An old daily from 2016:I ONCE WAS FRIENDS WITH VAL KILMER on FB. I have a friend in Santa Fe who fishes on Val’s land and said Val was a really nice guy and so I friended him and he actually accepted it. I wrote him and he wrote me back. We were briefly “friends”, but I never knew him. I just knew ABOUT HIM. Oh sure, I know all about Val Kilmer “Iceman”, all his movies and even a little about his personal life; but I don’t know him. We are not real friends. I couldn’t just go up to his door and expect for him to invite me in to sup. Naw, he’d probably call the police and have me thrown in jail for trespassing. We don’t spend holidays together and our kids have never played with each other because I’ve NEVER KNOWN HIM.

A lot of people treat Jesus this way. They know ABOUT HIM. He was born of a virgin in Bethlehem, oh about 2000 years ago. He died and some say He rose again. They know He did some great things and will even try to quote you a few obscure scriptures. But they don’t KNOW HIM, that intimate knowing of the Lord where you know His character. You know and have the mind of Christ, His Word, His ways, His paths, His precepts. This kind of knowing ONLY COMES THROUGH being born again of the Spirit and pouring the Word of God into your heart and soul.

Jesus said we could do service FOR HIM but NEVER KNOW HIM:”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?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”Matthew 7:22-23 NKJVThese NEVER KNEW His Spirit. Instead of a life of overcoming sin through the power of the Spirit, they continued to live in lawlessness. ON THAT DAY, don’t let this be your story! Repent! Cleanse your hands. Draw near to Jesus and He will draw near to you. Come and drink of the wells that never run dry and get to KNOW HIM!

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