Does Jesus know you?

I asked, “what do You want me to say to the tent crowd tonight?” As I prayed I knew something was coming that was totally unexpected. The Holy Spirit commanded me to ask the audience a question. He told me to ask them, “does Jesus know you?” I didn’t immediately understand until I went to the Bible and read these words:

Matthew 7: 21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!”

I was praying for the crowd that would fill the tent. Night after night, God’s power has fallen in Marysville. He granted stunning miracles. He saved lost souls in numbers that amazed. But tonight I felt the urgency of God to confront the greatest danger in the church.

The burning question of this hour is not do you know Jesus. The burning question is does Jesus know you? 

I have never seen so many people in such grave spiritual danger as today. People are infesting churches who say all the right things and seem to believe the right things. They even do mighty works in the name of Jesus but Christ does not know them.

They never began a right relationship with Christ. No wonder they have not been with Him. No wonder they do not commune with Him. He does not thrill them. They are not pressing in to minister to the Lord. They are distant from Christ and don’t even know it. They follow a caricature of Christ. The artificial Jesus they follow does not require surrender.

Did the real Jesus actually say that these souls would be lost? Will there be a more miserable soul on that day than the ones that did everything but the one thing that mattered?  Can there be any greater agony that to falter at the finish line because you never saw the hideous motive behind your religious activity?

Jonas Salk developed the first truly successful polio vaccine. The achievement required a delicate balance. It had to have dead polio cells that would trick the body into developing antibodies that would stop the actual polio virus if it ever attacked the body. That is a miracle in science but the same process is a disaster in the church.

Much of the preaching today kills the active ingredient of the Gospel. It is a vaccine that creates the worst immunity in history. In this case the soul, not the body is fooled. It is fooled into thinking it has experienced Jesus. It falsely consoles its victim into thinking they have been redeemed.

The disaster comes when God tries to actually save them. When the true Gospel is presented they are immune. They are not convicted. They think they already know God.

But how can they continue this charade? The only way it can go on is to teach a false version of love that lets you sin all you want. God is lowered from being a holy consuming fire to a codependent enabler.

There can be artificial Christians who practice signs and wonders because that is another aspect of the entitlement. Since sin is not longer a deterrent they freely and audaciously seek the miraculous. What they don’t realize is that their power is not flowing from God but from Satan who now has the right to fool them and demonstrate false signs through them.

2 Corinthians 11: 13 “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.”

Does Jesus know you? Does your power flow from an intimacy with the Lord. Do you find yourself checking your heart? Have you bothered to check to see if you are in danger of this horrendous end time condition?

In Psalm 139:23 and 24 the psalmist is not asking to know God, he is looking for something deeper, he wants God to know him.  “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: 24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

I know of no more widespread danger than this one. Does Jesus know you?

22 thoughts on “Does Jesus know you?

  1. My wife and I have said that the missing ingredient in houses of worship today is the tremendous conviction of sin that at one time brought sinners to their knees. So many who live lifestyles of sin come to church, sing the praise songs, and love the preacher and his sermon. And they leave feeling good, but unchanged. Praying for Marysville and California. Thank God for the souls being saved.

  2. The heart is deceitful above all things, and fightening so. we are to examine ourselves to see whether we are in the faith.

  3. Back in the early 90’s at Bible School, the pastor brought in a prophet to minister the Word to the students for the first two weeks of class. By the end of those two weeks, the class shrunk and the rest of us were squrming in our seats. We need some pastors that will cause us to squirm again.

  4. Conviction of the Holy Ghost.
    It’s a privilege to have God correct us and deal with us.
    It means he Loves us!
    Repent was Jesus first message and the main theme of john the babtist.

  5. You are preaching truth, Mario.

    My husband, Tim, and I talk about this issue a lot. Our conversions prove your point. He “went forward” at a “crusade” to join up, but had no change. I was convicted of my sin, fell on my face, and got up saved. Without conviction of sin there is no conversion.

    If someone is monitoring these comments, please tell me when the Stockton meetings start.

    Shalom,
    Grace

  6. So powerful …and impowering as our powerlessness is exposed to the true light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ …..it is why God Himself took humanity upon Himself to demonstrate His longing desire to be be desired and loved …and thus so empowered by Him alone. That we may Glorify Him …being truly known by Him ….abiding in Him. No Greater Love ….
    Selah

  7. So powerful …and impowering as our powerlessness is exposed to the true light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ …..it is why God Himself took humanity upon Himself to demonstrate His longing desire to be be desired and loved …and thus so empowered by Him alone. That we may Glorify Him …being truly known by Him ….abiding in Him. No Greater Love ….
    Selah

  8. I believe you are exactly where you need to be for such a time as this, don’t be discouraged, to me this is a miracle that this door was opened to you and is still opened for this long. We are in the depths of a very strong Spiriual Battle called Warfare which seems to be at its highest point right now …but for only by the grace of God souls are being drawn in ,it doesnt matter if they are old souls new souls or prodigal souls they are being drawn by the Holy Spirit too hear what the Spirit has to say. Our God who is filled with mercy and grace and loving kindness is also a God of second ,third and 100 chances and so they came once again to hear. The choice is theirs now and I pray they will choose a life long relationship with the one who shed His Blood for them to live for eternity. All Glory To God!!

  9. This is exactly where I am at!! I believe in Jesus and I want to be on fire for Him but I’m not. I’m cold! So He does not know me and I don’t know what to do about that. How do we go forward? How do I fall passionately in love with Him, how do I Totally surrender to Him? I have said that I do but nothing happens to make me different. I feel very far from Him, I feel very dead in my soul and that is not what I want. I do know the problem is with me not with Him but I do not know how to get to where I want to be

    1. To Rosa Phelps, here’s what is recorded that Jesus said;
      “Everyone the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will never cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 This is the will of Him who sent Me: that I should lose none of those He has given Me but should raise them up on the last day.
      40 For this is the will of My Father: that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” John 6:
      Rosa,
      It is The Holy Father God that woo’s you even now, if it were not so you could not have any desire for Jesus Christ. Jesus said, ‘all those who ask receive,’ ‘all those who seek find,’ and, ‘to them that knock the door will be opened.’
      So Rosa…1st BELIEVE, then ASK, SEEK, KNOCK, and keep on doing it until you gain breakthrough, NEVER give up…The holy Father of Lights will provide Jesus Christ for your soul.

  10. I always wondered about Matthew 7:23, Mario. I couldn’t figure out how I could work the works of God and end up being commanded by Jesus to depart from Him as having practiced willful iniquity and not being known by Him. I was referred to one Scripture that unlocked the mystery for me: 1 Cor. 8:3. “But if any man love God, the same is known of Him.” That was it. If from the outset of my New Birth I purposed to Love the Lord my God with all my Heart, with all my Soul, with all my Mind, and with all my Strength, I would have the basis of entering a Love Walk with Christ Jesus that would continually grow where He and I would become One and truly Know each other. The Wonderful Holy Spirit would be my Link to the Father and the Son. And in the Holy Spirit would be that personal daily Communion, Devotedness, Love, and Knowing between He and I. To know Christ is to Love Him. And I would have great confidence that Christ knew me and Loved me, as well. Perish the thought of wilfull disobedience. I couldn’t imagine how that would hurt Him, after beginning a Relationship together and walking in Love day by day. Yet this happens, beginning with some Preachers whom have received His Love, Commission, and Power. And they stand before the people with the Anointing flowing and the Gift operating, and thinking since the Anointing comes each time, it must be alright.Therefore they can continue their secret sin! Not understanding that the Anointing is given for the People and their wilfull sinning has blinded and deceived them. Even worse, they have violated a sacred trust and severely damaged the Love Walk of Knowingness begun between themselves and their Master Who is now hurting! Yes indeed, Mario. This is a very very serious article you have written. The Holy Spirit of God has spoken, and every Child of God must examine their hearts and get back to their First Love right away.

  11. A good word for this season. I’m always checking myself. I do commune with the Lord. I pray he makes me ready for his coming. I pray my life will be pleasing to him. I quit going to church 5 yrs ago. I pray on prayer calls. Rest on Sat, worship everyday. Prayers for revival!

  12. THE WORLD DOES NOT NEED COOL CHRISTIANS WHO ARE CULTURALLY
    SATURATED – IT NEEDS EXILES WITH THE SCENT OF HEAVEN,
    AND THE AROMA OF CHRIST….

    – As said by John Piper……

  13. Mario, thank you for asking the Holy Spirit first what to say.. Recently I asked, how did I make this mistake? The answer was Prov.3:5 you did mot acknowledge Me first. Depending totally on Him, for everything.

  14. Several years ago I was given conviction about this verse – Matthew 7:23, …”I never knew you…”, and later it became the main point in the book I wrote, Encounter, Come to Know Him. As in the Beginning, man was to have friendship with God, to know each other. May we know Him and be known by Him.

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