Beyond Religion

The bible is filled with words encouraging us to have a living, vibrant, Loving relationship with God that most just don’t get.

In a world where most Christians just go and pay tribute to God at church and have an intellectual understanding of God, He is calling out to all that will hear his spirit saying “I love you my child, I long to dwell in you and be with you always”.  Ephesians 3:19Matthew 28:20.

An intellectual understanding of God is kinda like having a pen pal on the other side of the world. You read about who they are and find out what they are like but until you meet them face to face, hug their neck, and spend time with them you don’t really know them. If we read God’s love letter, The Bible, and find out what a loving Father we have without having an intimate relationship with Him, he might as well be a pen pal on the other side of the world.

In John 15:4-5 Jesus uses the illustration of us being branches attached to Him as the vine. The Wuest translation of these verses reads “Maintain a living communion with me, and I with you. Just as the branch is unable to be bearing fruit from itself as a source unless it remains in a living union with the vine, so neither you, unless you maintain a living communion with me. As for myself, I am the vine. As for you, you are the branches. He who maintains a living communion with me and I with him, this one is bearing much fruit, because apart from me you are not able to be doing anything”. The word communion has a religious meaning to most but it literally means sharing things in common. Jesus wants us to live a life of sharing all things in common with him! It makes the concept of bearing fruit or doing things for his kingdom so simple. He goes on to tell us in that chapter that we should ask for our hearts desires and they will be given to us so that we would glorify the Father in bearing much fruit and then we will be his disciples!

In  Romans 8:15 I see a picture of God’s spirit in us crying out to God “Daddy!” as a little child with out stretched arms!

1 Corinthians 2:12 tells us we need an intimate loving relationship with God to be able to see how wonderful he intends life to be!

Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10  What? In today’s hustle bustle who has the time to be still? In Matthew 24:11-13, Jesus tells us that in the end of these times this close personal relationship is imperative for survival!  And many false prophets shall arise and lead many astray. And because of the multiplication of lawlessness, the love of the many shall grow cold. But he who has persevered (in this love!) to the end, this man shall be preserved from destruction.

Nurturing this living relationship with God is the easiest thing that you will ever do. We are hardwired by God to live this life. If you will just take time every day, starting with just a few minutes, to sit in a quiet place, relax your mind and your body and reach out to God with your heart, he will respond. Revelation 3:20 is commonly used to reach non believers but was written to the church. Jesus longs to be your most intimate and closest friend you just need let him in!

The reality of it is that Jesus said that apart from Him we can do nothing. BUT, reality is that with us in Him and Jesus in us nothing is impossible!

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