Romans 8:14 says, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” There are a lot of voices trying to lead the believer today. If we as a whole and indivudally are not guarded and are not taught how to follow the inward witness of God, we can get quite far away from His plans and purposes for our lives.

In the book of Jude there is much instruction and warning to the modern church world. In our fast food, fast paced world, everyone is looking for a short cut. We want what we want, when we want it, just the way we want it. This mentalilty has crept into the body of Christ. It’s time we recognize it and do not become filled lawlessness and trying to come through a short cut like the modern church described in Jude.

In 1 Kings 19:11-12, we learn a valuable lesson from Elijah. In this passage, there was a lot of outside commotion going on around him. There was wind, an earthquake, and even fire. It wasn’t in these outward events that God was talking to Elijah. The Bible says that God was speaking to him, “in the still small voice.” The still small voice is in our spirit, not our soul or our body. If all the world around us is loud and chaotic, how will we ever hear the still small voice? And if we aren’t able to truly hear the still small voice, how are we to be lead by the spirit of God?

If we are not taking the time to get quiet with the Lord, spending time in His word and in prayer to hear the still small voice, we will just follow our external circumstances and be led by what we “feel”. 2 Corinthians 5:7 reminds us that we are to, “walk by faith not by sight.” This does not mean that we are to blindly close our eyes and just follow whoever wherever they lead. This means that we are to be led by God and His word and His spirit NOT by our five senses. When we fail to get quiet and be led by faith, we will be led by something else. We will be led by fear. We remember in Matthew 14 when Peter walked on water, he was following God’s plan until he took his eyes off the Lord and started looking at natural circumstances. His five senses were picking up on the chaos around him, on the impossibility of what he was doing and he began to sink. We could easily say that he started to follow fear instead of faith. Fear sunk him, but faith brought him up and out!

Brothers and sisters, we have been willing for too long to just accept whatever storm of life comes our way and lay down in defeat. But God is calling us to come up and out. Jesus is reaching His hand down to pull us out of our sinking state, just like He did Peter. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.” God is not leading us by fear, He is not leading us by our five natural senses. He is leading us by the that still small voice. Are you willing to quiet the world around you so you can hear what He is saying, what He is calling you to do?

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