God Guides

A tourist who chooses not to follow the tour guide soon finds himself lost in a strange city  – worse still he may end up in the wrong neighbourhood. A child who refuses to hold on to Mommy’s hand could end up reported missing in the evening news.  

The Holy Spirit is our guide and we cannot afford to go about our lives without His leading. Every day, He speaks, He directs.  

He spoke to Noah about the flood (Gen 6). He shared His plans with Abraham about Israel’s future (Gen 15:13-14) and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen 18). He gave Daniel a timeline of future world government. Jeremiah knew Israel would spend 70 years in captivity because God told him so. He also knew what he and the people of Israel were to during these 70 years in captivity.  

It’s only if you are seeking God, looking into His face that you can receive His instructions. You need to be alert, on the lookout for His next instruction. Be in a position where you can hear Him. God is not secretive – He talks. Are you listening?

  Further Reading (Psa 25:9; Psa 32:8; Isa 58:11; John 16:13).

Listen to God

In Exod the Israelites told Moses, “You speak to us and we’ll listen, but don’t have God speak to us or we’ll die” (Exod 20:19).

Today we have people who want their pastors to hear from God on their behalf. People wait in line after service just to ask their pastor, “Do you have a word for me?” Such people may soon end up in delusion because some men posing as servants of the Most High God are like Jeroboam I, with their own agenda.

Jeroboam made a fort at Shechem in the hills of Ephraim, and made that his headquarters. He also built a fort at Penuel. But then Jeroboam thought, “It won’t be long before the kingdom is reunited under David. As soon as these people resume worship at The Temple of GOD in Jerusalem, they’ll start thinking of Rehoboam king of Judah as their ruler. They’ll then kill me and go back to King Rehoboam.”

So the king came up with a plan: He made two golden calves. Then he announced, “It’s too much trouble for you to go to Jerusalem to worship. Look at these—the gods who brought you out of Egypt!” He put one calf in Bethel; the other he placed in Dan. This was blatant sin. Think of it—people traveling all the way to Dan to worship a calf! And that wasn’t the end of it. Jeroboam built forbidden shrines all over the place and recruited priests from wherever he could find them, regardless of whether they were fit for the job or not.

To top it off, he created a holy New Year festival to be held on the fifteenth day of the eighth month to replace the one in Judah, complete with worship offered on the Altar at Bethel and sacrificing before the calves he had set up there. He staffed Bethel with priests from the local shrines he had made. This was strictly his own idea to compete with the feast in Judah; and he carried it off with flair, a festival exclusively for Israel, Jeroboam himself leading the worship at the Altar   (1 Kings 12:25-33 MSG).

No man of God should take the place of the Holy Spirit in your life. Deuteronomy 4:33 shows that people survive encounters with God.

God is inviting you to come into His presence. He’s willing and ready to teach you His will. The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you” (Psa 32:8 NLT).

Spend time with God today. He’s expecting you.

Praying

by Miss Mo

Imagine this, you have a very good friend and you live in the same neighbourhood but you really never get to see each other but you talk almost every morning and sometimes at night, there’s a public holiday and your friend decides to visit you. You are beyond excited; you imagine catching up on details and sharing pleasantries for the entire day. Your friend arrives and after exchanging pleasantries, s/he keeps quiet, you try to say a few things to get a conversation going but s/he is too focused on his/her tab or blackberry or iPhone and only calls on you when something is going wrong. Eventually s/he leaves to go home and the entire time you are quietly wondering what is going on. Continue reading

Does the Holy Spirit Have Moods?

by Omolola Oriogun

While in my living room with some of my friends; we were chatting, shouting on top of our voices, laughing, enjoying ourselves and a movie was playing. I discovered that even with the loud din, a particular friend was totally out of our world. She wasn’t aware of all we were doing and that bothered me so much.

I called her attention back to the present, with a dull, angry face, she looked at me and said, ‘I’m not just in the mood to talk or do anything jare’. After excusing her from the whole frenzy, I thought to myself, if human beings have good or bad moods, ‘does the Holy Spirit have moods too?’ Continue reading