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Psalms 27:11 “Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of my enemies.”

One of the foundational truths about godliness and Christianity as seen in the early church and the patriarchs is their yieldedness to divine leadership. In my opinion it is the single factor that determines success (for a godly man) in the sight of God. Divine leadership unfortunately is placed lowest in priority sometimes way below ones emotional and social needs, etc.

Do you choose HIS leadership only in some areas or difficult decisions OR do you want to make it your lifestyle?

What does the bible teach us about divine leadership? Let’s learn!

The Leadership of the Spirit

1.       Jesus depended totally upon the Holy Spirit’s leading:

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.” Luke 4:1-2

Right after receiving the fullness of the Spirit, Jesus was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit. And for forty days he was tempted by the devil. During this time he had to depend on the leadership of the Spirit to overcome every temptation.

2.      Baptism of the Holy Spirit:

So why is the baptism of the Holy Spirit given? So that we can yield to the leadership of the Spirit and with that yeildedness comes power. When you say, “I want to be filled with the Holy Spirit, you are essentially saying, “I want to establish the Spirit’s leading in my life”.

3.      Being led requires knowing His ways:


Teach me Your way, O LORD, And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies.” Ps. 27:11

David was constantly asking the Lord for His leadership. Twelve years of running away from Saul and living in the wilderness, David learned the importance of God’s leading. He also learned to know and understand the Lord’s ways. Not only to be led but know His ways. To know HIS way is to know what the Spirit will require you to do in a particular situation. God wants us to be not only led but KNOW HIS WAYS so that we do it proactively.

4.      Sonship is given to only those who are led:

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” Rom 8:14

“But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.” Gal. 5:18

Only those yield themselves to the leading of the Holy Spirit can be called as the sons of God. Those who obey the guidance of the Spirit are no more under the law or bondage.

5.      Learn the ways of the Spirit:

“The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:8

Jesus was teaching that you can learn the ways of the Spirit and as a born-again person – you are supposed to!

6.      The Spirit should remain upon your life:

“I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.” John 1:33

This is another key to walking with God. There are many today who become anointed at some point in their life, but for whatever reason, that anointing does not remain upon them. They do not know how to ‘KEEP’ the anointing. The key to walking with God is , as the scripture points here is to have the Spirit descend and ‘remain’ on you. This calls for a daily, accountable intimate walk, in fact a lifestyle of walking in communion with God.


Keynotes on Divine Leadership:

  •  One of the first things He does – He sets up His leadership
  • Everything depends upon your yielding to that leadership
  • Where does the leadership take you? To be like Him in character and power.
  •  Two key aspects to His leadership are learning His ways (Ps. 27:11) and yielding to His guidance and direction (Lu. 4:1-2).
  • Know that you are not called a son till you are walking in His leadership
  • God’s plans for you can only be known if you walk in His leading.
  • Not only should you be baptized by the Spirit but also the Spirit should remain upon your life.

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The Feats of Wisdom….

Wisdom, the most precious of all treasures, desired and sought after by all men in all ages, has its remarkable exploits. In the bible, the book of proverbs, chapter 9 talks about the feats wisdom have accomplished. Wisdom cries out constantly, “Forsake the foolish ways and live and go in the ways of understanding” Pr. 9:6.

The word “foolish” means silly, simple, helpless, weak, exhibiting lack of common sense or sound judgment, being stunned or dazed. The word simple can further be explained as humble, innocent, ignorant, not culturally sophisticated. On the other hand “understanding” means knowledge, meaning, and wisdom.

The bible tells us to forsake the simple way (humble way, weak way, innocent way, unsophisticated way) and go into the way of the knowledge, meaning and wisdom. Take any matter, do not remain simple & ignorant about it but be sophisticated (gain understanding, gain knowledge about it). Wisdom’s way is to gain understanding. Once you gain understanding wisdom will come in that matter.  “A foolish woman (any foolish person) is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing.” Pr. 9:13.  If you want to operate in wisdom (operate in knowledge) forsake foolishness or ignorance.

The first few scriptures of Proverbs 9 show us that wisdom is established and wisdom offers a call to gain it. The only way you begin to gain wisdom and walk in understanding is to get to know the Lord and fear (revere) the Lord.

Key Notes on Wisdom:

  1. Forsake folly (simplicity, weakness, being unsophisticated). Become detail oriented, sophisticated, gain understanding, proceed in the way of understanding)
  2. Do not correct a scoffer (Do not reprove a wicked man)
  3. Give instruction and offer correction to a wise man
  4. Fear (Revere) the Lord
  5. Get to know Him (Knowledge of the Holy one)

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Psalm 39

Psalm 39 gives a deep insight into the struggle David has a king, controlling his tongue. Let’s take a look at some of the key verses on this psalm :

Psalm 39:1  To the chief Musician, even to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David. I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.

David is making a decision here unto himself, that he will not sin with his tongue. His approach to not sin with the tongue is to bridle it. He says that he will take heed to his ways , which means that he will pay close attention to the path he will walk in.

Key words

  • His ways – The word ‘way’ is translated in the greek as ‘derek’ . It means ‘a course of life or mode of action’. It could also mean journey.
  • Take heed – The work ‘take heed’ is translated as ‘shamar’. Shamar means to hedge, protect ,attend to.

So David is saying that while the wicked are before him  he will [‘guard’, hedge] his mouth while the wicked are before him. David probably understood what Jesus said centuries later in  Mat 15:18  But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

David understood that every time he said something that was not according to god’s will or God’s revealed will, he was sinning. I am sure he would have felt that ‘sense of defilement’ every time he said something of that nature.

The emotion connection

It is a good decision to guard your mouth, but is it enough? Lets read on to see what followed:

Psa 39:2  I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; And my sorrow was stirred.

True to his word, he keeps silence. He is in his own words dumb [tongue tied]. I am sure that after he made this decision , several opportunities showed up at his door requiring that he participate and participate actively. But David says that he was silent in all these situations. He even withheld himself when speaking when it was good.

When the wicked was there, he, David held his peace (withheld himself from speaking) even when it was good. Why? This is a great key. We may think that speaking what is good is a good thing. Not always. Sometimes we just need to keep silent. A perfect example is the Lord Jesus Christ himself. When he was accused and genuinely asked, he remained silent ( Mark 15:1-5). He only spoke to answer one question of Pilate : Art thou the King of the Jews?

But, we also notice something happening within David which he explicitly calls out:

Ps 39:2 … and my sorrow was stirred.

It is true that David kept silent, but deep within his heart,  his emotions were boiling. His sorrow [grief, pain, sorrow] was stirred.

Let’s read on….

Psa 39:3  My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue.

David didn’t keep silent. He spoke. But he spoke to the Lord. He turned his emotional despair to a prayer. This is the key! We can make many decisions. But to keep them, we need to channel our decisions in the Lord. David found this ‘channel’ through prayer. He would pour out his heart to God , who would comfort and strengthen him.

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