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THEME: RELIGION OR CHRISTIANITY
Date: 11th October 2020
Bible Verse: 2 Corinthians 3:6


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We all believe or operate in the culture of believe to some extent, it is possible to believe that being at home will keep me warm, my new car can not break down now, but when what we believe in turns to bring or keep one under spiritual and mental bondage and limitation, that is the begining of religion.

Apostle paul as part of his efforts to set the mind of the people free from their rooted links to the ways of the old doctrine that enslaves, he admonished them to be free from the ways of religion; But now, having died to what bound us, we have been released from the Law, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code - Romans 7:6

What is religion

The Israelites of old believed so much in idol worshipping, because of God's nature to have the custodial of his children, he devised a means to keep their attention to him and guide them according to the ways they ought to live by giving the ten commandment to moses as a standard to measure our ways with God; but surprisingly the ten commandment became a thing of do(s) and don't(s) that enslave the heart.

Before the day of pentecost when God's promise to pour out his spirit on all flesh came to manifestation (see Joel 2:28), the priest of the synagogue were the only ones privilege to enter into the inner-most section of the temple that is referred to as the holy of holies where the ark of covenant of God is kept which indicate the abiding place of the Holy Spirit (see Hebrews 9:3).

The whole of the book of Leviticus is filled with laws upon laws that we need to follow before we could be acceptable before God, more and more bloods were needed from sacrifices that are offered to God for any sin that is commited to him, because the list of the laws were so endless, sacrifices and shedding of animals blood was the only means of attonement

Circumcision of the male child is one of the good example that can help drive home the stand of religion, it is believed that once the outer flesh layer of the male organ of a child is removed, such is acceptable before God as sin covering method, but the scripture says those are just religion because having the physical excess flesh removed but preserving the flesh that hardened our heart toward the true ways of God is religion (see Romans 2:29)

What is Christianity

Cristianity is all about being heaven focused through the kind of lifestyle we submit ourself to here on earth, Jesus said, for anyone to follow him, such will have to first sell off all that he has and come and follow him (see luke 18:22), Jesus simply mean; go and denounce all the sins you used to enjoy and come and be on the path of the Kingdom of God.

Before the Holy spirit was sent down to dwell among us, the Holy of holies was His dwelling place as talked about earlier but after the crucifixtion of Jesus and his assension to heaven, the spirit was given unto us and that translated our body to be the abiding place of the holy spirit, that experience is a turning point that shifted the body of human from an ordinary flesh to a thing that habour the presence of the holy one (see 1 Corinthians 6:19)

Christianity is a way of life that demonstrate the abiding holiness of the most high inside of ordinary people hence turning them to become concecrated people that have been free from the laws but now a tool of honor in the hand of God; In Him you were also circumcised in the putting off of your sinful nature, with the circumcision performed by Christ and not by human hands - Colossians 2:11

But now, having died to what bound us (the Law & Sin), we have been released from the Law, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code - Romans 7:6

Conclusion

Christianity is a way of life chosen by ordinary people who want to be free from the shackles of the law of religion by living a life of holiness and victorious lifestyle over sin; as Jesus rightly said in the scripture that his yokes is easy and his burdens are light (see Matthew 11:30), Christianity is all about putting off the sin modules that we inherited through the Adamic nature

On the contrary, religion seek to make life difficult with endless lists of laws that we have to abide by, but the hidden objectives is to enslave souls from the life giving sacrifice of Jesus on the cross at Calvary.

Group Discussion

(1). Is it possible for a Christian to still host Sin & Law in his/her life
(2). We inherited the sin nature from our biblical Forefathers - discuss
(3). Sacrifices of rams vs a Circumcised heart - discuss

Thanks for being part of today's Milk & Bone, I pray that as we strive to be as Holy as our Lord and God is Holy (1 Peter 1:16), we will continue to be God's delight here on earth in Jesus name, amen.

Let Us Pray

(1). Father, let your Holy Spirt that quickens help me in my true christian walk
(2). Lord Jesus, let my life be a living sacrifice for you
(3). There is liberation in the new birth, Father, uphold me till the end

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