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5 Things to Know About Allowing God Lead You

1. Be Patient

 Then the Lord said, “I will certainly return to you about this time a year from now. At that time your wife Sarah will have a son.”

Genesis 18:10 (NCV)

A mature Christian is one who has learned to yield to the Spirit of God.

Children always want to have their own way. They only want you to hear what they have to say.

When you come to understand that there is timing in accordance with God’s plan, you become patient.

God is always faithful, and as he had promised, Abraham eventually had Isaac.

There was a time in the plan of God for this to happen.

You hold on quietly, believing what God has said.

Your patience is a reflection of your faith.

Waiting for Him shows you believe in Him and consider Him faithful.

The peace that Christ gives is to guide you in the decisions you make; for it is to this peace that God has called you together in the one body. And be thankful.

Colossians 3:15 (GNT)

2. Look Out for the Motions of the Spirit.

Peace is our default setting. The moment your peace is taken away, stop.

Watch out for that check in your spirit…

You feel troubled in your spirit, or you don’t feel good about it.

Or you are restrained inside, and you sense in your spirit not to take action.

Don’t force it; don’t try to make it work.

3. We are not Strangers to the Spirit..

 My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me.

John 10:27 (ISV)

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

Romans 8:14 (KJV)

Be conscious of hearing and responding.

The Spirit of God is in us to teach us to profit and to lead us in the way that we should go.

Every step of the way, He is with you.

He knows the best path for your life.

He delights in counseling you and also watches over you to make sure you go in the right direction.

He doesn’t just show you; He walks the way with you.

4. He Breaks Down the Big Picture

 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

Psalm 32:8 (KJV

The Bible is the big picture, where you see you ought to prosper, but the specifics of where you should do business, for example, aren’t written there.

He breaks the big picture into bits and gives specific instructions that you can understand.

God does spectacular things sometimes, but don’t always look out for spectacular things before you know it’s God.

Acts 16

5. Don’t be Led by Assumed Outcomes.

Next Paul and Silas traveled through the area of Phrygia and Galatia, because the Holy Spirit had prevented them from preaching the word in the province of Asia at that time. Then coming to the borders of Mysia, they headed north for the province of Bithynia, but again the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them to go there…

That night Paul had a vision: A man from Macedonia in northern Greece was standing there, pleading with him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!” So we decided to leave for Macedonia at once, having concluded that God was calling us to preach the Good News there…

 One day as we were going down to the place of prayer, we met a slave girl who had a spirit that enabled her to tell the future. She earned a lot of money for her masters by telling fortunes. She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, and they have come to tell you how to be saved.”

This went on day after day until Paul got so exasperated that he turned and said to the demon within her, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And instantly it left her.

Her masters’ hopes of wealth were now shattered, so they grabbed Paul and Silas and dragged them before the authorities at the marketplace.

They were severely beaten, and then they were thrown into prison

Acts 16: 6-7,9-10,16-19,23 (NLT)

Whether the outcome is seemingly good or bad, just be confident that you were led by God.

After being led by the Spirit, Paul and Silas were beaten.

But the outcome was the salvation of the jailor and his family.

Don’t think that if it is God, then He won’t lead you through the fire.

He never said you wouldn’t go through the fire.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you,
    and through the rivers, they shall not flow over you.
When you walk through fire, you shall not be burned,
    and the flame shall not scorch you.

Isaiah 43:2 (LEB)

Yes, even if I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will not be afraid of anything, because You are with me. You have a walking stick with which to guide and one with which to help. These comfort me. 

Psalm 23:4 (NLV)

How would Joseph have explained his life? Today, men would have said he was an unfortunate fellow.

So Joseph said to his brothers again, “Come here to me. I beg you, come here.” When the brothers went to him, he said to them, “I am your brother Joseph. I am the one you sold as a slave to Egypt. Now don’t be worried. Don’t be angry with yourselves for what you did. It was God’s plan for me to come here. I am here to save people’s lives.

Genesis 45:4-5 (ERV)

Don’t predict your outcome and don’t let men plot your graph.

Don’t only listen for His voice because you prayed. Listen for His leading in your everyday life.

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