God's presence... or separation
Separating the presence of God from Christianity leaves
A religious spirit (or mindset) seeks to substitute religious activity for the power of the Holy Spirit and the grace of God.
Ritual minus relationship equals religion.
While this may seem obvious, in very subtle ways the enemy can bring us unknowingly to just such a place.
God is spirit and His kingdom is a spiritual kingdom not of this earth. The Body of Christ is His body; it is His life in us by and through His Spirit. That life is spiritual first and then affects our natural life.
Consider the abundance of teaching that focuses on behavior and seeming spiritual activities with no emphasis on our total dependence on the Holy Spirit.
Consider also the teaching that does away with the actual power of and gifts of the Spirit. Does this then infer that we are now capable of accomplishing God’s work through our own efforts?
The presence of God is, in great measure, relationship with the Spirit of God. Consider that a steady diet focusing on intellectual understanding, correct doctrine and proper behavior (acceptable to set standards) can erode and even replace relationship altogether.
Be careful therefore how you listen. For to him who has [spiritual knowledge] will more be given; and from him who does not have [spiritual knowledge], even what he thinks and guesses and supposes that he has will be taken away.ii
Experiencing the presence of God bespeaks touching and engaging in a spiritual realm. It is a totally spiritual experience, is it not? Be careful then how and what you are listening to. It may make all the difference between …
God’s presence or separation . . .
The spirit of God or dead religion!
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[i] 2 Tim 3:5 Amp
[ii] Luke 8:18 Amp