Outside the Camp
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True faith leads to fearlessness – boldness, confidence, and assurance – that, regardless of whether I understand things, regardless of whether I like them, regardless of whatever thing I am faced with or forced to go through, God is Who He says He is, and He will do what He says He will do.
When we look at our environment, we are rewarded with Frustration. But even a negative emotion like frustration can be used for a holy purpose. It is a journey all of us must take that brings us from Frustration to Faith.
As we draw near to the second coming of Christ there is a prophetic urgency that brings both the same promise and the same meaning that John the Baptist did when he says that the axe is laid to the root of the tree.
When you look to the Word of God – not to a man, not to a movement, but to the Word of God – you actually see that the condition of the church in the last days has already been prophesied. We know exactly what to expect. We know exactly what to look for.
John the Baptist had a profound revelation of Christ, and with that revelation came the realization that the religious system of Judaism could not be reformed or revived, but would have to be repudiated.
In the wilderness, you have to rely upon the Lord for daily bread, and water from a rock. Your spiritual life is revealed for what it really is, and there in the wilderness you learn the difference between a religion about Jesus and a relationship with Jesus.
Can we trust God to bring the right people into our life? Hopefully we will learn sooner, rather than later, than whenever we go out and try to “make something happen” we tend to make a mess of things.
Jesus said that He is in the midst of two or three who are gathered in His Name. For all the talk about “gathering together” it really isn’t that difficult, if you just eliminate from your mind the old institutional obsession with large numbers.
In First Corinthians 11:17, Paul says, “Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that you come together not for the better, but for the worse.” And I think the describes most of the meetings and services and gatherings taking place today…
What does Hebrews 10:25 mean, in context? Have you forsaken the assembling of yourselves together when you stop going to church? Let’s see what the Word of God has to say.
Chip discusses how to overcome our religious addiction and find our first love again by embracing the simplicity of a Christ-centered faith.
Chip discusses the freedom and joy of a love relationship – not just another religious relationship pretending to be love, but a real relationship with God, and a real relationship with God’s people, that is based on Christ, not based on church.
“I’m not saying you need to get your act together and start doing more for God. I’m saying it’s time for you to meet the same Jesus Paul met, the kind of Jesus that changes you from the inside out, that creates such a spiritual revolution in your life that it ruins you – in a good way. I’m talking about a relationship, not a religion!”
You can have religion with no revelation. Revelation leads to revolution! That’s what repentance is – a revolution, a total change in your mind, your heart, your behavior that takes you way beyond where you were, and takes you to a brand new place you never dreamed was possible.
If you are burned out on religion, if you are fed up with church, if you don’t feel as if you fit in to the popular Christian culture, and you are hungry and thirsty for truth on a deeper level, then my message to you is simple: You are not crazy, you are not alone, and now is the greatest opportunity of your life!