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When we let the world take the lead,

The world will leads us to destruction.

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When we let religion take the lead,

It leads us back to the world…

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Why do we let our emotions cloud the truth of God’s word.

God’s word is beyond what our feeling and instinct can predict, it is not something that can be balanced with human traditions and cultures. It is not something that needs supplement of our reasonings and ideas, rather it should filter our ideas, cultures and reasonings to be in line with its wholesome truth!

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Unfortunately, many believers allow their traditions to filter God’s word rather than the other way round. We don’t do certain things not because we are limited by God’s word to do it but because we seem to be limited by our own ideas, people’s suggestions and the traditions surrounding us.

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Anything can become tradition as long as it has come to be accepted by the masses. The mass can accept the wrong practices and it becomes tradition. Do we allow people to choose for us the life we live or do we let God’s word guide us? The choice is yours but any choice you make determines what kind of life you live.

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We are in a world where “girl” or “boy” friend means a sex partner. We are in a world where premarital or extramarital affair has been branded as “love making”. We are in a world where being in a relationship seem to be the license for sex other than marriage! Our world have come to accept those things because it is the choice of the masses! To live in absolute deceit… Yes, we all know what moral is but certain times we are even afraid to speak of morality because we want to sound like everyone else!

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We are in a world where being virgin isn’t encouraged anymore, where decent relationship isn’t applauded anymore! Wasn’t Mary in a relationship with Joseph? Yet, they were upholding morality with regard to God’s word. They both had great reverence for God, their relationship had received endorsement from both parents but they loved themselves without giving room for lust! After all, they would do it as much as they like when the time comes!

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On the other hand, we have also allowed the world to decide what morality is and what it is not! Look at what happens… The world endorses sin, and yet the world wants to make it impossible for people who thinks there is God live in liberty! It makes them believe God is wicked! Religion is worldliness’s project, to bring people back to itself. Let me show you how it does that!

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The world calls “boy” or “girl” friend a sex partner and religion accuses every young person found with an opposite sex of sex! In other words, religion is making the young ones feel it’s impossible for sex not to happen before marriage. Religion may seem very unharmful from a long distance but when you come close, you discover that religion is deadly! Terrorism is worldly right? Religion breeds it! 

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We allow either the world or religion decide what we wear, we allow these phenomenon control us to a point that we loose all of ourselves! I keep saying it, decency is not a dress code, decency is the beauty of the heart! When you have a beautiful heart, it shows up on you! Decency is morality! Who determines what decency is?

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The world tells you no one can be decent, religion makes it more difficult. It tells you that decency means avoiding nice fashions! Really? Our traditions has so long been based on the philosophies of the world or religion but none of them is helping us. That means Atheism isn’t the answer to the world’s problem, that also means religion has no answer! Religion was supposed to be great but on the way, religion couldn’t maintain greatness because it lacks the capacity! Man made religion… There was no religion in the garden of Eden! God’s presence drives religion away!

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The answer is Jesus!

Jesus didn’t bring religion, Jesus came to save man from the grip​ of religion and the grip of the world! Religion is worldliness in disguise, don’t mind the dictionaries! Religion is not made in heaven! No wonder Jesus declared 

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“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33 KJV

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We have struggled enough but Jesus came with peace, absolute rest from the world and religion. The world and religion hates us alike, religion is another form of worldliness afterall but we should be of good cheer because Jesus has overcome the world in its entirety! The world hates the truth, religion hates the truth too! The world thinks freedom means being slave to sin and religion thinks freedom doesn’t exist! Well, Jesus came with freedom!

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Freedom simply means being free from sin and being alive to God! Jesus is the truth and the knowledge of him brings absolute freedom! (John 8:22) The more you know Jesus, the more you live in liberty! Religion thinks you can’t smile or dance, the world thinks laughter and dance is best enjoyed when self is glorified but in Jesus all of our being glorifies God… In our joy, God is glorified! No wonder, when one soul is saved to God, their is party in heaven! Religion thinks God is a kill-joy, the world thinks so too but in Jesus we have the right and ability to live in joy! No wonder, one of the shortest verse in the Bible says

“Rejoice evermore.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16 KJV

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You see, life in Jesus is different from life in the world and in religion. Worldliness and religion are simply two extremes ways the devil uses to get two kinds of people! The world says there is no God, religion says “God is hiding and we need to find him”. When people come to the end of their search, they still get more confused than ever! Well, God found us instead. In Christ, we do not mix our new life with the cultures and traditions of this world… We are called into an entirely new life!

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Worldliness is not the answer… There is no joy in the world! Party all you like, you won’t find joy there!

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Religion is not the answer… Try, search and struggle all you like, you may suddenly become a terrorist!

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The answer is Jesus! In Jesus we don’t have fun in search of joy, we have fun because we are joyful! Yes, we are guided to live in fulfilment of purpose… Everything we do in Christ fulfills God’s purpose! When we laugh, dance and even cry in Jesus, purposes are fulfilled! All things works for our good afterall!

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The world is looking for people to destroy…

Religion is looking for people to threaten back to the world…

But as believers in Jesus, we are looking for the destroyed, the broken hearted and the rejected to save from their destruction!

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Only Christ saves!

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Let’s preach the gospel… Let’s get this job done!

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#GracefulGeorge

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