As we begin to believe that God is not only in our lives but He is leading us and teaching us new things daily. Sometimes all the talk of being led by God and hearing from God can be unsettling, maybe even make you feel like you missed something. There are certain aspects of learning the leading of God that are helpful to understand.
This is simply what God does for us by giving us the commands and teachings of the Bible. They direct us by specifically defining what to do and what not to do.
The Ten Commandments are one example. Don’t steal. Don’t kill. Don’t lie. Or the Sermon on the Mount: Love your enemies. Or the Epistles: Be filled with the Holy Spirit. Put on humility.
God reveals his directions in the Bible.
This type of learning is the basic foundation of every believer, a starting point from which you can begin your journey with God. It’s easy to learn and follow and it shows God you are interested in Him and not just looking for a quick miracle.
Most of the daily decisions we make are not spelled out specifically in the Bible. Instead, we need to figure out the proper application.
Discernment is how we follow God’s leading through the process of spiritually sensitive application of biblical truth to the particularities of our situation. Romans 12:2 describes this: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Here God is referring to not only learning the basics as listed above but letting our spirit from God begin to reveal him in us. As stated in this scripture, God does not declare a specific word about what to do. Instead, He explains that the Spirit shapes the mind and heart through the word and prayer so that we learn to have inclinations toward what would be most glorifying to him and helpful to others.
Declaration is the least common means of God’s leading. He simply declares to us what we should do.
For example, according to Acts 8:26, “An angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, ‘Arise and go south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to Gaza.’” And according to Acts 8:29, “The Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go up and join this chariot.’”
God sovereignly decrees and designs circumstances so we end up where he wants us to be even if we don’t have any conscious part in getting there.
For example, Paul and Silas found themselves in jail, and the result was the salvation of the jailer and his household (Acts 16:24-34). This was God’s plan, but not Paul’s. God does this often—putting us in places that we did not plan or decide to be. This is the leading of decree.
We ask and pray that you would continue to lead us the way we should go. We ask for hearts that desire the things of God and cause us to be mindful of our prayers and requests.