I’m not even sure how I happened on this, but I’m so glad that I did. Because it perfectly articulates what I’ve always felt. That there is a vast difference between “organized religion” and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. ”Organized Religion” seeks to elevate people. A personal relationship with Jesus is focused wholly on elevating Him. And most importantly, a personal relationship rightfully acknowledges that our flesh will always be at war with the spirit which ( through my submission) He has conquered. We just have to decide which side of the war we are on. Spirit. Or flesh?
I would be lying if I were to pretend that this isn’t a constant struggle for me. Most days…these days..I give into the very part of my nature that defies him. But there is still hope. Because somewhere..somewhere in my heart of hearts..is the part of me that longs to surrender to all of the goodness that His law brings. To the peace that His word spreads across my wounded heart. To the truth of who He is. I have at least finally realized that it has nothing to do with what it brings to my life. It should be entirely based on WHO He is.
Father..please bring me to the place where I can give it all to you. Where I can surrender who I am to who you made me to be.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.