Religion < Relationship

The next time you get to feeling that you are not good enough or are feeling that the worlds expectations are too heavy for you to bear…remember that Jesus came to earth and humbled himself by putting on this fleshly body and he too wasn’t good enough for people. They followed him around, picking everything he did apart, persecuting his every move. If he healed people it was wrong because of the day he did it on. If he cast out demons they criticized him saying he did it by the power of devil. It was the RELIGIOUS leaders of the time that rallied and cried “crucify him”. They could not see the power before them, they were blinded to his glory because of their RELIGIOUSLY veiled hearts.

Even Jesus Christ was not good enough for the RELIGIOUSLY minded men of his time. Let that sink in, even Jesus wasn’t good enough for them, and he was perfect!

I warn you brothers and sisters in Christ – do not let your RELIGION replace your RELATIONSHIP. The Pharisees stood face to face with the Son of God and yet could not see him. Instead they persecuted, mocked, ridiculed and crucified him. Blinded by RELIGION their hearts had waxed cold. Do you do that today?

The Bible says a house divided can not stand. The devil has been at work dividing the house of the Lord with pettiness and RELIGIOSITY. Even a religion can become an object of worship. The Pharisees loved their RELIGION so much so…it blinded them to the Glory of God standing right before their eyes…Jesus Christ.

The next time you go on a huge rant about who is or is not going to heaven…remember the Pharisees were sure that they were righteous and would be in heaven. They believed in their own righteousness wholeheartedly and they believed that Jesus was not good enough to go to heaven. How do you think that ended in the end for them?

Philippians 2:1-13

If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,

2Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

3Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

4Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

The Attitude of Christ

(Isaiah 52:13-15)

5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

6Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

7But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

9Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

10That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

11And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Shining as Stars

(Matthew 5:13-16)

12Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

13For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.


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16 thoughts on “Religion < Relationship

  1. I wish I could like this at least 1,000 times. I preached on the Good Samaritan this morning. Two religious leaders passed the wounded man, but the “reject” Samaritan was the one who went above and beyond to take care of this man. Religion produces spectators; a relationship with Christ produces the qualities that help us understand that we are servants of the Lord Jesus.

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    1. If we could be Christ-like without being IN CHRIST – on our own accord I mean…then when Jesus prayed until his sweat turned to blood in the Garden of Gethsemane “If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me” (Matt. 26:39b)…God would have allowed the cup to pass…there would have been made another way. God heard Christ’s prayer…and this was the ONLY WAY to salvation for us. We can’t be pious, or righteous, or even remotely worthy of redemption without the cross…and the cross brings humility, self sacrifice and LOVE.

      The religious of the day are on a mission to spot those they feel are unworthy of salvation or false in salvation, or have fallen short of Gods grace. I maintain that the self righteous are as unworthy as the unrepentant alcoholic or homosexual…

      BECAUSE THEY REJECT THEIR OWN NEED FOR THE CROSS. They are not fully submitted at its base, only half heartedly, believing that they have some power greater than Christ’s to add “something” to his sacrifice.

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      1. Yes. But I have also left a church do to their doctrine being unsound. I see something happening all over the world that scares me kind of. This weird legalistic, uneducated, ill informed movement of sorts. It’s hard to find a good, biblically sound church.

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  2. My prayer for myself and family has been to have a personal relationship with God. More than what we hear and read, but to know Him for ourselves. Especially now that my children are young adults and beginning to leave home one at a time. We have set the foundation and trained them up in the Word as instructed, but it will be their personal relationship with Christ that will keep them when mom and dad are no longer there to tell them to read the bible, pray, go to church, etc.

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      1. Yes, this new journey is difficult at times, but I will trust God in the process. I try to listen and learn from the advice of others who have already become empty nesters. It’s often hard to adjust to change, but I read a message recently that said, “Let go, and let God”.

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      2. Oh I have two more still at home. 😁 I’m half way there. My youngest is 13, then I have a 15 year old, then 19, then 21. Just remember that even though they are not under your roof they ARE under Gods roof always. And if they have accepted the Lord, he loves them even more than you do. They are his, and yes he has them in his hand! God bless you, I pray the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with total peace and excitement for their future as well as yours! Good things are on the way!!!! Amen!

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