Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.
In the day and hour we are living it will be impossible to always triumph without being led by the Spirit of God. But the good news is that every born again believer can be led. (If you are not sure if you are born again go to the home page and read "Meet my friend Jesus") For Romans 8:14 says "For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God." Being led is part of being in the family of God. So I want to talk to you how to follow the Spirit in every area of life. Just like everything in life it's a learning process. We must learn to follow the leading of the Spirit. If you continue to practice following His leading it will be become more clear. Just like when you spend a lot of time with someone you learn their voice, how they communicate and their likes and dislikes, in the same way when you start spending time with the Spirit and reading His Word you will begin to learn His leading and His ways.
In the most important area of life the way God leads He gives us a knowing in our inner man that we are children of God. Romans 8:16 says
"The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God," . Every person is a three part being, spirit, soul and body, 1 Thessalonians 5:23 mentions this "Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." It is the spirit, our human spirit, that fellowships with the Holy Spirit. The human spirit is the part that is born again 2 Corinthians 5:17
"Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come." The heart the bible calls it sometimes or the spirit of man is we're God speaks to us.
"He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive:for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified." when you are born again the Holy Spirit will speak to you its coming from your innermost being or the area where your belly is and floats up to your mind but it isn't coming from your head but from your spirit which hears from the Holy Spirit.
"But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come."
For us to be successful in the day we live we must hear from the Spirit of truth. Things do not always seem like they are so it is important to hear from the Spirit of God who knows the future and everything that is going on in the world. Jesus says he will "reveal to us the things to come" . The Spirit of God will show us the way to go to stay out of trouble or to be successful in whatever we do.God is interested in every area of our life.
"For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God."
If you are born again you are a child of God and God will led you. Many a time the Spirit of God has led me in life and when I follow that leading it always works out for the best even though I might not understand it when he is leading me. Once I had an impression on the inside just a knowing that I needed to go visit a friend in a town about 100 miles away but not to tell him I was coming. So I drove to my friends house and pulled up in the drive way getting ready to go in when he came out of the house. when he saw me he was surprised to see me. After speaking with him he said that he was discouraged and had just said that he didn't want to have anything to do with God and walked out of the house and saw me in the driveway. I was able to talk to him about how much God loved him and that he sent me to encourage him. I didn't understand why the Spirit didn't want me to tell him I was coming until I did what he said. It had a far greater impact on him when he walked out of the house not knowing I was coming. Many times we don't understand why the Spirit tells us to do things or not to do things until afterward sometime we may never understand but It always is to help us or someone else.
Another time I had an impression not to do something but I reasoned it away "what could a couple of hours a week hurt" which was the time it would take to do what I was wanting to do. It wasn't bad thing actually it looked like a good thing helping people. When I started doing it I had a bad feeling about it but I over rode it.
I did it several years seemingly helping a person. But ten years later it created a legal nightmare when this person began lying. If I had followed that leading I would have been spared all the trouble. I would have never known why I shouldn't have done it but the Holy Spirit knew and was trying to protect me.
Never say that you can't hear from God, because what you say is so important as I have spoke about in other articles.
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;
Just say what God's word says about you no matter if you feel like you can't hear from God at all begin saying "Jesus is my good shepherd and I hear his voice and a stranger I will not follow."
"I'm a child of God and I hear his voice" . Also begin praying in the Spirit in other tongues ( if you don't know what that is or never have been filled with the Spirit after you were born again read my article on the website called "Filled with the Spirit" ) because praying in the Spirit will build you up and make you more sensitivity to hear from God. 1 Corinthians 14:4 says "One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself"
By praying in the spirit you become more aware of spiritual things. During the time of the legal problems the attorney I had, I knew on the inside that he was not the right one for me but I told the Lord I need to know who to go to if I left him so I determined to set a few days and just pray in the spirit I still did things throughout the day but while I was driving and alone I prayed and under my breath when I was in public and decided to go on a partial fast. By the end of the first day I was leaving a stores parking lot praying in tongues when I started praying out a last name of a person in English. When I heard the name I thought I think that's an attorneys name. Sure enough it was and when I changed to him it was the best decision I could have made he was an outstanding attorney. My point is that I got direction by praying in tongues and out of the same place that I was speaking in tongues
When the Spirit leads he will give you steps and when you do the step He will give you the next step to do.
The Spirit of God lives inside of us if we are born again and it's His desire to lead us in every area of life big or small and if we will follow those leadings we will keep from being taken advantage of from people and know what we need to do in every situation to succeed.
One characteristic of being created in God’s image is the ability to choose the words we speak. God has placed in our hands a tool for good or evil, whichever one we choose. This is the reason Satan has such a desire to control men’s tongues, using them as a destructive force. However, God desires men to yield their tongues to Him as a powerful force for good. Proverbs 18:20 says, “death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat it’s fruit.”
As ambassadors for Christ the words that we speak should continually be filled with life. “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear and do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. And be kind to one another tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:29-32, NAS)
We should be a people that speak forth the life of God which is in us. Whether in public or private our words should edify and give grace - which is unmerited favor. Jesus said in Matt. 12:36,37, “ And I say to you, that every careless word that men shall speak, they shall render account for it in the day of judgment. For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned.”
In order to continually have words of life coming out of us, we must continually be putting the Word of Life in us. For out of the abundance of our heart the mouth speaks. We are truly a light in a dark world, the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. One way of showing that light and righteousness is by the words we speak. “For the mouth of the righteous is fountain of life” (Proverbs 10:11). Daily we should ask the Holy Spirit to give us words of life so that we may give life to others and be a fountain of life.
“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to give them.” Deuteronomy 30:19,20
Blessings or curses in life depend on the choices we make. God’s will and way brings blessings, the world’s will and way brings curses. “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” Proverbs 14:12. The world’s ways seem right and good, but its end is death. God sees the end of the paths we take even though we can’t.
God’s desire is for you to be successful in whatever you do. Psalms 16:11 says, “thou wilt make known to me the path of life.” Joshua 1:8 says,” This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it, for then you will have success.”
God will reveal to us the path of life through his word, it’s up to us to take it. though many times God’s way is going completely opposite the rest of the the world. If you’ll continue to stand your ground you will be blessed. God can’t fail and if we have His plan then we cannot fail. God’s path always leads to life, but the world’s always leads to death.
There are many ways the world offers for success. but they never last--- God’s ways will never fail. “And the world is passing away and also its lusts but the one who does the will of God abides forever.
I encourage you to do things the way God says to do them and you’ll never fail. Life or death - it’s your choice.
Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs
Ephesians 5:18-20 says “And be not drunk with wine, for that is excess, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father”.
In Colossians 3:16 it says “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God”
Its Gods plan that all of us encourage ourselves and others with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs that will come up out of our spirit from the Holy Spirit. Just like when you speak in tongues (if you are not filled with the Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues read my blog on being “Baptized with the Holy Spirit”) words come up out of your spirit from the Holy Spirit and you pray out mysteries, praying God’s perfect plan for your life. The words don’t come from your mind but out of your spirit from the Holy Spirit. We can all have psalms, hymns and spiritual songs working in our lives the same way.
An example of a psalm that came up out of my spirit recently:
Jesus is mine
There is victory every time
I’m washed in His blood
Kept in HIs hand
Delivered from the enemies plan
Jesus is merciful
Jesus is kind
Always living with Him in mind
There is ups and there is downs
but steady is he
who keeps his eye on Thee
Speaking in psalms is like everything else you do with God, it’s by faith. Just like when you speak in tongues you don’t get all that your going to say at once you only get one word or phrase at a time and when you speak it out you get the next word or phrase. The same thing is true in speaking psalms you will get a word or phrase and as you speak it you will get the next phrase. Speaking psalms is a form of what the bible calls prophecy (inspired utterance) and Romans 12:6 says .... He that has the gift of prophecy, let him exercise it according to the proportion of his faith.
As you exercise this more, by doing it, your faith grows in that area and you will be able to speak out more.
One way to help you get started speaking psalms is praying in the spirit (tongues) because 1 Corinthians 14:4 says “One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself” and then in 1 Corinthians 14:13-15 it says “Therefore let one who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret. For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. What is the outcome then? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the understanding also; I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the understanding also.” So as you start speaking in tongues from your spirit you can switch over to speaking in your known language out of your spirit. Thats also a good way to pray, because you will get things that your mind never knew or thought off. God would not tell us to pray for something that we could not have.
If you are more given to singing you can sing hymns and spiritual songs out the same way I spoke of speaking psalms. When Ephesians , Colossians and other places in the bible were speaking of hymns and spiritual songs it wasn’t speaking of singing out of a hymn book, even though many of the hymns in hymn books were given the way I am referring too, because there were no hymn books at that time, but the bible was saying let the Spirit give you a song or a psalm for the moment.
Speaking to yourselves in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs is for everyone that is born again or the bible would not have told us to do it. You will find that it is a great blessing if you will do it. Several times when I needed to be encouraged the Spirit would give me a psalm and help me through what ever it was I was going through.