How to be Led by the Spirit- Part 2

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
Romans 8:14 NKJV

There are actually principles found in the Word of God that increase sensitivity to the Spirit of God. God is always speaking. If we are not hearing Him it is not because He is not saying anything. The church I attend owns the radio station KMTC. I do not pick up KMTC on my radio unless I am tuned to their station. If I am not picking it up I do not need to call their station mad at them, especially if my tuner is not set to their station. I may be on an AM frequency when they are on FM. I may be too far away, out of range (Selah). I do not need to sit down and cry saying that God does not want me to hear the radio. The only reason this scenario sounds ridiculous is because we are so developed in natural understanding that very few people do not know how to operate a radio. We should be equally diligent to understand how matters of the spirit function. 1 Corinthians 1:1 literally says concerning matters of the spirit, I do not want you ignorant (gifts is italicized, the Greek word spiritual is “pneumaticon”, literally translated “spirituals” or “matters of the spirit”).
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant: 1 Corinthians 12:1 NKJV
I am going to discuss some of the ways to get your “spiritual tuner” set to God’s “frequency”.
The first key I want to consider is that God always moves from the general to the specific. There are two realms to the will of God, God’s general will found in the Word of God, and the specific will that is unique to the individual. A good example of this is what has come to be known as the “great commission”.
And He (Jesus) said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15 NKJV
That Word is valid to every believer whether or not you have a five-fold ministry call on your life. But although the Bible says “Go into all the world” it does not say “Travis, go to Mexico next week and have a crusade”. “Go into all the world” is God’s general will, whereas, “Travis, go to Mexico” is God’s specific will. This is important for several reasons. First of all, we need to understand we need not put the faith destroying words, “If it be thy will” at the end of our prayers when we are dealing with God’s general will expressed in the Bible. You need not pray, “Heal uncle Ned, if it be thy will. If not give him grace to bear it.” Why? Because we have God’s will concerning healing in Isaiah 53.
And by His stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5b NKJV
We certainly would not pray, “Lord, save uncle Ned if it be thy will, If not give him grace to bear it. He is willing to go to hell for thy glory”. Why? Because we know God’s will relative to Uncle Ned’s and everyone’s salvation, God does not show partiality.
Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. Acts 10:34 NKJV
For there is no partiality with God. Romans 2:11 NKJV
We do, however, need to seek God’s will when it pertains to God’s specific leading. “Lord, do I need to buy this stock? “ “Lord, do I need to go this church?”
The next reason it is important to differentiate between God’s specific will and general will is understanding God flows from the general to the specific. For example if you are not faithful to the local church, you are not in position to expect to hear God for his specific will for your life. God is merciful and there are exceptions but I want to be in position where I can expect to hear from God. God tells us not to forsake the local church.
not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:25 NKJV
I get amused at spiritual tumbleweeds rolling from church to church that always have a “word” for you. I got a word for them, GO TO CHURCH! Until you get that right, you probably will not get any specific direction for your life.
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. James 1:22 NKJV
According to James if you see something from the Word of God and do not act on it you are self deceived. We all know people who say that everytime it comes time for a church service an “emergency” happens and they just cannot make it. Yet the same people make every ball game, fishing tournament, garage sale or Tupperware party within a fifty mile radius. Why? They are self deceived. They are not trying to lie to you when they say they cannot make it. They truly believe it. Others tell you that they cannot pay their tithes and yet eat out every meal. They are self deceived. We have to purpose to do the Word if we are going to be sensitive to God’s leading in the realm of the specifics of our life.

Another way of illustrating this principle is that power steering only works when the car is moving. We have to do what we are all called to do in the Word of God to be in position for specific leading on how we are to function in the Body of Christ. Every believer is called to be these five things.

1. Supernatural witness (soul winner)
2. Intercessor
3. Helps
4. Giver
5. Worshipper

To the degree that you fulfill these ministries that are common to every believer, is the degree you will find and fulfill your individual grace and giftings.

The second key to developing sensitivity is Faith.
By faith we understand ... Hebrews 11:3 NKJV
Faith is foundational to leading and understanding. My spiritual father Dr. Jefferson Thompson told me years ago that I am not to trust in my ability to hear God but rather, God’s ability to speak to me if I trust Him. We can get so intimidated by the notion of hearing from God that we become like the donkey chasing a carrot on a string. We have to have faith in God’s leading even if it is painfully apparent that the last hundred decisions we made were contrary to the leading of God.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. James 1:5-8 NKJV
Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:17 NKJV
Notice that Paul equates wisdom with understanding the will of the Lord. So when we harmonize these two passages we understand that if we lack understanding of the will of the Lord or His leading, let us ask in faith regardless of our track record. Repent of past mistakes and move on.

The third key to developing spiritual sensitivity is humility.
The pride of your heart has deceived you... Obadiah 1:3 NKJV
Those who refuse to walk in biblical humility are deceived and do not even know it. The more proud you are the more deceived you are.
But when his heart became arrogant and hardened with pride, he was deposed from his royal throne and stripped of his glory. Daniel 5:20 NIV
Pride causes hardness of heart thus dulling us to the inner promptings of the Holy Spirit.
“God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6 NKJV
Though the LORD is on high, Yet He regards the lowly; But the proud He knows from afar.. Psalm 138:6 NKJV
The fourth key to developing sensitivity is keeping the strife out of your life.
For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. James 3:16 KJV
Unity, agreement, and harmony is what God inhabits.
“Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:18-20 NKJV
Many believers misquote this verse and say where two or three are gathered Jesus is in their midst. But He gives part of the qualifier in verse 18 which is agreement.
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil (symbolizing the Holy Spirit) upon the head, Running down on the beard, The beard of Aaron, Running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon Descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the LORD commanded the blessing— Life forevermore. Psalm 133:1-3 NKJV
Also notice that the oil which represents the Holy Spirit starts at the head. We have to have a submissive attitude to spiritual authority to have sensitivity to the Spirit of God. God inhabits unity and demonic forces inhabit strife. Many are taken off of the earth prematurely because they were in strife which led to confusion which opens the door to every evil work. Marital strife can be a source of dullness.
Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered. 1 Peter 3:7 NKJV
Abram did not receive any further revelation (which is part of God’s leading) until he remedied the strife.
And there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock. The Canaanites and the Perizzites then dwelt in the land. So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife between you and me, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are brethren. And the LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him (the source of the strife)... Genesis 13:7-8,14 NKJV
The fifth key that is crucial to being led on a consistent basis is praying in other tongues.
He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself... 1 Corinthians 14:4 NKJV
Praying in other tongues edifies (Greek-builds up) our spirit man causing the voice of our spirit to supersede the voice of the flesh and mind.
These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit. But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, - Jude 19-20 NKJV
It is these who are [agitators] setting up distinctions and causing divisions--merely sensual [creatures, carnal, worldly-minded people], devoid of the [Holy] Spirit and destitute of any higher spiritual life.
But you, beloved, build yourselves up [founded] on your most holy faith [make progress, rise like an edifice higher and higher], praying in the Holy Spirit; - Jude 19-20 Amplified
In order to compare scripture with scripture we must acknowledge that the praying in the Holy Spirit that Jude is talking about is the same praying in the Spirit Paul speaks of in 1 Corinthians 14 which is praying in other tongues.
For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. - 1 Corinthians 14:14 NKJV
The spirit of a man is the lamp of the LORD, Searching all the inner depths of his heart. - Proverbs 20:27 NKJV
The spirit of man [that factor in human personality which proceeds immediately from God] is the lamp of the Lord, searching all his innermost parts. - Proverbs 20:27 Amplified

Because the spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord, that is the part of us that God communes with. Because praying in tongues is spiritual activity it makes us more aware of our spirit from which that leading originates. Bro. Keith Moore says that if you are expecting a call you have to stay close enough to hear your phone. Praying in tongues keeps us in contact with our spirit thus making us more sensitive.
The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God... - Romans 8:16 NKJV
The sixth key to developing sensitivity is that you have to be willing to be led.
If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority. - John 7:17 NKJV
If you want to truly be led you have to be willing to do His will. Some believers say that they have peace about doing something but they are not willing to hear a “no”. They have their mind so set on something that they are just going through the motions of seeking God’s will.
If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land; - Isaiah 1:19 NKJV
The seventh key to being led is anointed praise and worship. Praise and worship prepares our heart for God’s leading.
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” - Acts 13:2 NIV

Praise and worship also brings God’s manifest presence (for more information on this see “The Three Levels of God’s Presence”, also on this site) which is key to receiving direction.
But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel. - Psalm 22:3 NKJV
...thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. - KJV
But now bring me a musician.” Then it happened, when the musician played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him (Elisha). And he said, “Thus says the LORD... - 1 Kings 3:15-16a NKJV
The eighth and final key to developing sensitivity that we will discuss is fasting.
As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” - Acts 13:2 NKJV
We must understand that fasting changes us and develops sensitivity. It does not change God. Fasting to change God’s mind is a hunger strike. Hunger is one of the most dominate voices of the flesh. We can develop sensitivity by temporarily putting under the voice of the flesh making way for the voice of our spirit.
I humbled myself with fasting... - Psalm 35:13 NKJV
When I wept and chastened my soul with fasting... - Psalm 69:10 NKJV
Please consult a physician before going on an extended fast.

-- Rev. Travis Johnson was born again and Spirit filled in May of 1994. He accepted God's call to ministry in 1996. He graduated from Faith Bible Institute in 1997. He is recognized as an anointed Bible Teacher. His desire is to, along with other ministers of the Body of Christ, empower believers to interpret the Bible for themselves and make the Word of God applicable to be successful in day to day life. Travis currently lives in Arkansas with his wife and daughter.
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