During the time when the Israelites had left Egypt Moses prayed very prophetically. While he was in the wilderness the Israelites complained and whined to Moses about what they were going through.

They murmured that they didn’t have enough food and that all they had to eat was some measly manna. They were getting tired of it, and Moses finally said to God that being the leader of these people was beyond his capabilities.


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God helps Moses

In order to help Moses, God instructed him to choose 70 people and to bring them to the tabernacle where he would give further instructions. It was in this meeting that God took some of his spirit and proportionately spread it to the other people. This anointing helped them all to properly lead the Israelites. When this happened, all 70 began to prophesy, even those who didn’t make it to the tabernacle.

At that moment Moses spoke to Joshua and asked him if he was jealous. It was Moses’ desire that all of God’s people be given the gift of prophecy and that God would put his spirit on every single one of them. It turns out that that was a very prophetic statement that wouldn’t be truly answered until the day of Pentecost finally came.


The Holy Spirit is for all

As we read further into the Bible, we discover in the book of Joel that again God gives us a prophetic promise concerning an amazing blessing that is about to arrive. Through Joel, God prophesies that there is a time coming when he is going to pour out his spirit on all men.

What we can see from this in terms of god’s plan is that there is no respecter of persons. It doesn’t matter whether a person is rich or poor, a slave or free, or how old they are, or what color they are. God promised to pour out his spirit on all flesh. And we see the manifestation of this promise beginning on the day of Pentecost.


The Book of Acts

In the book of Acts, chapter 2, this is the beginning of the fulfillment of Moses’ amazing prophetic prayer. This is also the time when Joel’s prophecy begins to unfold. The spirit of God began to pour out on everyone.

Thanks to Jesus, God is no longer locked up behind a veil. He is living among his people and in his people. The Scriptures tell us that the Holy Spirit now lives inside of us. This is a far cry from what we read in the Old Testament.

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The Good Shepherd speaks

In the Gospels, we read that Jesus said that we will know his voice and will follow no other. In Romans, we read that it is the spirit of God that determines who the sons of God are. It is God living inside us and leading us that represents that we are indeed his children.

This is an amazing privilege for every single born-again Christian. No longer do we have to go to a priest and ask them what God is saying. Now we have the ability to step into the presence of God whenever we like.

Every believer can receive the power of God’s spirit and be directed by him in every situation. Each and every one of us can hear from God himself and get direction when we have questions.


He’ll show you

The word of God promises that when we ask God will show us what we do not know. That he has given us his spirit to show us things that are to come. He is our tour guide here on earth.

Peter tells us that we are a royal priesthood set apart for the things of God. God has put his Holy Spirit inside of us, and he is there to talk with us. This is the very purpose of the day of Pentecost. This is the significance of why God poured out his spirit on his children.

  • November 18, 2022

God has a plan and a purpose for each and every one of us. He has prepared in advance amazing things for us to experience. The problem is, a lot of Christians never allow God to complete his plan in their life. The main reason for this is that they don’t know how to recognize his voice.

The Holy Spirit has been given to us to help us walk in the right direction each and every day. He is a gift from above who leads and guides us and keeps us on the path we should walk on.

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Take time with God

Our job is to take time and be sensitive to his voice and direction. We do this by spending time in God’s word and being consistent in praying to God every day.

More times than not, hearing from God will not be with an audible voice. What we will sense is a leading from within. There will be peace or a lack thereof when we are thinking about doing something. There will be a leading to go in a particular direction.


Is that You God?

When I first learned that my spirit is one with God, I often wondered if I could hear from him. I wanted to know if the thoughts I had were my own or had come from him.

My one goal is to follow the direction of the Holy Spirit and not my own flesh. I don’t want to get into anything that is not part of God’s plan. This is because it wastes too much time, money, and energy.


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Act on God’s will

I want to be a vessel that God can use to carry out his will here on earth. I always want to be sure that I’m acting on his will and plan and not my own. I learned quite early that in order to fulfill the plan God had for me, I had to hear him speak to me clearly.

Thankfully, God desires us to hear from him just as much as we desire to hear from him. He wants to lead and direct us in every single area of our life. The Bible is clear in scripture after scripture that the Holy Spirit is there to guide us and to show us things that we do not know.


God is your protection

In conjunction with direction, God also wants to provide protection. He doesn’t want to allow the plans of the enemy to knock us off course. He wants to keep us clear of people that should not be in our life. God’s protection is amazing.

God leads us in these ways daily. It could be a sense in our hearts not to drive home the way we normally do. Or perhaps we meet someone, and before we have even really gotten to know them, we sense that we should not have them in our life. Or maybe we plan a vacation and our intent on going to a certain destination but just can’t get peace on going there. All these ways are examples of how the Holy Spirit speaks to us.


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Don’t be led astray

It is very important to always to be sure that you are hearing from God and not your own senses. You don’t want to be falsely led in the wrong direction. When we think we hear from God there isn’t really any proof other than knowing in our heart if it is right or wrong. One thing we can count on is that the Holy Spirit will not direct us outside of the word of God.

Don’t get me wrong. There are numerous times when I wondered if I was hearing from the Lord or not. I went back and forth wondering if it was God’s spirit speaking to me. Overtime I have gotten better at recognizing that it is him and not just me.


Look out for the enemy

The enemy wants us to get outside of God’s plans and purposes for our lives. But God did not leave us by ourselves to fend for ourselves. The Holy Spirit is with us and he will always lead us down the right path. We never have to be afraid of anything or anyone that comes against us.

In every situation, we are more than conquerors. As we spend time in God’s word and commune with your spirit he will clearly show us what is coming and what we should do about it. And as we follow his direction, we will get better and better at recognizing when the Holy Spirit speaks.

  • November 12, 2022

Even though there are many new ministries and businesses that start every day, that doesn’t mean that good leaders are running the show. If you want to be a leader that is good at directing people you need to understand some things.

As the head of an organization, you’re the one that people look to navigate the storms of life. It’s up to you to lay out the path that everyone is to follow. It’s your job to oversee people and the work that needs to be done. The key is that people have more value than work at all times. A Christian leader is essentially like the person who conducts an orchestra.


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Be a mentor

A leader is also someone looked at as a mentor. The biggest key to successful mentoring is opening your ears and listening to someone. Never try to mentor someone you haven’t first listened to. When you stop and listen, you’re going to learn how they think. Knowing how they think and what they think is important to coaching them.

Ideally, you want to be surrounded by people that think differently than you. In doing so you will be able to get different points of view about different subject matters. You also want to be sure that these people are teachable.


Have a good culture

Some of the most successful companies nowadays are ones that ensure that the culture in the workplace is fruitful and blessed of God. These organizations ensure a safe and secure working environment that is tough to leave because of how effective it is.

Having a healthy culture it will lay out what the expectations are, and this helps to avoid disappointment and people getting disgruntled. One of the key ways to ensure this is to have excellent communication. Do you want to have regular, transparent, and honest discussions and then empower your team to make decisions?


A woman writes as she studies.

Never stop learning

To grow as a leader you need to be continually learning. This goes for those that are on your team as well. Make a decision to learn how to run and operate a successful organization continually. When someone stops learning, they start dying.

It really doesn’t matter if you are trying to bring success to a business or a ministry, even both, establishing leadership skills is so important.


Shepherd the sheep

Think of it as tending to a flock that God has entrusted to you. Not every one of your sheep is going to want to follow your instructions. It is important for you to figure out how to communicate in a way that they understand and that encourages the entire group to go in the right direction.

They look at the people that are a part of their team and want them to succeed not only at work but also at home. They take the time to learn how to communicate properly. They study how to make good decisions and to stick to those decisions.

A successful female leader.

Leaders are hard to come by

The truth is, good leaders really are hard to come by. The most important type of leadership is definitely spiritual, and it should be held in the highest priority. Having success at work is one thing, but having a successful relationship with God is at a whole other level.

Decide today to grow in your leadership skills. Whether it is a business, ministry, or just being a leader at home, pray and ask God to help you read those who follow to the right destinations.

  • October 30, 2022

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