James 1:26 Anyone who sets himself up as “religious” by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world.
True religion is never selfish; We are all capable of hypocrisy. We can all slip into selfish patterns when it comes to faith. To be called God’s people we must live lives that are based on obedience, not comfort and convenience.
True religion comes from the heart: We can all go through the motions when it comes to faith. God’s system of religion is designed to come from the attitudes of our hearts, not from calculated plans and opportunities.
True religion focuses on Jesus: Christ is the answer to my every need! To resist the world and all it’s trappings we need to use our minds, keep our eyes on Jesus and study God’s Word.