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Daily Bread - September 13, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 10:24
Matthew 7:23 - And then I will announce to them that I never knew you; get
away from Me you workers of iniquity.

Today, there are many people in the United States, and in the rest of the
world, who do not want to be associated with Jesus. Even within the church,
there are those who do not want to be associated with His holiness and
righteousness, and His demand for godly living. These people consider
godliness, "legalism". However, no matter what state men are in, Jesus
continues to reach out and plead with them to turn from their sins. One
day, however, the tables will be turned. These workers of iniquity are
going to want to be associated with Jesus, but it will be too late; and He
will command them to "get away". Why? Because sin and iniquity are a great
offense to God; and men who refuse to stop practicing such things will face
the judgment (Matthew 13:41; Romans 1:18, 2:8-9; 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12; 2
Peter 2:13; Colossians 3:6; Ephesians 5:6). Righteousness and holiness are
the only alternatives to sin and iniquity. Sin and all the works of
iniquity have already been condemned to eternal death. The gift of
righteousness and holiness has been made available to all who will receive.
Those who refuse to learn to hate sin as God hates sin, and who will not
turn from their works of iniquity, will only have a fearful judgment before
them (Romans 2:4-11; Colossians 3:25; Hebrews 10:26-27).

There are those who have used this passage in Matthew 7:21-23 to point the
finger of accusation against sincere and dear souls who, following Jesus,
pray for the sick -men and women who have lived holy and pure lives before
God and men. Meanwhile, those who were pointing the finger of accusation
were practicing sin, and whose confession was that they sin every day.
Well, the assumption of being bound to sin every day describes a worker of
iniquity. John was very pointed and absolute about this when he said those
who sin are of the devil (1 John 3:8-9). Paul said, "If while we seek to be
justified by Christ, we are found sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin?
Certainly not!" (Galatians 2:17). Therefore, if we practice sin, then it is
evidence against us that we are not in Christ. Those who are in Christ have
ceased from sin (Romans 6:2,6; 1 Peter 4:1). If we desire to be justified
and declared to be righteous now and on that day, then we must be doers of
the Word, and not hearers only (Matthew 7:24-27; James 1:22-24; Matthew
7:20, 12:50; Mark 3:35; Luke 8:21; John 15:14; Hebrews 5:9; 1 John 2:17).
Through the gift of God, we can be undefiled in the way, and learn to do no
iniquity (Psalm 119:1-3; 2 Timothy 2:19; Romans 6:1-2,19). If we will walk
in the Spirit of Holiness and yield ourselves to God, then He will preserve
us blameless; and He will present us holy, unblameable, and unreproveable
in His sight! (1 Thessalonians 5:23; Colossians 1:22)

Walk in the Spirit of Holiness and yield yourself to God!
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