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Friday Feature: I Curse Death (Hiding Behind Religion)

Friday Feature: I Curse Death (Hiding Behind Religion)

Welcome to our Friday feature where each week we will feature one of my books. Today's feature is an excerpt from my book, "I Curse Death".

Genesis 3:9-11 - And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. And He said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil opened Adam and Eve’s eyes to natural wisdom, but instead of empowering them, it allowed them to see their own weaknesses, which resulted in fear. Isn’t that amazing? What we got from that tree was the realization that we were naked and immediately subject to the Spirit of Fear. Oh yes, before I overlook it, we also got a curse from God, designed specifically for us.

Nonetheless, when God made man and breathed Himself into man’s body, He also made His wisdom available to man (James 1:5). With only God’s pure wisdom, Adam would have been a successful manager of all of the resources placed under his command. This reminds me of a little child, once again. A child is born into this earth with a blank mind and the parents have a few years to shape that child’s personality.

During that highly influential period, they can represent God on the earth and ensure that the child thinks like the Word of God. They can teach the child to stay under the covering provided by their Heavenly Father. I understand that this seems impossible but nothing is impossible with God (Matthew 19:26). Like Adam, a child who is taught to rule on this earth will only understand authority and is prepared to face the challenges that arise in life.

I smile when I think about what happens to many human beings who get too much information about the things of this world. They suddenly see themselves in a way that is contrary to God’s way of thinking. Their vast knowledge gives them the confidence to walk in their own power and avoid the power of God. In other words, they hide themselves. How do they hide? Like Adam and Eve, they jump behind some bushes and think God can’t see them. Let’s discuss one of these bushes.

Religion

There isn’t a more popular bush to hide behind than religion. I call religion the man-made version of a walk with God. With religion we turn the dynamic nature of daily communication with our Heavenly Father into a static representation or a form of godliness (2 Timothy 3:5).

Hence, many people do all the things that look like a relationship with God and are proud to be religious. They sing the songs, wear ten dollar “Too Blessed to Be Stressed” t-shirts, show up at church in the holiest outfits and they offer a great imitation of the Christian life. Empty repetition of religious action is a total waste of time.

If this Christian walk ever goes stale I would not enjoy it, yet many people seem to relish a dry, empty religious life. Some even act like they are doing God a favor by living like that. In contrast, God wanted Adam to walk with Him in the cool of the day and converse (Genesis 3:8).

Right now He wants this Christian life to always be on the cutting edge. We need a Word from God that is “hot off the press,” something that is still smoking because it just left the stones of fire before the throne of God, something fresh like manna. Every morning He gives us more grace and we should stay current (Lamentations 3:22&23).

We should use the provision of “manna” to the Children of Israel in the wilderness as a good illustration of how God wants to communicate with us (Exodus 16:14-36). He has something new for us everyday that we have to use during that day. The next day we can open ourselves to hear again and He will continue to supply us with fresh revelation from heaven.

Religion puts God in a box and at the same time puts us in a box. The only box that confines people without any resistance is a casket, and by the time you finish reading this book you will have a good idea of my view on the casket. It’s all about compressing a human being to fit into some preconceived notion of the ideal person.

As human beings, we can use religion to place personal limitations that God never created and to also place limitations on God’s freedom to act on our behalf (Mark 7:13). Even though He is all powerful, we can bind His hands in our own lives by limiting Him with our doctrine.

It’s easy to see what God thinks about religion by looking at Jesus and His interaction with the religious leaders of His time. A good example of this is shown in Matthew 12 when Jesus had to put the Pharisees and Scribes in their place for trying to question His actions on the Sabbath day.

I Curse Death

Jesus taught us to live in the Spirit, free from the laws that were created for the Children of Israel to give them an awareness of sin. When we live in the Spirit we will fulfill those same laws of God and that is a much easier way to live (Galatians 5:16). Thank God we now have an awareness of our righteousness and our new life in Christ. Therefore, we can all walk in the Spirit, follow the direction of God and always fit into the plan of God, which agrees with His Holy Word.

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