Summary: Learning to increase your faith by hearing God and being faithful with what he gives you where you are.
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 their approach to Scripture made them experts - and so instead of remaining under the authority of what God says, they become the experts on what God says.
The minute you become the expert on what you know you are in danger of positioning yourself where you cannot hear what you do not know.
Experts desire to be confirmed in what they already know and are critical of anything that does not line up with their thinking. And experts try and control the religious environment around them. God does not reveal Himself to inform us but to transform us.
Your devotion to yesterday’s rhema can keep you from entering an environment of faith for today’s rhema.
As a matter of fact, tradition will nullify the most powerful thing in the universe - the Word of God.
This (the river) he spoke concerning the Spirit - the reason the Spirit was not yet given was the Spirit was to make the disciples like Jesus, and Jesus had not yet been glorified.