Christ’s presence in the present moment is life’s most neglected present. When Christian’s meet, God wants to take control so He can manifest & demonstrate His kingdom (government) in their midst. Messages about Christ are good, but actual demonstrations of His presence are even more powerful. Words about Jesus are a very poor substitute for continually encountering and interacting with Jesus!
To learn about Christ with your mind is far different than personally experiencing Him with your heart and then following and obeying Him daily.
Religion’s about acknowledging certain beliefs. Christianity’s about believing in Jesus to the point of surrender and obedience to Him.
The Bible says those led by the Spirit are God’s children. To learn to be led by the Spirit begin by starting to obey your conscience. To ignore or disobey your conscience is to ignore or disobey God. As long as you disobey your conscience, guilt will trail you like a hound dog. To call yourself a Christian while you continually violate (or drown out) your conscience is to say one thing and do another. Shutting down your conscience is like driving at night with your head lights off.
The Bible puts it this way: “Confess your faults to one another.” “Walk in the light.” “Repent.” “Be does of the word, not hearers only.” The Bible says, “Quench not the Spirit.” To put out the Spirit’s fire in your heart or in a group is a major sin. Many Christians “fast” from the Bible; not Jeremiah: “When Your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight.” Don’t wait for a preacher to motivate you! Read the Bible daily and do what it says!
Christians need to be responsive to the Holy Spirit’s inner promptings. To stifle the Spirit is to spiritually suffocate.
Biblically Christians gathered with awe, celebration, joy, freedom, spontaneity, testimonies, spiritual gifts, and one anothering. If you don’t like passionate, heart-felt worship, led by the Holy Spirit, you might be uncomfortable in Heaven. It’s an amazing thing to let passionate love and adoration for the living Jesus rise up from within your heart and freely flow out in Spirit-prompted praise and worship.
Worship is heart-felt surrender to the living God. People who truly worship and adore the risen Jesus are transformed from within and can no longer enjoy violating His will. We need a Jesus epidemic — millions of people addicted to getting high on Jesus! Like the top on a bottle of pop, church too often keeps the Spirit’s fizz from breaking out and shaking things up. When the Holy Spirit is shut down, church is closed, even if it’s full of people.
Going to church earns you no gold stars, cash back, or reward points from God. The Protestants said they were refocusing the church on Scripture. Instead they focused it on preachers and sermons. However, to delegate your relationship with God to a religious professional says that it isn’t important enough for you to handle yourself.