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Ritual versus Relationship

   This post is more testimonial than anything, and I imagine it will be brief. I figured it might help some of you who become frustrated with your spiritual walk.  I want to give you a quick admonition. If you are becoming frustrated and feel that your walk with God just isn't right, and you're not sure what is wrong and you begin to wonder, "What is it that I'm not doing?" Or perhaps, "What is it that I'm doing?" Stop right there! Your walk has suddenly turned from relationship to ritualistic. This is where Satan gets a foothold in the lives of many Christians.  The Bible says in Colossians 2:6, "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him." How did I receive Him? I simply trusted in His Word and depended on Jesus Christ alone to save me. I didn't have to try to be a Christian, I became one...and it was all His doing.  The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." A fish can act like a bird all he wants to, but it still doesn't make him a bird. He must be born again into the fowl family, for as of yet, he is still in the fish family.  My daily walk is to be identical to my receiving of Christ! Many Christians focus on what they do to have a good walk instead of depending on Jesus Christ to help them every step of the way! Have you thought of this? Your dependence on what you do to have a good walk is equivalent to the man who depends on a prayer to save him as opposed to depending on the Person, Jesus Christ to save him.  There are times when my walk with Christ is sweet, and because of that vertical relationship, my horizontal relationships are sweet as well. But then there are times when I seem to lose that peace. Like a cloud of mist, something comes between my soul and the Savior. It can be only one of two things: sin or Satan.  It is good to start your day by asking God to search your heart and to show you any impurities; once you have cleansed your heart of impurities, if that peace is still seemingly hazy, then ask yourself if you are depending on your steps for peace more than you are on your Savior.  Satan will always try to use rituals to interrupt your walk. For example, "Tisk Tisk! You failed to read a whole chapter this morning," or, "I can't seem to come up with a sermon, I must be doing something wrong!" Refuse this. Satan will always try to get you focused on yourself instead of the Savior, when all along it is him clouding up your mind.  "Submit yourselves therefore to God, Resist the devil and he will flee from you!" 

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