Religion is a cheap substitute for the real presence of God in relationship.

religion is a cheap substitute

Religion is a counterfeit presence. It is God - controlled. Religion is a cheap substitute for the real presence of God in relationship. It somehow morphs into substituting appearances, control, judgement and rules for the graceful presence of an invisible God!

But religion feels "good." Religion "justifies us." Religion gives me a platform to climb up on and judge you!

The truth is, religion is dead, religion is from hell, but it doesn't always start that way. I don't think the Pharisees woke up and said "I'm going to be fake today." I don't think many people grow up wanting to be legalistic, but the trouble with legalism is that it has no grace and the trouble with liberalism is that it has no faith. The kingdom of God is where Jesus was and the scripture tells us He came full of grace and truth. It's not one or the other, it's both!

In religion, we're just concerned about how we look. We are so concerned with appearances but God wants us to think of Kingdom - first and last. In Matthew 6:33, Jesus said, "But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." Not to worry about religion and appearances and being in control!

Religion will always let you be in control of yourself and others but control is from hell - that's why demons posses and the Spirit of God inspires!

The kingdom of God is the actual presence revealed through a childlike faith in Jesus and when the kingdom of God comes in our lives, it comes by grace through faith. (Ephesians 2:9)

We trust the grace of God and we just love our dad back because we are loved in relationship as His kids!

You and I are the body of Christ that God has sent into the world to reveal His kingdom! In everything, all of our God thoughts should be about Jesus and God's kingdom -first and last! When you and I learn to think kingdom, it changes everything! -Dr. Drew Shofner

Faith interprets life in Heaven's light, not in hell's darkness.

Faith interprets life in Heavens light

When we are cynical about people, the future, the church or anything else, we are advancing the agenda of hell and hindering the work of heaven. Negativity can be a word that you speak to somebody, that's just a critical, well-aimed word from hell, to demean and diminish others.

We are negative because it's in our old nature, because it gives us power over other people, because we are frustrated that our will isn't being done. Frustrated people are negative people, and to live frustrated is not to live at all, it's just to wake up everyday and die a little more!

When you make a choice to quit being negative, you have made a choice that is going to change the course of your life. In Christ we have been given a new nature that trumps the old (2Corinthians 5:17), and we have to make a choice of which nature wins? Real faith is about seeing life differently now, and you see it through the filter of an Almighty and all conquering Kingdom of Heaven that has come unstoppable in Christ! - Dr. Drew Shofner

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