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When the enemy uses our faith against us…..

When the enemy uses our faith against us: Laura Grace

“Fear” about not having enough faith! Yes that happens too! The enemy of our souls stops at nothing. He doesn’t care how he “gets us”. Here we are trying to do the right thing and having faith with all our hearts an he says “well you must not have any or enough Faith, as nothing is happening right now.”

We look around, and feel like maybe we should just agree. I was crying and praying as i was driving yesterday after singing “My fear doesn’t stand a chance when I stand in your love, Father God.”

A messenger of God said (and I watched his video), “God can do exceedingly above all you ask or think, and his Mercy is so great, just so great, and his love is so great, I’m not sure we will ever fully understand it.” …..I grabbed hold of that, and said “Father I believe you will do exceedingly above all we ask or think!” Shortly after this, “everything changed.”

Someimes The Lord causes us to shift over to a different stance in Faith. Sometimes we are too focused on battling the problem, and we just need to look to Him and have faith that he is good, and his Mercy is great as well!

God has an answer for you today! let HIM guide you by his spirit and may I suggest you forsake those “faith recipes.” Our journey with God as individuals will be unique. Relationship with Him is the key here, not how “great we are” in having Faith. Whenever we trust God, we are indeed, having Faith in Him. Peace be with you! -Laura Grace

Ephesians 3:19-21

to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him beglory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. 

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How I describe “Religious’ by Laura Grace

A lot of people want to know, when they hear “they are religious,” what that means, exactly. Certainly we can all do things “religiously” but not necessarily be religious. 

pharisee.jpgWhat does it mean to be “a Pharisee?”. What I call religious, is a person knows a lot about the bible, but they don’t really live it. They like to do the parts that are easy to do, such as tithing, going to church, doing good deeds for others (soup kitchens, and so on), because to them, so long as they have “done’ the right things, then their relationship with God must be okay, as well. 

 Paul was persecuting new believers for not being “right with God,” according to the Word of God. Did you hear what I said? His measure WAS the word of God! And yet Jesus said to him, “Why are you persecuting me?” 

Religious people are more concerned with the outside of the cup (outward appearances) than they are with inside of a person. 

Can we be just a little bit religious? Well, yes, we can! I have seen people be all spiritual one minute and religious, the next. Basically, there are a couple of motivators for being religous. One is Fear, the other is Pride. 

Religious people fear things getting “out of control” If they don’t keep everyone in line. If someone sins (and Paul addressed this in Romans), they fear everyone else will feel it’s okay to sin. Therefore, even though they may claim to believe the gospel (of Jesus Christ) they really do not believe God transforms people supernaturally, or by his Grace. 

People who are religious are often prideful, feeling they have followed the rules, and so should everyone else. To them, this is justice. It’s not just if they have to stop drinking, and you didn’t. “It’s not fair,” if they are going to church all the time, tithing, or serving in the church every day, and you are not doing your part. 

Religious people are the “all about the rules,” people. 

The heart of Jesus is that we know him, and because we know him, he knows us.

There is a penatatrive situation going on in Relationship with Jesus, that is like no other. He is willing to impart everything he knows to you (as much as you can handle), and in turn we surrender all of ourselves to him. 

A religious person will always claim to know what’s going on in the heart of a person, based upon that person’s actions. 

Let me ask you something; “Can you see, with the naked eye, what is going on inside of a plant, when it’s growing?

People who love God bask in his light, receive his word as fertilizer, water, and seed. Sometimes for true believers, the nutrients of God’s word are received through truths in music, movies, and other things that are not carrying the label “Christian.” Didn’t Jesus say he was the way, the truth, and the light? 

Religious people are bigger sinners than the person’s they are pointing fingers at. No wonder Paul said he was a wretched man, and one who did not “deserve” Salvation after his encounter with Jesus.

We hate sin because of love for people (when we are born again) and what it does to them. We don’t hate it because of what we fear it does to us. 

Religion is always orderly, While Relationship is often messy. Religion is man going through the motions, Relationship cries out to God for supernatural help. Religion is into punishment for infractions of God’s word (calling it discipline), while relationship undertands the heart needs to be supernaturally transformed. 

Religion Produces death and call it ‘death to self” When a person realizes their own ways did not work, they voluntarily surrender their lives to Jesus (knowing they have failed to achieve anything good in the flesh) and this is called being “Born Again” and is true death to self. 

There’s a reason Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and this example, that he was born without the help of a natural man, was so important. It’s the same way we are “born” of God. This is what a true Christian is, not a member of some club or religion that accepts you if you meet their spelled out (human) requirements. 

So now, when I say someone is religious, I mean Jesus is not really real to them. He’s a person they know a lot about, but not someone they know (personally). 

The reason Jesus was so hard on the Pharisees, is he knew their example might prevent people from coming to him…….and he was willing to do anything he could- to stop that from happening.

He loves you, so much! He loved us enough to die for us, stand up to the Pharisees for us, and call people like Paul, Peter and all the rest to “preach” the good news of Salvation to us. 

Lastly, Relationship cheers you on to do good, and follow Jesus! Religion picks apart everything you do, and scrutinizes you, to see if you’re worthy. I hope this helped. 

With love, Your servant, his daughter, and author of several encouraging books …..

Laura Grace