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. 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? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you:depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (Matthew 7:21-23)
I know we dodge verses like this in the Bible because we can’t understand how that could be true. It is simple. Jesus said, “I never knew you.” That means they had no relationship with Jesus Christ, even though they claimed to be Christians, and did many wonderful works in His name.
The Lord has a plan and a purpose for every service and meeting of the church. The one in charge should take time to seek the Lord for His plan and do what He says. It is His church, not ours. A mighty revival would break out in the church if those in charge would stop what they are doing and begin to seek God in prayer and study of His Word. That is what Jesus was saying to Dad Hagin.
I am convinced that many good Christians are out of the will of God for their lives and ministry. Whatever you are doing for God, ask yourself: is this God’s plan? Ministers especially, should know that ministry is not a career, but a calling. No one should go into the ministry because they chose that career path. If they are not called by the Lord Jesus Christ, it is a waste of their time and effort. Wait on God in prayer until you know. What if you don’t know? Don’t go. It is that simple.
I learned, long ago, that the closer you live your life according to the Bible, the more of God’s power you will have operating through you. The closer you follow the scriptures in church services, and meetings, the more of God’s gifts and power will be in manifestation.
I know ministers who live just like sinners and are still preaching the Gospel today, as well as many thousands of those who proclaim Christ as their Lord, yet have no fruit or lifestyle to back up their words. They are all deceived by seducing spirits.
In Noah’s day, every living soul rejected God, except eight people. Noah was not interested in what the people of his day desired. His focus was to please God. We are not in the world to please the people, we are here to please God. When the church, as a whole, realizes that and begins to seek God, things will change for the better.