DOES HE KNOW YOU?

DOES HE KNOW YOU?

“Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” (Matthew 7:22-23) Can you imagine standing before the Lord on the Day of Judgment, thinking that you knew Him and did great works in his name, and yet His response to you is “I never knew you. Get away from me!” The seriousness of this passage cannot be overlooked. The sobering tragedy here is the understanding that many will think they were in right relationship with Jesus, having done many great works in His name, and yet He tells them He never knew them! They thought they knew Him but they did not. A relationship only works when both parties know each other. It cannot be one-sided. How can a husband know his wife if they don’t spend time together, talking, relating, getting to know everything about each other? How can a daughter know her father if she doesn’t spend time with him? She can know about him, she can know what she’s been told about him, but that is not the same as knowing him by interacting with him, listening to him, talking to him and letting him know her. We can’t know other people unless we allow them to know us, unless we trust them, spend time with them, interact with them, deal with issues with them, relate to them. It is the same with Jesus. How can He know us, if we don’t...
“PEACE PEACE WHEN THERE IS NO PEACE…”

“PEACE PEACE WHEN THERE IS NO PEACE…”

“Peace Peace When There is No Peace…” The prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel both spoke these words to the people of Israel when they saw what was coming. The people had been seduced into complacency in their disobedience to the Lord’s will, believing everything was okay and life would be good because false prophets had told them so. But Jeremiah and Ezekiel saw differently, hearing directly from God, knowing His anger and wrath were to be poured out on a rebellious nation who’d long been rejecting His ways. “An astonishing and horrible thing has been committed in the land; the prophets prophesy falsely and the priests rule by their own power; and my people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end?” (Jer 5:31) Jeremiah went on to say, ”they have healed the brokenness of My people lightly, saying peace peace when there is no peace.”[i] He repeats these same words in chapter eight verse eleven. His words are echoed by Ezekiel who also stated, “it is definitely because they have misled My people by saying, ‘Peace!’ when there is no peace.” [ii] Are we sailing into a storm? A wise sailor keeps a close eye on the weather forecast to see what’s coming. Today’s technical advances enable seafarers to get a very good idea of the weather, days or even weeks in advance, and prepare accordingly. He or she will see bad weather coming, batten down the hatches, stow away anything that might get thrown about below, tidy the decks and reduce liability topside by reefing sails. They may even prepare a sea anchor for...