God Desires Relationship Not Religion (3 of 6) by Terry J. Hallock
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Series: God's Design and Desires
Terry J. Hallock
Hosea 6:6, Micah 6:8; John 17:3, Matthew 22:37-40
God has a dynamic design and divine desire for each of our lives. The burden on His perfect heart is to lift us out of the rut of the mundane and transport us on wings of eagles to a life we've never dreamed possible.
His Word teaches us that we were made by Him and for Him. We were made in His image in order that we might live in His power and accomplish His purposes. We are not accidents or mistakes. We were planned and we are necessary. And, brothers and sisters, we are on a divine mission -- a mission more exciting than any business deal you will ever make, more world-changing than any political alliance you might be part of, and more rewarding than any fame or fortune this planet can ever give you.
In order to realize our divine potential and accomplish our heavenly purpose God created us to know a physical life free of disease and death. He formed us to have a spiritual existence where our hearts are joined in perfect union with His heart and our souls are free of fear and anxiety. When He shaped us before we were even in our mother's womb He wanted us to have safety and security, provision and protection, significance and value, belonging and companionship. We were designed to enjoy the same perfect qualities Adam and Eve knew while in the Garden of Eden.
However, something went terribly wrong. The life of struggle and suffering humanity now leads is not the life God intended. It is the life we have inherited because of a single choice made by the first Adam and his wife Eve. Rather than remain safe and secure in the Garden they exercised the free will God gives all His children and chose to disobey their Creator.
From that initial act of disobedience our blood streams have received an infection which separates us from our real identity and potential. Where God created us to have a physical b ...
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