THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE TO KNOWING WHAT GOD IS SAYING PER TIME.
WHEN YOUR JOY IS MISSING, CHECK WHETHER IT IS GOD TRULY LEADING.
NOT EVERY OPEN DOOR IS GOD’S DOOR. SOMETIMES, OPEN DOORS ARE ATTRACTIVE TRAPS.
TO KNOW THE HOLY GHOST IS THE ASSURANCE AGAINST CALAMITIES.
SPEAKING IN TONGUES IS AN EVIDENCE OF GOD’S PRESENCE BUT YOU MUST SUBJECT YOURSELF TO HIS LEADING.
WHEN IT IS GOD LEADING, NO MATTER THE OBSTACLES ON THE WAY THERE IS AN ESCAPE ROUTE.
NEVER CLAIM TO BE A MASTER, ALWAYS SEEK TO BE A SERVANT AND A SHEEP THAT IS LED BY THE SHEPHERD.
– Pastor Isaac Oyedepo on UNDERSTANDING HOW GOD LEADS PART 2 at September 2023 Week of Spiritual Emphasis Service Day 2 Youth Chapel Canaanland 7th September 2023 || Part B
Now, let me quickly say this, speaking in tongues is an evidence of His presence but you must subject yourself to His leading. He may be in you, may be with you, may be around you but are you subjected to His leading and to His guidance?
We heard of the testimony I believe on Sunday; but we have heard it many times, but Sunday we heard of that testimony- This brother was about to board a bus, had already paid.
Suddenly, the Spirit gave him a witness that, that is not your bus, don’t enter the bus. You know you can be on a route and the Holy Spirit says even though this route looks faster you have a witness within you that is not your route for the day. He got that signal and went back and said: ‘Please give me my money’, they said: ‘You have paid, it is too late’. Is it not better to lose your money than to lose your life? And you know the end of the testimony?
Few minutes later as he boarded another bus he was going on the same route, he found the bus that he escaped involved in an accident and everybody perished. But for the signal of the Holy Ghost.
-May we catch every signal as He sends them our way.
You know? It’s not always you will hear a voice, sometimes it is a witness, don’t look for the voice always. The traffic light is not speaking in a way you can hear but the signal is also speaking. When you see green it means go, when you see yellow it means slow down, when you see red it means stop.
To see red and to still go and say because you didn’t hear a voice is to be involved in an accident, there are signals of the Spirit. Green – go!
You meet somebody for the first time, you want to share a business idea, you have a red flag, don’t say: ‘Lord! What are you saying?
Leave the person first and say: ‘Let’s have our meeting tomorrow’. Those signals come to guide us, those signals come to show us.
So we must be sensitive having been baptized in the Holy Spirit to the signals of the Spirit.
So to know the Holy Ghost is the assurance against calamities. To know Him!! And to know Him means not just you are speaking in tongues, you have a palpable, sincere, authentic relationship with Him.
You can speak to Him where you are seated. ‘Holy Ghost! That business I am about to sign, what are you saying’? You may not hear a sound, you may not hear a voice but a check in your Spirit: ‘Go ahead, I am with you’! You have that check, you just move on.
You have that check without explanation, you just withdraw. The Holy Spirit!!
3. Have a genuine crave to be led.
Especially in the day and time that we are. Always be reminded of this fiery Scripture: ‘There is a way that seemeth right unto a man’… Proverbs 14:12. Let me shock you: ‘Not every open door is God’s door’.
Sometimes, open doors are traps, attractive traps. So there is no substitute to knowing what God is saying per time, that’s why we need a genuine crave to be led. Jeremiah 29:13. A genuine crave to be led. Jeremiah 33:3.
What premium do we place on divine guidance? Is it important to us in our everyday life? Or is it when we come to major decisions in life? Are you okay with the permissive will of God or do you desire the perfect will of God? What value do you and I place in divine guidance? Have a craving to be led.
When God is the one leading, even through the valley of the shadow of death you are still secured. When God is the one leading, even when the enemies are watching, you are still fed. When it is God leading, no matter the obstacles on the way there is an escape route – A craving to be led.
Let me say this tonight, while it is awesome and great to crave higher dimensions of the anointing, why not also crave to be led because if He is the one that tells you to do anything, He will back you up. Is somebody hearing what I am saying? If God says: ‘Speak now and declare they are healed and you say: ‘You are healed’, He will back it up. So, crave to be led. ‘Oh! Lord! What are you saying concerning my life? What are you saying concerning these issues that I’m dealing with? A sincere craving to be led. Never claim to be a master, always seek to be a servant and a sheep that is led by the shepherd.
What are the biblical proofs of being led?
1. A pressure-free adventure
Proverbs 3:16-17. 1 John 5:3. So one proof that you are led of God is a pressure-free adventure. I didn’t say: ‘Attack free’. But in the midst of the attack as we have heard here, you can still be at peace. I didn’t say: ‘Storm free adventure’ because even Jesus was in the midst of the storm but in the midst of the storm, He was asleep on the pillow. Mark 4:38. But pressure-free adventure? You are at ease, you are relaxed.
How can you be eating when your enemies are watching except that you are pressure-free? He said you will serve Me and they will be there watching and yet I will be eating and my head will be overflowing with oil – Pressure-free! When God is the one leading, pressures are deflated. Even in the midst of attacks, you are still moving on. Shout Halleluyah!
2. Supernatural joy
When God is the one leading you, even in the storm you are laughing. Supernatural joy! Joy that cannot be cooked, joy that you can’t pretend to have, joy that is genuine. So genuine that it is confusing to your enemies, that is supernatural joy. How then do you look at a situation like Jesus had: ‘For the joy that was set before Him, He endured the cross’. Hebrews 12:2. Supernatural joy! You are on the cross and you are joyful, being pierced and you are joyful, knowing that you are going to have to die for others yet you are looking at the joy that was set before Him, He endured the cross.
Supernatural joy helps you to endure, you find strength for endurance when supernatural joy is present. Psalms 89:15. When God speaks, when God leads, even when the task is greater and far greater than can be accomplished in the energy of the flesh, that voice comes with joy, intoxicating joy. Supernatural joy! So when your joy is missing, check whether it is God truly leading and when your joy is present even when others tell you not to go, it could be a signal that He is the one leading. Supernatural joy!
The truth is this: God desires to lead every one of us, the question is, do we desire to be led? Proverbs 14:12. Look at that, one way leading to many ways. There is a way that seemeth right to a man and the ways thereof are the ways of death. Some people only took one wrong decision that metamorphosed into several destructions, one way!
-Lord! May we not miss it.
It’s a very thin line. Hear this: No one knows this is a wrong route and says I will go there, it always seems right when action is taken but the end thereof tells whether it was the right way you followed or the wrong way.
-In our destinies, we would not miss it. With purpose, we would not miss it. With marriage, we would not miss it. With business opportunities we would not miss it.
Some people, one business opportunity that seemed great scattered them and they are yet to recover. It seemed okay, it seemed right, the number seemed to add up and yet it ended up in disaster.
There are some that saw a person that seemed right, they spoke the same language, from the same Church, same Prophetic greeting, everything looked okay and they said: ‘This must be the wife, this must be the husband’ but 10 years after when they look back they say, what happened to me? It looked right, it seemed right, you may have even been told go ahead but now it has led to several other calamities. Children are involved, all kinds of things are involved, you should have been pursuing your purpose, pursuing God’s plan for your life that also suffered calamity because of one wrong step. We heard God’s Servant, he has said to us many times, one of the Great Generals of the previous generation told him: ‘Bishop, I took one wrong step and that one wrong step has wrecked my entire destiny’.
-Lord! Where we may have taken the wrong step, have mercy!
It looked right, it seemed right, we were even counselled to do it. One wrong step! You don’t need many steps to go down, you need one and you also need one right step, just one right step. God saying: ‘Now, go! Join yourself to that chariot’! Boom! Something opens up! One right step! One wrong step! One right step!
-No more errors! For you and me, no more errors!