The religious mindset cannot please God because it does not submit to God. It cannot subject itself to the guidance of the Holy Spirit and that is why religious people do not follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We need to get rid of our religious mindset and be willing to trust and follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
In this regard I want to ask you to go and read Acts chapter 10 about the Italian a Centurion and Peter. The Italian Centurion feared God and he sought the will of God and therefore God sent an angel to come and tell him to go and look for a man called Peter who was in Joppa and to fetch him to his house which he also did. But at the same time Peter was praying on the roof of the house where he lived in, and he had a vision. He became a very hungry and from heaven came a sheet with all kinds of animals on it and a voice said to him “Slaughter and eat.” This happened three times. now Peter was a devout Jew and he would not eat anything that was unholy. Some animals like pigs are unholy for the Jews but the voice told him to slaughter and eat everything. So he understood that this was a message from God. He was still very perplexed about this vision when the men from Cornelius came and knocked on the door and when Peter went down and saw the and heard what they told him that Cornelius wanted him to come to his house, that he who was a Jew who had no communion with other nations was called by God, instructed by God to go to the house of Cornelius, which he did.
So the next morning they set out and came to the house of Cornelius who had brought together all his friends and family to come and listen to Peter, and Peter who would normally not have preached the gospel to Gentiles, he preached the gospel of Jesus Christ to them and while they were listening the Holy Spirit came on them, and they started speaking in tongues just like Peter and the others did on the day of Pentecost. So Peter baptized them in water, which otherwise he would not have done because salvation is from the Jews and even though Jesus commanded the disciples to go into all the world and preach the gospel to all nations, they were still reluctant to preach to other nations. When Peter got back to Jerusalem he had to explain to the other Jewish disciples why he had baptized Gentiles because they themselves had a religious mindset. They did not understand that it was about doing the will of God and not about being religious.
The religious mindset prevents us from doing the will of God. Many people are religious and they act according to religious rules, they act according to what they’ve read in the Bible and their understanding of it but because they do not follow guidance of the Holy Spirit, they do not, and they cannot please God. We see here that Peter obeyed the guidance of the Holy Spirit. He did what the Holy Spirit told him to do. He went to gentiles which he otherwise would not have done and he went into their house which is not proper for a Jewish man to do. He shared the gospel with them because the Holy Spirit told him to do so. The Holy Spirit confirmed the message of the kingdom by baptizing and these Gentiles in the Holy Spirit, the very same as He did the disciples who were Jewish, and Peter therefore baptized them in water which otherwise he would not have done.
The religious mindset cannot please God. We need to be led by the Holy Spirit and not by our religious mindset. If we do not follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit we cannot please Jesus Christ and that is why many Christians, many believers perform dead works, they are not doing the will of God because they are not following the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Those who are being led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God, they do the will of God. They do not follow after the religious mindset or their own interpretation of the Bible, or even their own mind. They listen to, follow and obey the Holy Spirit.
Are we just religious? Do we have a religious mindset or are we led by the Holy Spirit? Are we truly sons of God? Are we children of God who follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit?
May Jesus bless you.