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Lord, Lord, Did We Not Prophesy in Your Name?

July 2, 2013

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Lord, Lord,  Did We Not Prophesy  in Your Name?

Each one  of us needs  to examine ourselves  to see  if we are honestly  in fellowship  with our LORD and Redeemer — like we claim  to be.     Just what is  our real opinion  of our Creator?

People will say they love God,  but deep down  they resent  God’s authority  over them.     Their pride  looks  for the approval  of people,  rather than  the approval  of God.     They want other people to elevate them,  thank them,  praise them,  and tell them  how wonderful they are.

They might say  they are using their God-given talents  to God’s glory,  but really  they are looking  for others  to lift them up — instead of praising God.     They will mention God  to others,  preach  in His name,  and do all sorts  of apparently good things.     But, behind the scenes,  they have no love  for God  or others.     Inwardly, they don’t believe  they are all that sinful  or in need  of God’s forgiveness and mercy.

Jesus referred  to such seemingly  religious people.     In Matthew 7:21-23,  He said,

Not every one  who says  to Me,  “Lord,  Lord,”  will enter  the kingdom  of heaven;  but he who does the will  of My Father  who is in heaven.     Many will say  to Me  on that day,  “Lord,  Lord,  did we not prophesy  in Your name,  and in Your name  cast out demons,  and in Your name  perform many miracles?”    

And then   I will declare to them,  “I never knew you;  depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.”

No matter what kind  of gifts  God gives us  to use  for the benefit  of others,  Jesus says,  we will not be God-pleasing  unless we do  “the will of My Father  who is in heaven.”     Jesus presented the extraordinary gifts  of prophecy,  casting out demons, and performing miracles.     He will not  let all  of those gifted people  “enter the kingdom  of heaven.”

Who then can enter heaven?     Whoever does  “the will  of My Father  who is in heaven.”     So, what is the will  of our heavenly Father?     Jesus says in John 6:40,

For this is the will  of My Father,  that every one  who beholds the Son,  and believes  in Him,  may have eternal life;  and I Myself  will raise him up  on the last day.

It is God’s will  that we lovingly believe  in Jesus.     Then, no matter what sort  of gift  God has given us  to use  in this life,  Jesus explains  to us  in John 6:29,

This is the work  of God,  that you believe  in Him  whom He has sent.

Whatever our earthly job,  honestly believing  in Jesus — that His love  for us is true — that only His shed blood  can be  the payment  for all our sins — that Jesus has actually stooped down  to let us  serve Him  with the gifts  He has provided — that only God enables us  to rightly serve Him — all these truths  lead us  to do the will  of God with good hearts.

When our earthly work  is done  in an honest faith,  hope,  and love,  Jesus will welcome us  into His eternal home.     We can only say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  shepherd our hearts  and lives  to serve You  in a true love  and goodness.”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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