I have often pondered the legalism that I've witnessed among people who genuinely believe in the supernatural work of God. How is it that so many structures and rules are put in place (over and over) by those who left the mainline churches to follow a more peculiar path with #Jesus ... only to find themselves adhering to an even stricter code of religion? It seems there is some sort of trap that ensnares believers of every type.
We must do it this way. We must say it that way. This is heresy. That is idolatry. We must be 'covered'. We must pray this way. We must worship that way. You can't do that. All of these statements are uttered again and again by sold out Christians (including me!). Why are we doing this?
Because we don't want to abide in His presence always. We fear living in the unknown. Where are we going? What will we do? How will we survive? We don't want every single step we take to be ordered by HIS voice. It's so much simpler to just check the box of religion than to 'take no thought for tomorrow'. Living by faith isn't just believing you'll wake up tomorrow morning. Living by faith is being willing to walk away from anything at a moments notice, go anywhere, and do anything (no matter how silly or scary) just because God told you to do it. Do we REALLY desire to live by faith?
Below is a excerpt from a book by Watchman Nee - Communion of the Holy Spirit. I encourage you to read if it you are ready to be challenged to walk after the Holy Spirit daily. I am still learning, and this book was one of the tools God used to open my eyes.
" All that is not according to the living guidance of the Holy Spirit is the law. How frequently we use our past guidance of the Holy Spirit as today’s guidance. Yet we need to learn that past guidance used today turns into a matter of the law. Do not imagine that since the Holy Spirit led once before, He will necessarily give the same leading today."#BeTheFew