Could Your Traditions Be Neutralizing the Power of God in Your Life?

Still many weeks into our “Renewing of the Mind” series, sister Johnetta Reeves delivered a powerful message this past Sunday regarding traditions. As the holiday season approaches, this is a powerful topic to consider as you go through the motions of holiday preparations. Many practice traditions that are passed down from generation to generation during these times. Some of these traditions are harmless activities yet others are superstitious rituals that can void some of the very things we are trusting God for. Jesus warned the religious leaders in his time who were setting up traditions that God never ordained in Mathew 15:6b, “Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.” Wow, that is pretty disturbing! We can actually nullify the power of God in our lives by doing things God did not authorize in the name of tradition.

Let’s make this plain and simple. Is yours the household that cooks black-eyed peas on New Year’s to bring good luck? I’ve heard some people say they cook greens that day to bring in money.  Others chime in to let me know that a man has to be the first one to walk through the door so that good luck comes upon the house! If we are trusting God for provision, then why do we need luck? This seems a lot like serving two Gods. (Matthew 6:24)

What about the person who says, “You can’t help it, children will inevitably go through the terrible twos and then be rebellious teenagers.”  However, the bible says in Isaiah 54:13 that “And all thy children [shall be] taught of the LORD; and great [shall be] the peace of thy children.” Whose report will we believe?

Allow God to speak to you concerning some traditions or philosophies you may be party to which are keeping him out of your life in certain areas. We can go to church and shout on Sundays, but if at the end of the day, the power of God is not manifest in our lives, then we have to ask if there is something we are doing to prohibit that manifestation.

Colossians 2:8- Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

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