The word of the Lord Jesus in Matt. 7:21-23 is very sobering and exposing – many people do works of power in His name, cast out demons in His name, prophesied in His name, but the Lord does not recognize them or know them… We can do a lot of good and great things for the Lord – even miraculous things, with the help of the power of God – but if we do things independently of the Lord, He does not approve or recognize it. How much we need the Lord to shine on us and expose our self in all its good or bad intentions and doings, so that we may deny our self and exercise our spirit to be one with the Lord!
the Lord regards our dependence on Him
The self is the independent soul – we may be good and right in our intention, in doing things, in our motive, aim, and goal; we may be even doing things for God, but if we do it independent of the Lord, we are in the self. We may preach the gospel, teach the truth, or do practical things in the church life in our self and by the self. Continue reading this portion via,