As newborn babies, we want religion. We cry out to God, “where are You, Lord? I need You!” As we grow, we tend to cling to religion and its tangibility. We do not live by faith but by sight. We trust in our good works of going to church, in praying, in reading our Bibles, and in doing good works. We want religion because it provides us with a tangible product.
God is only pleased with faith that comes from an intimate relationship of knowing Him according to Hebrews 11:6: “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” – The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (Heb 11:6). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
God wants faith in Christ. He wants us to simply trust in the blood sacrifice of His Son who atones for our sins by faith. God wants us to walk by faith and not by sight. God wants us to see our good deeds as filthy rags and then to cling to faith in Christ. When we do, THEN and only then, will the Holy Spirit produce good works and His fruit through us by grace through our faith in Jesus Christ.
Live out your faith and let go of religion!
-Mark (living out my faith by helping others who are blinded by this world, sin, and Satan, to see Him as He really is)