Is Jesus Truly Lord of Your Life?

 

In my most recent Biblical Mysteries Revealed article, I addressed the problems of allowing our hearts to be filled with “evil treasure.”  Jesus said that “the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart” (Matthew 12:34). Consequently, we may know what fills the heart of those we associate with, as well as ourselves.  What goes in will eventually come out if we allow it to remain and grow! And we can know if the Word of God abides in us based on what comes out of our mouths (see John 15:6-8):

If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.

Many Christians wonder why their prayers do not seem to be answered, yet the words that come out of their mouths, or even are written in the form of “texts” or “posts,” may not be filled with faith, but instead are unholy words of ungodliness.

These words demonstrate that what fills their hearts is not faith-filled, and we learn from the Book of Hebrews that

“without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)

True faith comes from the Word of God (Romans 10:17), which is why we need not only to “meditate on the Word of God” continually (Psalms 1:2), but also to speak the Word faithfully, guarding our tongues and following Paul’s exhortation:

Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. (Ephesians 4:29-30)

Jesus said,

But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”  (Matthew 12:35-37)

The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart. (Luke 6:45)

 

Obedience Indicators

Not allowing corrupt communications to come out of our mouths takes more than mere willpower, although making a firm decision is definitely important.  Here is Jesus’ warning: 

“Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and acts on them, I will show you whom he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well-built. But the one who has heard and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house on the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great.” (Luke 6:46-49).

As a child, you probably sang the song that is based on these verses.  It’s a message that is simple enough even for children to understand, yet we should not be offended that the message is also intended for our ears, for Jesus said that those who come to Him must be like little children.

 

What Does Lordship Mean?

Jesus relates this same parable in Matthew’s Gospel, but the context is slightly different:

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.’ “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. (Matthew 7:22-24)

We must conclude, therefore, that even though many people may consider themselves to be Christians, having called upon the name of Jesus, or prayed the “Sinner’s Prayer,” they will be shocked to learn that they will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven, for they have not truly made Jesus Lord.  Instead, they have “practiced lawlessness,” calling on Jesus as their “Lord, Lord,” and even practicing in a ministry in His Name; however, they still have not made Jesus the Lord of their lives.  They do not hear the Lord’s voice through the Holy Spirit and follow the directions of that voice. They instead choose to follow their own desires or the temptations of the world, filling their hearts with ungodly thoughts and words and believing the lies of Satan who seeks to steal, kill, and destroy.

 

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