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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Never think that Jesus is basic and we need to move on to "deeper" things... 

Never think that Jesus is basic and we need to move on to "deeper" things... 
That's precisely why we've been so frustrated in our CHRISTianity... Nothing is "deeper" than Your savior and his love for you... Don't go "deeper" and start trying to earn what he has FREELY provided... People try to "move on" past Jesus and start establishing their own righteousness and they build religions rather than the kingdom of God... Yeah but Pastor Jeremiah we have to learn about the Holy Spirit... I totally agree but let's look at who the bible says the Holy Spirit is...

Galatians 4:4
4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the SPIRIT OF HIS SON into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

The Holy Spirit is the spirit of Jesus!!! And he is sent to reveal Jesus to us in all his majesty, perfection and glory... So don't move on past Jesus into "deeper things" because the things your moving into might be "deep" but their not God... It's the simplicity of Christ folks let's not complicate it or dirty it up with a bunch of man made religion, no matter what form it might take.. . And their are many many forms... The question is, is it Christ centered or man centered... We think just because someone is hoopin, hollerin, praying in tongues and swinging from the chandelier it's revival and that is just not true... If its man centered and not Christ centered its religion... What do you mean by Christ centered Pastor Jeremiah? If its not based on Jesus and his finished work... If its all about what YOU are doing... The focus isn't on Jesus the focus is on you and thats when religion and pride begin to rear its ugly head... Christianity isn't about achieving something... Christianity is about receiving something that was already achieved 2,000 years ago on a cross...  We receive by simply believing in what Jesus did for us...And YOU and I cant earn the promises of God... They are a gift based on Jesus and his finished work... All we do is believe... Anything you add to that is religion... Yeah but we have a response ability to... You have a response ability to respond to his ability and not your own...This is not really about us its about him... And yes i know that frustrates our pride and our flesh because we want to earn it so we can brag about how awesome we are... And how we did this and we did that... No this Gospel is about Jesus and what he has done for us... We believe in what Jesus did and he gives it to us as a gift not a wage we earn because we racked up spiritual points... Only man could turn something as beautiful as a promise into a religious work... The bottom line is this you and I have a savior and he saves us... Not because we deserve it... Not because were super spiritual... Not because of anything we have done or will do... He saves us because HE is awesome... Not because WE are awesome... And his salvation includes health, wealth, protection, happiness, peace, joy, quality of life and yes heaven also... So keep your eyes on Jesus and enjoy life...  Our challenge is to believe that God is that good...There is nothing "deeper" than Jesus!!!

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