Religion vs. Relationship
S - And Samuel said to all the house of Israel, "If you are returning to the Lord with all your heart, then put away the foreign gods and the Ashtaroth from among you and direct your heart to the Lord and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines." (1 Samuel 7:3 ESV)
O - Samuel instructs the people that if they were to return to God they must with all of their heart and be ready to serve him completely. In order to do that they must remove all of the religious stuff they had collected and live out in their lives and be fully devoted to God.
A - What is in my life that I look to for religious fulfillment? What have I replaced the living God with? So often people will replace their relationship with God with religious activity. Not that activity is wrong, like going to church (or even what you do at church) but do I do things out of my love for the Lord or thinking this is the way I have a relationship with the Lord.
P - Father, forgive me for the times I have replaced you with a idol or a religious practice. Continue to challenge me with your word and show me where I fall short.
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