I felt the Lord begin to reveal something to me today; false peace and false confidence abounds among us:
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice iniquity!“ ~Matthew 7:21-23
Here Jesus tells us that only those who do the will of our Father in heaven will enter the Kingdom of Heaven; He says that entrance is not provided by confession alone, saying “Lord, Lord”. He also says that there will be many who will stand in confidence before the Him, saying, “but we prophesied, cast out demons, and did many wonders in Your name!” But He will declare to these, who practiced iniquity, ”I never knew you, depart from Me!”
Dearest brethren, be alert because there is a great deal of false peace and false confidence today; so many are being deceived by these shadows of peace and confidence that come by the deceptions of Satan and the searing of our own consciences!
This false peace says that salvation has come to you because you confessed Jesus as Lord; your confidence reassures your heart that you have done all this work in His name, though you did not walk as He walked. You have peace in the lie that no one can walk in the Way, and that God doesn’t expect you to; you find confidence in the abundance of sin, thinking that God would surely not judge everyone! Then, in the end of days, as the Word tells us, Satan will come with all lying signs and wonders, so it is not surprise that on this day, many, being deceived by a false confidence that came from a false peace, will sincerely think to stand on their works, saying they prophesied, cast out demons, and even performed other wonders in the name of Christ. Perhaps some today have laid hands on the sick and prayed for their wellness, and they did eventually recover, or they went on mission trips to build churches, feed the poor, and even prophesy in the name of Christ; they sang with zeal in moving worship services and listened to men they supposed to be great men of God speak bold and confident things, such things that seemed so certain. Their hands prospered in this world, they grew and expanded their churches. They were bold with zeal for their righteous political beliefs, and argued vehemently, as against the Pharisees, against those who preached the lies of holiness. Finding peace of mind in the belief that no one is perfect, all have sinned (and thus, continue to sin), and do the things that they do not want to do, they justified themselves in all their works.
Oh my brethren, do not be deceived, but weep bitterly for those who are so deceived! There is no excuse for their deception! For all the while Jesus’ words resound loudly as an eternal testimony that only those who do the will of our Father in Heaven will enter the Kingdom of God! They would not hear when He said, “why do you call Me ‘Lord’, but do not do the things that I say?” (Luke 6:46) Yes, and His Word continues to testify, as also His servants testify even today, that we must “be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1:22). Indeed, “lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls” (James 1:21).
Why are we deceived? Because we do not humble ourselves before God in the Light of His judgment, also hearing His word but not doing it, nor do we ask Him what His will is for His Children!
And what is the will of God for His Children?
“As obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance, but, as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, ‘Be holy, for I am holy.’” ~1st Peter 1:14-16
“Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus.
For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit.” ~1st Thessalonians 4:1-8
And in many other places across the Word of God, His perfect and manifold (many sided) will for His children is revealed; but that will never includes that we should sin!
The false peace tells us that God foreordained our sin, even that He desires the “dark and sultry side of His bride”! Such abominable doctrines are from the demons and have no place in the Holy Word of God. Every command of God is backed by the “power of the blood” to be accomplished in the lives of God’s children, and we have been given the “abiding of the Holy Spirit” that we might “learn from His grace to turn from iniquity” and “pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace with those who call on the name of the Lord”.
At this point I felt the Lord give me a warning; many of you are wrangling about “theologies” and “doctrines” that come from men. Return to the Word of God and you shall be made profitable to your brethren.
Jesus said that only those who do the will of our Father in Heaven will enter the Kingdom of Heaven; therefore, we must give very careful attention to what God has commanded, saying that we should “be holy”, that His will for us is “sanctification, cleanness, and holiness”.
Again, a lie enters saying that we are these things, because Jesus was, even though we continue to sin. Brethren, do we not have the Spirit of Christ dwelling in us? Is it not Him who teaches and guides us into all truth, and will He guide us into something that would defy the very Word He spoke to His apostles? No! For He has already testified to us that no one can continue in sin if He is born of Christ (1st John 3:1-10; as well as in every other chapter of 1st John, and 1st Peter, and 2nd Peter).
I will be honest, I have deep doubts of many today because they resist holiness by their doubting!
But I urge you, my brethren, with all the love of Christ abounding towards you in grace, learn righteousness, holiness, faith, love, hope, peace, and become partakers of the divine nature of God by His many great and precious promises given to us in Christ Jesus our Lord!
Let us behold true peace and confidence:
“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.” ~Philippians 4:4-9
“Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.” ~Hebrews 10:35 (read chapter 10)