How we can be led by the Spirit of God
Scriptural Guidance Part 2
The Message (MSG)
23-25I know, God, that
can't run their own lives,
That men and women
don't have what it takes to take charge of life.
"0 Lord, I know
that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps."
This scripture is clearly telling us that we cannot guide
Look at it this way. Could you save yourself? Heal yourself? Prosper yourself? In each of these areas you cannot succeed, but you don't have to. All you need to do is reach out with your faith, and then God does the saving, the healing, and the prospering. This same principle is also true in the area of guidance.
Opening and Closing Doors!
However, problems arise when the subject is guidance, because we often want to get ourselves involved in it. We ask God to "open a door" so that we'll know He is leading us. Then we'll look at the door and say, "This must be God because this door opened and that one closed." Haven't we all done this? Have you ever been led astray by these doors? That could easily happen since doors are not the way God guides us! The devil is in the business of opening and closing doors, too. More importantly, when you are led by the Spirit of God, you will have the confidence and boldness to kick open doors that close!
Donít get fleeced!
Another natural sign we try to use to determine God's guidance is a fleece. I know what you're thinking, "Gideon was led by a fleece." It's true, he was. However, Gideon lived in the dispensation before the out-pouring of the Holy Spirit which occurred on the Day of Pentecost. He did not have the Holy Spirit living in him as we do. That's why we are guided in a different manner than Gideon. Instead of being guided from the outside as he was, we are guided from the inside by the still, small voice of the Lord.
In fact, when we want guidance, we shouldn't even look at the circumstances. The devil comes at us through our eyes, our ears, and our other senses - from the outside. Thus, we often mistake the god of this world for the one true God. And then, when Satan has us by rings in our noses and is leading us around by natural circumstances, we tell everyone, "Glory be, it must be Jesus leading me and guiding me." But, it's not Jesus. He guides you through the leading of the Holy Spirit.
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