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September 12, 2023 | Daily Devotionals | September 12

Dysfunctional Spirituality

He has showed you, O man, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8)

You may have fallen for the oldest trick in the book.  You can’t fake it. Conviction without character is a C-A-T-A-S-T-R-0-P-H-E.  Get this: no rearrangement of bad eggs can ever produce a good omelet. So start over! Work it from the inside out, beginning with your motives.  Find good ones, and then you’ll get good results.

Satan’s goal is dysfunctional spirituality.  He’s working overtime to create inauthentic, judgmental, insecure, and insulated Christians so in love with acting “Christian” that they don’t have a clue what it means to be one.  They’re uncomfortable around people who aren’t Christians, they don’t know how to engage them, and they make “spiritual” excuses for not connecting with them: They’re bad influences, unrepentant, making bad choices.  Should people who don’t know Christ already know how to act like Him? Religious attitude confuses people and kills our compassion.

Religious guys don’t understand the faith they claim.  They are not neighbors.  They are synthetic, shallow, and too afraid to reach out to people not like themselves.  They are dysfunctional, appearing sane but acting goofy in the face of huge needs around them.  In the end, it’s about them, their agendas, and their convenience while people lie dying by the side of the road.  They have “rules of engagement” that say to the outsider “you can meet me on my terms when it’s convenient for me, but I refuse to get messy”.

Father, help me to be genuine. Help me look at my motives.


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