This topic may seem like it can be extrapolated into a list of “do’s” & “don’ts”, it’s entirely meant to draw you closer to the very truth that Christ left for us.
There are clear differences between the spirit of religion that people accept and the actual Holy Spirit.
And while this, on some level, may seem like semantics and religious terminology to some, it’s quite contrary to what you may have heard in church or local gatherings. The general thinking in today’s world propagates that religion and God cannot exist without each other, but this is the far from the truth because it begins with the personal relationship we have with God.
Let’s begin with the 10 commandments. Number 6 tells us not kill. Religion then, in its process, lays down the exceptions for which those rules do not apply. Among the Godless and people who have no moral compass, rules exist to provide structure and order to prevent things from getting out of control (Romans 1:29-31). Among those who have and utilize the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the rules are not necessary for them. There is clear freedom. As it states in 2 Corinthians 3:17, “Now the Lord is that Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom”. People with the Holy Spirit know right from wrong without being told, due to the active guide it plays in a believers life. It is the very foundation of the faith of a believer who is a new creation and has their mind renewed on a continual basis (2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 12:2).
Jesus became a sacrifice for our sins for this very reason; to set us free by revealing spiritual truths to us. If you want to know who crucified Jesus, look no further than those who had a great deal of religion and belief in their own version of God. If you’re one of these people, stop and ask yourself what motivates you. Does religion and the rules motivate you, or does truth? A person with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit has a part of the Creator living inside of them. They are one part of a whole of the body of Christ. The blood of Christ is not wine or grape juice after being prayed over and “blessed” like so many believe it to be. It’s the truth that flows throughout the network of believers far and wide. What empowers the body? The blood. Is religion your blood or is it the living God the blood that empowers you?