Legalist: Oh God of Abraham, Jacob and Issac, as part of being obedient to your word and commandment, I have decided to fast for the next three days. Bless my fasting. Give me strength to fight temptations of food and drink. I don’t want to be like those pagan Christians who never fast.
God: It sounds like you already know that fasting is going to be hard for you. So it’s better you not fast. I have blessed you with my salvation and will continue to bless you anyways.
Legalist: I am fasting so that I can be much closer to you like I was in the early days.
God: I am living in you.
Legalist: Yes, I mean… No, but that’s only a positional truth. I want your tangible presence.
God: I am living in you.
Legalist: Well, okay! But… I want to restore my fellowship with you which I lost when I sinned last week.
God: I will never leave you nor forsake you. You are my son.
Legalist: I promise you, I will restart my systematic Bible study from next week and I am fasting today so that I can rededicate myself to a more disciplined prayer life and devotion. I ask your forgiveness for not reading my Bible…
God: You are righteous in Christ. You are my beloved son. You are a saint!
Legalist: But,… I still sin… Pls. forgive me. I promise I will take up that nursery ministry at church. I have been feeling so guilty every time pastor brings that topic up.
God: Your sins (past, present and future) have been totally forgiven by the one and only sacrifice of Christ Jesus. Your only work is to believe.
Legalist: I am sorry for skipping the tithe check in the third week of January, 1982.
God: I have accepted you in Christ. I have loved you with perfect love. Nothing can separate you from my eternal love.
Legalist: But I am guilty for not tithing.
God: You have liberty in Christ. You are free from the law.
Legalist: I am sorry for skipping church. I broke Sabbath.
God: Your righteousness comes from Christ, apart from law. You are dead to the law. You cannot be declared righteous through obedience to the law. Law is for those who are under the law, you are free from the law for law makes nothing perfect.
Legalist: I kind of agree but I am sure you didn't mean '10 commandments' when you say law?
God: 2 Cor 3:7-11
Legalist: Pls. fill me with the Holy Spirit
God: My Spirit lives in you since the time you were born-again.
Legalist: Pls. bless me financially, so that I can buy a Cadillac. I promise I will not skip tithe again.
God: My grace is sufficient for you. You are blessed beyond measure in Christ. You may live the rest of the life discovering the treasures you have in Christ.
Legalist: I love you.
God: I have loved you while you were still a sinner.
Legalist: I have sowed the seed of $100 in ORM ministries, I stand on the promise you have given in your word and claim my return - "Give, and it will be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over..."
God: I have blessed you already with everything you need. You are a citizen in heaven, a part-taker of divine nature, child of the most High and seated with Christ in heaven.
Legalist: I am sorry for thinking bad thoughts against my pastor who is my spiritual authority, shepherd and priest.
God: I am the good Sheperd. You have an eternal High Priest in heaven. You are complete in Me.
Legalist: Bless my church for including me in the church-board, I will keep my commitment to work for the growth of our church to my best.
God: The work of the ministry is to believe in Me.
Legalist: I am recommitting my commitment to serve you. Bless me.
God: I have bestowed my great love on you, walk by faith in it. Rest in Me. Believe. Believe. Believe. Walk by FAITH. Know the TRUTH and be free. I am faithful to complete the work I have started in you.
Lagalist: I am feeling hungry due to fasting! Give me strength to stand firm in my commitment to my fasting and prayer today. I am confident I am not going to give up today. I can do this! Yes! Bless me. Bless me for doing this. Bless me! Forgive my sins! Restore my fellowship! Fill me with Holy spirit! Come closer! Come down! Look how I confessed my sins! Look how I marched against evil-doers! Look how dedicated and committed I am! Look how I give my money! Look how devoted I am to my church and denomination! Look what I am doing for you! Look how I stood for Republican party! Look how pro-life am I! Look how I hate sinners! Bless me!