Beyond Religion

When the first man, Adam fell, he sought ways to cover his nakedness. He made human efforts to reconcile with God. This, in the main is what religion is, it is man’s way of reaching God. The best is can do for you is given you a feeling of satisfaction that you are doing the right thing. (Prov. 14:12). But is religion sufficient? No matter how it is done, whether in the church, in the mosque, in the shrine, or in a philosophical/cultural setting. It can never bring peace. Why? The Bible has the answer.

“Therefore being justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:1). You need something more real, more secure, something you can hold on to when the storm of life comes. You need something beyond religion. You need a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Jon 1:12 says “But as many as received Him (I.e. Jesus Christ), to them He gave power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name”. You need to become a son/daughter of God. How come you?

First, realize that you need Jesus. What made Adam to fall out of God’s favour and covering was sin – sin is disobedience. If you have ever done anything wrong in your life, however small, then you have fallen out of favour with God (Rom. 3:23; 1 Jn. 1:8). Thank God, that is why God has sent Jesus. No matter what anyone has told you about Him – whether good or bad it will never add to, or diminish his stature, power, and ability (Heb. 13:8). Yielding your life over to him will however make you come onto favours with the Almighty God.

Secondly, you need to repent of your sins, you need to have a change of altitude towards God, towards sin and towards Hell – the Ultimate destiny of unrepented sinners (Rev. 20:10-15). You need to for sake you old and evil ways. The Bible commands: “Let the wicked forsake his ways, and the righteous men his thoughts: let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon” (Isa 55:7).

Thirdly you need the power to go and sin no more. Again, it is Jesus alone who can guarantee you such power over sin and the tempter. This is because none of the many great religion leaders whether dead or alive had any victory over the devil. Hear what Jesus says: “I am he that liveth, and was dead and behold I am alive fir evermore, Amen, and have the keys of hell and of death.” (Rev. 1:18). Not only this, He conquered the devil and his hosts of demons: “For as much then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death – that is the devil. And (thereby0 deliver them who through the fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage” (Heb. 2:14-15). How did Jesus accomplish this great feat? The Bible explains it: And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it” (Col. 2:15).

Come the winning side, come to Jesus. All power still belong to Him. Open your heart to Him and ask Him to come in. region, philosophy, white garment, holy water, sacrifices, Tiras, Charms, Amulets, Incisions, Rosaries, Cult membership, all will fail you. But Jesus can never fail. “But as many as received Him to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them believe on His name”.

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