever enough to persuade Jesus to accept them on their terms, not His?
II Thessalonians 2:10-11 (KJV), “And for this cause God shall send them [the unrighteous] strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
Good grief! This is more of that stuff I’d just as soon the Bible would leave out! Because the unrighteous will not believe the truth, then it is only natural that they enjoy being unrighteous. God does not stand in the way of them believing lies. Perhaps one of the lies they believe is their good works will allow them to enter the kingdom of heaven.
These people did not get into this kind of shape because God did not care enough to pursue them: II Peter 3:9 (KJV), “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
Unfortunately, not everyone will repent.
Some of the unrepentant may go around prophesying in God’s name.
Everlasting Father, I do not want to find joy in unrighteousness, but in You. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ knows all the hearts that repent—He sees mine!
MATTHEW 7:22_Many will say unto me in that day, Lord, Lord…
Jesus begins this verse with the word many. I already feel bad that not everyone will go to heaven, but now I feel worse that the not everyones are many.
This reminds me of the narrow path, when Jesus says few will find it. It also causes me to think about how He said many will go in at the broad gate.
From His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus has taught me who comprises the many:
Those whose righteousness does not exceed that of the Scribes and Pharisees (chapter 5:20),
Those who cause others to believe they are empty-headed idiots (chapter 5:22),
Those who profit from the bondage of human trafficking (chapter 5:29-30),
Those who do not forgive (chapter 6:15),
Those who choose the broad path to destruction (chapter 7:13),
Those who are ravening wolves and bring evil into the world (chapter 7:17).
None of these actions exclude anyone from heaven by the action alone. The exclusivity comes from the heart. The heart which excludes Jesus.
The actions can all be forgiven and erased when the heart opens to include Jesus.
The actions reveal the heart.
God of All, You have taught me to include You in my heart. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ desires to be included in my life—I will let Him!
MATTHEW 7:21_but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
To do God’s will is how to enter into heaven. I see you squirming … but hold on. Does this contradict what has already been settled—the only path to heaven is through the shed blood of Jesus? Absolutely not! Jesus is not teaching the way to heaven is through good works.
God’s will is that you accept Jesus as Savior, serve Him as Lord, and love His people. This is the will of your Father which is in heaven. Good works will be a natural byproduct.
We will be judged by our works:
Romans 2:5-6 (KJV), “… and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; 6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds.”
II Corinthians 5:10 (KJV), “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”
Revelation 20:12 (KJV), “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.”
If our good works are not a natural byproduct of a saving relationship with Jesus, then they are not good works.
Prince of Peace, If I ever do anything good—it comes from You. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ will judge works—Only He makes mine good!