Today the Lord spoke to me. He said “I’m removing the guardrails.” Well, let me back up a minute… You see, today I was at work (yes I do work. Paul made tents and so do I. Kind of) and my job was to paint an area of wall in our warehouse located in the walkway. There is a guardrail about 3-4 feet from the wall to guard the walkway and it stands about a foot tall. There are also little yellow footprints on the floor to let people know where to walk. How nice. Sounds good so far.
The problem was that as I was trying to paint, people kept using the walkway and trying to get past me. I would be down on the floor trimming with the brush or trying to dip my roller in the paint tray with people trying to step over me and also letting me know that I was in their way. The funny thing was that on the other side of the 1′ tall guard rail was wide open floor space that they could have used. A simple step over the rail and they would have loads of space to walk.
But people get used to the rules and I realize that. People understand that we must follow the little yellow footprints and stay within the area prescribed for walking. It’s for our own protection as has management explained to us. No one wants to take the chance of bucking the system and getting into trouble. All that sounds good except for the fact that I know why the guardrail was installed. It was not put up because there were safety issues or injuries to the employees in the building at all. The reason the rail was installed was because workers were constantly ramming their pushcarts into the wall and damaging it. The guardrail was put up to protect the wall, not to protect the people.
So today as I was working, the Lord was speaking to me about the systems that the “church” sets in place that they say are there to protect people. The rules and regulations that have no basis in scripture but are given more weight than scripture are the guardrails. It’s the “we’ve always done it this way. Don’t rock the boat” mindset. As long as we have those rails up, things can go very smoothly, the services seem so nice and organized and we all get out in time to get to the buffet before the line gets too long.
All those little things… three songs for worship… a nice 20 minute sermon… maybe a poem and at the end 15 minutes for those who need prayer… Those rails are there to protect the religious institution and not to protect the people. Once the rails are gone and the Holy Spirit is invited to have free reign, anything can happen. (and does) Without the rules and regulations to protect the traditions of men, we can follow the voice of the Spirit and things get real. Real salvations…real deliverances….real healings…real miracles… a real relationship. That’s what the Lord was talking to me about today. He is removing those guardrails for so many people and they are seeing firsthand what the Gospel and the Kingdom is really all about. They are being drawn out and set free from that “I have to follow the path like everyone else.”
I have seen this in many places. Churches that never even believed in healing are now praying for the sick. Mainline denominational assemblies having classes on deliverance, healing and the gifts of the Spirit. It’s exciting and it’s growing. God is removing the guardrails. On a personal note, I have been invited to share on the supernatural to denominations that I never would have imagined. Praise God!
Following the rules just because everyone else does, is not safe. Following the voice of the Spirit is quite safe. I’m glad those rails are coming down… for everyone’s sake.