RELIGIOUS AND PHARISEE SPIRITS

I don’t know about some you but I know that I’m guilty of talking about others and speaking about some things that a person has done or did in their past, or either pointing out their flaws. But in reality, if God revealed to everyone all the thoughts that I’ve ever had or showed people everything that I’ve ever done then I would run away and hide for the rest of my life and would never show my face again because I would be too ashamed. And if everyone took the time out to really search deep within themselves, then they too would realize that none of us have the room to talk down on others when we’re all guilty of something and have secrets that are hidden that nobody knows about but God, that we’re taking to the grave with us; things that we never want to think about or ever discuss with anybody. Back in Jesus day, there were people who appeared to be very religious and righteous who were experts and teachers of the law of Moses called Pharisees. And in the first four books of the gospel, Jesus contended with these religious leaders due to their hypocrisy. They were self righteous and always pointing out the sin in others and preaching about what not to do while they themselves were breaking every commandment. But in 2016, there are many who walk around with religious and pharisee spirits. But here’s the catch, I’m not just talking about the church goers but those who don’t go to church as well because you have those who love quoting and posting scriptures on social media; having a form of godliness but denying the power (2 Timothy 3:5) and then days later they’re posting something that came from hell itself. There are many who chooses to wear dresses 365 days a year thinking that makes them holy or going to churches that requires you not to wear any make-up or earrings which to me is a form of bondage, because it’s a man made rule which profits nothing. God never said that women had to wear only dresses, and he didn’t say that we couldn’t wear any jewelry or make-up. There are others who choose to abstain from certain foods such as pork thinking that it makes them holy but if you still have an unregenerate heart then none of those things mean anything because you’re still going to die whether you eat it or not. I’ve been eating it for years and i do not have diabetes, high blood pressure, or any other health problems. In the book of Matthew 9:10-11 it says: Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to his disciples, why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners? Believe it or not but there’s a lot of men and women who have well paid jobs and running successful businesses who would think they’re too good to hang out with a person working at Popeye’s, and they could be driving a brand new 2016, 2017, Mercedes Benz and think they’re better than a person driving a 2005 Toyota Camry. Some people are so stuck up that they think it’s beneath them to hold a conversation with a person who’s living in the projects. In Matthew 23:6-7 Jesus goes on to say about the Pharisees: They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, Rabbi, Rabbi. How high and lofty people can be sometimes, the modern day 2016 Pharisees!!! We as people can get too high and above ourselves thinking we’re somebody great just because we may be related to certain individuals or because we may dress nice or work at a certain job or because we’re very popular and have many friends that we think that people should cater to us and go out of their way just to speak to us. Some of you think that just because of what you know or who you may know or because you have a degree or degrees behind your name that you’re better than everybody else but let me break something down to you because I’m guilty as well and God put this in my spirit. God created us from the lowest of the lowest which is the ground, and all of us was made from dust ( Genesis 2:7) And all of us will return back to dust after death (Genesis 3:19) We are no better than the vegetables that we eat because they too came from the same place that we came from which is the ground, that’s the reason why we should never boast or exalt ourselves and because of that revelation I don’t get myself caught up in myself or other people. It’s time for us to humble ourselves and break the chains of having a religious spirit; you think it’s a blessing to be rich but a curse to be poor. You think it’s a blessing to live a long time but a curse to die young although Jesus existed before the heavens and the earth was created, but yet his earthly life and ministry was only limited to thirty three years. Pure and undefiled religion before God and the father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. (James 1:27)

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Vicky Pittard

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