Shouts of Victory

When you meet a real soldier next time, ask him whether he likes war time or peace time.
My experience is that, he will answer that he likes war time.
War is a time of action and peace is a time of idleness.
No soldier wish to get wounded or killed in war, but he dislikes peace time.
Soldiers may not wish for war, but real soldiers like war, because it is a time of action.

Real believers like war. We have fight, a war to win. We are in a war.
But our war is different from the wars between nations on this earth.
Our weapons in the war and our intention of the war are also different.
In truth, the war of a born again Christian believer is already fought and won; the victory is declared.
We are now only effecting or implementing the victory.  
This is the core thought of this message.

I never knew you

This is a short expository message intending to study a verse from the scripture.
Matthew chapter 5 to 7 are all about the Kingdom of God.
In Matthew 7, Jesus is telling a series of short parables about the entry to the Kingdom of God.
The scripture under study is as follows:

Matthew 7: 22, 23 (similar passage is seen in Luke 13:23 - 30)
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!' (NKJV)