Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Guidance to Reveal God’s Will.
This is the Way - Walk in It.
Each week as we meet to pray
over our city, I present a short teaching before we pray.Today I gave a handout by Rev. James Goll with
Ten Essentials for Guidance by the Holy Spirit.I will add it to the end of my short remarks.
Guidance many times comes as
we read God’s Word.Usually we are led
by the inward witness of the Holy Spirit.We do not always realize that it is God speaking because to us - - it seems
to be our own thoughts and we think it is just me.As Believers we must begin to recognize that
God is always speaking and looking out for our best.
Jesus at one time said, “I
must needs go through Samaria.”
Because Jesus was so close in
relationship with His Father God, and so full of the Holy Spirit, He was always
aware of the promptings of God’s voice.He KNEW that He knew - - and in this case it was He needed to make that
visit because someone in Samaria
required Living Water.
Paul and his company of
friends made plans to take the Gospel to Asia.Now it is not wrong to make plans, because
the Bible warns of being slothful and not prepared.In one place it says not to make plans
because you don’t know what tomorrow will bring.Here there must be a balance.However Paul had some plans; but the Holy
Spirit warned Him not to go to Asia.The Bible does not say how this warning came;
if it was an inner prompting, a dream or vision or perhaps one of the prophets
traveling with them using the gift of the word of knowledge.
That very night as Paul was sleeping, he had a
vision of a man calling from Macedonian to “Come over and help us.” That
settled it, they had their word and now they had confirmation by a vision to
change their plans.The Bible does not
indicate that they were upset about the change; rather they willingly decided
to follow God’s Guidance.
Circumstances can dictate a
direction that you probably did not expect.Even then all direction what ever way it comes must line up with God’s
Word and not contradict your personal inward witness of right and wrong.
David was fleeing from King
Saul who wanted to kill him, and he and his men discovered a nice dark cave to hide in.That same night King Saul also found the same
cave and decided it would be a nice place to sleep.David’s friends said, “Look how God had made
these circumstances to be in your favor and now you can kill King Saul.”David knew he could not kill Saul, because we
must always honor and respect our leaders (and our parents) even if we do not
agree with them.
Circumstances often will give
us guidance, but again they must line up with what you know to do is right and
God is interested in your
everyday life and He cares about you and the little things that seem so trifle.
I used this personal story to illustrate.
Yesterday as I returned home,
I noticed my dog Joy running to meet me from behind the garage.Usually she is on the porch and both dogs
come to greet me.I was strongly
impressed to walk behind the garage and see what was going on.In my garden area, I discovered the hose was
running and water was going everywhere. The day before, I had watered my chard,
and apparently I had forgotten to turn the water off.Circumstances caused me to discover this and
correct it.It is good to give thanks
when God brings you guidance.
As we pray over our city, we
will allow the Holy Spirit to guide our prayers for our neighborhood, our city
our State and our Nation.
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You may want to review the
following hand out by Prophet James Goll.
"10 Essential Principles of Divine
James W. Goll, Franklin, TN
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.John 16:13 NASV
Geiger Counter and Hearing God
German physicist invented the Geiger counter in 1945. It is an instrument used
for detecting the presence and intensity of radiation. When radiation is
detected the device makes a distinct clicking sound. The closer you get to the
substance and the greater intensity of its matter, the louder and faster the
clicking noise becomes.
I have often thought that learning to hear God's voice can be a lot
like a Geiger counter. As you process what you are hearing and apply important
checks and balances, there is an inner witness that you learn to pay attention
to. You check in with the Holy Spirit; you listen to your "knower";
you weigh what you heard against the Word of God; you evaluate the content and
fruit of the message; and you bear witness or you don't – it either clicks or
you are filled with the Holy Spirit there is a divine guidance system that
comes with the package. Learning how to cooperate with Him to recognize His
voice and avoid the subtle deception of the enemy takes time, but there are
distinct principles (or clicks) that we can learn to quickly distinguish.
Principles of Divine Guidance
the voice of the Holy Spirit is more of an art form than a rigid technique. Yet
there are basic ground rules that are essential for each of us to apply. Here
are Ten Principles of Divine Guidance will help you recognize God's direction
in your life.
1. The Will of
God is Made Known in the Word of God.
people start trying to listen to the subjective when they've never first been
grounded in the objective. They don't have a gauge to judge what they're
sensing, hearing, feeling, thinking, or what I call "knowing."
the Scripture is hidden in your heart, you have an internal gauge of truth. It
aids you in evaluating every thought and voice that may come your way. God's
core values become rooted and established in your heart when you have read and
memorized the Word. So the first guidance principle is always that the
will of God is made known in the Word of God. God's Word is the final judge in
The Will of God is Confirmed through Circumstances.
principle can be a "little tricky" if used in isolation. It must be
merged with the other guidance principles. So let's get this basic point down.
God really wants you to hear and obey His voice – so He will even go out of His
way to confirm His Word. How? Yes, at times through circumstances, and even
through extreme circumstances if He needs to!
realize there are some exceptions to this principle, but God does guide us
circumstantially as well. Ask in faith for Him to guide you and lead
you. Push fear aside and even ask God to prove Himself to You. He loves a dare
and will take you up on it!
The Holy Spirit Speaks from Where He Dwells.
does God dwell? God not only dwells in Heaven, but if you are a child of God
and have been filled with the Holy Spirit, He lives within you. According to 1 Corinthians 6:19, "We
are the Temple
of the Living God." He speaks to us from where He dwells.
Where does God dwell? Colossians 1:27 tells us plainly,
"Christ in us is the hope of
you listened to your heart lately? What is beating in your heart? The Holy
Spirit is Heaven's Representative in all true guidance. God guides from the
place God resides. And the people said, "Amen!"
Divine Guidance Comes from Meeting God's Conditions.
58 is an incredible passage of Scripture where God's chosen fast is brilliantly
described in detail. It speaks about honoring God and the observance of the
Sabbath. Removing the pointing of the finger and feeding the poor are also
addressed. Several key conditions are listed along with the attitudes they
corresponding promise is listed in Isaiah 58:11, "And the Lord will continually guide
you." But the conditions are listed first. What are
the conditions that must be met for your promise to be unlocked? Meet the
conditions and His eye will surely guide you.
True Guidance is Accompanied by the Peace of God.
is peace in the midst of a storm. Peace does not mean there is no
storm. Peace does not mean there's no warfare either. There is a
center of quiet that is in the midst of the turbulence of life. True guidance
from God does not push you; it brings peace and satisfaction.
says, "The wisdom which
comes down from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full
of mercy, and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy." I
love the order. Pure, peaceable, gentle... Isn't that everything you would want
hearing God to be all about? Don't you want to bear good fruit? God is not the
author of confusion but mercy, gentleness and peace.
Much Guidance from God Comes Unaware.
of our guidance comes undetected. Why? Because of His marvelous ways! Also
because we've asked Him to continually guide us! We want to do His will. Divine
guidance means God is moving in our lives and impressing our minds with His
thoughts so that we can make wise decisions.
wisely depicts, "He leads the
humble in justice, and teaches the humble His way." Again, a
condition is spoken which unlocks the provision. Humility is the doorway
whereby we learn not just the will of God, but the ways of God. I love God's
gentle nudges and whispers in the night. Don't you? (Photo via James Goll)
Divine Guidance Does Not Mean We Know All the Details.
that isn't what you wanted to hear. The problem with guidance is often that we
want the rooftop experience where we can see the beginning from the end. We
want to know the grand call that concludes with X, Y and Z! Now the Lord wants
us, in a sense, to have a rooftop view. But often in our daily walks it's only
the A, B and C's you gaze upon.
of the time, you will only see what is three feet in front of you. Here
is a word of wisdom – enjoy the walk in the park. Life is more than
just another meeting or the next hot word with gigantic details. Life is
precious. Live it to the fullest. If you obey your A, B and C you will get to
R, S and T and eventually finish your course of X, Y and Z!
The Process of Guidance is Not Always Pleasant.
Isaiah 55:8-9 declares, "My
thoughts are not your thoughts. Neither are your ways My ways declares the
Lord. For as the heavens are higher the earth, so are My ways higher than your
ways and My thoughts than your thoughts." The New Testament
teaches us that we can have the "mind of Christ". But many of us
still have struggles with our own thoughts, opinions, reasoning, traditions,
and strongholds that are contrary to His.
God likes coming in and busting those up. He has determined that we will never
be the same again. He calls us to authentic lifestyles where bearing our cross
is not a pain but a delight. So the process might be painful for the moment,
but the end result will be His life expressed through us in exchange for our
Hearing God Speak Should Prompt You to Action.
Daniel 11:32b promises, "but
the people who know their God will display strength and take action."
I want to be a person of faith and does exploits in the name of the Lord. Don't
times people are looking for the next thing, the next word, and the next
calling. I have a word for you today. Have you completed the last orders God
gave you? Sometimes people are trying to get to the next thing, when they have
not completed the last thing. I say to you, "What was the last
thing God said to you to do? Have you completed it?" Then get busy!
Guidance is a Skill to be Learned over a Lifetime.
not a one-time experience where you heard God speak once and then you rehearse
the same old testimony all the rest of your life! It is a lifetime walk with
Him! Hearing God is a skill to be learned and passed on to others.
learned early on a basic life principle. For the most part, when it comes to
guidance, I can hear the Holy Spirit through the gifts of the Spirit for
others. But when it comes to me and my individual life and walk with Him, I
hear Him the same way others do. Through a relationship built over a lifetime!
There is something that will never fade or ever circumstantially go
away – it is RELATIONSHIP with God. Be like John the beloved and lean your head upon the chest of your
Messiah and Master. Listen for the very heartbeat of God. Cultivate a
friendship with Jesus. True guidance is not just a one-time thing or a
one-night stand, it is finding the Guide Himself and walking
in His Ways