Lecture Seven

BEING LED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT

Introduction

Whatever we do for Christ we must be led by the Holy Spirit not by the flesh, nor by human intelligence.  God has designed that those who are in leadership be led by His Holy Spirit.  He will help us make the right decisions, what land to buy for buildings, whom to employ etc.  We need to hear Him and obey Him in everything we do. 

Ways God Leads Us

    1. Through the written word: our God-given wisdom (Luke 11:49), our success (Joshua 1: 7-8), our shining light on our pathway (Psalm 119:105).  God leads us by His word, never contrary to His word, so our attitude should be obedience (Isaiah 8:20) for you alone will have to answer to God for your decisions.  Our decisions can affect others so we need to go to the word of God, walk in integrity and with the peace of God and counsel of others.
    2. Through Our Spirits
    • Man is a spiritual being (Zechariah 12:1).  Man has a spirit within him (1 Thessalonians 5:23) teaches that man is spirit, soul and body.  The spirit is the real person that lives inside the body.  The soul is made up of a will, mind and emotions.  The body is the house man lives in. 
    • God is the Father of our spirits (Hebrews 12:9).  Jesus confirms that God is spirit (John 4:24).  If God is spirit and man is created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27 and 2:7) then man must be spirit.  James 2:26 says that the body without the spirit is dead.
    • The spirit in man died in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:15-17 and chapter 3).  God is speaking about spiritual death to Adam and Eve.  This means to be cut off from God (Genesis 3:8-9).  Adam and Eve caused man to become by nature children of wrath (Ephesians 2:1-3)
    • God’s plan of redemption changed man’s nature (Ezekiel 36:26-27).  The plan was fulfilled in what Jesus did for the cross for us.  He then put a new spirit in man (John 3:1-8).  Man must be born again to recover this new spirit.  This speaks of spiritual birth through the Spirit of God.  When a person receives Christ, he receives a new spirit.
    • We contact God through our spirits.  He contacts us through His Spirit.  God will lead us through His Spirit.

 

How does God speak through our spirit?

  1. Being troubled in spirit (John 13:21) When around people with a wrong spirit.  your spirit will feel troubled.  Though they are saying and doing the right thing.  Be on your guard for God is warning you.
  2. Being grieved in spirit (Acts 16:16-18).  A certain place or people can cause this.  Be on your guard and this will keep you out of trouble.
  3. Being restless in spirit (2 Corinthians 2:12-13).  There will be no rest in your spirit if things are not right.  If you don’t have rest in the direction you are going, stop and wait on God.
  4. Being provoked in spirit (Acts 17:16-17).  When this happens, open your mouth, share, get involved, God is directing you.  The word ‘provoke’ means to prod or softly push.  If you learn to listen to God this way, your ministry will be well-defined.
  5. Being compelled in spirit (Acts 18:5).  An inward compulsion to speak.  To become more sensitive to how God deals with your spirit is to spend time in God’s word and spend time in prayer, especially praying in tongues.  When you pray in tongues, your spirit is praying.  Pray and get into the word.  Listen. 

Hearing in difficult times

(1 kings 19:1-19)

  1. don’t quit, listen to god.  cut away unnecessary things.  rethink, re-examine, re-experience, realising a new direction from god will come from an overflow of the old.  find step one first then you will find step two.
  2. rest in god for worry will cut off the flow of god’s wisdom into your life.
  3. spend time in the word of god and prayer.  remind yourself how god leads (1 kings 19:11-12).  god speaks in a still, small voice.  act on the direction you receive (1 kings 19:19).

 

For you to think about

 

  1. Name two ways god leads us.
  2. who are we?  Explain.
  3. how does god speak through our spirits?
  4. name three things to do in difficult times

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