Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Religion vs Relationship

While reading the book "Unmerited Favor" by Joseph Prince, I felt that the following excerpt would be good to share here as it relates to healing.

"Religion is binding. Religion will tell you that "God" wants you sick to teach you character and patience. Religion will tell you that "God" wants you poor, so that you will learn humility. It sounds so noble, doesn't it? But these are LIES from the pit of hell! Let me tell you this: It is the devil who wants you sick and poor, but the God I know has paid a heavy price to redeem you from the curse of sickness and poverty!

.... Let's forget about religion and let's focus on relationship. As a parent, how would you teach your child character and patience? With sickness and diseases? Of course not! .... Again, as a parent, how would you teach your child humility? By cursing your child with poverty for the rest of his life? No way! Now, isn't it amazing how everything becomes crystal clear when we start thinking from the point of view of a parent, and put our children in the picture?

When you start to think along these lines of relationship, everything will converge and you will begin to see things from God's perspective .... Our heavenly Father operates on the frequency of relationship, and through His unmerited favor in our lives, we learn character, patience, and humility as we rest from our self-efforts and depend on Him. The more we know our Father, the more we become like Him. This is how God causes us to grow from glory to glory in every area of our lives. It is simply by beholding Him!
You know as parents, we always seek the best things for our children. How much more would our Father in heaven want the best things for us, His precious children? In the same way that you want your children to be healthy, God wants you to enjoy His divine health. And the same way that you want your children to always have more than enough, God wants you to enjoy His supernatural provision. .... The Bible puts things in perspective most clearly in Matt. 7:11 - If you then, as imperfect parents know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him'!"

Love and blessings, Carol