2 Timothy 3:1-5 (5)
They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that! (NLT)
Read: Matthew 15:8
A man was cutting some tree branches on his compound. While pulling the branches, he discovered that they were not part of the tree. From a distance, the branches seem to originate from the same source, but they were actually spiral plants that stretched onto the tree from the outside. This story is similar to human fellowship with God. There are people or vessels that appear to the public to be rooted in Christ but are disconnected. These people enjoy the attention, but their hearts are far from God. No one can mock God—the absence of genuine consecration and the Holy Spirit amounts to deception and placing religion above Christ’s knowledge.
This is what the world experiences. Today’s Bible reading reveals that many people will become religious and get carried away by routine and the praise that comes with their perceived status with God. People will act as if they love one another, but inwardly, they are devourers. Some will profess Jesus but not live in the reality of His power. The solution is clear. The scripture encourages fleeing from anyone in these categories, whether in Church or association. This is because everyone led by individuals who are not of God will be destroyed (Isaiah 9:16).
On the other hand, every child of God must personally take heed because, like that tree branch, it’s easy to mix religion and activities with true worship. This is where the office of the Holy Spirit comes into effect to challenge our Christian journey. Rely on Him and you will not fall away, in Jesus’ name. Amen!
Hymn: Old Time Religion (African American Heritage)
1. Father, I surrender my vulnerability to You. Please chasten me where needed and lead me in genuine righteousness.
1. Father, deliver me from the spirit of religion and tradition.
2. Holy Spirit, repossess my life and fill me with the power to discern the traditions of men.
3. Father, please realign my path and purpose with Your divine agenda.
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