Romans 8:14.16 says, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. NKJV
From these Scriptures we can see that God leads His people by means of His Spirit. He does it by “bearing witness” to their spirits or hearts. He doesn’t lead us through our intellect or feelings. He doesn’t lead us through our physical senses. He leads us through our spirit. The Bible says:
“The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.” Prov. 20:27 KJV
Since we must hear God through our spirit, then the condition of our spirit or heart is very important to our hearing God. It can affect how accurately we hear God. Last week we mentioned how vital it is for us to have a clear uncluttered heart and also a humble easily led heart.
How can you avoid having a cluttered heart? Cluttered means crowded, disorganized or untidy. One of the ways people have a cluttered heart is when they have things God told them to do in the past and they haven’t done them yet. A great way to a clear heart is having a clear conscience. When God deals with you about an area of your life, take care of it. Don’t procrastinate.
Disobedience has the effect of cluttering your heart…again having a humble heart means you’re not stubborn but quick to repent and quick to obey. Some people wait till they have gone through failure after failure before they choose to obey God and get their act together. We need to have the simple revelation that God is smarter than us. He is omniscient and knows everything about everyone and everything in everyplace. We must be convinced that whatever He wants is best for us. The Bible says, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” So having a humble teachable heart is the safe place to be.
Having a heart that desires to do the right thing is very conducive to God leading you. Some people don’t want to do the right thing especially if it costs them something. We ought to do the right thing even if it temporarily “hurts.” (Ps 15:4) When you’re a doer of the Word of God, then you’re not self deceiving. Your heart motives are clean.
Prov. 11:5 The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness. KJV Prov. 12:28 In the way of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death. NKJV
The pursuit of righteousness (rightness) will get you headed the right direction. Love the truth even if it shows your wrongs, then be quick to change. That will keep your heart in a more susceptible position to hear from God.
Last but not least, to hear God guide you, you must be “tuned” to Him. In the natural if you don’t tune in to the right radio station, you could increase the volume, add on more speakers but all you’ll have is loud clutter. Once you tune in the right station, you’ll find that you don’t need that much volume to have clarity. Similarly, you and I must learn to tune in to the wavelength of the Spirit to be led of Him to make great decisions. If you’re trying to hear God and you’re tuned to your mind, you’re tuned to the wrong station. If you’re tuned to your emotions, you’re tuned to the wrong station. If you’re just tuned to your five physical senses – sight, hearing, touch, smell, taste – you’re tuned to the wrong station. The right wavelength is your heart.
God speaks to you in your heart. Keep it clear and uncluttered, keep a clear conscience, be quick to obey, seek righteousness and stay tuned to the Spirit of God in your heart. You will enjoy clear direction that will help you make great decisions.