Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Being Led By The Lord

Being Led By The Lord
Bob Yandian
Jan 6, 2008

Grace Church

Proverbs 20:27 KJV
(27) The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.

Word for candle is lamp in the Hebrew. This is the lamps of the ancient world. It is the part where illumination comes. We need to stay in contact with the Lord as He rarely leads the same way twice. This lamp is your human spirit. The Holy Spirit works with this area to lead you. We are creatures of habit and want to be lead the way that we have before, or in ways we have seen others be led.

Ephesians 1:18 KJV
(18) The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

Our spiritual (inward man) eyes receive the spiritual understanding. Our natural eyes receive it from the world. We need to get in tune with what the Spirit wants to say to us so we can be prepared for what is coming. He does not show us every thing. If that was true there would be no walk of faith. Still He will try to lead us.

Abraham in Genesis 22, God tells Abraham to go with his son and servants to sacrifice to Him. Earlier in chapter 12 he is told to go by himself to a new land. God did not lead the same way each time.

Why does God not tell us what is going to happen? A certain amount of uncertainty develops character. This is something that the world can not understand. It seems unusual to them.

If you still run your life, home or business the same way you did 20, 15 or 10 years ago you are not being affective. God will lead you differently now then He did then. If we do not treat a 15 year old the same way we do a 5 year old, why do we think God would work with us the same way.

David's life is a clear example of this. He went from a son, to a shepherd, to a slayer of Goliath, then a servant of Saul and lastly the King of Israel. All of these worked together to help him be what he was to be as a King. Good leaders look for something new to get into and learn from it.

1 Samuel 17:40 KJV
(40) And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.

His plan here was that God led him to use a rock and a sling. He was good at this from practice while he was a shepherd. Why five stones though? Goliath had 4 other sons or brothers (the Hebrew is unclear) and David planned to go after the other four. He only got Goliath that day. He tries to kill the second one the same way. When Saul and Jonathan had been killed, the giants were there and David planned to use the rocks to get them. In stead, he almost gets killed himself.

We love ruts. God likes to break them up however. God is going to use another method to take care of them. It is immature to think that we will do things the same way every time. Things change. In every thing with prayer and supplication let your request be know to God. He will answer them. We must be open all times to find new ways to kill old giants. If Joshua had not listened to the Spirit they would have never made it past Jericho. They would have marched around the walls of each city. Jesus rarely used the same way to heal each time to get someone healed.

2 Samuel 21:15-22 KJV
(15) Moreover the Philistines had yet war again with Israel; and David went down, and his servants with him, and fought against the Philistines: and David waxed faint.
(16) And Ishbibenob, which was of the sons of the giant, the weight of whose spear weighed three hundred shekels of brass in weight, he being girded with a new sword, thought to have slain David.
(17) But Abishai the son of Zeruiah succoured him, and smote the Philistine, and killed him. Then the men of David sware unto him, saying, Thou shalt go no more out with us to battle, that thou quench not the light of Israel.
(18) And it came to pass after this, that there was again a battle with the Philistines at Gob: then Sibbechai the Hushathite slew Saph, which was of the sons of the giant.
(19) And there was again a battle in Gob with the Philistines, where Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim, a Bethlehemite, slew the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver's beam.
(20) And there was yet a battle in Gath, where was a man of great stature, that had on every hand six fingers, and on every foot six toes, four and twenty in number; and he also was born to the giant.
(21) And when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimea the brother of David slew him.
(22) These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.

David went to fight, and was almost killed. Others had to come to his aide. In early life you do things alone. Later you get help. He got credit for the deaths though (v. 22). It is amazing what you can you do when you do not get the credit.

Any of the men could do what David did.

Judges 20:16 KJV
(16) Among all this people there were seven hundred chosen men lefthanded; every one could sling stones at an hair breadth, and not miss.

God could have lead them but they did not listen.

Unless otherwise noted, all scriptures are King James version. The notes are based on what I heard. They may or may not reflect what the speaker said.

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