Joyce Meyer - How To Be Led By The Holy Spirit?
Man's part is not works of the flesh. If something needs to change in my life, if I got some kind of a bondage in my life. When I say, "We're partners with God and man has a part and God has a part," my part is not to come up with some nifty plan of how I can change myself or how I can change my circumstances. My part is to do what God leads me to do every day and to trust Him to do the part that I cannot do.
I well remember when God put on my heart, "If you tend to my business, Joyce, I'll tend to yours". You take care of God's business and God will take care of you. Now, you know, self-disciplines are good, guidelines are good. Our plans are not always bad, but we've gotta be ready to let go of all of that if God says, "I have another plan other than the plan that you have". Amen?
Now, I've heard some people say, more than one in the last number of years and particularly in the last year or so that, "Well, I've just done everything. I've tried everything. I've been to church. I've served in church. I've been in treatment programs. I've had counseling. I've had deliverance. I've done everything and I'm still in bondage. I'm not free".
Okay, now, I want you to listen to me 'cause this is important that you hear this. You know what? You may have done all of that and still not been led by the Holy Spirit. "Well, what do you mean"? Okay, well, maybe somebody comes through the church and says, "We're all gonna read the Bible through in a year," and that sounds like a good idea so you get on a journey of trying to read the Bible through in a year, and you're not really learning anything or getting anything because you're not really even doing it for what you can learn.
You're just doing it because somebody said to do it, so, you're reading your Bible but you're really not paying any attention to what you're reading, even when you read it, you don't really intend to obey it. Do you know it won't do you one bit of good to be here this weekend if you didn't walk in here ready to learn and go out and do what you learn? Just being here won't change anybody. We go to church to learn how to live this lifestyle that is gonna glorify God.
Now, I know from personal experience that we can get caught up in so many plots and plans and schemes. And we call everybody up, "Well, I've got this problem and I heard you got free. What did you do"? Can I tell you a secret? Even if you go and do exactly what they did, that doesn't mean that it will work for you. You didn't hear me. We spend way too much of our time calling up everybody else finding out what they did. "Well, how did you lose your weight"? Well, you know, I'm not saying that what somebody else did might not work for you, but I will tell you, it will not work for you if it's not something God is leading you to do. But if God is leading you to do it, then it will work for you.
We spend way too much time running to people when we need to go to God and ask him, "What do you want me to do in this situation"? You say, "Well, I don't know that I can hear from God". Let me tell ya something, hearing from God is not a spooky supernatural. It doesn't mean you're gonna hear voices. It means that you have a knowing. You just get a knowing.