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Being led By the Spirit: 5 Things You Should Know

My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, they’ll never be lost, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 

John 10:27–28 (ISV)

Only those people who are led by God’s Spirit are his children. God’s Spirit doesn’t make us slaves who are afraid of him. Instead, we become his children and call him our Father. God’s Spirit makes us sure that we are his children. 

Romans 8:14–16 (CEV)

Sons of God are led, directed, and guided by the Spirit.

The real you is the spirit in your body.

When God speaks to you, He speaks to your spirit.

We are not led externally; we are led internally.

God’s guidance is not limited to specific moments of prayer or conscious thought; He can speak to us at any time and in unexpected ways. Therefore, it is important to always be attentive and open to the leading of the Spirit, even in the midst of our daily activities. 

Sometimes the instruction defies human reasoning. And even when it sounds reasonable, you still can’t predict the outcome.

When you meditate on the word, it begins to affect your mind, and you become more sensitive to His promptings.

You cause me to know the path of life;
    in your presence is joyful abundance,
        at your right hand there are pleasures forever.

Psalm 16:11 (ISV)

1. Don’t be led by Opportunities

Just because something is good doesn’t make it right for you.

 The Lord God commanded the man. He said, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden. But you must never eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil because when you eat from it, you will certainly die.”

Genesis 2:16-17 (GW)

The woman saw that the tree had fruit that was good to eat, nice to look at, and desirable for making someone wise. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it… The Lord God called to the man and asked him, “Where are you?”

Genesis 3:6,9 (GW)

That something looks good doesn’t mean it is good. Like someone said, not all open doors are open doors; some are traps.
You have to know which door is actually good for you and how to know is in your spirit, because your senses or your mind may be telling you this looks good.

Even if a prophet gives you a word of prophecy, your spirit ought to bear witness.
Many are misled because they don’t know that the prophet today is not meant to give you direction. Today, we have the Holy Ghost inside of us to lead us. The prophet can only bear witness to or confirm what God has already told you; nothing should surprise you.

2. Don’t be led by Pressure

Never make a life-changing decision in the midst of the storm.

God doesn’t pressure you; only the devil does that. He may even present you with two wrong decisions and be compelling you to make a choice.

If you feel troubled in your heart, wait. Don’t be in a hurry.

Whenever you feel pressured on the inside, know it’s not the Spirit of God. God never pressures you; only the devil does. 

God always gives you a choice; He doesn’t force you to do anything, so make the decision to follow Him.

3. Don’t be led by Feelings

Just because it feels good doesn’t mean it’s good for you. What instruction are you getting on the inside?

There is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way of death.

Proverbs 14:12 (AMPC)

Don’t ignore the voice on the inside and begin to regret it later.

If you are used to responding to those little instructions in your spirit,
when it comes to the bigger decisions, you will know what to do because you recognize His voice.

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4. Don’t be led by Fear

Why did you make that decision? Was it out of fear?

Some people are not going for certain health procedures because they are afraid, but they think they are in faith.
Ask yourself the question, “Why am I making this decision?”

When you begin to sense fear, know that it’s not of God, so don’t allow fear to lead you.
because fear is not a good leader, and that’s why Jesus always says, “Fear not”. 

Sometimes in your head there is confusion, but in your heart there is peace. Follow your heart.

Sometimes it may be the opposite: turbulence in your heart, but your head is clear; follow your heart.

The peace in your heart is the umpire.

5. Let the Peace of God Decide

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)

Let the Holy Spirit guide you in your everyday life. Allow Him to lead you in your decision-making. He knows everything. Follow His voice, and your peace will remain.

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

John 14:16-17 (KJV)

Jesus said, “My peace I give you,” meaning your default mode as a believer is peace.

Allow God’s peace to govern your heart like an umpire; any matter that troubles you shouldn’t proceed until you regain your peace.

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