do what I see the hand of God doing.”

The lifestyle of faith is an ongoing relationship with the Lord that welcomes His voice.

I want to take you one more place that will give you a better understanding of this that you have right now. Go with me to Mark 7 if you will.

Mark 7:8-9 “Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men.” He was also saying to them, “You are experts at setting aside the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition.”

Mark 7:13 “thus invalidating the word of God by your tradition which you have handed down; and you do many things such as that.”

“You invalidate the Word of God” - the word to invalidate means to render void, deprive of force and authority.

Now would you stop with me for a moment and read what it really says?
Did you know that it is possible for either the traditions of men or the position you take based on what you know to completely render void the Word of God?

We are talking about the Word of God - this Word that has so much power.
This word said, “Let it be . . .” and our galaxy was formed. We have something like 8 billion stars and planets in our galaxy - and there are billions of galaxies - that word created them.

Every miracle in the Old Testament and the New Testament is based on the power of that Word.

The world will come to an end, all the galaxies will be destroyed and the heavens will be shut down - and a new heaven and a new earth will be created by the power of that Word.

Yet - the two things that will render this word powerless are the traditions of men and the learning of men. When you become and expert on the Word of God, and you just positioned yourself in a place where the word become powerless for you. Why? Because you rendered it powerless by trying to be in control of it.

• What effect is the word of God meant to have? It is meant to create a tenderness and an ability to hear God.
• What invalidates that? Too strong a commitment to tradition and your understanding.

Many traditions blind our eyes to seeing and deafen our ears to hearing what God is wanting to do today that is different to what He was doing yesterday.

What you know can keep you from what you need to know if you have not developed a greater ability to hear the rhema than you have to pursue the rhema.

Most traditions came from good things but they then replaced good things.

Tradition is the sometimes unintentional positioning of oneself as an expert - I know how this works - what you know can keep you from hearing what God is saying and what God is doing.

While it is true that those who are more mature attract greater revelation, the truth is that those who are uncluttered often see things more clearly.

That is why we need to come as a child. That is why the most skilled in Scripture did not recognize Jesus but the was but the prostitute did. Those who spent their lives studying truth missed it, but the demonized Gadarene saw. Why? Because

April 26, 2014
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