Having been brought up in a Christian house, my biggest obstacle, that prevented me from truly following Jesus was a RELIGIOUS MINDSET. Being biblical and being a devout church member does not make you pleasing to Jesus, it rather distracts you and prevents you from being and doing what Jesus called you for.
Jesus calls us unto Himself for His purpose but religion snatches believers away and takes them on a path of destruction. The religious mindset is a plot of the devil that leads believers away from Jesus. Instead of becoming disciples, followers of Jesus, who walk daily by faith in a close relationship with Jesus they become deceived religious hypocrites who have no relationship with Jesus at all.
Religion is about physical things that people identify with, the Bible, Koran, manuscripts, writings, prayer books, churches, buildings, artifacts, sculptures, crucifixes, paintings, people and holy places. These physical things become the objects and facilitators of worship and the proof of faith. ALL CHRISTIAN DENOMINATIONS ARE PART OF THIS DECEPTION, EVEN IF THEY ARE JUST BIBLE WORSHIPERS AND CHURCH GOERS.
A true follower of Jesus does not need any of these. He is in a spiritual relationship with Jesus as Jesus also said to the Samaritan woman. She said to Jesus: (John 4:20) “Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. “You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. “But AN HOUR IS COMING, AND NOW IS, WHEN THE TRUE WORSHIPERS WILL WORSHIP THE FATHER IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. “GOD IS SPIRIT, AND THOSE WHO WORSHIP HIM MUST WORSHIP IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH.”
A true follower of Jesus is led by the Holy Spirit. You cannot follow Jesus unless you are led by the Holy Spirit. All other forms of serving Jesus are fleshly man made religions that cannot please Jesus, neither do they bring anybody into the will of God. Jesus alone, is the way the truth and the life, there is no other way to have eternal life. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”John 14:6.
YOU NEED TO GET ALONE WITH JESUS – YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS WILL DETERMINE WHERE YOU SPEND ETERNITY, NOTHING ELSE.
YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS STARTS when you humble yourself before Him in prayer and cry out to Him for mercy and forgiveness of your past sins. You must cry out UNTIL you find PEACE and FORGIVENESS. You must SPIRITUALLY CONNECT WITH JESUS. JESUS MUST BECOME REAL TO YOU AT THAT POINT or else you have not met Him. It is at this point that many believers get diverted away from Jesus into religion. Instead of building their spiritual relationship with Jesus they become indoctrinated and deceived.
YOU MUST STAY WITH JESUS! Jesus is your LIFE. What matters to Jesus is OBEDIENCE. LISTEN to the Holy Spirit who will together with your conscience, convict you of SIN, RIGHTEOUSNESS and JUDGMENT. OBEY and be holy, do not sin at all. If you LISTEN, He will guide you. Read the WORDS OF JESUS in the gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and OBEY them. Take those words literally. Be baptized in water by another true follower of Jesus. Pray and ask Jesus for the baptism in the Holy Spirit.
BUILD YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS THROUGH PRAYER. The Holy Spirit will remind you of the words of Jesus as written in the gospels. Live absolutely holy. Remove all things that separate you from Jesus or distract you from Him. Pray about all your questions and problems. DO NOT ASK PEOPLE, ASK JESUS. Pray, trust Him and be patient, expect Him to help and guide you. Stay focused on Jesus and you will see the answer when it comes. JESUS REWARDS THOSE WHO DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM.
It is all about Jesus, nothing else. No man, no church, no books, videos, writings, special prayers, nothing can help you, only Jesus. Seek Jesus and you will find Him. Stay with Jesus and seek to please Him. He will reveal Himself to you as He did to all those who went before us, who truly followed Him, who worshiped Him in Spirit and in truth.
May Jesus bless you.
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