HOW TO MAKE WISE DECISIONS V


HOW TO MAKE WISE DECISIONS V

 

Dearly beloved brethren,

 

 

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

   Last week we looked at practical things that make it easier for you to be led by the Spirit of God.  Moving forward in this same subject, if you are serious about being led of the Lord, you must choose to always be truthful.  John 14:17 shows us that the Holy Spirit who guides us is the Spirit of truth.  God’s Word is truth.  (John 17:17)  Lying lips are an abomination to the Him.  (Prov. 12:22, 20:23)  The truth He reveals in your heart is all you should speak and act on.  (Ps 15:2).  If you’re bent on exaggerating what the Lord shows you and using your own interpretation, He could stop entrusting you with His words.  If you want His guidance, you must purpose to be a lover of Truth.

   Look at this Old Testament example:

  2 Chron. 18:12-13  Then the messenger who had gone to call Micaiah spoke to him, saying, “Now listen, the words of the prophets with one accord encourage the king. Therefore please let your word be like the word of one of them, and speak encouragement.”   13 And Micaiah said, “As the LORD lives, whatever my God says, that I will speak.”  NKJV

  Ahab had asked his prophets whether he should go to war in Ramoth Gilead or not.  They all with one accord said he should go and that he would prosper in that war.  But Ahab had asked Jehoshaphat the king of Judah who feared the Lord to go with him.  Jehoshaphat required that they hear from a true prophet of the Lord.  Unlike the New Covenant we live in, (in which prophets may forth-tell things but they can only confirm what the Spirit of God has already put in your heart) in the Old Covenant, the people of God were pretty much led by prophets.  So they called Michaiah, a prophet Ahab apparently hated because he never said good things about his idolatry. 

They tried to advise Michaiah to agree with the other “prophets”, more than 400 of them, but he said he would only speak what the Lord gave him.  At first he almost got carried away with their deception but then he yielded to the Spirit of God and told the truth:  Ahab would not come back alive. 

 Upon hearing that word, Ahab was furious and he sentenced Michaiah to affliction in prison till he got back from war.  Michaiah told him that if he came back alive, the Lord had not spoken by him.  Then Ahab disguised himself (obviously still in fear) as he went to war while Jehoshaphat went openly.  And you guessed it.  The king who feared the Lord was spared while Ahab, who had disguised himself was killed by a man who shot a random arrow.

     Brethren, if you’re going to be led of the Lord, you must fear the Lord and walk in truth!  Then you can be led by revelation from Him.  The Spirit of wisdom and revelation Himself lives in you and He bears witness with your own spirit.  He is truthful so should our spirit be truthful for two cannot walk together unless they agree. 

     It is very important to always check with the Lord concerning every decision no matter your previous experience.  You’ll recall when David was anointed king and the Philistines came against him, he inquired of the Lord and he won the battle.  (1 Chr. 14:19, 22-25)  When they attacked again, he didn’t assume that he would win the battle the same way.  He inquired of the Lord again and the Lord gave him a different strategy for the victory.  Brethren, don’t assume things, or presume things.  Always enquire from the Lord and expect His success strategy.  Then go and do what He tells you to do.  You will win every single time.