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Forget Religion!

by | Sep 10, 2014 | Devotionals

The Greatest Blessing of All

Lord, it just amazes me how quickly time flies. I know I am supposed to make the most of my time, because the days are evil (Eph. 5:16), but I have to say that the older I get the more challenging that becomes. I turn around and a whole day is gone. The wonderful part of that is that before too long I will be standing before You and spending forever in the fullness of your joy. This life is just hard. I long for that day, but in the meantime, there are so many I love who don’t know you. How can they escape if they neglect your great salvation (Heb. 2:3)? The thought of them perishing without knowing You grieves my heart. Help me show them their great need for You. That would be making the most of my time— giving priority to things You value—like human souls! You love them even more than I do, so I ask that You would set up a divine encounters.  I ask for divine favor on conversations. I praise You for your goodness and love towards my friends. Help me be a vessel filled with your love today, and help me pour into the lives of others. Give me eyes to see beyond the physical realm to spiritual needs, and give me wisdom to speak to those needs. I give You this day my dearest Friend. Be with me, and help me to make the most of my very limited time on Earth.

I Am here my child, and ready to answer the cries of your heart. Abide in my love today, and ask whatever you desire. When you are abiding in Me, your desires become one with mine, and I will be faithful to guide and answer your prayers. There is nothing in this world more powerful than when my children walk in my Spirit. The problem is that too few of them tap into the exceedingly great power I offer them (Eph. 1:19, Rom. 8:11). Scripture tells you to seek my face (Ps. 27:8). That means you need to pursue intimacy with Me. Think of Moses and the Israelites. They sought my blessings, but were too afraid to seek my face (Ex. 20:19-20). Only Moses had an intimate relationship—the rest had religion. People with religion are afraid of a deeper relationship with Me. They are afraid they might look foolish or seem fanatical to the world. They are afraid of anything that doesn’t match their interpretation of Scripture. They couldn’t even look straight at Moses’ face after he had been with Me. Are you willing to become a fool in the eyes of the world in your pursuit of Me? I stand ready to release my power in the lives of those who are willing to abandon all for my sake. Seek my face dear child; do not worry about what others think. True discipleship will never be popular with the world, or even with half of the church for that matter. The true Christian life is an adventure that most will never experience. Too many are caught up seeking blessings instead of Me. My children in persecuted countries experience miracles daily. The miracles do not always show up as peace and prosperity, but the ones who are persecuted know how to trust Me for every need. Prosperity has a tendency to make people forget their true provision. Do not let worldly success get between us. If I allow you to be blessed financially, do not forget that it comes from Me, and it can go as easily as it comes. Hate everything else in comparison to your relationship with Me. Then your life will shine brightly in the darkness of this world. Not everyone will be attracted to your light, but many will, and you will be an instrument of change in their lives. 

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

In [Jesus] was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it… The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God (John 1:4-5, 9-12).