Listen carefully to what Jesus said to the Pharisees about the religion in their life. Matthew 12:1-9, “Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying,
V2 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they wash their hands when they eat bread.
(From the International Children’s Bible)
V3 Jesus said, “And why do you refuse to obey God’s command so that you can follow those rules you have?
V4 God said, Honor your father and mother. And God also said, Anyone who says cruel things to his father or mother must be put to death.
V5 But you say, that a person can tell his father or mother, I have something I could use to help you. But I will not use it for you. I will give it to God.
V6 You teach that person not to honor his father. You teach that it is not important to do what God said. You think it is more important to follow the rules you have.
V7 You are hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he spoke about you:
V8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
V9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”
God is looking for someone to break away from the mold and trust Him.
Someone who responds when God calls.
Someone who believes what God says.
Someone who will train his or her entire family in the things of God.
Someone that will not hide their faith.
Someone that makes a vow and keeps it.
Someone that isn’t in it for themself.
Someone that means what they say.
You must not rest on the truth that was discovered by others.
You must search the scriptures and find truth for yourself."
Excerpt from God Thinking XIII Break Away by Keith C. Powell Copyright 2015