Any worship based on the flesh is false. It worths nothing.
Breaking out of the prison of my religious background, and staying free, has been the toughest battle of my life; but it’s been worth it.
The way of the LORD is not a set of principles. He is a person; a Spirit. His name is Jesus Christ.
While Elijah is better known for the fire that fell on Carmel, he transformed his nation and altered the course of their history due to a less known — but far more powerful and effective — aspect of his work.
“The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by”. Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.”
~ 1 Kings 19: 11,12
I remember as a young preacher, I was always fascinated when I laid hands on people and they fell down. Sometimes I would blow air on them and they will just fall. Then I’d think that was the glory of God; the power of God at work.
So when I went for programmes or open air crusades in churches, I was always after those things. And when I didn’t see any of those things, I felt like God didn’t move that day. But whenever I saw those things happening, I would get excited along with the rest of the people. I would dance around and say to myself, ‘Yeah I’m a man of God.’
However, as I grew older and more experienced in ministry, I began to take stock of what I was doing. I began to look at all the people that had been falling down. I watched their lives, and had to ask myself, ‘What’s the point?’ I evaluated every facet of their lives that I could observe and I discovered that in most cases, there were no remarkable changes. There was nothing to show for all the ‘falling under the anointing’ as it is termed in religion. Their results were not commensurate with the ‘power’ displayed.
At that point those things ceased to move me anymore. I came to the place where Elijah was when he asked that poignant question, ‘What’s the point?’ Elijah had come to the point where he was no longer responding to the winds, earthquakes, and fire.
Many a time, in religious gatherings, you see people performing different forms of body gyrations in the name of prayer. And folks go like, ‘Oh that’s the power of God.’ A lot of people respond to that.
I think you need to get to the point in your life where you don’t respond to spectacles, where you don’t respond to noise. Elijah was no more responding to the wind and earthquake vibrations celebrated in religion today. He was concerned more with the effectiveness of power display in relation to his God-given mission.
What’s the point in praying when God is not answering? What’s the point in the ‘anointing’ when it can’t even bring healing?
What is the transformational impact of your ministry, business, and career? What is the relevance of the activities that you are engaged in, to your target audience?
You experience transformation when you can look into the scriptures and see what the Holy Spirit is showing you, rather than see what you have been conditioned by religion to see.
A lot of folks see what they have been conditioned by religion to see.
Your God is a different variety from mine. This in turn affects how He talks to you; it decides your possibilities.
Religion, really, produces a lot of zombies. Little wonder someone once referred to as the opium of the masses. In religion, another man’s revelation of God is imposed on you as the only revelation of God. And it succeeds fantastically on folks who don’t have a personal revelation of God. Religion’s hideousness is seen in the manner it enslaves. This is contrary to genuine worship of God which empowers and liberates.
Apostle Paul, in helping the church in Corinth understand this said:
“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
~ 2Corinthians 3:17
Genuine worship of God frees you!
One of the keys to personal freedom is to have your own personal revelation of God. You must have your own personal encounter with God. Otherwise you stand the risk of being tossed about by every wind of doctrine; you open up yourself to the schemes and manipulations of your fellow men; you fall prey to all these gymnastics that are going on in the church today.
Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.'”
~ Exodus 3:13-14
In the above passage of scripture, God sent Moses on a mission to deliver the Israelites from the clutches of Pharaoh, their Egyptian master. And when Moses demanded to know His name, God said, “Tell them that ‘I am who I am.’”
Moses was inquisitive. Unlike the horde of religious zombies that flow in out of church buildings today, He wasn’t satisfied with the oral religious traditions handed down to him from his ancestors. He couldn’t work with that. He understood that if he was to be effective in his mission, if he was to be victorious in life, he needed a personal revelation of God.
Now, if I may ask, are you one of the religious zombies?
Until you can see God for yourself, and embrace that vision with confidence, you will remain a victim of religious manipulations. Your personal revelation of God is your antidote to religion.
Boldly embrace your own personal freedom and go for what you really want.
I think that organized religious systems enslave, rather than free people. They disempower rather than empower.
Dare to embrace and exercise your freedom from the opinion of others.
Your god is anything or person that matters the most, that comes first in all that you do, for whom you would sacrifice everything else for.
Do not be brainwashed into following a God you have not personally proven.
Ultimately, this is the essence of God’s love – the heart of true religion – to care for the very poorest of the poor amongst us.