There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. Proverbs 14:12
If you had an invisible all powerful Genie hanging out with you every day telling you what to do and where to go and how to prosper, you would probably pay more attention wouldn’t you? It may just be there is power available that you wouldn’t want to miss out on. Well the Bible says God is with us always, even unto the end of the world, yet how many of us allow God to supervise our events, guide us in our plans, teach us in all our ways so that we can succeed and not fail, win and not lose, prosper in all we do. The Bible says, There is a way that seems right unto man but the end thereof are the ways of death. Notice in this passage of scripture “there is A way” which ends in “the ways of death.” What does this mean? It means there is a way of life that doesn’t include God and it produces the ways of death. My way seems right, but without God, it isn’t blessed. This is part of the lesson the Bible. Have you ever thought to yourself, I thought that would work but it failed big time? It happens all the time. When the human is led by his thoughts, he is doomed to fail. It is part of the curse that is on the world. God doesn’t want anyone to fail, but most people, even in their success will fail, and ultimately it ends with the ways of death.
Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:6-9
In this passage of scripture God says His thoughts are not our thoughts and our ways are not His ways, but they are much higher. The goal is to get God’s thoughts into us so that His ways can become our ways. This God wants also. God wants to be involved in our lives. God wants to walk with us and talk with us and bless us because He loves us, yet most of us will prefer the ways of death. The Bible calls it “being led of the flesh vs being led of the Spirit of God.” Even believers can be led by the flesh, which enjoy the ways of death.
Are most of us living Life by the natural man or are we truly practicing living by the leading of the Spirit of God? The natural man will say, “Oh, only time will tell.” the spiritual man would say, “God led me to do this or that.” Most humans are led by their thoughts. Did you know that just because you get a thought doesn’t mean it is your thought? Some thought are placed into our minds by other sources. The saying goes like this;
Sow a thought, reap an act.
Sow an act, reap a habit.
Sow a habit, reap a character.
Sow a characer, reap a destiny.
That is the way of the world. That is not God’s best. The Bible says, They that are led of the Spirit, they are the sons of God. That is God’s best. Just like parents train their kids to do what is right and not what is wrong, to do what is safe and keep them from danger, to tell the truth and not lie, to have manners, respect and common sense as they grow up, even so God trains His kids to live and walk in His divine nature. That doesn’t just mean we forgive when others treat us wrong and we apologize even though we are not wrong and we treat others they way we want to be treated. It also means we allow God to be involved in our affairs. We ask God to supervise our events. We trust God to meet our needs and we trust God to lead us by His Spirit so we can witness His power in our lives and glorify Him in our hearts.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones. Proverbs 3:5-8
I, Bonnie, have walked with God for almost 40 years and over the years God has manifested Himself in my life in a multitude of ways. I’ve experienced much pain and suffering in my life, much of which was handed to me on a silver platter. I would not say God initiated any of the pain and suffering, but God has been with me all the time. I have learned by allowing God’s thoughts in the Bible to become my thoughts. I have spent much time studying the Bible and God has a way of “bringing to my remembrance the things he has revealed unto me.” That is what John 14:26 says. “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” God’s thoughts are not our thoughts. God’s thoughts are higher than our thoughts. God can make things happen that are beyond your imagination. God’s thoughts can help you organize your errands and keep your days organized. God is a personal God who is with us all the time and likes to participate in our events and help arrange our affairs for His glory and our blessing. After all, He is God and we are not!
Over the years, I have learned how to be Led of the Spirit in a multitudes of ways. I have learned how to be led by His Voice, by the inner witness, by the unction, by the words of God, by the thoughts of God, and in this blog I want to share with you a couple of other ways of how God leads me by His eye and how I Try It On. This is one way I know you have never heard of. This is a way God has trained me and I love it because it always works for me in my life. The reason is because I know God is with me always, and every moment. When you practice the presence of God and acknowledge Him in all your ways, He directs your path. Notice also in this passage of scripture that when your attitude is right about yourself, you begin to depart from evil and it become health to all your flesh.
Let God Guide You By His Eye
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. Do not be like the horse or like the mule, Which have no understanding, Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, Else they will not come near you. Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; But he who trusts in the LORD, mercy shall surround him. Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous; And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
This is one of the ways I believe God directs my path. There are times as with all of us I am doing something, but I’m talking to God while I am doing it and I don’t quite know what to do next. So I will say, “God what do you want me to do now. God pulls my eyes when He wants me to notice something. For example, I am driving past a gasoline station and I don’t think I need gas, but my eyes are pulled to the pump and I know by that pull that I need to stop. It didn’t make any sense when I look at the gas tank but God knew I would be going on a trip the next day that I didn’t know about and when the time came, I was ready to leave at that exact moment and prepared with a full tank of gas. In that moment I realized God led me by His eye. I really believe there are times when God guides me by His eye. There is a certain awareness I get when my eyes are guided by God. In other words, I had no intention of looking at the gas station but my eyes were drawn there.
Try It On
But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. 1 John 2:20
Here is another way I believe God directs my path. I try it on. Here is what I mean. In the natural, when I go on trip. I always ask God “Is this what you want me to do? I don’t just do things because my flesh wants to do it. Steven and I have had this principle since we first met; “A Safe thing is a Sure Thing and A Sure Thing is a Safe Thing.” We don’t just do whatever we want whenever we want. We want God to be involved in our affairs. We want God’s instruction so we can be safe. We want God’s participation so we can be blessed. We don’t have enough years left to waste our time just walking in the ways of natural living. We want to Truly Live and Win in Life. This is what God wants also. I will say out loud, “God, Am I in your Timing? Are you leading me? Do you approve of this? Are you involved in this? Truly as I go, I can feel whether I have peace about it or not.” When I get the peace I will follow through. Without getting peace, I will wait.
First you find out how to get a yes and a no from the Lord. Ask god the question; “Do you love me?” You know what that yes will feel like. You should feel a peace in your spirit. Then you make the statement; “I’m going to commit adultery today. Then you feel what no feels like. You should feel a check in your spirit. I will stand before God and try it on. I will say out loud, “God I am going to do this or that. I will sense how I feel for a few minutes. Then I will say, “God I am not going to do this or that and then I will sense how I feel. In each case you should get a sense of how it will feel when you are led of the Spirit. When the Spirit is guiding you, there will be peace. Without the Spirit guiding you there won’t be peace. Do you get what I am saying. Over the years this habit has paid off greatly. I have seen things get arranged miraculously so that I could truly say “that was God. Only God could arrange that. Thank you God.”
Can two walk together, except they be agreed? Amos 3:3
Walk with God and you will be safe. God will deliver you out of trouble. We live in dangerous times and many are those who perished because they were so involved and in a hurry they didn’t pause to try it on or let God guide them. It is easy to take things for granted and do this or that because it’s a habit, a chore, an errand or an appointment. Many snares come in the guise of opportunity. One very well known gospel singer was in an airplane accident and died because he did not listen to the warning his wife gave to him. His wife had a dream the night before that he should not get on the plane and she warned him but he got on the plane and died the next day.
Mark Wahlburg should have been in one of the planes on 9/11 but he just didn’t feel right about getting on it. He had an inner witness to not get on that plane. A famous preacher did not understand the seriousness of flying in a wild storm with strong winds and he put getting to the convention at his church over hearing the wisdom of the weather and letting someone else carry the church for the one night. That night the lead minister & his wife, the associate minister & his wife, and the pilot all died. God did not want to lose people who are preaching the gospel at that early of an age. His son is doing a wonderful job now but God is not into losing his servants early. We all make these mistakes but I want to practice all the time so when the time comes that I am responsible for four other lives, I don’t make the wrong decision for everybody that is with me. This is not condemnation. This is the wisdom of God.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. Romans 8:14
I have learned I have to be able to tell when Grace is carrying me versus the flesh making me work to get something done out of timing and God is not in it at all. Lots of times I have practiced trying it on to sense if God was in my journey on trips even if I was just one hour away, and if I felt He wasn’t, I turned around and went home.
One time God prompted me to go on a Thanksgiving journey & I kept checking with God to see if I was suppose to go, I could feel Grace carrying me and not the coldness of the flesh working things out. However, I still didn’t know the purpose of the trip. When I came over the last mountain over 1400 miles from the city I currently lived in, I felt like the Lord downloaded to me the purpose of the trip and who I was to meet with and the purpose of the meeting. If I had not stepped out in faith, I would have missed this person in the service who was being transferred out of the state to South Korea. God needed this person to do something before he left. He is one of those thinkers that has to think about stuff for days, weeks, etc. before he pulls the trigger. He finally said to the person with me, “She isn’t leaving until I do this, is she?” This person said, “Nope.” Now it has been 3 years and God blessed him so much by applying some pressure to his slow boat mentality. Since then he has applied a “Git Er Done” philosophy especially when he knows he is leaving for 6 to 9 months. You might think” how pushy of me,” but if the truth be told, his name was on the car, and the lease was already over and it should have been turned in 6 months before this moment. The slow boat thinker needed to understand, now is the time. Do it now!
It is amazing how God comes to bless us, and we even resist the blessing because we don’t like how God has chosen to do some things. Yet Blessed is God’s Best! God wants to walk with you and bless you, but you have to walk with Him and learn of Him, and some of your ways will need to be altered along the journey of life.
For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. Romans 8:5-9
Our thoughts are not always His thoughts. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. The carnal mind is enmity against God. The scripture is saying, “The mindset of the natural man is against God and hates the things of God and isn’t interested in God actively participating in his life. That mindset is part of the lifestyle of living without God, which the Bible calls death. The Bible teaches when we live life without God we are dead. The mind of the natural man exalts itself against the Spirit. The intellect is actually a slower piece of equipment than the Spirit of God which travels at the speed of light and is very versatile, and can transform things very quickly. Many times the Spirit of God works quickly and silently because it is how you get in front of the opposing forces. In football they don’t tell the other team what play they are going to run next. The element of surprise gives each team the advantage to get a play run without much interference. Even so, God won’t tell you many times what He is doing, God’s plan just unfolds before your eyes without any demonic interference, if we just walk with God and work with God.
And we get to say, “Wow God, that was amazing!”