January 29th, 1961                   "Not Every One That Saith Unto Me, Lord, Lord, Shall Enter Into the Kingdom of Heaven"                       Late Mr. N. Daniel

Matthew 7:1-29

"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven," Christianity is reduced in its finality to doing the will of God. You cannot lightly pass by the Word of God. There is so much disparity between our profession and life. Sometimes prayer becomes a practice and imitation. We learn phrases and use them. The Christian church is full of it. We call Him, "Lord". Lord means absolute master. When He is our absolute master all the privileges of the kingdom of God become ours. If in your words and actions and relationships you cannot turn to the right hand or to the left, without His will, all the privileges of the kingdom become yours. It is a kingdom of responsibilities and privileges. We have to enter through the narrow way. Repentance brings our mental constitution into a condition to believe and obey God.

It is possible to work miracles and cast out devils using the name of Jesus but without making Him Lord. If you make God your absolute master you become an absolute ruler. Moses made God His absolute master. Moses became an absolute ruler. God told Joshua that he should meditate on the Word of God to obey it. Even nature recognizes those that keep the rules of the kingdom of God.

America will not easily allow you to stop on its shores and dwell there. American citizens have many privileges. You cannot enter that country without producing suitable papers. A man who wants to enter the kingdom of God has to mean business. If you whole heartedly go one step forward He will take you nine steps forward. He will carry you in His mercy. He it is that beareth you. You will see to it that it is no longer you who are living but Christ who is living in you. You will see that you are not working but Christ is doing the work.

Mark 10:19 & 20, "Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth." This rich ruler had a false satisfaction that he observed all the commandments from his youth. People say easily that they were converted many years ago. But where is the evidence? This is a privileged life. You are a member of the kingdom of God. Jesus and the Father will come and make their abode with you. Let us enjoy these privileges by absolute obedience. Even if people abuse you and persecute you, you adhere to the Word of God. You will find that some one is lifting you to the place of joy and victory and triumph.