“The Lord says: ‘These people come near to Me with their mouth and honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me. Their worship of Me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.’” Isaiah 29:13 (NIV)
The last I heard, Jesus is still the head of the Church. And Jesus Himself sent the Holy Spirit to continue His work on earth! But you wouldn’t know that by how much control man has over the worship services in His house! When we control what happens at our church, and specifically in our services, we are answering that question, “It is MY church!” Hear this, it is Jesus’ church and He will have it! Please yield your services to Him, not just with your lips but with the flow. Get over the fear of the mess He might bring. Trust Him. Take the seat belts off, remove whatever restraints you have put on the Holy Spirit. Surrender your church absolutely and completely to God and however He wants to work and move among you!
If you’re not willing for the mess the Holy Spirit might make, wait till the demons begin manifesting in your church. Well actually, they may not manifest if they feel safe in your church. It’s the Holy Spirit and the presence of God that causes these foul spirits come into the light! If you keep the Holy Spirit in restraints, locked up in a back room, these demons will simply keep hiding, and torturing people.
Tell the Holy Spirit you take off all restraints from Him operating in your life and in your church’s life! Repent if you have been holding Him back out of fear of what He might do, including messes He might make. Understand this, whatever messes He makes are for His glory and for your good. Invite Him to come and mess up things for His glory! Oh yeah, resubmit your church to Jesus! Pray for a grace over your pastor to invite Jesus once again to be the head of your church and for the Holy Spirit to do whatever He wants to do! Ask God to get you, your pastor and your congregation ready for what He is about to do in our city, nation and world!