Follow His Lead 2

Rom 8:14 KJV For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

Pro 3:5-6 CEV With all your heart you must trust the LORD and not your own judgment.  (6)  Always let him lead you, and he will clear the road for you to follow.

I once served as a Pastor in the inner city of St. Louis, Missouri. Many times I would find myself at the church at different times of the day for hours in study, fasting, worship and prayer. In doing this consistently I became very sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. There came a greater anointing to operate in the gift of the Spirit and hear the voice of the Lord. When you walk in an atmosphere like this, then it’s easy to be led by the Spirit.

Eph 5:18-20 KJV  And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;  (19)  Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;  (20)  Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

These scriptures tell us how we can stay sensitive and full of the Spirit of God. The word filled in these verses means to be influenced or inspired. You can come to the place where you are so yielded to the Holy Spirit that He inspires you to say what He wants said. You can get so controlled by the Spirit that He directs your steps and actions. This, my friend is the way Jesus lived His life while here on earth. The bible teaches that He will direct and make straight your path, lead you into all truth and show you the future. Someone said that if you learn to follow the Holy Spirit, He will lead you to success every time. He truly is our “Heavenly Guide.”

So, I was obeying the scriptures and the presence of the Lord was filling up my life. Sad to say, you can’t stay in church all day. There are daily chores to be done outside of the church building. Thank God the Spirit lives in us and while we are doing earthly chores, He’s still there to direct and anoint us for success. This is why you should have a daily time with God to refresh that anointing, to position yourself to be influenced, empowered and directed by Him at any time. Remember, He will always guide you through to success and victory if you “follow His lead.”

I was heading home from this special time with the Lord and was directed to take a route through the city. I know this had to be God because I do not like driving through the city because there are too many stop signs and signal lights to deal with. It’s better to take the highway and get to your destination faster. As a matter of fact on this particular day I passed up the highway to drive home through the city.

As I drove I passed the home of a woman that I had ministered to several years before. She had requested that I come to pray for her while she was in the hospital. When I visited her, she told me that she was suffering from a heart condition. The doctors said she needed surgery. They went on to say that if she had the surgery they did not believe she would survive the operation because the heart condition was so severe plus factoring in her age and physical condition. That bad news left her looking elsewhere for help. One of her friends had attended several healing clinics I had conducted and was convinced that if she could get me to pray the prayer of faith for her that her problem would be solved. So I prayed and we believed that God would provide deliverance by either fixing the heart she had or giving her a new one. We closed our prayer with thanksgiving and praise and then I left.

 Php 4:6-7 CEV Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts, offer up your prayers and requests to God.  (7)  Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel.

Being a Pastor comes with the responsibility of caring for the flock that God has entrusted to you. I often pray for those outside of my immediate care and forget about them.  This is not a good confession but it happens. Well, two years had passed since I had prayed for this lady and this was the first time she had crossed my mind. I believe it was because I was passing her home on the route the Holy Spirit had directed me to take. As I passed her house and came to one of many of those signal lights that I would have to face going home this way, I looked back and saw this lady come outside onto her porch.

Led by the Spirit I turned the car, making several u-turns and pulled my vehicle up in front or her house.  I left the car and went inside the yard and up to the porch to greet her and asked how she was doing. To my surprise she did not recognize me. I found the reason was because she was now legally blind. She was fitted with those glasses with lens so thick that they look like the bottom of coke bottles. She told me that her sight had gotten so bad that with or without the glasses she could not see beyond three feet.

She said that God had fixed her heart without having to have the surgery and the heart was working fine. We praised the Lord for His faithfulness to heal that heart condition and extending her life then I began to talk to her about the severe eye problems she had.

I told her that the God who had fixed her heart could and would fix her eyes if we would pray and believe the way we did when we prayed for the heart condition. I reminded her that Jesus said that all things were possible with God and that He could do far beyond what we could ask or think. Jesus said that if we would ask in agreement, the Father would grant us our desire.

 Luk 1:37 CEV Nothing is impossible for God!”

Eph 3:20 Murdock  Now to him who is able, by his almighty power, to do for us even more than we ask or think, according to his power that worketh in us;

Mat 18:19 ERV  To say it another way, if two of you on earth agree on anything you pray for, my Father in heaven will do what you ask.

Those words were filled with the faith and power of God. The spirit of faith got on her and she believed. We prayed right there on the porch and began to praise the Lord for the answer. Have you ever seen a Baptist get happy and shout? She did and as she was shouting the Holy Spirit came on her with His anointing and that blindness faded like a snowball in the hot summer sun.

The Holy Spirit prompted me to interrupt her shout and tell her to remove the glasses and look and see. She began to describe the clothing I was wearing and could see that they were faded. How embarrassing is that? Then she began to describe the car that I drove which was approximately thirty feet away. She remarked about the white pin stripe that ran along the side and that the car looked a bit dirty. How embarrassing is that?

At this point let me say something in my defense. The reason why the clothes I was wearing were faded was because they were my car washing clothes.

Then she looked me in the face and with a smile said “I know you; your Georgia Spann’s boy!” That’s right she could see perfectly.

God had led me to travel that particular street on that particular day, at that precise time to minister His power to one of His children. Do you remember when Jesus said I must go through Samaria? He was being directed off  His normal route by the Holy Spirit to minister to one person.

I am so glad that I was sensitive enough to “follow His lead” that morning.  Please allow me to exhort you to spend some quality time with God and then yield to His leading. That road will end in victory, success and fulfillment.

Joh 16:13 WNT But when He has come–the Spirit of Truth–He will guide you into all the truth. For He will not speak as Himself originating what He says, but all that He hears He will speak, and He will make known the future to you.

“Follow His Lead”

 

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