Monday, October 31, 2005


It's funny how people react to things they hardly know anything about. I told one of my many friends today about how I gave my life to Jesus, and his reaction was negative. But of course how can I be surprised..If people only knew what it feels like to receive the Holy Spirit, if they could only FEEL what I have felt they wouldn't talk the way they do, they wouldn't think the way they do. How partying and drinking, and smoking and lying and feeling depressed is so much better than going to church, they wouldn't say these things, none the less think them. Those are the harder hearts to break open, to melt.
Then there are other reactions, of people who are curious with the idea of how I came to accept Him in my heart, people who notice how positive the outcome of my decision has been and whom somehow would love to feel that too without having to sacrifice their lifestyles(i.e. going to religious retreats). As if they were afraid of losing how they are now, not knowing that how they are now and the path they're following leads to a dead end.
Then there are others who would absolutely love the idea but they feel ashamed, ashamed of what people might say, ashamed of the sins they've commited. But for those latter ones, Jesus died in that cross for us for our sins and He loves us above all of these sins we've comitted all he wants is for YOU to come home. I too was one of those.
This is a little something I would like to share with you people, the cold hearted ones and the more soft hearted.

More On Religion and Spirituality
by John Fischer

When you give a gift to someone in need, don't shout about it as the hypocrites do--blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I assure you, they have received all the reward they will ever get. (Matthew 6:2 NLT)

I don't know how many of these sayings are floating around out there, but I may have uncovered something significant. Earlier this week I quoted one of our readers as saying that a religious person sits in church thinking about fishing while a spiritual person goes fishing thinking about God. (Not at all meaning to imply that the spiritual person is fishing in place of going to church, by the way. The point is simply that spiritual people worship God with a heart that permeates everything they do, while religious people may look holy, but not have their heart in it.)
Now someone has sent me this: "A religious person is trying to avoid hell; a spiritual person has already been there."
Religion is the nemesis of Christianity, and these types of contrasts point that out. Religious people are stuck in a religious points system that keeps track of everything. They are actually pretty confident that hell can be avoided based on their own point tally. By contrast, keeping track is the last thing spiritual people want to do, because their track record condemns them. They believe that they deserve hell and get heaven by God's grace. Spiritual people are constantly pinching themselves because they can't believe their good fortune. The last thing they want to do is tally up points, because that will only confirm what they already know: they don't have enough. Never will.
I think I'll try my own hand at this:
Religion is a system; spirituality is a state of being, made possible by a relationship. Religion is trying to please God; spirituality is enjoying God. Religion is Martha fussing in the kitchen; spirituality is Mary listening at the feet of Jesus. Religion keeps the score; spirituality keeps the faith.
And yes, spiritual people have been to hell and back, because that is how they came to know God in the first place. They all came to the end of their rope in some way, calling out desperately to God and finding Him there, eager to listen and respond. It's the hellish kinds of experiences that have brought them to realize their need.
No one can be found unless they are lost; no one can be saved unless they are drowning. Spiritual people realize this because they have been rescued
. By contrast, "Jesus saves" means nothing to the religious because they have nothing in their determination from which they need to be saved. Religious people have too tight a hold on their own lives to ever let go. Spiritual people let go and find that God is always there to catch them.
Consequently, when spiritual people serve, they do it out of full hearts of gratitude. When religious people serve, they do it for points, and as Jesus said, they already have their reward (Matthew 6:2).
You can see how religion has kept a lot of people from Christianity. It's a shame, because there couldn't be anything farther from the truth of what it means to know God.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Changing Lanes

This is an account of my new found life ever since I gave my heart and soul to Jesus.

I remember asking you to send me a sign. You've always answered my questions and boy did you answer this one this time. I was at a point in my life where I didn't know what to do, I was desperate, I was having trouble hanging on to the little happiness I had in life. I was in constant depression without reason at all, I was at low point and eventhough I knew what I had to do, like most of us out there I didn't want to. I saw all these things that I could possibly be giving up, my lifestyle mostly and in my head would say nah, maybe later. But you called me, twice in two days. You sent me the sign I had asked for. And at the lowest of the lowest a friend asked, "How's your happiness?". I couldn't contain myself I burst into tears. Because only you know and will ever know how desperate I was, how I yearned for you so, how I needed you in my life, in my heart. And now, 6 days later here I am. I opened my heart to you, I accepted you in my life and never have I ever been so happy, so peaceful, so calm in my entire life and it is the best feeling one could ever experience. The best love, the unconditional love Christ offers you, to love you above it all, to be there with you, for you will never be alone as long as God is in your heart. God Bless you all