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Religion vs. Relationship – October 17 Devotions

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Welcome to my blog! How is your Saturday going? I am thankful today for considerably less stress in my life than I had a week ago.  Less stress and yet more productivity…what a concept! I think improved life circumstances often begin with changes in our attitudes toward what we want or don’t want in our lives.

 

 

 

Onto our Saturday devotional…

 

“Sometimes it seems that religion is killing people.

There are many who are seeking a relationship with God,

but the religious community tells them

what they need to ‘do’

in order to be acceptable to Him.

This religious spirit was alive in Jesus’ day,

and even though He died to put an end to it

and bring people into close personal relationship with Himself,

the Holy Spirit, and the Father,

the same spirit still torments people to this day–

if they don’t know the truth.

Religion says, ‘You must find a way,

no matter how impossible it may seem.

You had better follow the rules or suffer punishment.’

But relationship says,

‘Do your best  because you love Me.

I know your heart.

Admit your faults, repents of your mistakes,

and just keep loving Me.'”

–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”

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My reflections:

This one reminds me of my Dad, because he often talked about the difference between religion and a personal relationship with Jesus and the heavenly Father. My Dad lived his life as an example of the Lord he served and had a personal relationship with, and was an earthly example of  the heavenly Father. Dad was not perfect, but close enough that he made an impression on me and formed the foundation and the direction of my life. And that’s why this blog is dedicated to him.

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

What is your attitude toward religion vs. relationship with a higher authority in your life? Do you have (or have you had) someone in your life who influenced you in this area?

23 Comments

  1. Francene Stanley

    I really believe what it says in the last quote. I had to suffer all the hardships I’ve gone through to learn enough to advance. My husband says he doesn’t believe in God, but he does, deep down. I maintain a private relationship with Him, thanking Him for every delight, like fruit in the morning and the honey on my porridge. I constantly ask for help in handling personal circumstances, knowing that some suffering is part of His plan. Love is everything.

    17 . Oct . 2015
  2. Rania

    Sadly people use religion and other things to justify all kids of actions. It’s too bad we can’t just put our differences aside and live together peacefully.
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    17 . Oct . 2015
  3. Alana

    Early in life, I felt the skin of religious prejudice. I have not followed an organized religion for years, but the religion I was raised in does teach about having a personal relationship with the Lord,even as far as expressing anger or frustration. I am thankful for every day in which I wake up, the ability to walk, and the sight to see the beauty around me.
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    17 . Oct . 2015
  4. Shann Eva

    I am not a part of a formal religion, however, I do feel as though I have my own relationship with a higher power.
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    17 . Oct . 2015
  5. Amy

    God’s presence in my life is a gift, and I welcome it and search for it daily! Thanks for this encouragement, Karen!
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    17 . Oct . 2015
  6. Barbara Bianchi

    What a wonderful tribute your blog is to your dad. I’ve been a christian for 30 years, K, Lee. God is good!
    By His grace alone 🙂
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    17 . Oct . 2015
  7. Margaret Brown

    I hate religion, but I certainly love Jesus. After I gave my heart to the Lord, I found a church, and attended it for 17 years. The long days and 45 minute ride to and from took a toll on me. Plus I had not been happy there for quite a while due to so many rules and regulations. They kept telling everyone that if they weren’t properly released from that church, then the Lord couldn’t use them anywhere else, so after I left, I visited a few churches but really didn’t want to get involved in organized religion, nor did I feel it would be useful since I wouldn’t be used anywhere else (I now no longer think that way). I’d seen so much hypocrisy and sin in the church, too (not just my church), and I was tired of it. I did recently find a little fellowship church that I like, and I think it’s time to go to church again. But relationship will always be the most important thing!

    18 . Oct . 2015
  8. Amanda || Growing Up Madison

    I’ve always thought that religion was just something that people came up with to get people to get together, while your personal relationship with God was something that you did on your own. I can have a personal relationship without joining a religion.
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    18 . Oct . 2015
  9. Mardene Carr

    Religion is going to be the “death” of Christianity. Whenever a church is putting religion before a relationship with God..it is utter disaster
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    18 . Oct . 2015
  10. dana vento

    Each weekend as we go to church my phone goes to silent and I don’t turn it back on! I want my time to think and remember while giving thanks for the week gone by!
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    18 . Oct . 2015
  11. Eileen Kelly

    I am a very religious person – I happen to be a Catholic. The last quote about livng through things really hit home for me. I had a stroke 3 years ago and I was in my latteee 40’s – very healthy until then…I feel it has changed me only for the better. I was caight up in the business world and missed the everyday wonderful things…. I have had a lot of suffering but I wake up everyday – so I am not complaining

    18 . Oct . 2015
  12. Debbie Denny

    I firmly believe Religion will not give you all you need. A relationship is personal and more rewarding.

    18 . Oct . 2015
  13. Claudette

    I have not attended church in years, I am not religious and I most certainly have a very intimate relationship with What I consider sacred. 🙂
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    18 . Oct . 2015
  14. Wood Arts Universe

    Great Tribute to your Dad!!! I like the first quote from livelifehappy.com Attitude is everything, can change your world 🙂

    18 . Oct . 2015
  15. rika

    I don’t believe in Religion and I stay away from it. I believe in GOD and love.
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    19 . Oct . 2015
  16. Ourfamilyworld

    I have a religion, but I am not a fanatic. I don’t even regularly attend church. What matters to me is I have a good relationship with God and I do what I believe is right.
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    19 . Oct . 2015
  17. Urvi

    I feel religion can be biggest threat because of it people falls a part. God never mention procedures to connect with him. You just need trust and faith
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    19 . Oct . 2015
  18. Shannon Peterson

    While I wouldn’t say I identify with any particular religion, there have definitely been times I’ve ‘felt’ a higher power!
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    19 . Oct . 2015
  19. Elizabeth O.

    I definitely agree with you about the attitude. If you have a positive attitude, you’ll see things in a better light.

    19 . Oct . 2015
  20. Rocio Chavez

    Yes, change your attitude and perspective on life and there’s nothing you can’t do 😀
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    19 . Oct . 2015
  21. CourtneyLynne

    Ughhhh I’m a very spiritual person but it does drive me nuts when people use religion as an excuse for everything in life.

    19 . Oct . 2015
  22. May

    I’m not a very spiritual person, but I have friends who are very spiritual and they feel that it has a positive impact on their lives.
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    19 . Oct . 2015
  23. Ayesha

    The most important thing is our relationship to God.
    God created Man for the express purpose of mutual relationship with him.

    See Isaiah 1:13-14 and James 4:10.
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    23 . Oct . 2015

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