(continuing) #7 (117-123)©
117 “Religion” is simply “politics camouflaged in spiritual sounding rhetoric”. There is much “religion” and compromise between and among different people, and in our own concept of who we are and in our rationalization of the realities of life, faith, and relationship with God [Jehovah]. We must decide whether we will be content with being a member of the Christian ‘religious’ community, or strive to become a true Christian and true member of the BODY OF CHRIST [Truly Believe].
118 God has a great and precious Vision [promises and future] for our life. If we are not the one to fulfill that Vision – who is? If we are going to start toward fulfillment of that Vision – if not now, when? Being a partaker of [at least some] aspect of “the divine nature” will give us [at least some] access to God’s Kingdom. Accepting Christ is the initial aspect of the divine nature we must enter into, and that acceptance is our initial access to the blessings of God’s Kingdom. [Mt.3:17, 17:5; Mk.1:11; 2ndPeter 1:2-4, 17]
119 God’s true sons and daughters are not afraid to be held accountable for their life.
Criminals [natural and spiritual] are forced to be accountable.
Are we afraid to be held accountable for our life? Do we spend our times of life-contemplation trying to dodge believing and doing the things the Holy Spirit is impressing us to believe and do, and manipulating our beliefs, thoughts, and actions in order to justify, follow, and fulfill our own carnal cravings instead of God’s righteous will?
120 People who are not going anywhere do not need a leader – everyone else does. On the ‘road’ to finding personal relationship/fellowship with God, we can follow righteous people to a certain extent, but ultimately we must allow the Holy Spirit to be our guide. If we do not learn to allow the Holy Spirit to be our personal guide, our relationship/fellowship with God, and our future in His Kingdom, will always be very limited.
121Spiritual, mental, and physical satisfaction and complacency, produce character, conscience and life gridlock [life stagnation].
122 Spiritual Vision and Righteous Leadership are necessary in all aspects of our life. Without these elements of life, we will be confused and lost in overwhelming carnality and trouble. [Prov.29:18, Hos.4:6]
123 There is a difference between wishful thinking [dreaming] and Vision. Wishful thinking hopes someone else [even God] will make things happen in our life. Vision sees the part we must play in helping bring those things to pass. [2ndPeter 1:2-9]
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