From Religion to Relationship :)

From religion to relationship. Yes, yes, yes…

This was the journey of Saul of Tarsus to become the Apostle Paul. It took a paradigm shift, a transformation of mind to heart. Jesus got his attention, blinded him for days and then gave him new eyes to see! Jesus showed him that it wasn’t about rules, but about relationship!

I read this recently…

“If you believe the wrong thing, it will take away the power of the right thing. For example, if you’re legalistic and think that you have to earn your way to God, the importance of grace diminishes. I think of how before Saul met Jesus on the road to Damascus, Saul the persecutor operated in pure legalism. When the scales fell off his eyes, his religious mindset was not just broken, but God created a new nature in him. In this new nature, Saul turned Paul was not only freed from the religious pressure nagging him in his inner thoughts, but also his mind was renewed.” (Shawn Bolz, God Secrets.)

Legalism prevents us from intimately knowing the Father in the greatest relationship we could ever have.

Legalism also keeps us from loving others, and stuck in just knowing about others and easily slipping into judgement.

Does learning the truth about others always set one free? Maybe not. I can think of learning a few things that did not bring me peace.

BUT, seeing God’s Truth about others is another thing…

Seeing how God loves someone stuck in legalism/religion, whatever… (and instead seeing HIS Truth available to them), helps to set me free to love them as God loves them, and pray for them.

I’m still learning this.

Yes… there IS the call to wipe the dust off our feet when our gift of peace is not received… When peaceful relationship is not welcomed, keep walking… Freedom is elsewhere. Submitting to religion (or someone’s legalism) is not freedom. I don’t want to be Saul of Tarsus or friends with that guy! I want to journey with Paul and see God do mighty things!! God’s kingdom is about freedom!

Ask God:

Where am I trapped in my thinking?

What do you want to set me free from?

Who do you want to set me free from?

(Friendship is related to the word ‘freedom’. If you are trapped, constantly torn apart, that is not a friendship, that is abusive. One of the hardest things to do is walk away from someone you love who has continued to abuse you, manipulate you, control you… Tough love is no longer enabling someone’s pattern of abuse, legalism, religion, etc. Loving them is showing them that behaviour is not okay.)

God, what promise do you have for me?

What gift do you have for me?

Enjoy a 2-way relationship with Father God who made a way through His son Jesus.

Read and Meditate on His Word.
Ask Him questions.
Listen and Write.
Pray it all back to Him!

Christianity is not a religion (earning our way to God’s love), it’s a relationship (He is love and extends His love to us through His son Jesus who opened the doorway).

 

Not Interested in Religion?

Not interested in religion?

Me too. Freedom living is not about religion, it is about a relationship…

Many of you may be disillusioned because of ‘religious’ people you’ve known. The interesting thing is that when you read the life of Jesus, he scolded religious leaders of his day because they emphasized the wrong things and often made demands for people to do certain things in order to get to God. But, God became a man to come to us- and all we must do is put our faith in him daily. We need to recognize that Christ is separate from those who claim they worship Him. They are often at different extremes and sadly many religious leaders today spread a wrong story of who God is. People even do horrible things in the name of God.

I encourage you to seek God despite those who have hurt you- you have claimed to know God and yet abused or used you. I had to wrestle with this in my own life too. I had to separate sinful people from God. I had to see that I needed to put my trust in Him and not in them- even if they claimed to know Jesus.

I do not choose religion. I choose to worship God and I have a personal relationship with Him because of what His son Jesus did for me.

Religion is this: man trying to get to God, but relationship with God is this: accepting what He did for us and letting Him guide us and lead us… through our pain, through our joys and to a complete life.

Once you surrender your life and invite His Holy Spirit to fill you, you will understand what I am talking about… And if you at one time gave your life to God’s Son Jesus but you have lost that life of freedom and forgotten what daily surrender truly means, there’s still a way back…

1. Getting to know God…

2. Understanding your relationship with Jesus (pdf)…