Do our traditions block the Holy Spirit? By Brent Phillips-Encounter Houston
A tradition is the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation.
There are some traditions that just don’t make sense but we do it for the sake of tradition. But can these traditions get in the way of the Holy Spirit being able to move through us?
How can we move past the traditions that have been handed down to us and have block us from being all in with our relationship with God?
Acts 7:51 “You stubborn people! You are heathen at heart and deaf to the truth. Must you forever resist the Holy Spirit? That’s what your ancestors did, and so do you!”
A tradition was being handed down that stopped the Holy Spirit from being able to do what he needed to do in the lives of Gods children. This is scary because we see that we have been given far more authority and responsibility when it comes to the things of God than we realize, we have the ability to stop Gods working in our lives.
We think that just because God is all-powerful and sovereign that he is going to do whatever it is that he wants to do. But it can’t be considered love and faith if it just happens automatically. We have to be able to make a choice in order for it to be love and faith
The Holy Spirit came to these people because he wanted to reveal something to them but they resisted him and stopped him from coming and revealing all God had for them.
We need to ask our self, “Am I stopping the Holy Spirit from being able to reveal himself in my life for a man-made tradition that has been passed down for generations?”
Mark 7:6-12 Jesus replied, “You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote, ‘these people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.’ For you ignore God’s law and substitute your own tradition.” Then he said, “You skillfully sidestep God’s law in order to hold on to your own tradition. For instance, Moses gave you this law from God: ‘Honor your father and mother,’ and ‘Anyone who speaks disrespectfully of father or mother must be put to death.’ But you say it is all right for people to say to their parents, ‘Sorry, I can’t help you. For I have vowed to give to God what I would have given to you.’ In this way, you let them disregard their needy parents.
Are we going to worship God how he desires our worship to be or will we continue to worship the way our ancestors have for the sake of tradition. It is time to break free from the traditions of man-made traditions and get back to the traditions of Heaven that are past down from God.
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