Christ-followers are called to be led by the Spirit and surrendered to the rule (kingdom) of God. When Jesus is more than religions information and becomes within you, living animation, you experience supernatural transformation.
Christians are called to live and function by the power of “Christ in you,” not by our own power or ability. Church trains people to look for power in a program, a sermon, a liturgy, and even in hype. But real power comes from the living Jesus. The Bible acknowledged and preached, but never read, leaves church attendance pretty dead.
Untold millions of people have found healing, comfort, and strength thru reading the Bible with a humble heart. I’m one of them. When I read the Bible with an open heart, insights & inspiration jump off it’s pages. When I read the Bible my eyes don’t just scan ancient words. Instead I hear a living voice speaking to me.
Instead of imposing religious rules, the living Jesus changes people from the inside out. Then they want to obey Him.
Unlike ancient Israel, biblical Christianity doesn’t focus on a country, but on the living, resurrected Jesus Christ. Jesus didn’t accept the authority of the religious establishment of the time, the Pharisees and Sadducees. His authority came directly from God the Father.
Sometimes we complicate simple statements from the Bible, as an excuse not to obey them. Here’s an example: “Love your enemies.”
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