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A Relationship, NOT a Religion

"And THIS is eternal life, that they might KNOW You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent." John 17:3

"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." Revelation 3:20

Victory is defeating or overcoming the "wiles of the devil" (Eph 6:11, 1 Tim 3:6-7, 2 Tim 2:26). However, for a Christian this means God requires a relationship of faith, NOT religion. And "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" Rom 10:17). And what exactly is the definition of eternal life? "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent" (John 17:3).

God's plan is not for you to get into heaven, God's plan is for Him to live in you.

Philip Yancey - If prayer stands as the place where God and human beings meet, then I must learn about prayer. Most of my struggles in the Christian life circle around the same two themes: why God doesn't act the way we want God to, and why I don't act the way God wants me to. Prayer is the precise point where those themes converge.

How do we "know" Him? There is only One Way to KNOW the Father - by KNOWING Jesus. There is only One Way to KNOW Jesus - by KNOWING the WORD. There is only One Way to KNOW the WORD - by having the Spirit reveal the WORD. There is only One Way to HAVE the Spirit - Baptism in the Holy Spirit.

Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there has not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffered violence, and the violent take it by force. Matthew 11:11-12

John the Baptist only saw the Kingdom of Heaven but never entered. As did all the prophets before him: Moses, Abraham, Samuel, David, Solomon, etc.

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:12-13

And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but ye know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world sees me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. ...Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loves me not keeps not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me. These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than IJohn 14:16-20, 23-28  

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. ...Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.  Acts 2:1-4,38-39


Religions are a vain attempt to restore man's personal relationship to God.

 

"Religion is the toil of mankind in his search for the Kingdom." Myles Munroe, Rediscovering the Kingdom

 

Houses of worship, or "entering God's house" does not satisfy the requirement of God dwelling in you.

 

"And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? for you are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people." 2 Corinthians 6:16

 

But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceeds from the Father, he shall testify of me: John 15:26

 

And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. ...And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. ...And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that hears say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. Revelation 21:6, 22:1, 22:17

 

Jesus answered and said unto her, If you knew the gift of God, and Who it is that is saying to you, Give me a drink; you would have asked of Him, that He would have given you living water. ...Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinks of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. ...But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias comes which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am He. John 4:10,13,14, 23-26

 

In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believes on me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spoke he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) John 7:37-39

 

The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly. Proverbs 20:27


Who knows the spirit of man that goes upward, and the spirit of the beast that goes downward to the earth?
Ecclesiastes 3:21


The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, says the LORD, which stretches forth the heavens, and lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him.
Zechariah 12:1


For what man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knows no man, but the Spirit of God.
1 Corinthians 2:11


What Name did Jesus "manifest?"

 

A Father-Son relationship with "kingdom" rule or reign, dominion over the earth, animals, and environment, but not another man. This was the original intent.

 

And now, O Father, glorify me with Your own self with the glory which I had with You before the world was. I have manifested your name unto the men which you gave me out of the world: Yours they were, and You gave them to me; and they have kept Your word. John 17:5-6

 

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16


That you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for He makes His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
Matthew 5:45

 

But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father which is in secret; and your Father which sees in secret shall reward you openly. But when you pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not like them: for your Father knows what things you have need of, before you ask him. Matthew 6:6-8

If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
Matthew 7:11


Not every one that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 7:21


All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knows the Son, but the Father; neither knows any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
Matthew 11:27


For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
Matthew 12:50


Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who has ears to hear, let him hear.
Matthew 13:43

 

And he said unto them, When you pray, say, Our Father which is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Luke 11:2


For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knows that you have need of these things.
Luke 12:30

 


Jesus hates religion. He really does - By Alex Himaya - The best compliment I’ve received in a long time was “Really? You’re a pastor?” It was on an airplane and it was from the man seated next to me. We had been talking for over an hour, mostly about the business trip he was on. When he finally asked me what I did for a living, and I told him I was a pastor, he responded with, “Huh. But you seem so down to earth and you haven’t judged me.”
   I love airplanes. That’s because I love meeting people and getting to know them. And when you’re locked in an airplane for two hours, you’ve got a captive audience right next to you. In the past, I’ve led with “Hi, my name’s Alex and I’m a pastor” and let the conversation be defined by that. But recently, I’ve realized that may actually end up being a conversation stopper. So, I like to just get to know the person, find out what they do and what they’re interested in. Ninety-nine percent of the time the conversation comes around to God and religion without me ever revealing my occupation.
   I think we as Christians have a reputation as conversation stoppers. When we engage people on the other side of an issue, most of the time, the conversation doesn’t end the way we want it to. It gets stopped short or our side of the issue ends up being misrepresented. And that’s largely our fault.  We prefer to be heard, as opposed to actually listening. We want the benefit of the doubt, but we’re reluctant to give it. Instead, we lead with our idea of what’s right and wrong – our belief – instead of leading with love. The best way to stop a conversation short is by being judgmental and “religious.” By that, I mean we come off as confrontational and condemning, rather than relational and loving.
   Religion, for me, is a man-made path to God. That’s how I define it in my new book. It’s a list of things we do or don’t do that will either make God happy or make him mad. When we go down that dead end of religion, we usually end up judging others based on their behavior. The name of my aforementioned book is "Jesus Hates Religion." With a title like that I’ve had to field quite a few questions. “Can Jesus really hate?” “Isn’t Jesus himself religious?” “Why would Jesus hate religion?” I think the answer to nearly all of these questions goes to the core of who Jesus really is.  He’s about love and relationship, not rules and religion.
   Now, James 1:27 defends religion. It says that religious people will help those in need, especially orphans and widows. But it’s very interesting that of the four times in the New Testament that the word “religion” is used, this is the only time it’s used in a positive way. James is saying that religion can be good and helpful, but not always and certainly not usually. The whole idea of the book of James is that “faith without works is dead.” But he’s not saying the opposite, that “works without faith is alive.” He says that he can show you his faith through his works, but faith has to be there first. Which is the same argument that Paul makes in Ephesians 2:8-9 -- that we don’t and can’t do anything to gain God’s love and grace.  It’s a free gift!
   Religion, the man-made path to God, says the opposite. Religion says that if I work hard enough and strive high enough, I can eventually get to God on my own merits. But that’s getting the whole thing backwards. Nothing we do – our behavior, our beliefs, our best efforts – will ever make us good enough to approach God. The only way that happens is through grace. 

ASK BIG By Dr. Timothy Emerick - Imagine your child watching you cook breakfast and he keeps asking you if you are going to allow him to eat. How would that make you feel? Would you think that your child believes in the love that you have for him? I think that God feels the same way when we have a lack of faith in His love and provision for us. God cares about every detail of our life. God does not turn a blind eye or a deaf eye to our petitions. He is there and more than willing to answer our petitions when we ask in FAITH!

   How does one ask in faith? We find a scripture that covers the need we have and then we ask God to help us according to that promise. God is willing, able, and wanting to complete His word in our lives. Then the battle begins in our mind. We ask in faith and then the devil fills our mind with all kinds of doubts and fears that beat up against us taking our mind off the promise. Let's say you have your vision of what you would like to do. But you don't have the money nor do you know anyone who can lend you the money. In Psalms 20: 4; "He (God) will give you your heart's desire and carry out all your plans."

   What's the catch? We need to seek to do God's will first in our lives and He will add everything else. That does not mean we have to be perfect in our actions, just in our heart. In other words our motives must be sincere and pure. God wants us to succeed. He wants us to prosper. Why? So we can show others how great our God is and so we can bless others with that what we have received from Him. Go ahead, dream big and ask God to bless that which you desire to do to further His Kingdom on earth. 


No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knows that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. Matthew 6:24-34


 

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