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In The Garden Daily Devotional
Series: A Walk Through Matthew  (Mathew 7)
Jesus The Teacher - Pt 7
"A Rude Awakening"
Pastor Wayne Clabaugh

Scripture Reading: Matthew 7: 21-23
Scripture Text: "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." Matt 7:21 (KJV)

If you're doubting - you'll likely be pouting!

You know I'm not sure where that came from or if it was just something mama made up, but mama used to say that to the kids in Sunday School with regards to "faith in Christ". She would always back it up with that scripture in John 3:36 that says, "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him".

Needless to say - we didn't understand all of that King James Language, but mom made it clearer by saying, "If you're doubting - you'll likely be pouting!"

Never before have I seen such a wave of unbelievers as we're seeing today. Men and women who have supposedly been Christians for years and yet they have fallen into this ravine of doubters along life's highway - heckling the passersby still holding on to their Bibles, still singing the songs of the faith;  still believing the words of Jesus when He said...

"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know." John 14:1-4 (KJV)

I have men and women (just recently) of high regard in the church, not only speak their mind but write it down and publish it saying that Jesus' Coming again in he Rapture is a merely a myth. They cite that old excuse that people have been saying< Jesus is Coming Soon" for almost 100 years and nothing has happened yet. In speaking to one very prominent "so called" man of the faith, he told me "point- blank" that this generation will come and go just as the generations of the past and the generations to  come in the future - all without a Rapture - all without an eternal home". He said, "Life is what you have in the "here and now" and that is all the heaven you're going to ever know.

If I told you the church group this man spent his life in as an ordained minister - you would be shocked. I  know I was - but it was because I knew this guy back when he had such a passion for God. Now his life experiences - some of them very tough... has bent him so low, that he no longer accepts the Bible as  fact - let alone a book of promises. He has come to believe in man as the answer to all of life's woes; and he believes that technology will eventually heal cancer - even though God will continue to be silent.

Well, according to the text for today, my friend for years, will not enter into the Kingdom of God. Oh that hurts me to say that - and I am not giving up on him. Let me read it again to you from the WORD in John 14:1-4

"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know." John 14:1-4 (KJV)

Do you believe that my friend? if you don't you are in danger of missing out on heaven.

Jesus said, "Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." Matt 7:22, 23 (KJV)

Add our text for today and you get a pretty serious warning!

"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Jesus said, Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many  wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." Matt 7:21-23 (KJV)

We're speaking about that essential "faith in Christ" for life and salvation. That is the source of all true evangelical obedience, and without it... NOTHING is acceptable to God! He that puts his faith in Jesus for righteousness, salvation, and eternal life, does the will of the Father. He that does not, or cannot place his faith in Christ and in His WORD..., shall not enter into the Kingdom of God and will one day experience a "rude awakening.

It's time for the redeemed of the Lord to say so. It's time to stand up and be counted "on" rather than just always being counted "in".

Let's pray

Father. I do believe and I will believe in Your Life, Death, Resurrection and that you are on coming again. I pray this morning for those who are doubters and ask that you will make my life and my faith proclaim your Glory alone - and that many of the doubters will return to the cross and once again be renewed by the Witness of the Truth which is Your Holy Spirit. Come Holy Spirit I need you, Come sweet spirit I pray... Come in Thy Strength and Thy power... Come in Thine Own Gentle Way. In Jesus' Name.

 

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