Wednesday, December 21, 2011

It's Not About Religion

  Over the past couple of weeks my eyes have been opened to some revelation that I'd like to share with you. Knowing God isn't about religion, it's about relationship and God's original intent... it's about the Kingdom of Heaven.

  Man has taken the precious Word of God, the lessons of Christ and reduced them to a religious experience that's more about emotion than reality. Man has reduced the teachings of the Bible to something that he can manipulate, mandate and control when, in reality, man can't do any of those things and have God's original intent.

  When God created the heavens and the earth, He was actually creating territory for an extension of Heaven. God was creating territory so He could build a colony of Heaven to be occupied, ruled, managed and maintained by His created children... the human race. Because of Adam's rebellion against what God told Him, man lost the kingdom God had created for him. Man committed an act of treason against the Kingdom of Heaven and thus allowed God's mortal enemy to come in and capture that territory. Man allowed God's enemy to occupy what God never intended him to have access to.

  Jesus Christ was sent to earth to wage war with the devil and to regain the lost authority on earth. God had to become man in order to be legal on this planet and to restore what had been lost. It took the royal blood of the King to buy back what was lost four thousand years earlier in the Garden of Eden. The price was high and we've not yet come to fully realize all that Christ did when He died, and when He rose again.

  I heard a minister this week put it so wonderfully when he said "There are a lot of people teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ; there just aren't many teaching the Gospel that Jesus taught." In Matthew chapter 4 Jesus made His first public statement as He began His ministry on earth. Jesus said "Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Jesus wasn't a religious man! Jesus didn't come to teach some new religion. He didn't come to preach or teach religion at all. The message of Jesus was a message about the Kingdom of Heaven and how God wants us to come back to His Kingdom as His beloved children. Man has polluted the message and made it something to argue over, to dispute and challenge people with.

  Religion is something man came up with in order to try and explain God when, in fact, God doesn't need any explanation at all. Our Father, the King of the universe, gave us clear instruction and it's up to us to simple follow that instruction and learn to live in His Kingdom. Rather than think of God in terms of religion, we need to think of Him as King, and follow the teaching Jesus gave while He walked this earth. Jesus taught about the Kingdom of Heaven the entire time He was here. All we have to do is read and study His message and then follow His example in order to find the peace, the love and the prosperity the Father has for us.

  In 2012 I'll be teaching a series of lessons on the Kingdom of Heaven and explaining just what Jesus taught. There won't be any religion, won't be any arguing and there certainly won't be guess work in it. If you're tired of religion, tired of bickering in the church and among people who claim to follow God; let me invite you to become a regular reader here and to follow me on my Internet radio program and YouTube. I'm writing the lessons and praying a lot about this. God is opening my eyes to the revelation that I never saw before. It is changing my life for the better and I hope it will change yours too.

  God bless you and keep you, may His face shine down on you and may you find His peace,


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