It is Sunday – time to go to church again, time to put on the fake smile and the nice clothes and pretend that everything is all right.
It is time to watch Miss Anna walk around like she owns the church, greeting people and being pulled into her little clique of insiders as she moves through the congregation. She belongs and wants you to know it.
Time to dodge Miss Anna as she comes up with the beaming smile and asks, “How are you doing with Jesus?” I never know what to say and I wonder if she is talking about my Jesus. I never feel like I belong. I feel like an outsider even though I asked Jesus into my life ten years ago.
It is time to listen to another sermon about what is wrong with me. Pastor seldom talks about Jesus. I ask myself, “Is this why Jesus died in such agony? Is this why He descended into hell? Is this why He rose again from the dead – so He could provide us the freedom of resurrection life?
The only time I hear about the resurrection is Easter.
I don’t see anyone at church who is free.
Today’s Joy Message:
It is time to know that religion is ugly and cuts you off from the glory of God. It is stupid and ignorant. So how did we become religious?
Once upon a time, long ago, Adam committed treason and we were trapped in his Fall. The enemy took the truth of God’s Word and twisted it forming a system in us called religion. It teaches us how to kill God and failing that – how God wants to kill us. Religion teaches that we earn a right standing with God through legalistic rules and regulations that are man-made.
In the beginning of time, God knew that we would need to be free from this deception of religion. He provided the Way through Jesus Christ who spoke of the Kingdom of God and our Father God’s love for us. He told us that God is good and only does good. His Spirit still speaks to us today and fills us with His love.
God hates religion because it thinks it speaks for Him, but it doesn’t.
The time will come when the self-appointed ‘holy’ people will want to enter the Kingdom of Heaven because they cast out demons and healed the sick, but He will say, “Depart from me, I never knew you.” If God can use a donkey, He can use a religious person to get a blessing to someone through the spoken Word about the God he doesn’t even know. God always looks after His Word to perform it.
The traditional church is not the same as the true church which is the body of Christ. They love each other and minister to one another and the world.
Time for today’s challenge. Examine your church life – is it alive and active or is it man’s traditions void of life and love.
- Are you a ‘church lady’ or ‘holy man’ who is really impressed with your own self?
- Do you truly know God?
- Have you allowed the Lord to take over and help you really be the church yourself?
- Are you free to listen to the voice of the Lord and then do what He says
The Resurrection of Christ – King Jesus Ministries. An amazing teaching.