#21 Your Eternal Destiny Pivots on Surrender
Posted: Friday, March 3rd, 2017Print
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The Law of the Spirit isn't a new set of rules or method that you must perform - it's all done for you. What is this Law of Liberty all about?
Our lives will be judged not on the basis of accomplishments or service, but on the degree of surrender to the Law of the Spirit…in REALITY. Our eternal destiny depends on it.
Matthew 7:21-23 NASB
Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord‘ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.
Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; Depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’
These are not sinners: immoral or unproductive believers. These are those who function in their gifts and anointing (which are permanently imparted by God), but they do NOT do so under the guidance of the Holy Spirit out of devotion to the Lord Jesus. They are independent of Christ even as they minister in His name, and in the end, He will reject them. [Though they will be in heaven, they will not be in His presence and will have no part in His reign on earth.]
An Eternal Destiny Born of Lawlessness or Surrender
“I never knew you.” The word ‘know’ here means experiential, and implies the intimacy of relationship. It can also mean ‘approval.’ “What you did was without My presence or My approval.” The Lord wants to be deeply involved with you in every moment, in every situation, and His intimacy is to produce what He wants, when He wants it, and done in the way He directs—all by the power of the Spirit. Anything less than this absolute obedience, Christ Jesus counts as lawlessness.
The Lord Jesus is saying, “Unless what you do is done out of intimate relationship with Me, unless you live, move and speak under the Law of the Spirit, you are considered to be as lawless as an outright rebel. And you have no place in the kingdom or in My presence.” What terrible words! “Depart from Me.”
Your eternity will be set by the measure of your REAL surrender to the Holy Spirit and to His desires.