The Holy Spirit is the most important asset to Christian living. The Holy Spirit gets a bad rap for a lot of bad emotional displays. Many people think that only the jumping, screaming, giggling is the evidence of the Holy Ghost. The Holy Spirit has been sent to lead and guide us into all the truth. He is a truth giving Spirit.
What do you think when people start laughing uncontrollably or falling on the floor during a Holy Spirit Conference?
What’s the benefit? God only leads a man into profitable paths of life. When you are led by the Spirit of God, you don’t have to worry about crashing when you go there. You don’t have to worry about being disappointed or sad because things don’t work out. You will always be safer in Gods will than outside of it. We try to lead our lives and never acknowledge the Spirit of God. We look at things and because they seem good to us and we take it and in the end it’s a tragedy. We are living in a dangerous time right now when we are going to have to learn how to acknowledge God in everything that we do. You can’t just go anywhere without praying about it, whether it’s a park, a city, a job, serving in a ministry.
God desires to lead and guide us into profit. When we yield to the HS there are many benefits. 1. Enjoy the protection that comes from allowing God to lead and guide your life, 2. You will enjoy God backing you up
On 9-11, the spirit of God spoke to everyone. There were those who could not hear him because they didn’t have a relationship with Him, there are those who heard Him but did not obey Him, and those who God spoke to and they obeyed what they heard. God desires to lead and guide your life if we let him and recognize it.
How about when you are contemplating marrying someone? What would the Holy Spirit say?
Proverbs 20 27 The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord, Searching and examining all the innermost parts of his being. This means that God is going to use our own spirit to guide us. The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord.
We know that God will lead us through our spirit. Man does not have a spirit, he is a spirit. He possesses a soul and lives in side of a physical body. He didn’t say the body is the lamp, or the soul, but rather the spirit. With your body, you contact the physical things in this world, with the soul you contact the intellectual things in this world, and with the spirit you contact the spiritual world. If we are not educated an informed about our spirit beings, then the transmission keeps going forth and we try to pick it up with our soul or our body when it should be picked up in our spirit. We need to develop some spiritual conscience.
How do we get in the position to receive the transmission, so that when God is speaking, leading, guiding, we are able to listen and obey?
There Are Conditions:
God will not lead just anyone. Not everyone is entitled to his daily leading and direction. Certain conditions must be in place to enjoy divine direction. He wants to lead, He wants to guide. There are things that hinder Him from communicating to us.
You must be born again – The infilling of the Holy Spirit is not for the world; it is for believers. Referring to the infilling of the Holy Spirit, Jesus said, “ 17 the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive [and take to its heart] because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He (the Holy Spirit) remains with you continually and will be in you. (John 14:17).
Some people say “we are ALL God’s children” Is this true?
John 3 3 Jesus answered him, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless a person is born again [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified], he cannot [ever] see and experience the kingdom of God.”
John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him
1 Corinthians 2 14 But the natural [unbelieving] man does not accept the things [the teachings and revelations] of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness [absurd and illogical] to him; and he is incapable of understanding them, because they are spiritually discerned and appreciated, [and he is unqualified to judge spiritual matters].
There’s 3 types of men in the world, a natural minded man, a carnal minded man, and a spiritual minded man. You are one of the 3. If you are not born again, you are a natural man who is governed by his senses. Things are not real to you if your senses do not agree with them. If you can’t see it, touch it, taste it, feel it, it’s not real to you. A carnal man is a man who has been born again, but doesn’t renew his mind. Even though he got born again, he still allows his senses to rule his life. A spiritual man is a man who follows the dictates of the Word and Spirit of God. He doesn’t care what his senses say, he cares what the Word says and what the Spirit says.
Which one of the three were you?
Just as the human mind can be educated and trained intellectually, so the human spirit can be trained spiritually. It can be built up in strength just as the body can be built up. In this lesson we will look at four ways by which this can be accomplished: Meditating in the Word of God, Practicing the Word of God, Giving the Word of God First Place, Instantly Obeying the Voice of Our Spirit
As we apply these four principles to our daily lives, we can come to know the will of God in even the minor details of life.
Rule 1 – Meditating in the Word of God
Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for THEN thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
After Moses’ death when God anointed Joshua to lead the children of Israel, God told him at the very outset of his ministry of the importance of meditating in the Word. Another translation of the last phrase of Joshua 1:8, quoted above, says, “You will be able to deal wisely in the things of life.” Certainly we wouldn’t have good success if we could not deal wisely in the things of life. God told Joshua to meditate in the Word, and that if he would do so God would make his way prosperous and he would have good success.
How has meditating on the Word of God help you have good success?
Rule 2 – Practicing the Word of God – James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. Practicing the Word is what James called being a “doer of the Word.” Some people think that being a doer of the Word is keeping the Ten Commandments. However, under the new covenant we have one commandment – the commandment of love. If you love someone, you won’t steal from him. You won’t lie about him. Paul said love is the fulfilling of the law. If you walk in love, you won’t break any law that was given to curb sin.
In this verse of scripture James was urging believers to do primarily what is written in the epistles, to act upon this Word. For example, Paul wrote to the Philippians, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” (Philippians 4:6). The Amplified translation says, “Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything. But in everything by prayer and supplication let your requests be made known unto God with thanksgiving.”
Usually we practice only part of this. We don’t mind practicing the part that tells us to pray. But if we just practice one part and not the other, we are not practicing the Word. We are not a doer of the Word.
First of all, the Lord said not to fret. If we are going to fret and have anxieties, then it isn’t going to do any good to make requests. If God said not to fret, then this means that we can keep from it. God is a just God and He won’t ask us to do something that we cannot do.
Have you ever prayed for something and still worry about it?
If we follow Paul’s advice and “do not fret or have anxiety about anything,” then we can believe God for the promise of the verse that follows: “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7). Many people want what this seventh verse talks about, but they don’t want to do what the sixth verse says in order to get it. However, to receive this “peace … which passeth all understanding,” we must “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” (verse 6).
“God’s peace will stand guard,” is the Amplified Version of verse 7. It will keep guard over your heart and your spirit.
The education of our spirits comes by practicing the Word. Can you reap the results and have peace without being a doer of the Word? No, we really can’t. Be a doer of the Word and you’ll grow spiritually.
Rule 3 – Giving the Word First Place – Proverbs 4:20-22 – 20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. 21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. 22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
With so many different voices surrounding us, it is often difficult to stop and listen to the voice of the Word of God. Family and friends are always ready to give us their opinions and advice. However, an essential of training the spiritual man is learning to listen to what God’s Word has to say to us. It is giving the Word first place in our lives.
If we will do these three things, we will find that God’s Word is “… life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh” (verse 22). We will enter into the life more abundant in Christ Jesus. We will find physical healing for our bodies. All we need to do is to give God’s Word first place in our lives.
Have you ever been taken over by an event in your life that made you put church aside? What was the result?
Rule 4 – Instantly Obeying the Voice of Our Spirit – The human spirit has a voice. We call that voice conscience. Sometimes it is called intuition. We call it an inner voice of guidance. It is our spirit talking to us. Every man’s spirit has a voice, whether he is saved or unsaved. But the new birth is a rebirth of the human spirit. As your spirit meditates upon the Word, this is where your spirit gets its information. Learn to obey your spirit.
“The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord …” God will use your spirit to guide you. He will use it to enlighten you. As your spirit meditates and feeds upon the Word, then it becomes more and more a safe guide. It is trained in the Word.
As we learn to obey the voice of our spirit, we will come to the place where we know what we should do in all phases of life. The Lord will guide us. “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:6). Faith in Action: “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only ….” (James 1:22)
In theology there is the general and the specific will of God. We all wanna hear the specific voice of God when we have a job opportunity or buying a new home or are you making an important decision as far as marriage or family or something like that we need a specific word from God and we want to hear a specific word from God but never give place to the general voice of God.
If we just wait every 5 or 6 month or every few years have a big decision and we want God to speak into that part of our lives yet were not accustomed with how He speaks and we’re not in a habit of meeting with him and hearing from him on a regular basis. It’s much more difficult to hear those specific words from God when we don’t even know how to hear the general words.
What are some examples of the general word of God that speaks to you?
If we value something or someone then we will set aside time for them and if I said do you do you value God’s voice do you value hearing from Him, we would all yes but, then if I asked you how much time in your daily schedule have you set aside to hearing gods voice?