God is always speaking–telling us what is right, what is wrong, and which way to go. But are we listening? You might say, “God doesn’t speak to me.” I assure you he does.
God’s voice often comes as a thought or feeling to do this or that. For example: You suddenly think about calling that person you haven’t thought of in years or giving something to a casual acquaintance. You know the thoughts are not your own because if you are completely honest, you will admit you don’t want to do either. You are busy and do not have time for phone calls. Plus, you want to use your money to buy something for yourself. Well what do you do?
If you choose to do what you do not feel like doing, you give God permission to do what you cannot do. God is trying to get you to do a series of actions, which will set a chain of events in motion, which will change your life. One phone call, one act of obedience can alter your destiny. You were the one praying for change, right?
It’s amazing what is possible if you just let God in. You can’t work hard enough or long enough to get God results. God results come when you live by God’s Spirit. Do you want to succeed? Be Spirit led. In other words, do what the Word of God says. And, obey God’s personal instructions to you.
“The angel told me to give Zerubbabel this message from the Lord: You will succeed, not by military might or by your own strength, but by my spirit. Obstacles as great as mountains will disappear before you.” (Good News Translation)
How can you tell you are Spirit-led? You cannot see God’s Spirit, but you can see the results of following his leadership. Look for the following signs:
- Absence of stress
- Confidence in the Word of God
- Sweat-less victory (your work is a joy, not a burden)
- Swift progression
- A continuous flow of resources and support
- A steady stream of obstacles
Yes, the last point is not a mistake. God will lead you right into obstacles. When you follow God’s Spirit you are going against the norm. Expect resistance. But, expect to overcome it all–not by working harder, longer or forcing your own agenda. No. Instead, invite God into your life through prayer. Every prayer is an invitation.
Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. (The Message)