The Holy Ghost will bring guidance to your life through three primary ways: the inward witness, the voice of the human conscience, and the Holy Spirit speaking directly to you through an audible voice, visions, dreams, or prophecy. The key to staying on course and not getting deceived is not relying on any single one of these as a source. Read More…
The third way to be led of the Spirit of God is found in Acts 10:19: “While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee.” From time to time, the Holy Spirit will speak directly to you. The difference between His voice and the still, small voice on the inside is authority. The Holy Spirit’s voice is authoritative. It’s that sense of command inside you that is so strong that you almost look around. It is as though somebody said something to you. That’s the voice of the Holy Spirit speaking directly to you. He commands or speaks with authority only He can speak with that kind of jars you a little bit. Read More…
The second way we’re led of the Spirit of God is by what some ministers call “the inward voice.” This can also be referred to as the voice of the human conscience or the “still, small voice.” Let’s look at this in Romans 9:1.
I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost….
The human conscience is that sense of right or wrong that comes to you based on this inward standard of values that tends to direct your decision-making process. Read More…
The Spirit of God leads us in three primary ways. The first and most common way is the “inward witness.” Romans 8:14 says:
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
If you’re a son or daughter of God, then you are to be led by the Spirit of God. Verse 16 tells us the primary way that’s to take place:
The spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.
And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said, Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said. And it was so: for he rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece, a bowl full of water. And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once: let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew. And God did so that night: for it was dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew on all the ground. (Judges 6:36–40)
Have you ever put out a fleece before God as Gideon did? A fleece is a set of circumstances that must be fulfilled exactly as you’d like to confirm God’s direction to you. “God, if You want me to do that, then please do this so I can know it’s really You. Then I’ll do it.” I can guarantee that if you try to receive direction by putting out a fleece, you’re going to get fleeced. Read More…
How does the Holy Spirit lead us?
Many people don’t know the answer to this, yet it is one of the most important considerations for us as believers. So I want to show you some of the ways the Holy Spirit speaks to us in my next few blog posts.
The first thing to understand is where the Spirit’s leading is going to come from. John 14:23 says:
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
This is an interesting concept: you are going to become the habitation of not just the Holy Spirit. It says the Father and the Son. This is part of the Pauline revelation—Christ in you, the hope of glory. Read More…
Following the Lord’s direction isn’t easy. Sometimes the places He leads us to aren’t as smooth as we would like them to be, but that doesn’t mean God didn’t direct us there.
I’ve watched people follow the Lord’s direction, but question it when times became tough. They change what they are doing because they claim God is moving them on to something else. Now I’m not in the business of telling people what God is saying to them, but I do know this:God never moves you out at the bottom of a battle when you’re still under your circumstance.
If you are doing something you believe the Lord initially called you to do, don’t cut and run when things get difficult. Stick with it until you are successful. It can be hard to stay, but it’s important that you do, trusting the Lord to take you through the place He brought you. When you reach a high point, listen to the Lord. Maybe you’ll get another assignment, maybe not. If God’s going to move you on, it’s going to be from a point of victory and success where your effort will glorify the Lord.
2. Marriage Goals
After you’ve addressed the personal goals you will set for 2014, turn and focus on what you can do to strengthen your marriage. Now, in order to reach a marriage’s apex, I realize it requires the effort of both parties. You can’t make yourself experience a good marriage just through the exercise of your faith and not your spouse’s faith—but that doesn’t mean you can’t write down goals for your marriage. Read More…
Yesterday, I started talking about the fact that resolutions are a God-given idea. God wants us to set goals and objectives to help us make progress in our lives. Today I want to talk about the first area in our lives we need to address when we make our goals for 2014.
1. Personal Goals
The first goals you set for 2014 shouldn’t have to do with your business or even your family. The highest priority for you is your personal relationship with the Lord. Without spending time with Him, you will not go anywhere in the kingdom of God.
Mac Hammond is senior pastor of Living Word Christian Center, a nondenominational church located in Brooklyn Park (a suburb of Minneapolis), Minnesota. Pastor Mac Hammond also hosts the Winner's Way television broadcast and has authored several internationally distributed books. Mac Hammond is broadly acclaimed for his ability to apply the principles of the Bible to practical situations and the challenges of daily living.
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