Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Divine Guidance

Divine Guidance

Spiritual Guidance
In this lesson we will learn the importance of Spiritual guidance, Being misled, the leading of God, How to be led, Proving what is Gods will, Finally How God leads you.

In this world there is a lot of trouble (chaos) do to our lust and pride. This is what motivates men and women in the direction that the world is headed today. These men and women don’t know God and are not led by the Holy Spirit. With all the knowledge we gain in life, if not being directed by the Holy Spirit we wind up with a big mess. (Daniel 12:4). God has given knowledge to mankind to bring glory to God not for mankind to become prideful and never seeking God and his word. People are Hating and using one another in order to get to the top just to find out that without God all their efforts are done in vain. There is some who know God and are still not directed by the Holy Spirit. This is due to the lack of knowledge. ( Hosea 4:6 )My People are destroyed for the lack of knowledge. Those of us who are directed by the Holy Spirit find peace and prosperity in the world, where others are suffering in all areas of life. God is blessing his people by us seeking Him first through His word. (Matthew 6:33) We are to trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not unto our own understanding, but in all our ways acknowledge Him and He will direct our path. ( Proverbs 3:4,5). In the last days the bible tells us that these are signs that men and women will be lovers of themselves, and that the love of many will grow cold. Found in (Matthew 24:10,12). That is why it is very important to be led by the Spirit of God in these last days.
A believer must learn to become so depended on Christ that we wouldn’t want to do anything without checking in first with Him. Jesus is our guide, He knows everything you need to know or ever worth knowing in this life. He is the author and the finisher of our faith. (Hebrews 12:2)

How to avoid being misled

Don’t be led by your Feelings
We as believers in Christ are not to be led by our feelings, every thought or notion that comes up. That in turn will make us flakey, and fruity like a (granola bar). We may think that being led this way is wise, but in the end it can turn against you and hurt you. (Proverbs 14:12).These type of people are led by their own ways, lust, desires, and not seeking Gods word or help. This is due to a lack of knowledge. Here are 7 pit falls that can hinder in being led by the Holy Spirit. Human Emotions, this person acts on their emotions, feelings and is ruled by them. Human Ego. (1 Samuel 15:23). The desire of natural things (Mark 4:17-20) Desires and pleasures are a blessing from God when kept in balance .If not they can cause many problems in your life. We are to seek God first. Lust of the Flesh This is the biggest distraction the devil uses against us. (James 1:14,15). The works of the Flesh are in (Galatians 5:19-21); The Fruit of the Spirit is found in (Galatians 5:22-25). Human Logic. It is ok to be smart, but use common since, because the natural human mind can’t accept the supernatural (1Corinthains 2:14). Outside voices Listening to outside voices can be very dangerous for anybody to get into. They could be Familiar spirits, departed dead, or just thought patters in your mind. God works through people but so does the devil, so follow the Shepherds` voice . Guilt in the Human mind People who are religious like to make people feel guilty and unworthy but the bible says that we are righteous. (2 Corinthians 5:21) greater is He that is in me (1John 4:4) there is now no condemnation (Romans 8:1) when we hear that junk we are not to accept it. We are to renew our minds (Romans 12:2.) We `re bought with the blood of Jesus. (Hebrews 9:14). The leading of God In the Old Testament God led his people by a cloud by day and a fire by night. God did many signs and wonders to lead his people and to instill trust and faith in them. In the New Testament we are led by God speaking to us directly, by his spoken and written word.
We see that signs and wonders follow the believer instead of us following them. (Mark 16:16-21) The bible is Gods spoken word .It leads, guides, directs, corrects, and teaches us. It is up to us to want to listen and do what it says. The Holy Spirit will guide you, not dictate you. In some of our decisions there are many options, but there are times that there isn’t a choice; it will be a direct command from God. Remember the Holy Spirit is a gentleman not a bully.
How to be led
You see it is all about Gods will .You must learn to hear Gods voice. This is done by studying and renewing your mind to the word of God. (Romans 12:2) We have the mind of Christ so let it be in you. (Philippians 2:5) Being born again isn’t enough to be led by the Spirit of God. You must study, pray, Praise, Worship, attend church. Most of all love God and love others. Matthew 22:27
Proving it with Gods word.

Try the spirit to see if it is of God.(1 John 4:1-6).If there is confusion it is not God , it is the devil. (1 Corinthians 14:33), (2 Corinthians 4:4) We are to put on the armor of God . (Ephesians 6:10-19). Find out if you have any peace about it. Peace is like an umpire giving you direction. If there is a bad feeling like a churning in your gut then back away and wait on God. (Colossians 3:15).
How God will lead you

God will lead you mostly through His word. (John 1:14) God will lead you in the operation of the gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:1-11) which is as the Spirit wills and is in direct union with the inner witness. The Holy Spirit will also bring to your remembrance the word of God that you placed in your heart at just the time you need it. This comes from studying and spending time praying in the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 5:14).

Vision and dreams.

The Open vision is like a daydream. It shows you a clear picture of Gods plan and it usually happens after you were in a deep attitude of praise and worship before God .It is referred as to being drunk in the Spirit. Peter had such a vision about the salvation of the gentiles. (Acts 10:10-45.)
We have dreams at night where God can lead you as well. This type of dream often happens when you spend a lot of time in the word before you went to bed. Out of body experience is another way God leads you. It is where you don’t know if you were in the body or not. The Apostle Peter and John had this type of experience found in (2 Corinthians 12:2,3)- (Revelation 1:1-10). These type of dreams and visions are used to give us Gods highly important message and it is followed with inner peace.
I wrote all this to say that we are not to seek dreams and visions to get a spiritual experience, but to seek God.

Signs and wonders

Signs and wonders follow the believer. (Mark 16:16-20) These signs show that we are in Gods will and that we believe in the Name of Jesus.
To maintain you Spiritual walk with God and be led by Him you must keep Studying, praying, praise & worship, Most of all you must have Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Then you are on your way to a wonderful Christian walk with God.

1 comment:

David said...

I just read your Feb. 28th post and wish I'd read it before last Saturday. It fit right in with what God worked out in my life. It also contrasted against the wisdom of the world, which this Jewish woman needs to get past to be able to hold onto the Truth. Good job. Wish the formatting was better, but I know that it's a pain with these blogs. They just through the words up there. Unless you know how to write HTML everything looks like one long sentence. I KNOW that isn't how you wrote it. I've had the same thing happen to me.