Romans 12:1 & 2
From that time forth, Jesus began to show unto His disciples how they must go into Jerusalem and suffer many things of the Elders, Chief Priests, Scribes and be killed and raised again on the third day. Peter took Him and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Be it far from You, Lord; this shall not be unto You.” But He turned and said unto Peter, “Get thee behind me satan, you are an offense unto Me, for you savor not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.” Then said Jesus onto His Disciples, “If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me, for whosoever will save his life, shall lose it and whosoever will lose his life for My sake, shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul? Or, what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:21-26)
In today’s society, piety and sacrifice is taking the forefront, rather than obedience. It’s even in the churches, where we go to worship the Lord and a lot of our brothers and sisters in the faith are falling victim. Everything is permissible to a fault, from homosexuality to lesbianism, to denying the name of Jesus. We have people questioning His birth, life, death and resurrection. Even His Name.
Religion and witchcraft are one in the same. You were created for fellowship (a relationship) with God first, then man. Religion is the mask that was put on to hide the fact that we have faults as well. But when you decide to please people, you forget that you are displeasing the Lord. As high as the heavens are above the earth, His ways are not your ways. His thoughts are not your thoughts. Where are any of us being Christlike judging and looking down on others, when we were at one time in their shoes? Religion restrains us from truly being Christ-like. Seeing His POV (point of view) in all things.
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About Marcus Eagland
Marcus Eagland was born in Galveston, Texas and raised in Port Author, Texas. It isn’t important whether or not, I get to expound the message that the Lord has given to me, from a pulpit or not. It’s about how many I can reach for Him during my time here on earth, not for myself, but to glorify and magnify Him through it all. Marcus is the father of three and the grandfather of four.