Jan 9, 2023

Jesus is our pattern man. He was first filled with the Spirit then led by the Spirit. It is the reason He never failed all His life. We too need to follow His example.

Proverbs 20:12 “The hearing ear and the seeing eye, The LORD has made them both.”

Luke 4:1 “Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness”

John 10:27 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”

It is not enough to hear the voice of the shepherd, you also need to see Him, in order to follow. It is both the hearing and seeing.

After Jesus heard the voice of God at baptism, he went into the wilderness to seek His face!… (Luke 4:1-2)

The mistake most believers make is that after hearing the voice, they immediately run into execution of whatever they have heard.

You are supposed to go and seek the shepherd first and get detailed execution of whatever He has spoken to you. That is what it means for Him to lead you.  That is when you are guaranteed of success.

2 Corinthians 2:14 “Now thanks be to God who ALWAYS LEADS US IN TRIUMPH…”

It is the Shephard who always leads us into success.

Inconsistently following the shepherd and presumption are the reason for many of the failures in life.

David never lost any of the sixty-six battles he fought because he never presumed but always inquired from the Lord first.

_Psalms 19:13_Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be innocent of great transgression.

Saul lost the Kingdom because of presumption.

 1 Samuel 13:11-13 “And Samuel said, “What have you done?” Saul said, “When I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that you did not come within the days appointed, …Therefore I felt compelled, and offered a burnt offering. ” And Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God, which He commanded you. For now the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your kingdom shall not continue…”

Holy Spirit please deliver me from the sin of presumption and help me to live a life of brokenness and contrition of heart, always inquiring from you first. (Psalms 51:17)

A meek person will always make decisions based on the direction and leading of the Holy Spirit.

Psalms 25:9 “The meek will he guides in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.”

Matthew 11:28-29 “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; FOR I AM MEEK and LOWLY IN HEART: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”

Meekness shall enable you to easily receive correction without harboring resentment towards the messenger.  (Galatians 4:16)

Luke 10:30-37 “Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem… and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him…leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise, a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, HE HAD COMPASSION. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine…and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. … So, which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” And he said, “HE WHO SHOWED MERCY ON HIM.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.””

You can easily be a man of God but with a hard heart towards people.

Pray to God to give you a heart that is soft, broken and meek towards both God and people.