Isaiah 35:8 – “A highway shall be there, and a road, and it shall be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean shall not pass over it, but it shall be for others. Whoever walks the road, although a fool, shall not go astray.” NKJV
Once you have received Jesus as your personal Savior, received the Holy Spirit, and have committed yourself to reading and studying the Bible more, accepting it as truth, do those facts mean that you have become exempted from the “wisdom from below”? Does it mean that we have automatically become attuned to the “Wisdom from Above”? Does that mean you will automatically HEAR GOD and receive DIVINE GUIDANCE? You already know the answer is NO!
One of the problems is we do not always realize that we are constantly being exposed to the counterfeit wisdom birthed and belched out of hell. We have a clear promise in Scripture that we can KNOW the mind and will of God in any matter, there is also a warning to “beware the false guidance and false sources.” I have, over the years, realize and been disturbed by the reality that some well-meaning believers have turned to dangerous sources and methods of guidance that are anti-biblical. I am specifically referring to “Familiar Spirits.”
Deuteronomy 18:10-13 – “There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12 For all who do these things are an abomination to the LORD, and because of these abominations the LORD your God drives them out from before you. 13 You shall be blameless before the LORD your God.” NKJV
Let me list some sources that are contrary to Truth and Light and should be avoided:
Divination – – Fortune Tellers. Observers of the Times – – Astrologers. Enchanters – – Genuine Magicians. Witches – – Sorcerers. Charmers – – Hypnotist. Consulters of Familiar Spirits – – Mediums with a spirit guide. Wizards – – Clairvoyant, psychics. Necromancer – – One who consults with the dead.
I realize that some will question some of those but if you examine the record of God’s Word you will find that they are sources that are not conducive to truth and light. They are supernatural, but not the Spirit of God. They may sound good and even be accurate on points and because they are supernatural some accept them as being from God. I caution you to remember the words of Paul in 2 Corinthians 11:14, “…for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.”
Another real problem in receiving Divine Guidance is the trickery of our mixed-up human emotions, impure motives, prejudices, habits, and patterns of thought and action. I have been made aware that because of some well-known failures in this area, entire churches have turned their backs on Divine Guidance declaring: “We have the Bible, that’s all we need. God no longer speaks to people today other than in His written word.” Others take almost an opposite approach declaring, “I hear God, so I don’t need the Bible.” BOTH ARE WRONG! We need to HEAR GOD and we need GOD’S WORD, the Bible. How else can we evaluate the “word” we heard if not by the Bible?
I believe that if we desire to honestly be led by the Spirit of God we need to learn four basic principles.
- Divine Guidance Does Not Come Automatically – – [You cannot push a button, flip a switch, open a Bible randomly, or listen for voices and be safe in HEARING GOD.]
- Receiving Divine Guidance is a Skill to be Learned – – [Often we learn through trial and error and often this journey will require some spiritual adventure and exercise of faith on our parts.]
- Receiving Divine Guidance is Not Relegate to a Formula or a Set of Methods – – But it is obedience to a Set of Principles.]
- Divine Guidance is Intensely Personal – – [It comes through Relationship with God.]
Additionally, God’s Divine Guidance requires a CLEAN BREAK from all other forms of guidance.
James 3:15 – “This [superficial] wisdom is not such as come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, even devilish or demonic.”
James 3:17 – “But the wisdom from above is first of all Pure (undefiled); then it is Peace Loving, Courteous (considerate, gentle). (It is willing to) Yield to Reason, full of Compassion and Good Fruits; it is wholehearted and straightforward, impartial and unfeigned.” It is FREE FROM DOUBT, WAVERING, and INSINCERITY.
If any so-called revelation does not agree with God’s Word as revealed in the Bible and pass the test of James 3, then our source of wisdom is not from above and must be rejected. Romans 8:14, “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.”
We need to commit ourselves to being disciplined and trained by the leading of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God and when we do so we are demonstrating spiritual maturity and open our hearts to purity which will lead to DIVINE GUIDANCE.
God bless you as you embark on your day’s journey and find the path for your life.