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May 26, 2008 Not Everyone Enters In Kathleen Maples

The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
Mat 13:25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and
went his way.
Mat 13:26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the
tares also.

Not knowing what a tare was, I did some research. Tares are basically weeds that
look like wheat only they bear nothing good. Wheat produces edible grains, which
can be used to feed people. Tares, however, produce little black seeds, that if eaten
cause paralysis, nausea, intoxication and depending on how much is eaten,
convulsions and even death. They are poisonous. The root system of the tare is
such that it attaches itself to the root system of the wheat, so carefully
intertwining with the roots of the wheat it cannot be separated without pulling up
the wheat. But it has to be carefully, deliberately planted to achieve that result. At
first sight, you can't tell them apart. It's only when the wheat begins to mature and
bear fruit, and the tares mature that their lack of fruit reveals what they are.

Mat 13:27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou
sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
Mat 13:28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt
thou then that we go and gather them up?
Mat 13:29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with
them.
Mat 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to
the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but
gather the wheat into my barn.

Only the Lord can tell the difference. His Spirit gives discernment as a spiritual gift
and in this day and age we desperately need to be asking Him for this gift. He lays
out the test-it's by their fruit-by what is produced and evident in their life. The fruit
of the Spirit of God is listed in Gal_5:22-23. If that is evident in someone's life it's
because the Holy Ghost poured out the love of and for God in their hearts and it
manifests itself in kindness, gentleness, long suffering, patient endurance,
meekness, goodness, joy and peace. These things because they depend on the
unchangeable Lord, are not conditional or dependent on circumstance. When they
are pretending, and only look like Christians, and talk like Christians, yet you see
no evidence of the Spirit of God in their life, that is a giveaway. Remember, the
wheat produces grains because the Lord sends the sun and the rain in the right
measure to make it grow. The tares receive the same nourishment but bear no
fruit-because the two are different. They resemble each other, but one is good and
one is bad. Their natures are different. Someone with a heart for God and someone
whose only interested in self can sit under the same anointed message by a
yielded, obedient servant of the Lord with very different results. One will be
humble and broken, and hungry for more, yet the other unchanged and unmoved
even though outwardly they may appear to be religious.

Mat 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of
heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Jesus said by their fruit ye shall know them you can tell if it's the evidence of the
Spirit of God, or the spirit of the world, the flesh and the devil working...He said in
Mat_7:21-23 that not everyone who says to Him "Lord, Lord" shall enter in to the
kingdom of heaven. There's two ways you can look at that. We know because of
what He says in verse 22 that He is referring to the day people stand before Him at
the judgment. When I began to dig into this verse, word by word, I began to see
something more.

I want to look carefully at what He is saying here. As I study this, it grieves my


heart how much of this I see in Christian circles today. He is saying there are those
who name My Name, teach others My Name, and speak of My Name, yet will not
take possession or enter into the crucified life so they can have the resurrected life
I offer them. They don't want to pay the price and yield up their desires, their
wants and ways and take up HIS. That is where the true anointing of God is found-
in an humble, totally consecrated servant who wants only the Lord's will, having
sacrificed his own. They refuse to touch the glory of God. They refuse to take credit
or praise for what HE does. The Lord is not going to take that pure anointing of
His Spirit and pour it out on someone who is following the desires of their flesh.
Read it in Exo_30:32. He is the same God who said that and He does not change.

All through the New Testament the Word tells us those who follow the flesh will
only find death. (Rom_8:6) The Spirit of God will lead the Christian to deny what
they want in favor of what the Lord wants. Self-will and carnal desires will always
conflict with God's eternal purpose to redeem the souls of men for He is not willing
that any should perish. It's a life of self sacrifice, humility, without reputation.
Few are willing to travel that path, which is why He said straight is the gate and
narrow is the way. Many are called but few will be chosen because few are willing
to sacrifice themselves on the altar of God so He can raise them up in the power of
the resurrection. His will, not their own, with Jesus Himself by the power of the
Holy Ghost in the believer, ruling and reigning, in complete possession of that
believer's life, time, assets, thoughts, and desires. That is a believer the devil will
know and fear-one completely ruled by the Spirit of God.

Rom 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace,
and joy in the Holy Ghost.

Being clothed in the righteousness of Christ, having peace with God and joy that is
conditional only on the presence of the Lord and promises of God which do not
change working in that believer's life. That is the kingdom of heaven here on earth.
That is one who is truly His...whose joy is in the Lord, who is led by the Spirit of
God and obeys Him..That is what brings peace. Knowing you have open
communion with the Lord and He has no controversy with you. Knowing Jesus-
who is our peace, our redemption, our righteousness, our all. That is why I was
created-to know, serve and love Him. That is the only purpose in my life that will
bring complete fulfillment. (Psa_16:11)

Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name?
and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work
iniquity.

He said in that day of the judgment they will look at Him in shock and say
LORD!!!! Have we not prophesied in Thy name and cast out devils and in Thy name
done many wonderful works? Three things they mention-they prophesied, they
cast out devils, and did many miracles. That word for works in the Greek suggests
miraculous, powerful works. Mighty things. It's the Greek word "dunamis". It's
the same word used in Acts 1:8 when He said they would receive power (dunamis)
when the Holy Ghost came on them. These were folks who'd went about doing
things that were considered miracles. They were probably well known by their
reputations and considered HIS by people.

They disputed His denial of them with their WORKS..they didn't remind Him of the
blood sacrifice that paid for their sins...oh, we can't work our way to heaven. If we
could, God would have allowed men to finish the tower of Babel and Jesus would
never have had to come and suffer like He did.

They prophesied..but it was not inspired by Him or else He would not have denied
them. I found examples in the Bible of people who prophesied and were not saved.
Balaam prophesied good over God's people in Numbers 24 because God would not
allow him to curse Israel. Yet, Balaam was killed by Israel, after showing Balak
the way to bring trouble on Israel was tempt them to sin so GOD would have to
judge them Himself. (Num_31:8; Num_25:18) I considered the Scriptures about
Simon the sorcerer in Acts 8. He had the people convinced he was a great man of
God. They believed everything he said came from God. But his ego was elevated
and he didn't represent God at all. In times of trouble, through out the history of
Israel, false prophets ran with 'a word' from God, giving the people false hope,
refusing to tell them truth so they could repent and be spared. (Jer_14:13-15;
Jer_23:14-15; Eze_13:2-3;) These men who prophesied did it out of their own hearts,
and spirits, and had seen nothing and heard nothing from God. They listened to
the wrong voice. What about the young lady who followed Paul and prophesied
truth yet was possessed by a spirit of divination? (Act_16:16-18) I see this unclean
spirit rampant among the false prophets who prophesy in the Bible. I considered
carefully Ahab and Jehoshaphat when they were preparing to go up to Ramoth-
gilead in 1 Kings 22. The prophets of Ahab told him to go up and he would prosper
for the Lord would give him the victory. Jehoshaphat was troubled in his spirit
and asked a telling question: Is there not a prophet of God we can enquire of? Ahab
sent for Micaiah. He was warned to speak the same thing the other 'prophets' had
said. Have a good message, he was warned. But he stood faithful and warned Ahab
he would not go up and prosper but Israel would be left without a leader, if he
went. Many people prophesy in the name of the Lord, but that doesn't mean they
speak for Him.
Mat 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

He says many shall stand before Him in that day-that day of judgment, and He
will have to deny them. He says here He never, at any time knew them. That word
"knew" in the original language here (G1097) means to allow, to be aware of, to
have intimate knowledge of, as intercourse between husband and wife. To become
intimately acquainted with someone. It's not a passive, casual knowledge of
someone. That takes time to cultivate a relationship of intimacy with the Lord. It
requires dedication, discipline and determination on the part of the seeker. It's
easier to work for the Lord than to seek Him. It's easy to use His name, it falls so
easily off the tongue. But if we don't know Him, if we haven't spent time with Him,
learning who He is, we will misrepresent Him, and that is iniquity. To go where we
are not sent, say what He didn't tell us to, do what He never instructed us to is
iniquity. These people ran, they had power to do miracles, they named His name,
they prophesied in that Name, but He didn't know them. How frightening!

As I considered that Scripture, I asked the Lord how this could be. He Himself said
they cast out devils in His name yet He had to tell them He had never known them.
Every time I read those words it makes my heart fear. Oh, I want Him to know me.
Apparently these folks were busy working in His name, but they didn't come see
Him. They didn't show up in prayer, wanting to know HIM. They weren't seeking
HIS they were seeking for self with a religious face. They were using His name but
not being conformed into His image and weren't filled with His Spirit. After
meditating on this for a while I got confused. I couldn't figure out how could
anyone cast out a devil and not know the Lord? I considered that perhaps they
thought they cast out devils-just like they thought they'd be accepted by the Lord.
But He led me to Acts 19.

Paul had been used mightily by God, as a vessel through which He could pour His
power, His life, and His Truth. He was so full of the Spirit of God, so given to the
plan and purpose of God, that God worked special miracles by his hands. Others
saw this, and became envious, wanting this power for themselves, for their own
reasons. They did not stop to consider the price Paul had paid. He had renounced
all that he was and turned from those things of his life he'd once held so valuable
and totally embraced Christ and HIS life. He had been persecuted, jailed, beaten,
threatened, harassed, on every side. He had suffered personal loss, he had suffered
lack of material things, he had suffered being misrepresented and maligned by
certain people.

Act 19:11 And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:
Act 19:12 So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and
the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.
Act 19:13 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them
which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul
preacheth.

These vagabond Jews were those who were not settled in one place, they were not
established in the Word or in the Lord. They wandered around, from place to
place, never satisfied, as the word in the original language implies "making the
circuit", traveling, always looking for the easy route. Their focus when they came
to the house of God was "what is in it for me?" not a desire for knowledge,
understanding and relationship with this great God. In today's terms that would
be considered 'church hopping, doctrine shopping'.

They conjured up a formula or method based on religious reasoning to try to expel


unclean spirits from people. In this case, these Jews who were not rooted and
grounded in HIM, in His Truth, saw this power working in the ministry of Paul,
and took it upon themselves to imitate this. They tried to use the name and
authority of Jesus Christ when they had no personal experience with or knowledge
of Him. They were not seeking HIS kingdom, but their own. They look around, and
see others who are afflicted and tormented by evil spirits who have developed
strongholds in their minds, tormenting them with alarming and agitating
thoughts, manipulating their emotions to a continual state of unease and fear.
(G2192)

These vagabond Jews were beginning to start a movement here by their dangerous
actions. The seven sons of Sceva, who was an important priest, tried this. They
come from a religious family, had the form of godliness, I'm sure, but they had no
power.

Act 19:14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did
so.
Act 19:15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are
ye?
Act 19:16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them,
and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

The response of this spirit is interesting. He says Jesus I know (G1097) absolutely,
am well aware of, familiar with, understand (and wish to avoid). Paul I know,
(G1987) he's got my attention, I consider him carefully. Him I understand and am
acquainted with. But who are you? He did not know them, nor was he subject to
them who were putting on a show, and had no real power.

2Ti 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2Ti 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers,
disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
2Ti 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce,
despisers of those that are good,
2Ti 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
2Ti 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
2Ti 3:6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden
with sins, led away with divers lusts,
2Ti 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

To come to the knowledge of the truth, you have to come to Jesus Christ, lay your
all on the altar and sacrifice everything you are and then He will fill you with
Himself and His life. There is a confession and repentance where people get saved,
but then there comes a time to follow on to know the Lord. It's only in knowing the
Real that you can spot the counterfeit. Doing what we think is good without
prayer and seeking God, is iniquity. We cannot work the works of God through our
plans and programs. We need the leadership and direction of the Holy Spirit. Only
then will it accomplish. He said His Word would not return to Him void but would
accomplish what He sent it to do. That's the Key. HE sent it. When He sends it, it
works. If we aren't seeing the evidence the Bible said would follow those who
believe, we need to return to the altar and find out what the problem is.