Matthew 7 (NLT):
21 “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’, will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.
22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name
and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’
23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’ ”
When I shall say
Running a long distance race requires much endurance to make it to the finish. Runners train for months, even years to condition themselves for such. Likewise, we are conditioned in the spirit to run the race set before us so that we also may endure to the finish.
12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked
There are so many people using this word as a form of defense for sin, a scapegoat.
The same kind of people who despise correction, content with stagnant faith, too prideful to admit that they could be wrong--so they say "DON'T JUDGE ME!"
Pointing out the error of a brother or sister in love is not judging them. How are we to grow if we do not know where we are going wrong or where we need work? How is a lost person to know that they are going in the wrong
King James Version
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
What are we treasuring? Are we treasuring the things of this world? Corruptible things?
It is so easy for us to lose sight of who we are- in Christ, if we do not see ourselves as God sees us. Satan, the devil, will use anything at his disposal to confuse us and cause a spiritual identity crisis amongst Christians. Consider any confusion about who you are in Christ a spiritual attack from the enemy; for God is not the author of confusion(1Corinth.14:33).
The devil wants us to think that we evolved from some cosmic hiccup in the universe; when we have been created in