Dr. Lewis Gregory

OCCASIONALLY there is a resurgence of religious activity in various parts of the world. This may include such things as increased church attendance, Christian music concerts, Bible studies, Scripture memory, prayer services and even fasting. I am always delighted about anything that calls attention to the Lord God Almighty.

However, for most people such things are nothing more than religious busywork. Just more BABEL! They are busy practicing the letter of the law. But the letter of the law without the Spirit is no life at all. It is merely a form of godliness. And where is God in all that? He is nowhere to be found. All there is are more dead works of the flesh. Religious activity is not synonymous with true spirituality. Many people’s worship of God is fraught with ignorance and superstition.

Jesus said, “You worship what you do not know” (John 4:22). Jesus went on to explain that we must worship the Lord in Spirit and in truth. These are the true worshippers, according to Jesus.

Remember, while man looks on the outward appearance, God looks on the heart. King David was a man after God’s own heart. David said, “my heart is fixed oh God, my heart is fixed” (Psalm 57:7). David was wholeheartedly fixed upon the Lord. David lived a life of fixed dependency upon the Lord.

We must have our hearts fixed upon the Lord, and our faith focused upon the Lord. “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2).

If our life is going to make an eternal difference, it must be a work of the Lord that comes from our heart and is expressed unto the Lord. God is not impressed with our religious activities, Bible knowledge, or theological soundness. He desires men and women of faith. Jesus did not stand in awe of the brilliant religious scholars of His day. But He did marvel at those who exercised faith in Him. He commended the ones who demonstrated simple child-like faith in Him. The faith that moves mountains is the faith that moves our Lord.

Where is your faith! In Mark 2:5 we are told that it was not until Jesus saw their faith that He was moved to respond to them. “For without faith it is impossible to please Him” (Hebrews 11:6). FAITH pleases God because we are trusting Christ who alone always does what pleases the Father. Only Christ pleases the Heavenly Father (Matthew 3:17). Your continuous faith in Christ—the one who pleases the Father—will allow Christ to do that which is pleasing through you. Since our faith is in Christ to live His life through us, then whatever Christ does in our life will be pleasing to the Father as well. Trusting JESUS, that is all!

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