It is sad when ritual replaces faith. Jesus was the speaker in John 14:6 where the verse reads, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Just those two theological concepts indicate that faith greatly supersedes any physical act of ritual that could ever be performed by anyone.
Of course, one cannot use faith as a crutch to ignore the other necessary things we must do. We know the Bible teaches us to do things. We know that it is good to pray for the hungry to receive food. However, if we have food to give, we should be active in answering the prayers of the hungry rather than claiming our faith will get them the answers they need from someone else. The goal is for the heart to be changed by faith in Jesus. From the inside out we must change. It begins with that initial spark of faith that Jesus indeed is the Christ, the Holy One of God. Read more
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Jesus is our Lord and Savior, and he has taught us so much about loving and respecting one another. Jesus was faced with many challenges of his own, and each day he was faced with tests from the enemy. He endured much pain in order for us to be washed of our sins, and we need to truly thank him for our life on this earth as well as our abundant blessings.Many people do not see themselves as being blessed. They see themselves faced with challenges that they feel they have no control over, and when put to the test enough times, many people simply feel like saying, I give up.
You must never give up. Think of the many trials that our Lord and Savior went through in order for you to have your life. Read more
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