Organized religion, is not the Voice of The Almighty! But religion has usurped His Word, irreverently reducing it to dogma and traditions. Religion has attempted to take Christ’s Lordship, and mold Him into some man-made god to please the people. JESUS is not some sideshow. HE is not some form of entertainment in order to fill the pews. Don’t pigeonhole Jesus! HE is Heaven’s Glory! I see religion making God into a machine, with cogs and wheels, into a factory for profit, irreverently creating clones of people who go into these cathedrals and church buildings! Lifting mechanized prayers, repeating the same words, making less of His Holiness. There is no reverance and awe, but re-gurgitated worship, it seems. Has our worship become so stale, so forced, that we unwillingly give it? God is not a machine, He desires repentance, brokenness and tears. He wants to hear individual voices of praise and prayer. Pour out conversation as to a friend, as a child to a father. He wants intimacy, pressing on Him, not aloof hearts, nor knees bended from ritual or form. Don’t give The Lord form, or politeness, give Him your mucous that comes from a heart rended and sick of itself. HE would rather see ugly mascara run dry, mucous on the carpet, and words choking on themselves from a heart that is seeking. He wants you to ask The Holy Spirit for guidance when you cannot pray on your own. But please don’t make God into a gesture, a formless Spirit whose relegated to the clouds as “the man upstairs”, or “the higher power”. He is JESUS, THE GREAT I AM, HE IS ABBA FATHER, HE IS THE HOLY SPIRIT, HE IS LOVE AND MERCY, GREAT TENDERNESS, HE IS PEACE AND JOY, but He is not words on a paper, He is not 5 Our Fathers, He does not stay in the “church”, while you go out into the world. HE goes with you wherever you are, He dwells with you, whatever you watch, you subject His Holiness to crudeness and vulgarity. HE has feelings, HE grieves when you desire less than Holiness. HE is not appeased with your works that are disingenuous, works done to please the world. HE dwells in the secret place. Let Him dwell in the inner mind, where your deepest thoughts are created. Give Him your creativity, your passions, let Him guide Your words, Your drawings. Your talents belong to Him, give them back to Him as Praise and Worship! HE is to be approached in everything you do, don’t leave Him out of your decisions, or your thoughts. HE is not steel or wood, or ivory, HE is Real, He is Alive, He is not a machine! Don’t treat Him as you would your car or your things. Many of us, treat our things better than we treat The Lord. We give more of our heart to sports or hobbies or work. JESUS weeps, HE is not a stoic. Our rebellion breaks His Heart. HE is our Father. Respect Him and Obey Him as you would your own fathers. Only He deserves more Respect and Honour. He is our God. Religion shrinks the size of God. It makes Him seem indifferent, religion gives reverance to earthly men, rather than to God. Don’t take His Glory from Him! You can’t. Don’t make God into your image. HE is not crude. When you speak His Name, speak it with reverance and love, great affection and praise. Don’t take His Holy Name in vain. Then don’t use it. Then don’t pray. Only don’t hurt Him! Haven’t we spent enough years hurting our Lord? My prayer, treat God with the utmost of love, give Him concern, and regard. Don’t dismiss Him, to the basement of your homes, let Him be The Glory of your homes, give The Lord every room of your life. Give your family as sweet smelling aroma, be living sacrifices, to The Glory of God! Become involved in your prayers, HE is not a machine, not a computer in Heaven, nor a genie. Praying is a priviledge, a joy, an intimacy, not a shopping list. HE hears, His Heart becomes involved to a heart that opens itself and is vulnerable. JESUS gave His Flesh, was humiliated, and pierced, He bled out for a sinful mankind, whose reaction was to spit into His open wounds. HE is not a machine, HE gave you a Heart of Flesh, HE took out the heart of stone. Organized religion does not save you. The Grace of God does! Organized religion forces everyone into a mold. Our Father gave each one of us a unique personality to share in His Intimacy. Get to know The Lord, by not taking His Indwelling Spirit for granted! JESUS is not a machine, no machine could ever shed HIS BLOOD. Don’t worship the dogmas of religious rhetoric. There is not a form to follow God. The Holy Spirit wants to sing inside of each one of us. He wants to bring Glory to God through us! Discard religion, and let The Holy Spirit bring you into The Throne Room of God. Let Him bring you to The Feet of Jesus on The Throne! See for yourselves that Almighty God is Real and Alive! See The Truth, no religion will ever breathe life into any believer! JESUS is knocking on the doors of your hearts, will you invite Him to sup with you, or is your religion all you really want?
O’ my Dove, in the Clefts of The Rocks,
In the secret places of the Cliff,
Let me see Your Face,
Let me hear Your Voice;
For Your Voice is Sweet,
And Your Face is Lovely."
(Song of Soloman 2:14)