Apostle Grace Lubega
Matthew 23:23 (KJV); Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgement, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
Our theme scripture teaches us that religion always omits certain weightier matters such as faith.
What this means is that as long as you are under the spirit of religion, you cannot fully function in and by faith. Your faith will always have boundaries and limitations.
Why is this so?
When you are under religion, you are under the law. The scriptures are very clear in Galatians 3:12 that the law is not of faith. The Amplified version says, “the law does not rest on faith [does not require faith, has nothing to do with faith].”
The law will always seek to qualify a man based on his own ability. However, when we speak of the grace of God, we speak of things that you cannot do in your own power and ability.
Religion focuses a man on what he can achieve on his own without the aid of God. As it does this, it distances him from true faith.
As new creatures in Christ, we have been called to faith and to grace. We must throw off all semblance of religion and embrace what God wants to do in us and through us.
FURTHER STUDY: Galatians 3:12, Romans 4:13-16
GOLDEN NUGGET: As new creatures in Christ, we have been called to faith and to grace. We must throw off all semblance of religion and embrace what God wants to do in us and through us.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. Thank You for the priceless gift of Your grace and of Your ability in me. I do not look to myself but I look to You, knowing that You are my strength, my hope, peace and foundation. As my heart is continually established in grace and as I grow in faith, I do great exploits, to the glory of Your name, Amen.