Christianity is the only religion in the world that cannot survive without the founder being alive. Every other religion says, “Let us sit down and discuss rules for men to observe that will constitute a religion”. Christianity is not a discussion; it is an encounter with a living person. You must encounter and establish a living relationship with Jesus before you can participate and partake of Christianity.
If you have not encountered that same Jesus Christ, yet participating in Christianity, you are into religion. A man can go to church seven times a week, give lots of funds to church, yet not be in a relationship with God. Every activity of the church is primarily for servicing our relationship with God. It is a means to an end; the end is an encounter with the person of God.
“They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.”
If you are a member of Zion, an appearance before God strengthens you. In His presence, you have encounters that touch you, affect you and change you.
2 Corinthians 3:18
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
There is a spiritual dimension of the word of God that produces a change; nearer and nearer to the glory of God when you have the spirit of God. That only comes from a relationship with Him.
PRAYER: Father, let me partake more and more of the glory of your presence through deeper encounters of your person.
BIBLE IN A YEAR: 2 Samuel 12:1-31; John 16:1-33; Psalm 119:65-80; Proverbs 16:4-5
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