Scripture Reading: John 7:37
In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
Reflection: A large crowd had gathered for a religious feast. This was a gathering unto God but interestingly Jesus, the son of God sent forth to reconcile man unto God, was outside the gathering. He however came in secretly and eventually voiced out with a loud cry saying ‘If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink’. By this invitation, it is evident that the gathered crowd had no personal relationship with and that he sought to have this relationship established. It is interesting to note that people today can gather at church as christians and yet do not really have any intimate personal relationship with Jesus. They don’t even yearn to live Christ centred lives. They are just satisfied that they go to church. In essence they are playing religion. The spirit of religion has taken absolute control over them. Peter Wagner defines the spirit of religion as ‘an agent of Satan assigned to prevent change and to maintain the status quo by using religious devices’. The spirit of religion is on the loose in churches. It allows us to satisfy ourselves with mere church attendance but ensures that we keep Christ outside our daily living. Watch out! Don’t fall into the hands of the spirit of religion! Pray against this spirit.
Prayer: I disengage myself from the spirit of religion in Jesus’ name.
Confession: I just don’t go to church. I don’t give room to the spirit of religion. I submit myself to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and to the standards of biblical based living. I go to church and I live a changed life to demonstrate my relationship with Jesus Christ.