Religion and its teachings is Satan’s most formidable weapon to keep you from experiencing the freedom of having an open, unconstrained relationship of intimacy with your Heavenly Father, where you can learn to walk with Him hand in Hand and learn from Him as you do.
Religion is designed to keep you bound in fear of stepping out, when The Holy Spirit bids you to walk on the water where you have never ventured before.
It keeps your horizon dimmed and it keeps you living in what feels like God, sounds like God and seems to be from God, while it is no more than a form of godliness keeping you from truly coming to know God!
Pray The Holy Spirit to instill faith in your heart that will cause you to leap over the traditions and teachings of those who are blinded by their own reason, and not to be led into darkness, so you will not become the blind following the blind — but to bring you into the place of liberty, and into unrestricted realms of new Revelation and into the Secret Place of His heart!
The Old Covenant
May I note that The Holy Spirit points those in the Old Covenant (or dispensation) to the Word (the Holy Scriptures) that is to be followed as a lamp unto their feet and a light unto their path.
Why was it so important to follow the Holy Scriptures during that dispensation?
Because man had lost The Spirit of God that was supposed to guide him!
In Adam man was separated from God. Therefore God gave man the Law and the prophets to follow, that would replace His Spirit in man as his inner Guide, the Holy Scripture and commandments would now become His substitute, to keep man on the right track and right way of living.
Man was to meditate the Scriptures day and night and bind them to his forehead as his guide, in the absence of His Spirit that was no longer in him to guide his way.
Jesus came to reconcile man with God so that The Holy Spirit would again come to dwell and live in man. He (God’s Spirit) would again be dwelling within us and would again become the Light that would lead us, guide us, teach us and secure us in all Truth.
Jesus now points us to The Holy Spirit as our Teacher, Guide and Leader and commands us to follow Him!
Where does that leave the Holy Scriptures concerning us today?
We ought to study and obey them, gaining God’s wisdom from them. They are good for teaching, correcting, reprimanding, and for building us up in our walk with Him.
We ought also to obey Jesus and to allow The Holy Spirit within us to guide us in all Truth and to follow Him above all, and we ought to hear and yield to what He says at all times — for “it is those who are led of The Spirit who are the sons of God,” (Romans 8:14).
The New Covenant is a covenant of His Spirit-Life being restored in us and of a living relationship with Him!
If you do not follow The Holy Spirit and allow Him to be your Leader, Teacher and Guide – then He has no purpose in your life!
He came to Lead, to Teach and to Guide into all Truth. He came to make known what is unknown and to reveal what is hidden away.
GOD is not a Religion
GOD is a Spirit!
Those who rightly worship Him, MUST worship Him IN The Spirit and do so in a real Personal, Intimate, Authentic and Truthful way.
The Bible has one main theme, that we may come to know Him in the reality of His Person and that we may do so in the realm of the reality of His Spirit!
A True Prophetic Season
Prepare for His Spirit — upon all flesh!
This season is the season of The Spirit and of truth. Everything built upon any other foundation is being shaken!
God is calling and drawing those who have spiritual ears and spiritual eyes, who are able to hear His Spirit and who depend upon Him, willing to be led and willing to follow His call, above all else.
The religious masses are being shaken to the core as The Holy Spirit seeks out those who are true sons, born of The Spirit and who are partakes of His Holy Spirit — The Spirit of their Father within them.
Religion and religious form as a means of security in salvation, is being challenged by The Holy Spirit, just as the same was challenged through Jesus in His day on earth.
There is a shifting coming that will result in a great sifting.
God is gathering around Himself those who are His Own to prepare them to stand before His Throne!
The Religious Runners
What did religious people run from in Jesus?
He was as ordinary as any other man, yet those called to serve the Name of Jehovah seemed to walk in wide circles around Him, avoiding Him at all cost.
He was rejected and despised by them, but why?
Because of The Spirit that was inside of Him!
That is what they were running from!
They were running from The Holy Spirit!
Today religion does no differently! It does not recognise, nor accept The Spirit of God when He walks in their midst, but walks great circles around Him to avoid His Presence!
A World of Wonder
So many people miss “a world of wonder”, because they never truly come to KNOW The Holy Spirit as their Friend.
They spent a lifetime searching for intimacy, miracle Power and sweet satisfying Love with peace that superseded all human understanding, by studying the Scriptures, while all the while the Scriptures points them to the Living Person of the Father who seeks to dwell, walk speak and Express Himself in them through His Holy Spirit Who indwells them!
They look past Him Who is in them as the Father’s gift, seeking to find what can be obtained in no other way.
My friend, The Holy Spirit is the Answer to every question on earth.
He is a marvelous Friend Who lives and abides in His children, and Who journeys with each of them.
If you want to truly come to know the Power of salvation, it is there to be known and discovered in the indwelling Spirit Who the Father has given so we may know Him in the full expression of His Living Being.
How I long to introduce you to My Friend! The Holy Spirit, my Teacher and My daily Guide.
Origin — Word in Living Expression
Extravagantly filled with The Holy Spirit!
May the God of hope fill you with all (the fullness of His extravagant) joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow (in being unable to contain it or to keep it to yourself), with hope (the very radiant reality of His Presence that is alive and experienced in you), by the power of The Holy Spirit (making all of the above a reality in your life!), (Romans 15:13).
~ Johann van der Hoven
Johann van der Hoven has been in service of The LORD since 1991 and has hosted numerous mass revival meetings. The Holy Spirit is announcing a NEW SOUND from Heaven beginning in 2020 — The Sound of His Glory being poured out!
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