Read: Colossians 2
Key Verse: “Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.” - Colossians 2:23
There is a difference between man-made regulations and the commands that come from God. When God gives a directive, it is to guide, provide, and protect. Many people reject God’s authority by trying to rationalize their ‘clever’ excuses and attempt to ‘intellectually’ explain their rebellion! What do you think are the five most common commands from God that are ignored or despised in your community? God’s Word can be trusted and is designed to give you life, even when it is unpopular.
On the other hand, there is a common tendency to add bogus regulations which do not come from heaven. They have the appearance of being ‘spiritual’ but they are full of false humility and have no lasting value. Legalism is devising human commands and acting as if they are sacred and from God. Dead religion includes taking pride in the ability to maintain performance according to human standards. What regulations have you experienced that did not come from God? Jesus wants to change you from the inside out with His presence and transformation!
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