Letting go of religious crutches so you can walk with Jesus

When the risen Jesus is vibrant and living inside of you, you don’t need crutches. Let them go!

It’s not surprising that unbelievers reject the resurrection of Jesus, but it’s shocking that so many Christians still cling to crutches and live like Jesus is still dead. To freely walk empowered by the risen Jesus, Christians need to lay aside their religious crutches.

When Christians depend on religious crutches, instead of on the living Jesus, they can easily stumble into the clutches of deception. Religion can be a tool for connecting with God, but it’s too often a crutch that’s used to replace Him.

Sermons are like crutches. They’re helpful if you’re spiritually hobbled but they’re not the way to Christian maturity and a lifetime of faithful discipleship. (The living Jesus is the way.)

Christians don’t need secondhand explanations about Jesus. We need to experience His presence and directly hear from Him. If you follow a pastor, you’ve missed the point. A pastor should train you to follow Jesus.

If you believe that a pastor can hear from God and understand the Bible, you can, too! Read it and listen to God’s Spirit. Then do what He tells you.

Jesus first! Our political views are crutches that don’t come from Jesus. He said, “My kingdom is not of this world.”

When a sermon
Is finally done
And you remember none
Of it,
What just happened?

A lifetime
Of forgotten sermons
Leaves too many Christians

Jesus, come
And walk
With me.
I need more
Than a Sunday
Religious talk.

No matter how much
A person has been sermonized,
He’s coming up short
If he hasn’t realized
And surrendered to
The reality of Jesus
And His inner flow.

A church stage
Can easily become a cage
That makes people dependent
On one man’s sermons.

Instead of listening
To another religious talk,
Christians could
Go for a walk
And pray for
Whoever they meet.
That might be more powerful.
Try it and see.

When you think
You’re done
With your prayer,
There’s a good chance
You’ve barely begun.

Talk Christianity
Is like talk radio.
It’s easy
To tune it out.

Christians are supposed
To overflow with joy,
Not to flood their conversation
With hostility and profanity.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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