News and Updates
David Copeland · October 1, 2020
Newsletter · Volume: 20 Issue: 10
Proverbs 20:27 “The spirit of a man is the lamp of the LORD, Searching all the inner depths of his heart.”
For the last several months, we have been writing about “Being Led By The Spirit”. We have discussed at length the difference between spirit, soul & body; we have also written about the different voices that speak to us, grabbing for our attention on a daily basis. While I’m still not an expert at discerning all the voices clamoring for my attention, I do know they fall into four categories:
Voice of the world
Voice of the devil
Voice of the flesh
Then the most important is the voice of God.
The voice you spend the most time listening to will be the voice that guides your life.
Are there some things we can do to help us discern what the voice of God is speaking to our lives?
1.Shut off the influence of every other voice. This may take some time to quiet the noise, especially if we are a person who tends to allow others to influence us. In fact, the longer you live for the Lord and the longer we fail to develop and train our spirit, the more time it will take to quiet the voices. This cannot be a one-time event: we must commit to make it a lifestyle!
This may mean you have to cut ties with people that are negative and full of unbelief. You may have to turn off the TV, restrict your social media intake or turn your phone off completely.
Always remember Holy Spirit is a person, not an entity. He can be grieved, hindered, resisted and quenched.
2.Saturate yourself in & with the Word of God. Rom 10:17 “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing comes by the Word of God.”
Saturating yourself with the Word will begin to train you to recognize when people are speaking to you by the Word, or when they are speaking their opinions, their religious mindset, hurts, unbelief, a territorial mindset, or a poverty mindset.
3.Immerse yourself in worship.
John 4:23,24 “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is a Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Immersing in worship will help bring healing to your spirit from all the brokenness of the past:
Psalms 34:18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
Psalms51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
Proverbs 15:13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
Proverbs 25:28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
4.Give focus to that still small voice coming from your inner man.
Jesus said in John 10 His sheep know His voice and a strange voice we will not follow. We are His people. We DO NOT follow strange voices!
5.Practice obeying His voice. Don’t get discouraged when it seems like you miss it! Sometimes it looks like you missed the leading of the Lord, only to find out later you heard Him clearly.
How many times did you fall learning to walk?
How many times did you fall learning to ride a bike?
How many times did you strike out learning to hit a baseball? How many times did you want to quit before you learned to play an instrument?
Let’s make it our purpose in these last few months of 2020, that we will be people who are led by and governed by the Spirit of God!