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 good.

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 Guidance"

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
The Geiger Counter and Hearing God

A 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 it doesn't.

When 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.

Ten Principles of Divine Guidance

Discerning 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.

Some 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."

When 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 all guidance.

2. The Will of God is Confirmed through Circumstances.

This 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!

I 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!

3. The Holy Spirit Speaks from Where He Dwells.

Where 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 glory."

Have 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!"

4. Divine Guidance Comes from Meeting God's Conditions.

Isaiah 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 require.

God's 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.

5. True Guidance is Accompanied by the Peace of God.

There 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.

James 3:17 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.

6. Much Guidance from God Comes Unaware.

Much 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.

Psalm 25:9 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)

7. Divine Guidance Does Not Mean We Know All the Details.

Uh-oh, 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.

Most 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!

8. 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.

Well, 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 own efforts.

9. 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 you?

Many 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!

10. Guidance is a Skill to be Learned over a Lifetime.

It's 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.

I 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

Dr. James W. Goll
Founder of Encounters Network • God Encounters Training e-School • Prayer Storm  - -
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A very wise lesson that I so needed to hear. I have printed it out and put it on my dresser to refer to each day. Thank you, Hazel. How blessed are all that encounter you. Love you Laurie M