Posted by: lifestreamsflow1 | July 29, 2010

Letter to Josh

A personal response published today on Facebook to a former young student of mine…who posted some very REAL questions about Religion.  Pray with me for this young generation – they are searching….

Hey Josh!

Great to see you asking real questions.  God is not afraid of them! You are doing what all young people your age do…gathering information! And you, too, Jake! Love you two young men I had the privilege to know a few years ago….

Religion is “knowledge”, but we don’t find LIFE through just “knowing about” something – even “knowing about” God.  ALL “religions” can classify as “knowledge”. And even though some of it is very GOOD knowledge…it is still just “head” knowledge…not the kind that transforms the heart and life to BE godly – righteous – in preparation for Eternity with God.

God is SPIRIT and those who come to Him…don’t come through head  “knowledge”…but through a humble heart that wants to “know” Him in Spirit and in Truth. As one willingly turns AWAY from “self” being in control and turns TO Jesus  – the Truth, the Life, the Way...the transformation begins!

Truly “knowing” Him is a revelation to your HEART.  In this revelation one comes to see and know that  He is the Tree of LIFE spoken of in the Garden of Eden. He is NOT the “other (forbidden) tree”…Tree of the KNOWLEDGE of GOOD and EVIL. To eat…even of the “good” of that Tree is to eat of “religion”…and it is just as deadly (spiritually speaking) as the “knowledge of evil.” Don’t ingest it!

Religion (whichever name or brand you want to give it) is spiritually DEADLY!  Only personal relationship with JESUS via revelation to your spirit  will bring you to true spiritual LIFE in God!

Jesus is LIVING…He is not “dead” information. Though He is in HEAVEN with the Father, He sent  the HOLY SPIRIT – the SAME SPIRIT that raised Him from the dead to come and LIVE inside the HEART of those who will humble themselves, repent (turn away) from their sin, and welcome HIM into their lives.

ONLY THOSE get a personal “revelation” that brings REAL CHANGE to their lives. He does not come to FIRST change the “head” with “religious” knowledge, but out of His great LOVE for us…His Spirit comes to change our HEARTS.   That is the starting point with Him, and after THAT…He will begin to “renew our minds” with a TRUE  “knowledge” of Himself and His LIFE in us…day by day as we pray, study His Word, worship Him, fellowship with other like minded believers… seeking to reach out, find the lost and make disciples for HIM! (Matthew 28)

Humble yourself before HIM who created you, who gave you breath and life, and who has the power over life and death.  Ask HIM to change your HEART…the “head stuff” will take care of itself after THAT spiritual fact comes into play. But it won’t happen before…even if you try EVERY “religion” in the entire world!

This is just God’s way.  He set it before us.  All we can do is fall before Him who has made a “way back to Him  – through JESUS.” NO MAN (person) comes to the Father….EXCEPT thru HIM! John 14:6

Just as I used to teach you young people…”The greatest distance a person must travel in life is 18 inches!  That is the distance from the “head…to the HEART”!  Get out of your head, Josh….and let Jesus LIVE in your HEART!   If you do…you won’t have “religion”….but you will have found PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP with the Son of the Living God!

Look to JESUS.  He IS the WAY!

Much love,
Pastor Sandy

DETERMINATION: Working intently to accomplish goals regardless of the opposition.

“Jesus Christ is the SAME…yesterday, today, and forever!” Hebrews 13:8

Looking unto JESUS,

Sandy

~ Check out my daily pictorial blog on Facebook called 2 Chron714 Network, a page to call God’s People to fulfill 2 Chronicles 7:14 in our day and hour, so He can “hear from Heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our land!”

http://www.facebook.com/2Chron714Network

Also…click on the name SANDY BRUNSON to the right of this blog to become my Facebook friend!

Advertisements

Responses

  1. This is a great post. Brings to mind the verses in Matthew 16: 16-18 “And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

    It is through revelation of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit that the temple of God, the body of Christ, is built.

    I’ll keep Josh in my prayers.
    Rachel

  2. Wow! Yet another reminder that HIS disciples walk among us. I am blessed to know one.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Categories

%d bloggers like this: