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January 26, 2012, 12:00 AM

 

"Hard" Religion vs "Heart" Relationship

 

I have seen people who quit church because it's not a hard-nosed church that preaches against everything including breathing fresh air….that is a skewed view of living for God 

 

People who need "Hard" Religion never developed a "Heart" Relationship

 

"the church don't preach it hard enough so I will just quit"….sadly there is something wrong with that picture?? What are you in it for? A relationship with Christ or Man-made Traditions that you can't even live up to in the first place?

 

If your having to be hung over Hell to stay saved something has gone terribly wrong in your relationship with Christ

 

Nothing wrong with having standards, convictions or guidelines....I'm all for that but in the middle of all of that if there is no "Heart" relationship then there is nothing to back those standards, convictions and guidelines....this is why people pile up rules but never seem to be able to live them so they change them......if you change it then it was probably never conviction but rather conformity or some legalistic lifestyle that you felt you had to live

 

True convictions do not change for anything or anyone

 

We must get back to the "center" and the center is Jesus Christ and His grace

 

Don't make this thing about the law, Jesus Christ came to fulfill the law. Jesus came so that we may experience grace and liberty through His blood

 

We are not justified by the law but rather by faith in Jesus Christ

 

Gal. 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. 

 

Gal. 2:17 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. 

 

Gal. 2:18 For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. 

 

Gal. 2:19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. 

 

A relationship with Christ will produce the convictions you need and they will be heartfelt convictions rather than laws that someone placed on you or that you have placed on yourself

 

Anything done outside of Christ is moot and border-line idolatry, many times people who are living "Hard" religion are not even living it for Christ. If you are not living it for Christ then who are you living it for? Could it be that you are serving another god? A god of your own making? A god of man-made traditions rather than heartfelt convictions? This is idolatry

 

Keep Jesus at the center and he will make sure the balances are right

 

Gal. 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 

 

If you lay yourself down on the altar, if you are being "Crucified with Christ" then you will live a life with the "right" convictions....daily visits to the cross will produce the life that you should be living

 

Don't frustrate the grace of God, don't cause His death to be in vain by having to have some "hard law" to live by

 

Gal. 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. 

 

Rather move forward into a relationship with Him, a true relationship that will produce "God-Inspired" convictions rather than "Man-made" rules

 

Because of His grace we can access this kind of relationship with Him

 

We are under the grace of God, let it work in your life

 

This does not give us a license to sin but rather it allows us to live for Him in Liberty

 

Rom. 6:15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. 

 

If you get a "Heart relationship" you will not desire to sin and you won't need some "Hard" religion or some set of "laws" to keep you right….you will desire to walk with him 

 

We have the ability to overcome sin and enjoy a "Heart" relationship rather than "Hard" religion

 

I personally don't need hard religion but I do need a "heart" relationship with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

 

Let's "Engage" our hearts and follow His lead…..He will lead you down the path you need to take and it will be right.