Panoramic top view of the Sea of Galilee from the Mount of Beatitudes, Israel

Scripture: Jesus said, "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,


Therefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell - and great was its fall."

When Jesus had finished these words, the crowds were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.

Matthew 7:21-29

This is the end of Matthew 7 and thus the end of the Sermon on the Mount.

I watched Pastor David Gusik deliver a sermon this week from these verses. It was excellent! His web site is EnduringWord.com.

Toward the beginning he stated he didn't like the phrase 'Free Will' and preferred 'Real Choice', meaning every one of you has a real choice about the 3 issues in these verses. I have a real choice about these 3 issues.

The first issue was in verses 21-23. Jesus said not everyone who calls him Lord will go to heaven. What? Were they just pretending? After all, these people did prophesy, cast out demons and performed miracles. These were all done "in the name of Jesus". So what went wrong?

Jesus stated He never knew them. Not only that, He told them to 'depart from Me!' OUCH! I cannot imagine anything worse than thinking I was saved as evidenced by my good deeds and/or faith, then to have Jesus tell me to go away! Jesus Christ is God who lived for a time in a Jewish body. Our finite minds do not understand the Trinity: (God the Father / Jesus the son / the Holy Spirit who lives within us after we are born again.)

At this time in history it seems the whole world is challenging each other. But one cannot dispute what God says.

My personal opinion is that either these people did not know about the importance of the blood of Jesus or they knew but did not realize the preciousness of His blood nor how it cleanses us from sin.

We know a lot about a spouse, a sibling, a best friend, etc. How much do you know about Jesus? What type of relationship do you have with Him?

We 'gotta choose!

The second issue is the foundation on which two houses are built. Jesus tells us not to worry. He wants us to trust Him.

Do you remember or have you seen a sitcom years ago called "Lavern & Shirley"? Two working girls against the world . . Lavern had a favorite drink of milk and Pepsi, half and half in the same glass. Yuck, I say! But she loved it. So what was it in the end? Well, that is the point.

It could demonstrate worry and trust in the same heart at the same time. Not possible! Either worry prevails or trust prevails because the dominant thought wins!

Isaiah 26:3 is one of my favorite verses. Thou will keep her in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee because she trusts in Thee.

But this is how we live much of the time:

Thou will keep her in wishy-washy 1/2 and 1/2 peace, whose mind is wishy-washily, 1/2 and 1/2 stayed on thee, because she whishy-washily 1/2 and 1/2 trusts in Thee.

We 'gotta' choose!

Jesus taught them with authority per verse 29. When we get to heaven, I hope there are videos of Jesus teaching. Wouldn't you love to hear the 'authority' in His voice? When Jesus finished this long discourse, people were amazed! Perhaps it was the first time they heard teaching with authority?

When is the last time you heard a person speaking with authority? Who or what is the authority in your life? I could name a lot of examples and still miss yours.

I want mine to be Jesus. Is He mine?

He has told us what it is like to be in the Kingdom of God. Are you there? Am I there? We grow at different rates. What is most important to him is growth toward obedience. Obedience is key. Willing obedience. What say you?

Father, we pray for all those who have lost loved ones. Uphold them as they go through the grieving process. Pair up the ones who are angry with someone who is not to help them be calm. We trust you for the process. We love you, Jesus. Amen

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