“Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” Ephesians 4:30 (NIV)
I have talked with many people who are so entangled with the religious spirit, that even if a miracle happened right in front of them, they would not see it! What we believe we empower. If we believe that Christianity is powerless, guess what, that’s what we’ll see! It is crazy how rigid those operating under the religious spirit become. They are not teachable. Their doctrine stirs a pride within them. They oppose the freedom that the Holy Spirit brings. And sadly, this will increase in the days ahead. Unless there is a “road to Damascus” experience, where Jesus reveals Himself and the scales fall off their eyes, they are stuck. I have found truth, scriptures, even testimonies won’t convince them. This religious spirit has them bound tightly in chains or doctrines of demons. They don’t understand that they are quenching and grieving the Spirit when they proclaim the things He is doing as demonic or non-existent.
Cry out for mercy over those who are entrapped by this religious spirit. Pray for those you know to have a dynamic encounter with Jesus. Ask God to unravel the lies and doctrines that deny the Holy Spirit’s workings today. Ask God to break the chains of a powerless Christianity off their lives. Pray for your pastor to be set free from any trace of the religious spirit operating their life, teaching or ministry. Pray that your church would know the freedom of walking intimately in the Holy Spirit.