Sunday, March 19, 2006

Religion vs. Relationship

Do you think the kingdom of Satan, Lucifer, "the devil", the prince of the power of the air, (whatever you choose to call him), is at all hurt by us being "religious"? Does us faithfully going to church Sunday after Sunday, singing in the choir and being a good person in any way hurt or slow down the enemy and his army of demons? No! The devil is not worried about "religious" people. The enemies camp and his powers are only thwarted when we have a relationship with Jesus Christ. When we stand our ground. When we not only preach it but practice it. When we truly stand and say, "I am a child of the Most High God." When we truly live and believe that no weapon formed against us shall prosper. When the way we live our lives is a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. When we live a life that makes our neighbors and co-workers notice something is different. We are not called to be of this world, but to stand out and be separate. To let our light shine does not mean going to church Sunday and Wednesday. Our light shines when we live a Godly life Monday through Saturday. When we stand up for what is right. When we choose not to laugh at the off-color joke at work. When we love the unlovely. When the co-worker says he has a headache, we don't say, "I am sorry" , but we ask to pray for him. We are called to be holy.This is when the kingdom of darkness is thwarted. We must separate ourselves and let our lights so shine. We must have a relationship with Christ so that when all hell breaks loose in our lives, we can stand and know that God is in control. We can have the peace that surpasses all understanding. We must remember who we are in Christ and when the enemy comes knocking we remind him with holy boldness who we are!

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