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Free Of Religion: Why Love Is Greater Than Religion

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Before you begin, I urge you to ask for the Holy Spirit’s guidance as you read this. I hope that He unveils, teaches, or encourages you (or all three) to draw close to God in Jesus Christ. 

To be honest, I never liked the word religion when it came to the gospel. The gospel itself is not a religion. It is TRUTH. It is about God’s love and having, once again, a relationship with Him. Not from traditional practices, like religion, but from seeking His heart. 

I was watching a video about becoming Free of Religion from Apostle Kathryn Krick. The Lord led me to watch more of her videos because I was talking to Him regarding some questions about Christianity. One of my answered prayers led me to this video. 

The video is down below if you want to see more of what she talks about. 

This is post is being free of religion 

Free of religion

Overall, she was basically talking about the love of God through Christ and how we should no walk in religion anymore. We are should no longer submit to religion. With religion, there is a way of doing things, routines, rituals, to be exact. 

But in Christ, we are made to walk in freedom. You see, religion does not allow you to walk in freedom because it sets your eyes to things that you need to follow and work through to gain favor with God. Think about the Pharisees and Sadducees; they followed religious traditions and pointed the finger at Jesus Christ for going against the religious traditions. 

Jesus Christ Came To Break Religion

But Jesus Christ came to break that barrier. Following the 10 commandments, religion was difficult, especially on our own accord. Before Christ, people had to sacrifice animals for the atonement of sins via priests. 

But thank God that Jesus Christ became the atonement for that! We no longer have to walk into condemnation but walk freely in Christ, who helps us be obedient in God without being shamed nor judged. Just by walking in faith and trusting that He is working through us. Remember: God does not see you for who you were before. But now He sees you through Jesus Christ, who is working in and lives in you. 

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV

For the longest time, I was ashamed of my walk with Christ. I was raised in a family (where I love and am blessed to have grown to know Jesus Christ) where specific prayers and practices had to be done when we should not have been doing that. In the end, this tradition led me away from God because they were challenging to follow, and it was just simply boring. 

But I was a kid, how was I to know? 

And to be honest, and I am still learning about God every day. I am nowhere close to knowing Him fully. But what I do know is that He loves me, and I love Him for loving me for me. 

Now, however, I see God differently. I see Him for who He truly is. Not through my own lens, but through the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. 

From reading the word of God and through the discernment of the Holy Spirit, I know that God is Holy, He is just, merciful, and overall loving. He’s even more than that!

Free Of Religion: The Lord Of The Sabbath

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One thing I was asking myself was regarding the Sabbath. For the longest, I was told that the Sabbath was Saturday and was supposed to be kept holy, based on the 10 commandments. However, in the New Testament, Jesus Christ is the Lord of the Sabbath. He is our rest. Not a day, but He and only He is our rest. 

With religion, if we still had the Sabbath for particularly one day of the week, I believe it would have been hard to keep it because we’re all so busy with our lives. It is incredible how Jesus Christ made way for all of us to rest in Him rather than on a specific day. 

“For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day is a day of sabbath rest, holy to the Lord. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day is to be put to death.” – Exodus 31:15 NIV.

But now it is this…

“Then Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.” Luke 6:5 NIV.

Jesus Christ is the Lord of the Sabbath. We can rest in Him daily to understand whatever He wants us to do. 

This is a relationship with God! Where we can rest in Him daily, not just on a particular day. 

He is the one that we rest in daily in every moment of our lives. 

Faith is Not Prompted By religion

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When you don’t do a specific religious routine, don’t you get disappointed? Don’t you become hard on yourself? 

Well, that is not how we should live. We should not be working our way to Heaven. We should be walking in the Holy Spirit because we confessed with our mouth and believed in our hearts that Jesus Christ is the way to God the Father. 

Jesus Christ is the priest, Melchizedek, who cleanses our sins as we wash our robes before Him. 

“To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” – Mark 12:33 NIV.

As you can see from this verse, God desires your heart, your love for Him, and your love for others more than religion and traditions. That is why God rejected King Saul and made David King. David was after God’s heart, while King Saul leaned on religious practices (1 Samuel 13:1-15). 

Religion is not the way to God’s heart

And even if you could keep the religious practices, that is not the way to God’s heart. Your focus will only be on doing the proper practices rather than doing right by God. Saul, who is now Paul, talks more about this in the new testament in Romans. 

“But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always.” – Hosea 12:6 NIV.

From this verse, you see that there is no religion involved, just returning to seeking God, loving Him and others rightfully and justly, and waiting on Him. Religion does not lead you to walk in love because it is focused on practices. Seeking God alone leads you to walk in love that He desires you to.

Isn’t that why Paul said, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV.

Even the new testament mentions that our new commandments are by loving God and loving others as ourselves (Mattew 22:37-40).

Plus, religion is not prompted by love. What we do every day in obedience to God is. 

Remember Abraham, whose faith led him to be the father of many nations? His faith prompted love because He obeyed God by walking and believing in His promises. There was no religion involved. Just walking by faith, not by sight. 

The spirit of religion

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Plus, she also mentions that religion is a spirit. If you ever read a book in the bible about spirits, such as the spirit of prostitution (in Hosea 4:12), or even an evil spirit in the new testament, know that it is not of God. There is the Spirit of God, then there are other spirits. The SPIRIT of God, who is God, does not bring about fear, shame, nor disappointment. But the spirit of religion does. 

Now you may disagree with me on this, and that is okay. I would just suggest watching the whole video just so you can understand this.  

“And these signs will accompany those who believe In my name, they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues;” Mark 16:17 NIV.

If you don’t believe in the principalities of power, the demonic spirits that roam around this world to oppress or even take over someone, I would like to tell you that these things are true. The bible even says that they are true. Even the bible mentions that you will have the power to cast out demons and walk in the Holy Spirit with belief. 

I cannot detail this since this is not my calling to talk more about this. My purpose on this blog is to support your walk in Christ and grow close to Him by revealing you His love for you. But if the Lord permits me to speak more on this, then His will be done. I know this can be a scary topic, but it has to be said because the WORD said it. 

Conclusion

We need to open our spiritual eyes to see the world that we live in. The world has always been horrible, defiled, and disgusting. Nothing is new under the sun; they’re just disguised as something new. 

So how are you walking today? By religious traditions or through the love and faith of God in the Holy Spirit?

I hope that this post encouraged you. 

Until Next Time. 

PS. Here is the video below. 

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