“Relationship vs. Religion”
From The Holy Spirit and Christian Testimonies by C. Marie, www.theholyspiritacts.com
St. Luke 11:28, “…, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.”
Throughout time, numerous people always claimed the Christian faith, valued The Holy Bible, memorized some scriptures, enjoyed the songs that they sung to God, and had religious-themed collections. Meantime, they did not live by The Word of God, as they unrepentantly held on to their sins of choices and were unremorsefully set in their own sinful ways. As they did not have the fear of God in their hearts, they had no significant relationship with the Lord either.
James 1:22-25, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his
Do understand that religion had been blamed for a lot of sinful things that have gotten countless of people placed in the wrong side of God’s judgments, from those who selectively misconstrued, exaggerated, and ignored The Word of God.
Colossians 2:8, “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”
Some amount of the darkest days in history had to do with many religious people who done terrible acts that they believed to have been righteous services and honorable favors to God.
In the Christian church, there is a group who always pray to God and study His Word in their own private and personal times. Inside of sanctuaries, they desire to further learn about His Word too. There, they also seek to be inspired, comforted, and encouraged to have hope in the midst of common life problems, as well as to become further warned and educated about what goes against His Word. A number of them have moments when they seek assistance from the Holy Spirit by the hands and mouths of his other holy temples. At the time, the group may not acknowledge how the Holy Spirit works through them, as far as the type of spiritual gifts that God blessed them with, for the Holy Spirit to minister to others through them. In their minimal development in the Lord, they may not have mature amounts of faith in God either. However, they have a strong hunger and thirst for strengthened relationships with the Holy Spirit, and they faithfully live by The Word of God. They also try to keep themselves in check by casting aside the thoughts and confrontations of pride, greed, lust, hate, and envy. They have the hearts and lifestyles that fear God and His judgments. From their own spirit, they pray for those who need the Lord’s assistance and blessings from God too. It is also in them to have enough compassion for others, as they will help people in any way, shape, and form as able to. This same group is also able to observe the Christians with significant relationships with the Holy Spirit interact with Him, as He reach those who run inside of the sanctuaries for His assistance from the mouths and hands of those men and women of God. Those men and women of God set the bars for the group to try to surpass, in the Spirit of the Lord. Some given time later, that same group will mature enough in Christ to where the congregation praise God and glorify Him, due to how they witness how the Holy Spirit supernaturally minister to people through that group. Meantime, a second group earnestly looks up to them in ways that will help to continue the cycle for the benefit of the Christian church.
St. Matthew 13:3 and 8, “And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.”
St. Matthew 13:12 and 23, “For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
Acts 4:24 and 31-33, “And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is: And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.”
St. Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
It is not the size and grandeur of the church buildings themselves, but rather the relationships that the individual church members have with the Holy Spirit. For instance, one church, a house of God, a house of prayers, may be an elegant grand castle where the Holy Spirit stays in the midst of the people. However, inside of the luxurious mega-church, His relationships with the individuals there are not sizable.
St. John 4:20-21 and 23-24, “Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; …Jesus
saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
On the other hand, another church, a house of God, a house of prayers, may be a small hut that packs a maximum of fifty people like sardines there, where a significant amount of the members have strong relationships with The Holy Spirit. From that, the hut always bounces in every direction because of how active He supernaturally ministers through the sanctified individuals in that house of God.
1 Thessalonians 5:17, “Pray without ceasing.”
Ephesians 6:18, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”
We must pray strong and pray hard. The continuous prayers of men and women of God are powerful and effective.
Acts 12:5-12, “Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison. And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision. When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him. And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people… And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying.”
Romans 12:11-12, “Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;”
Philippians 4:6, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
St. Luke 18:1, “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;”
James 5:16, “… The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”