10th JANUARY 2021
“But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me. So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels.” – Psalm 81:11-12
One of the many reasons we do not realize our full potentials is as a result of our inability to follow the right path to fulfillment. While some paths are straight, smooth and leading to a final positive destination, others are curved, rough and leading to nowhere in particular? It is true that somehow, the road to success can be rough and full of hurdles, yet, it gets to a point when every bend straightens out and you could actually see a scintilla golden ray of hope, signalling the end of trauma and pains. Yes, I have won! You tell yourself with excitement. This is a perfect example of the life of a true Christian, aspiring to become great, by listening to God’s advice, and through obedience to His word, allows the Holy Spirit to take the lead at all times. At some other times, however, the reverse is the case. Why you may ask? It happens when we deliberately refuse to listen to God through the Holy Spirit. Instead, we do what we think is right in our poor judgment. Although such persons seem to pray, they are actually not praying, because they do not allow the spirit to take the lead. This is because their minds are already fixed on what they think is the solution to their problems, and so they tailor their prayers along what they perceived is the solution to their problem. This is very wrong for, in true worship and prayer, we simply allow the Holy Spirit to take the lead step by step, across the spiritual realms, where the problems are located, and then, we are given the power to overcome. When we allow the Holy Spirit to take the lead, He instructs us wisely, and we are consequently empowered to solve our problems in the course of time. In today’s scripture, the psalmist may be referring to a number of times in Israel’s history when they had not listened to the prophets of God, especially when they were in the wilderness; at a point, the King also did not listen to God, and these series of disobedience eventually ended in Israel’s destruction and captivity. This same scripture applies to us today! The Israelites were so sure of themselves that God gave them up to their own counsel. We know that the wisdom of man is foolishness to God (1st Cor 3:19). The word of God tells us today to listen to good counsel, but be obedient to the lead of the Holy Spirit. How do you know if you are taking the right counsel as led by the Holy Spirit? When the Holy Spirit takes the lead, He gives us the power to fulfil His dictates or instructions. The dictates of the Holy Spirit is usually very simple to fulfil, and they solve our problems in no too long a time. When we act on our poor judgment instead, things usually get complicated and are not solved at all. The Spirit may not give us a spectaculars sign. Therefore, it is not good to seek spectacular signs like voices or visions because the devil can deceive people with exterior signs (II Corinthians 11:14). The inner witness in the conscience is not very spectacular, it is accurate and supernatural (Acts 23:1; Timothy 4:2)
Whenever the Spirit is in control, He leads us to overcome our weaknesses and helps to fulfil God’s purpose in our lives. The Scripture says, “In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God” (Romans 8:26-27)
How do you get the holy spirit to lead us? Note some of the ways mentioned here:
· Fast, you can get into tune with your conscience faster if you pray and fast (Galatians 5:17).
· Avoid all that sinful. For your conscience to be a good guide, you must avoid associating with sinners or it will contaminate your spirit (2 Corinthians 7:1).
· Ask God for Guidance (Jeremiah 33:3, James 1:5, John 16:13)
· Be still (Psalms 46:10). You don’t have to be on your knees. God gets your prayer anyway, though you must be in a state of reverence.
From today, resign to God, through the Holy Spirit. Let Him take the lead at all times; problems become easily solved when the Holy Spirit is in control. Remember, the voice of God comes to us through the Holy Spirit!
Father in the name of Jesus Christ, I renounce every spirit of stubbornness and disobedience today, and I declare I am truly led and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Father, give me your guidance and keep me safe from every demonic manipulation, AMEN
FURTHER READING: Samuel 15:23; Matthew 4:1; Romans 8:14