Not everyone who says, “Lord, Lord” will enter the kingdom

The truth of belonging to Christ is not a product of saying a particular prayer, but by the evidence of a changed life.  You can say that you believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that he is the Savior of the world but it means nothing if you have not made Christ the Ruler of your life. Knowing in your mind that Jesus is LORD does not make him LORD over you.  Even the demons believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that he is the Savior of the world and they shudder but they are not saved!  What makes you different from them?

In 2 Timothy 2: 19 , the Apostle Paul gives us a very strong message:

Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his”, and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness”.

The Lord knows if you belong to him.  The truth is that if you  profess Jesus but yet continually have the same attraction to sin as before, you need to know that you are not saved and are headed for destruction.  Those who know Jesus intimately will seek to live the greater life of righteousness. They will have a desire to do what is good and to turn from what is evil.  While the corrupt flesh will still do battle with the spirit, those who have Christ living in their heart will have an aversion to the sin which once kept them a slave.  They hear the voice of their Shepherd who guides them to do right.   They have received a new heart that is willing to surrender. 

Keep in mind that to live for Christ is to pick up your cross and follow the path that is set before you.  Your old self is put on the cross as the nails of truth and conviction bring death to that which hinders your relationship with Christ.  The Holy Spirit works in you to shape you into the image of the Savior who bore the debt you could not pay.  You are  now a new creation made for the glory of God who desires a relationship with you.

No matter what is going on in your life, there is nothing more important than knowing that you belong to Jesus Christ.  Everything else in this world will perish.  All that will be left is that which you have that will not burn up as it comes before the all-consuming fire of God. Your place in eternity rests on whom you chose to believe and follow.  Salvation is only for those who have put their trust in Christ alone. 

What makes you different from the demons who know that Jesus is the Son of God?  If you are a believer, your sins are covered by the blood of Christ who has reconciled you to himself and eternal life is yours. You have been set free!

Dear Lord,  it is my prayer that you will open the eyes of anyone reading this who does not know you as Lord and Savior.  I pray that you will let them see that you are all that they need.  I pray that you will reach them right where they are and bring them to the saving knowledge of your truth.  I pray that they will understand that you are willing to forgive all who come to you and that you will lead them on the path of  righteousness by your power.  No one is too far that you cannot reach their heart and bring them to you.  I pray for your mercy in touching those who are struggling right now to understand that anyone can love them.  May you fill them with your perfect, forgiving love and draw them to you today.  In the name of Jesus, the name above all names, I pray.  Amen

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