Lord, Lord

I always struggled with the understanding of these verses which are the topic of this sermon:

“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. (Luke 6:46,47,48 ESV)

“But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.” (Luke 6:49 ESV)

Another reference:

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ (Matthew 7:21-23 ESV)

It makes me wonder how someone could have the power to cast out demons, or give prophecy, or use The Lord’s name and do these things – how they would not actually know Jesus? The words say “lord”. dictionary meaning (lord – means someone or something having power, authority, or influence; a master or ruler: lord of the sea/lords of the jungle/our lord and king.)Many people claim to have a faith in God and many pray to the Lord. The question is – who is that person’s Lord. Lord could be anyone they exult to the level of Christ, The Lord they confess whether or not that lord is the one true God or not. The question in Matthew, asks the question, “does Jesus know them”?

What is lawlessness? Lawlessness – “not governed by or obedient to laws; characterized by lack of civic order.” In this context the word lawlessness would mean breaking any of the written laws, Old and New Testament. Without Christ – they are still in their sin. It would be lawless to mimic Holy Spirit or use The Lord’s name in vein, for personal gain or fame. Also the act of mimicking or replicating the phycological effects of God and attaching The Lord’s name to it. This person may not be a genuine follower of Christ. It is a dangerous thing to say, “Thus sayeth The Lord”, when The Lord did not truly give that prophesy or word of knowledge. Do nothing out of selfish ambition.

“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.” (Romans 4:7, 8 ESV) Repentance and a relationship with Christ is the only way to have redemption.

The sermon is making me think about these scriptures, in regards to the many experiences and things I’ve witnessed, through a variety of teachings in some gatherings, done in the name of Jesus. Is these scripture references, when they say to The Lord, “Did we not do all these things in your name?”  The saying would refer to –  “In your name” meaning “In Jesus name” or “In the name of Jesus.

At this time in my life, I find myself in a place of questioning some of these things going on, in the name of Jesus, and questioning the teaching I hear from some pulpits. I’m always checking what is being taught with what the bible says. We should all do this. There have been so many times where I have got caught up in the emotional atmosphere, often fuelled by enthusiastic preachers. I enjoy a charismatic atmosphere for worship. Who does not want to experience a deeper move of the Spirit? I’m not saying that emotional responses are false. I’m just saying that it is so easy to be moved by our emotions which can be changing frequently, especially in regards to loyalties, interests and affection toward people, and the situations we are experiencing at certain times. I have gone up for altar calls seeking something more from God. In human understanding, many times faith does not seem enough. We want the manifestation of God whether through a healing, the miraculous sign or by falling down by the power of God (called slain in the Spirit). In fact, where is being slain in the Spirit mentioned in the bible? That is a good topic for research. In some way, do these manifestations strengthen a believers faith? Or does it lead to it a feel good religion or literally, “Man – manifestations”? Are we seeking a feeling of being high (drunk in the spirit)?  “But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. 15 For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day.” Acts 2:14 ESV)

I just listened to a song by Tim McGraw called “Drugs or Jesus”. Does Jesus become the replacement drug for some of us? The problem with this is you eventually have to leave the church altar or the retreat and go out into the world. Life in Jesus is not always on a high. When the emotional high is not there, many fall back into the drugs of the world. The joy of The Lord is a totally different sermon which is found in my other blog called “Rejoice”.

I believe I have felt what many Christians call, “the anointing, moving of Holy Spirit”. When this happens anything can be changed in whatever way the Holy Spirit wants to work. Holy Spirit also indwells the true believer and follower of Christ Jesus. That is a promise from God.

Everyone needs to take a step of faith and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. We need to know the difference between Holy Spirit and Emotional manipulation. The bible does tell us to check the Spirits so that we do not get deceived. I’ve heard many prophesies in the local churches. We must test these words of knowledge or prophecy to make sure they are from God. Do they line up with scripture? I’m still trying to understand this. Sometimes it is hard to know the truth from the fake. Pray for discernment. Instinctively, we want to believe we just had a word from God. For someone coming into a church for the first time, it can be a little intimidating when someone points you out of the congregation and tells you they have a word from God. Does that not make one feel special? I’ve listened to so called prophetic words given to me and also given to my friends, by people with titles given to them; names like apostle or prophet/prophetess. They could be a spiritualist for all I know. I have received “words of knowledge” which have come to pass, while other’s who have prophesied over me have not. One thing I have come to believe, is that, if a prophetic word is given and it is truly from God, it will come to pass and it would not contradict scripture. That is one way of knowing a true prophecy or word of knowledge. I’ve had pastor’s and people in leadership positions ministering to me at an altar call.  In many of these revival meetings, people have yelled in my ear and casting off this and casting off that demon.  I don’t deny that the Holy Spirit can move through others who God has given an authentic gift. One problem is; many times we elevate these prophets, thinking that they have a special in with Jesus, beyond what is available for each one who believes. Jesus said, Holy Spirit would come to each believer. They don’t have a better in with Jesus. Some may have more knowledge or are walking closer with God. Why do we need to ask someone else to talk to The Lord on our behalf, when we can get down on our knees or simply be quiet before Him and listen and speak to the Father ourselves? Jesus often went to a place of solitude and prayed to the Father God. Why wouldn’t we do what Jesus did?

When we seek other’s before we seek Jesus first, we are exulting that person to a level with Jesus. We elevate idols. That is how people like Joseph Smith have been elevated and called a prophet from God (Mormon, Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints. People seek to read what he has written in his Book of Mormon, before they read the Holy Bible.)

Another example – (The Jehovah’s Witnesses tradition is a religion founded in the late 19th century C.E. in the United States. Founded by Charles Taze Russell, Jehovah’s Witnesses grew out of the Christian Millerite movement and has since spread worldwide. Jehovah’s Witnesses doctrine is grounded in Russell’s teaching that the Second Coming of Christ has already occurred (in a spiritual, invisible form) and the visible form that will follow will include the establishment of Christ’s millennial kingdom here on earth.)

There are some false prophets leading large congregations in the name of Christianity. We can easily seek another person or so called prophet for their wisdom or teachings and believe in them, as from God, when it may not be from The Lord at all. Do we seek the gifts more than the giver? That is also a dangerous place to enter. I have been down that road. While I have experienced a little bit of an elevation in my Spirit from these experiences, I do now wonder if they were legitimate manifestations of the Holy Spirit or simply emotional manifestations? Dare I even say, they could have possibly been a demonic force at work? As seen in (Matthew 7:21-23 ESV) Jesus will judge.

If you ever used a Ouija board, or had your palm read, or spoke to a physic, you may recognize their is another power at work. That power is not from The Lord. He clearly tells us to stay away from mediums. (Leviticus 19:13) We know that Satan is an imitator and a mocker of anything of God. We saw the magicians turn sticks into snakes. (Exodus 7:12) We know that Satan comes to deceive, destroy, and steal away the sheep (John 10:10). Knowing this, should encourage us to be cautious and knowledgable to what is being taught? Now, I’m not trying to scare anyone away from the Church, in fact I encourage everyone to seek God first and a relationship with Christ and His Kingdom, and all the rest will fall into place. Jesus said, he would leave those who believe in Him (followers of Christ) the Holy Spirit, to teach us, lead us through “The Word” (Bible). Thinking about the sermon notes below, I am once again searching the Word and seeking God’s truth in all things. When that day comes when I stand before The Lord, I don’t want to hear those words, “I never knew you.”

Read below and examine this scripture for yourself. Open up your bible and come on the journey.

Recap of verses:
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.” (Luke 6:46-49 ESV)

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ (Matthew 7:21-23 ESV)

Sermon notes:

Jesus asks a crucial question.  “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Periodically, everyone who is a follower of Christ should asked themselves, Christ’s question, and examine the way they live their lives to these passages of scripture.

Three things:

1. These people honestly believed they were saved. They are talking like followers of Jesus.

2. There are many of them. A multitude is bigger than a few. This is frightening. Many will say Lord Lord.

3. They claimed that they prophesied, cast out demons. Some people think that if they do a miracle in the name of Jesus they have arrived. This is a side issue. The central issue is whether Jesus knows you.

Think about it. If your pastor was up at the front of the church every week casting out demons, yet when he stands before God, Jesus says to him, “I never knew you”.

The question Jesus confronts us with:

“Is Jesus The Lord of my life? He had just finished preaching the “Sermon on the Mount” to a multitude of people plus the disciples. Also called “The Beatitudes”

The Beatitudes – (Luke 6:20-23 ESV)

And he (Jesus) lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said:
*  “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.”
*  “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied.”
*  “Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.”
*  “Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son    of Man!”
*  “Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.”

Summarized bible commentary says:
Contents: Sermon on the Mount, continued. Encouragement to prayer. The two ways. Warnings against false teachers. Danger of profession without faith. The two foundations.

Characters: God, Jesus, disciples and a great multitude 

“And he came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. And those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all the crowd sought to touch him, for power came out from him and healed them all. (Luke 6:17-19 ESV)

Jesus uses the simplest words and truths. Some in the crowd shouted amen and agreed, but it had no radical impact on their lives. Some of the truths a preacher speaks can impact our lives. We do our devotions, pray and then we get to the front door and leave what we learned behind. Often we leave our faith at the door of the church. We don’t take it with us through the week to the work place or to those we meet.

Conclusion: True disciples of Christ will be men and women cautious in their judgment of others; conscious of their own faults; confident and earnest in prayer; wary of false teachers and hypocritical profession; building all eternal hopes upon the firm Rock, faith in the Word of God and Christ Jesus.

Key Word: Sermon on the Mount, 5:2. (Two ways, vv. 13, 24, 26.)

Strong Verses: 1, 2, 7, 8, 12, 15, 21, 24.

Striking Facts: v. 22 shows that there will be among those rejected by Christ in the last days, many preachers, so-called soul winners and good moral men, simply because devoid of true faith in Christ who alone is the foundation of salvation. Beware of mere lip-devotion which signifies nothing, either here or hereafter.

How do we get to know Jesus?

It is by spending time with Jesus and building a relationship (strong foundation) with him. What makes a husband your husband? Not a piece of paper. It is in the relationship. We have to work on the relationship. We must qualify. So many people (believers in Christ included) are being taken up on side issues. The side issues are stealing the limelight, so much, that we can even forget to talk about Jesus. Some are consumed by signs and wonders. There are fellowships where people go, just so they can receive a prophesy. The danger is that people can get side-tracked into seeking the signs and wonders more then they seek the Saviour Christ Jesus.

There are many churches calling themselves a prophetic church? Do we need to go to a prophetic church to find out the will of God? or Can we read the word of God, learn and know the will of God for ourselves? Are we becoming lazy Christians and just want to ride on the coat tails of what someone else teaches or says, rather than seek God and His word for His truth and instruction for ourselves? We must seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness and communicate with God in that one-on-one relationship through His Son Christ Jesus?

Some in the churches are even going to mediums. The mind is a powerful thing. The devil can use these things to lie to you. There were many false prophets mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible and their were many true Prophets called by The Lord God.

True prophesy within the Old Testament was to tell you what would happen in the New Testament. Many prophesies were fulfilled. There are 1000’s of prophesies which have come to pass. If someone tells you something outside of the Word of God, it is not prophesy. Ex. If someone prophesies saying, “God told me you should leave your wife.” You would have to question that as being from The Lord. Stay in the Word of God. If you start listening to false prophesy you will be lead away from the truth and into that which itches the ears. Be consumed by God and not by tricks of the enemy.

But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. (Matthew 12:39 ESV)

God does not do signs or miracles to get people to believe. He does miracles for his glory. Just because God does a miracle through the prayers of a person, does not mean that God approves of that person. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ (Matthew 7:22 ESV)

* Jesus didn’t say they didn’t do the miracles. He just said, He didn’t know them.
* Jesus calls for decisive action
* Jesus gives illustration of a house built on a rock and a house built without a foundation.

“If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, (Deuteronomy 13:1 ESV)and the sign or wonder that he tells you comes to pass, and if he says, ‘Let us go after other gods,’ which you have not known, ‘and let us serve them,’ you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams. For the Lord your God is testing you, to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear him and keep his commandments and obey his voice, and you shall serve him and hold fast to him. But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has taught rebellion against the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you out of the house of slavery, to make you leave the way in which the Lord your God commanded you to walk. So you shall purge the evil from your midst. (Deuteronomy 13:2-5 ESV)

This being said, within the body of Christ, there are special appointments and gifts from the Holy Spirit. Ex. Missionaries, Evangelists, Teachers. In actuality, followers of Christ, are all called to be Missionaries, Evangelists and Teachers. For some there may be is a special anointing (Where the Holy Spirit divinely moves in that person’s calling or gift. Some are given authority and power.

“And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal.” (Luke 9:1, 2 ESV)

“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led. Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills. (1 Corinthians 12:1-11 ESV)

Here are biblical examples:

* Read story of Balaam – Numbers 22:30-35

“But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all. He did not say this of his own accord, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, and not for the nation only, but also to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad. (John 11:49, 51, 52 ESV)

* Magician’s prophesied.
* Evil sons of Sheba cast out demons.

Don’t be deceived by those who practice lawlessness (not governed by or obedient to laws or sound doctrines of the Word) yet they claim God to be their Lord. What a thing to have the instruction of God, but deny it and teach and twist scripture and side-track believers.

Jesus is not doing a new thing. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Always, be coming to Jesus. Focusing on Jesus and seeking His will by His Word (scripture).

“A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” (John 10:5 ESV)

How do you get to know the voice of Jesus?

* Read the bible.
* A mistruth is a lie. There are many believers who get sidetracked. If you are close to the shepherd you are in a safe place. Those on the fringe are the first to be attacked and pulled away.
* Be hearing. Don’t just read about the bible, but get in tune to Holy Spirit.
* Do what Jesus says. Obedience is the key to Christian life. God never asks us to something that is not good for us.
* Knowledge is no substitute for obedience. Obedience is true spirituality.

Jesus talks about the house. All about the foundation you build your faith upon. If the foundation is built right, the rest of the house is easy to complete.
– foundation built on the rock.
– holiness and daily reading
– prayer and fellowship with the body of Christ.
– encourage one another.
– to a casual observer from a distance, both houses look good. When the storms come then we see which house is still standing.

Some have blamed God when their house fell. It is our responsibility to build the strong foundation. Be wise and build your house upon the rock. Don’t be the person who measures their life by the miracles you do or see, but by what God did for each one of us, through His Son Christ Jesus.

To be obedient is to be Holy as He is Holy.

Jesus said there are two commands.
Love The Lord your God with all your Heart soul and mind and love you neighbour as your self.

If we love Jesus we have to keep these commands.

STAND ON THE ROCK

Inspired by sermon notes – Pastor Bryan Vaughan
Hope for Today Fellowship

If you have any questions or comments, direct them to: http://www.hopefortoday.ca

About Rebecca Robinson

I'm a country girl who loves being outdoors where everything seems new every morning. It is my passion to write about life and experiences while at the same time, dipping into my imagination. Recently, I published three fiction books called "The Narrow Road Series". Previously in 2005, through Xulon Press, I published a non-fiction inspirational/biography/study book title - "When Time Stands Still" written under pen name Rebecca Hickson. Poetry is also included in many of my stories. You can listen to some of my music on soundcloud. Currently, I am working on the fourth book in "The Narrow Road Series". Writing and learning how the internet works, seems to take up a great deal of my time.

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