~Luke 16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.
Before salvation, I can honestly say that my thoughts and my desires did not focus on God. My life was spent doing what I wanted to do. I did what felt good. I went to church every Sunday but did not live the life that I claimed to hold high on Sundays. I was a religious die hard, however, rooted in my upbringing, and clinging to doctrines taught as a child by my parents and my priest. I defended a “faith” and never confirmed whether or not it was based on God’s own Word, the Scriptures. I was trying to serve two masters – my religion and my flesh (sin), which were both being controlled by the devil. The Word says that anyone who is in a religion that is based on what I can do to enter Heaven and not on the fact that Christ did everything for us, is serving another master.
Christ’s words in Luke 16 help us to understand that one cannot mix “religion” and the world. You must have one or the other otherwise you will not have true joy, teen girl. It is our nature to love the one and pay less attention to the other. Trying to be religious will always be a battle. The flesh will continue to win because we have a sin nature and it is natural for us to desire sin. Jesus said:
~John 8:42-44 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
When you know the Truth, teen girl, the truth will guide you and will keep you. Every man is a liar according to God’s Word:
~Romans 3:4a God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar;
Why believe a man when one knows man is a liar? Why base where you will spend eternity on what someone says rather than God’s Word? It stands to reason that you would want to know the truth from the source that cannot lie, wouldn’t you? The Word says that God does not lie as He is not a man:
~Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie;
His Word is perfect and does not contain lies. Therefore, you can trust God’s Word to lead you in the right direction. His truths will set you free through salvation in Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ alone.
~John 8:31-32 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Jesus provides not only salvation but He sets us free from the bondage of Satan or religion. We are no longer serving two masters but now possess the Holy Spirit and are now able to say that we know the Father. We are now children of God and have a relationship with the Father as a child has with his own earthly father.