Sticking to what worked before, rather than what is trending, is our greatest downfall especially when reaching out to others since we assume that it will always work. However God is always doing a new thing and He knows exactly what needs to be done at different times. Our drive at times meets with unprepared hearts and we end up filling frustrated when we perceive that we are not yielding fruit from our labor. We probably pray about our friends, try to minister to them over and over again yet it seems not to be of any effect. It is during such times that we need to trust that God is working behind the scenes and wait for His lead. Without the Holy Spirit we are powerless, every effort seems to be ineffective-we are in a generation living below its potential as we are quick to do things the best way we know how instead of first waiting on the Lord. We need more than our strength if we are to reach out in a trendy way. Being led by the Spirit is dependent on how we set our hearts, read more here>>>>
Paul understood very well that effective ministry could only come from the guidance of the Spirit. Why? It is all God’s work and who is better suited to show us how to work but He Himself. What God was calling him to do was beyond his human understanding and so the only way he could do it was if he understood God. By himself he could not understand the mind of God and so it was revealed to him by the Holy Spirit as he was receptive and willing to change as instructed. During certain occasions he was prompted not to go to places he had planned to go minister and wherever the Spirit led him, great things were done. Without revelation by the Spirit, Paul would not have been as effective with the things of God. This is how he puts it;
1st Cor. 2:9-11 But as it is written, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.
Our level of engagement, how meaningful and exciting it would be, is determined by our relationship with God. We cannot see beyond what is plain text and get a deeper revelation about the needs in people’s lives unless the Holy Spirit guides us. The revelation is not about fully understanding the mysteries rather it’s all about knowing when we are being instructed by the Holy Spirit. Many times we miss out on the promptings of the Holy Spirit due to sticking to a specific plan of action. However it is the alertness to what God is leading us to do and the flexibility to change that will keep us from reaching out aimlessly. Know what’s trending.
- Holy Spirit Surrender (gentlegal.wordpress.com)
Ecclesiastes 1:16-18 I communed with my heart saying, “Look I have attained greatness and have gained more wisdom than all who were before me in Jerusalem. My heart has understood great wisdom and knowledge.” And I set my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceive that this also is grasping for the wind. For in much wisdom is much grief, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.
It would not be fair to leave you with this information and let you try to change by your own wisdom and strength-it is like chasing the wind. Only in Jesus Christ does all this make sense and by the guidance of the Holy Spirit will we know the way to go. Say this prayer and receive a new life..
Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus. Your Word says, “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). I am calling on You. I pray and ask Jesus to come into my heart and be Lord over my life, according to Romans 10:9-10—”If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” I do that now. I confess that Jesus is Lord, and I believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead.
I am now reborn! I am a Christian—a child of Almighty God! I am saved! You also said in Your Word, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” (Luke 11:13). I am also asking You to fill me with the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, rise up within me as I praise God. I fully expect to speak with other tongues as You give me utterance (Acts 2:4).
The prayer was obtained from the Kenneth Copeland Ministries.