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  • The Spirit of Religion

    3 posts, 3 voices, 564 views, started Feb 10, 2009

    Posted on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 by Denise Richardson


    • Diamond

      The Spirit of Religion

      Josh. 1:2 Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this *Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to* them, even to the children of Israel.  

      Religion can block the spirit of God from operating. What happens is that God
      move a certain way, and then people will expect God to keep moving that
      way. That’s where idolatry comes in the picture. The Egyptians were
      much like religious folks in the sense that they try to find God in
      things and methods instead of following his instructions. They worshipped the
      moon, objects, statues, and all kinds of other things. But what’s even
      worse than making things a God is making a method God! When you try to
      box God into your perception, you close all access to him for others.
      This is why religion is so dangerous. We expect God to move in our
      midst the same way every time we open the doors of the church, or we
      expect God to follow our program that is printed in the bulletins. God
      does what he wants and moves like he wants to move. Whenever you base
      your service strictly on the bulletin, then you basically tell God,
      “Okay, here is how we want you to do it!”

      Take the limits off God and allow him to do what he wants, when he
      wants. Many people are not being used by God because they can’t see
      past the way he used them the first time. Even when Moses tried to get
      water the same way he got it before, God punished him and would not let
      him go into the land of promise. The reason was because God did not
      want “customs” boxing him in and stopping his hand. He knew that Moses
      would allow the people to practice their old customs and traditions
      that were taught to them by pagans, so he killed all of them off in the
      wilderness and took their children in. Moses’ way had to die and
      Joshua had to take over because Joshua was not a people pleaser, but a
      God pleaser. Moses put up with the people’s traditions and allowed
      them to sin, practice idolatry, and complain. But Joshua got the sin
      out of the camp and made the people clean up their lives, destroy their
      idols, and change their way of thinking. While Moses pleaded to God
      for Him to change, Joshua commanded the people to change. And Joshua
      lead them out of the wilderness and into the new place that God had for
      them. We must not allow religion and tradition to govern our church
      services anymore. The youth are dying and running away from the church
      and running into the arms of the enemy! Religion is a spirit and we
      must stand strong against it. God is doing things the way he wants,
      but it’s up to us to give him the platform to do it on.  

      Suggested Reading: Lev. 26:1, Matt. 15:3, Matt. 15:6, Mark 7:13


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