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Tradition Is Cancelled

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.

In the Bible, the children of Israel needed water, and God told Moses to strike a rock. He struck the rock, and water flowed out freely. Another time they needed water, and God told Moses, “speak to the rock.” Do you know what Moses did? He went over and struck the rock. He thought, “hey, it worked last time. It’ll work this time.” But it didn’t. God had a different plan. Have you ever tried something and got the results you wanted, and then tried the same thing again and got different results? This is what happened to Moses.

The point is that we have to make adjustments to stay in sync with God’s plan. You can do the same thing the same way you did last time and get different results. You can pray and anoint for someone’s cancer to be healed like you did before,and this time nothing happens, or it may not be something major, but like Moses, maybe it’s just something small. Sometimes a small tweak, or a small adjustment can make a major difference in the outcome of God’s plan for your life.

Today, make sure you aren’t doing things just because it’s the way you’ve always done it. Traditions are good at times, but may have an expiration date, and may not be God’s will for every situation. Instead, listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit of God inside for every obstacle or challenge. Follow His leading and stay in sync with the wonderful plan He has for you!

“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.”

(Proverbs 16:9, NIV)

Pray With Me
Yahweh, I submit my mind, will and heart to You. Father, Help me not to take You for granted, but to stay in sync with Your Word and will. Help me not to trust my spiritual human tradition, but see clearly what Your plan is for me. God, Help me to listen to Your spirit and stay close to You always, not living in the traditions of the past, but always staying in sync with You, pressing forward to the new things, or the different things You have in store for me, in Jesus’ Name! Amen. 

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  1. I can find so many parallels to this. My traditions and routines aren’t my own anymore. I’m even being called to do things which I never once even did years ago when my faith was strong. Now that it’s restrengthened, I find that my spiritual maturity is much more advanced than before. That probably makes the difference. I’m SOOOO farrrrr from where I need to be according to God’s will, but I feel it getting closer each day now. Thanks for the prayers of persistence and calling out to listen to Him even more!

  2. I suddenly and unexpectedly came alive to God in me February 1, 1975.
    That Day was as powerful to me as I imagine it was for Saul on the way to Damascus.
    I was believing the kingdom of heaven would be revealed to the World within 3 years.

    That was my Human wishful thinking and I had to learn to lose my life and get with God’s Plan.

    • Wow Ray, that’s such an amazing experience. I am experiencing the same right now. While it is definitely quieter having been cleared out of a world that did not let me hear Him, it hasn’t been easy either. I totally resonate with “losing your life” even though if I’m being honest, I have more life in me right now than I did in the past. And I have a “few” coming to Jesus moments. God Bless You and keep up with what God has called you to do.

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Written by Pastor Ray Patrick

Evangelism. Outreach. Ministry.
Pastor Ray Patrick is a R.E Teacher at The Eden School

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