About Pastor Michelle Steele

I am thrilled to be cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ and made a new creation in God. After having lived my life in the graveyard of sin, I am forever grateful for every day in the light.

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The Protection of Peace

 Dear Partners and Friends, 

Through last month’s partner letter, the Lord had me to minister to you the importance of maintaining the condition of our heart. I shared the instruction of the Lord from John, chapter 14. 

Do not let your hearts be troubled (distressed, agitated). You believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely on God; believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely also on Me. (John 14:1 AMPC) 

This instruction is one we must obey in order to be able to operate the victory and blessing that belong to us as children of God. If our hearts are full of care, troubled, or burdened, our faith will be hindered. I gave you four points to help you maintain the condition of your heart: 

#1 DECIDE TO TRUST THE LORD NO MATTER WHAT MAY COME. 

By [the help of] God I will praise His word; on God I lean, rely, and confidently put my trust; I will not fear. What can man, who is flesh, do to me? (Psalm 56:4 AMPC) 

#2 DECLARE YOUR TRUST IN HIM. 

I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust! (Psalm 91:2 AMPC) 

#3 MAINTAIN YOUR FLOW OF FAITH 

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) Hebrews 10:23

#4 PUT PEACE IN PLACE 

Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.] (John 14:27 AMPC) 

I want to go a step further in our understanding of this supernatural peace that Jesus has provided. 

And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours]. (Philippians 4:7 AMP) 

One of the main reasons this supernatural force of peace is supplied to us is to protect us. When we really see how destructive thoughts of fear, anxiety, or worry can be, we will be more diligent to allow the peace of God to have priority. 

Scientists have proven that worry can cause physical side effects like hypertension or high blood pressure. That is just the destruction that can be seen in manifestation on the outside. The spiritual damage is just as serious, if not even more serious. 

“What kind of spiritual damage?” you might ask. 

One example is this. The damage that sorrow in the heart causes to the joy of the Lord, which is the spiritual strength of the believer, results in that believer being weak and struggling to resist the adversity. Many times, they don’t realize how weak their spirit is or how much easier it would be to resist the spiritual opposition if they were stronger. They just assume it is supposed to be hard. So, they tie a knot at the end of the rope and hang on, waiting for God to see them through. 

Another example is when a Christian yields to fear. The fear negates or cancels out their faith. Peter was walking on the water and began to look at the wind and waves when he became afraid he began to sink. 

Many Christians slowly descend into the problem not realizing it was fear that moved them away from the power of God. If they have never been taught to resist the fear and maintain a confidence in God, they think the fear is a normal part of life and participate with it. 

The seed of the Word that is supposed to be safely growing in the heart of a child of God. That Word seed is the nutrition for our spiritual growth. We plant the Word about our marriage to grow a harvest of God’s will to manifest in our marriage. We plant the Word about our health and prosperity in order to see a harvest of God’s will to manifest in those areas of life. For every area, our family, success on the job, spiritual maturity, success in ministry, etc, there is a Word seed that must be sown into the ground of the heart. 

Jesus warned us about the cares that have the potential to choke out the harvest of the Word we have been diligently sowing in our lives in His teaching on the parable of the sower (Mark 4, Matthew 13, Luke 8). Let’s take that warning seriously! 

Worry, sorrow, fear, anxiety, burdens, and stress are destructive! They are aimed at depleting the spiritual forces that flow in the heart. We must guard our heart with all diligence because out of the heart flow the issues (forces) of life (Proverbs 4). 

Peace is the protection over the contents of our spirit or heart. We must determine to allow peace to do its work. According to Philippians 4, this peace begins protecting the heart that has refused to care. After the peace begins to operate, the thoughts must be maintained on things that allow the peace to continue. 

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through

Oct WS offerChrist Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:6-8

As your partner, I want to sow into your life this CD teaching, The Protection of Peace, that I recently taught in our local church. Make sure you mark and send in your partner response form to receive it.

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We love to hear your praise reports and welcome your prayer requests. Thank you for being a partner with this ministry. Thank you for being a Faith Builder! I believe you will experience the fullness of the blessing of the Lord! 

 

 

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Don’t Let Your Heart Be Troubled

Dear Partners and Friends,

The condition of our heart is one of our greatest priorities. If the heart is filled with cares or overburdened with stress we cannot believe effectively. Receiving from God requires that our heart is guarded against the things that can choke the Word.

Jesus gave us specific instruction that must be taken seriously.

Do not let your hearts be troubled (distressed, agitated). You believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely on God; believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely also on Me. (John 14:1 AMPC)

The power to obey this commandment is contained in the command. Jesus told us not to allow, permit, or let our hearts be agitated. We can take that command into our heart and release from our mouth the faith to walk in it! “I will not allow my heart to be troubled! I believe!”

He reveals the correct spiritual flow in His next sentence. “Believe, trust and rely in Me! Faith is the correct flow of the heart. If we have our heart anchored in trusting the Lord, the temptation to fear or worry is easily resisted.

#1 Decide to trust the Lord no matter what may come.

By [the help of] God I will praise His word; on God I lean, rely, and confidently put my trust; I will not fear. What can man, who is flesh, do to me? (Psalm 56:4 AMPC)

The putting or placing of our trust is the foundation to make the declaration, “I will not fear.” When we choose in advance to have our trust securely fastened in the Lord, we are positioned for victory regardless of what may happen in days to come.

This is a choice, an act of the will. We choose to trust. We choose to believe God and His Word.

In God have I put my trust and confident reliance; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? Psalm 56:11

#2 Declare your trust in Him.

I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust! (Psalm 91:2 AMPC)

Your situation needs to hear you declare it. Your emotions need to hear you say it. The adversary needs to hear you say it. Most importantly, the declaration is the legal voice authorization in the arena of the spirit. When you say it, you are activating all of the protection that is yours as a child of God.

This is the reason the Lord has verbally declared His promises and even given us the written record of what was declared. He wants us to believe and speak in line with His established will for our lives.

Living free from all fear, worry, anxiety, and care is His perfect will!

…for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless, nor forsake, nor let [you] down, (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]

So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm [I will not fear or dread or be terrified]. What can man do to me? (Hebrews 13:5-6 AMPC)

#3 Diligently maintain your flow of faith!

The New Testament is full of instructions that direct us to “hold fast our profession of faith, continue in the Word, and to contend earnestly for the faith…” Why is this exhortation threaded throughout God’s Word?

It is because we live in a world that is operating under the curse with fear as a normal flow of life. This world is built on fear-based principles. Worry and anxiety are acceptable as a part of life in this society. Also, we have an adversary who is constant in his attack of pressure and difficulty.

But Jesus gave us the answer in advance!

Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.] (John 14:27 AMPC)

The peace that Jesus has provided is a supernatural flow that elevates us above the worldly, fear-based flow. His peace will protect our heart and our mind against the corruption that worry will cause.

And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours]. (Philippians 4:7 AMP)

Peace is supplied by the Lord Himself to act as a supernatural guard to protect the heart. Without His peace in place, the heart will be vulnerable to attack and the mind will be wide open to receive whatever report the problem may bring.

When the peace of God is in operation, our heart can maintain the Word production that Jesus described in the Parable of the Sower (Mark 4). We can bring forth the harvest of the Word with thirty, sixty, and an hundred-fold capacity in our lives!

As your partner, I am releasing my faith for Spirit of God to strengthen you with supernatural might. I believe you will approve the things that are excellent and experience the fullness of the blessing!

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A Preview of Refusing the Care

Dear Partners and Friends,

Exciting things are taking place! At this writing, we are preparing for the celebration of 20 years of ministry in Faith Builders International in De Soto, Kansas. Preparations are underway for our Faith Explosion there and our annual gathering of alumni and ministers of the Faith Builders Ministerial Association.

Our Bible College, Faith Builders International Ministerial Academy(FBIMA), is graduating classes from both our De Soto, Kansas and Little Rock, Arkansas locations. Our Hispanic Bible College, Instituto Bíblico Constructores de Fe, launched our Little Rock campus and another in Quito, Ecuador.

Pastor Steele’s new book, Refusing the Care,is about to be released and what a great help this book will be to the Body of Christ. Pastor Philip really brings to light the importance of recognizing and refusing to accept the care, stress, and anxiety. I am so thrilled with the revelation and insight this book provides. I want to share an excerpt from this book with you. I know you will receive help from this!

Excerpt from Chapter 1 of Refusing the Careby Pastor Philip Steele

When talking about the ability to refuse the care, we can be very elementary or matter of fact about it by saying, “I am not going to care.” However, we can be saying this and still have a heart full of care. The bottom line is this: If we have faith, we will see it, but if we are carrying care, we will see it too.

We may say that we are not carrying any cares or worries. However, our face may be telling a whole different story. In this way, our confession is betrayed by our lack of faith in what we are confessing.

There was a time in the past when Pastor Michelle and I took a stand to pray and believe God for something. I was on our balcony praying in the Holy Spirit. The Bible says that when you pray in the Holy Spirit, you build up your most holy faith (Jude 1:20). It recharges your (spiritual) batteries. I was praying in tongues and crying out desperately to God.

I heard the Lord speak to me where He speaks to each one of us – in our spirits. God said, “Philip, your face is all scrunched up.” I was praying earnestly! I really thought I was praying in faith!

But the Lord spoke to me and said, “Your actions prove what you are really believing.” The expression on my face and the desperation in my prayer revealed that I was not in faith. I was praying in worry and under the pressure of the problem.

People may say that they do not have a care. But their actions, attitudes, and the way they present themselves will reveal whether or not they actually have cares or worries. It will be the proof as to whether or not they are refusing the care or carrying the care.

Refusing the care is not just refusing to think about something. It is not a denial of something. It is not merely keeping a positive thought. When we study what the Word of God says, we will see that refusing care is vital to our overall spiritual fitness.

And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. Luke 21:34

In Luke 21:34, Jesus is dealing with the end times and His second coming. The initial part of verse 34 says, “…take heed to yourselves…” This verse is telling us that the first thing we need to watch is our own reactions when we are confronted with the pressures of life. “TAKE HEED TO YOURSELF.”

Very often, we can quickly point out someone else who has entered into care. However, God says to “take heed to yourselves.” That is to say that we must watch ourselves to prevent our hearts from being overcharged with surfeiting, drunkenness, and the cares of this life so that the day (of Christ’s return) does not come upon us unawares. There are some important truths here of which we need to take notice.

Jesus used the words overcharged and surfeitingSurfeiting simply means “self-indulgence.” Without getting too involved in the definition of this word, it can include overeating or too much involvement in the pleasures of this world.

There is nothing wrong, for instance, in watching a college football game. Yet, there are people who will waste an entire Saturday watching college football. This can cross over into self-indulgence. The Lord is all about us having fun, but fun has its place, as well as its limits. He warns us to keep ourselves from self-indulgence.

In the same verse, Jesus points to thecares of this life. The Wuest Translation of the New Testament says, “…the anxieties pertaining to the affairs of this life…” The Amplified Bible says, “…cares pertaining to [the business of] this life…” Jesus is warning us that if our focus is on the cares or anxieties of this life, the day (pertaining to His second coming) will come on us unawares. If our focus is on the anxieties, anxiousness, cares, or the business of this life, there are things we will miss, and there are things that can come on us when we least expect it.

I was up early one morning meditating on some things when the Lord began talking to me about cares. He said to me, “The entering in of cares requires the letting go of faith.” Any time I enter into care, I have to let go of faith. That’s because faith, according to the Amplified Bible translation, is “The entire dependence of the entire personality on God.” (End of excerpt from Refusing the Careby Pastor Philip Steele)

I want to encourage you to refuse the cares of this life and remain in peace. We are entering into some of the best days of our lives and the Lord wants you to enjoy His very best! Thank you for your partnership! Together we are building people’s faith and framing their world by the Word of God!

 

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Progress and Profit By the Word

Dear Partners and Friends,

It is so important to have the same definitions that the Lord uses so that it is no problem for Him to communicate with us. For example, the word peace means something different in God’s vocabulary than it does in our society. God uses the word peace to mean “nothing missing, nothing broke, the peace that comes from being made whole.” Society generally equates it to mean an absence of chaos or sense of calmness.

The same holds true where the word prosper is concerned. Most consider it to have a financial meaning such as “to increase financially.” The Lord has a much more substantial concept of the word. According to the Old Testament, the word prosper means “to advance, make progress, succeed, be profitable, to push forward, break out, come mightily, and go over.” This ability to prosper could be used to help you meet financial goals or needs, but it is clearly not limited to money. The Lord has provided the power in His Word to help us succeed and advance in every area of life. His desire is progress. He has provided us the power to succeed in life.

Keep therefore the words of this covenant, and do them, that you may prosper in all that you do. Deuteronomy 29:9

Notice the provision of God will cover all that you do. He wants us to be profitable in every endeavor. Can you see yourself advancing in your marriage? Can you see yourself making progress in your relationships with your family? How about your physical health? The Lord wants you to advance in your strength, healing, and health.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. Psalm 1:3

This verse describes a person who is meditating on God’s Word. The Word provides a supernatural supply like the deep water flowing in the river. The tree can extend its roots into the supply of the river and will always have water. Harvest season is never delayed to a well-watered tree! The heat will not cause it to wither and dry up. This tree prospers and thrives. The Word is our supply of supernatural water. The end result of giving our attention to the Word of God is “whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. Isaiah 55:11

This verse also confirms that it is the Word of God which is the key component of this power to prosper. The Lord is explaining the action of His Word. His Word will accomplish His will. God’s Word will prosper in the thing He sends it to work on. The Lord has sent His Word to advance His will in our lives. The Word contains the power to make progress and be profitable in every area where it is applied.

When you take the Word and hold it up against lack, it will come mightily against the lack and bring the power to prosper on the scene. The Word can be applied to any obstacle and it will break forth against the hindrance. You can apply the Word to any sickness that attacks your body. You can hold the Word against worry or fear and it will prosper your resistance. The Lord wants you to prosper and He has sent His Word to do His will!

In the New Testament, we have a slightly different aspect of God’s use of the word prosper. The definition of the New Testament word prosper means “to grant a prosperous and expeditious journey, to lead by a direct and easy way, to be successful, to help on the road, (literally) to succeed in reaching.”

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. III John 2

The Holy Spirit inspired the Apostle John to record these words. The desire of the Spirit of God is that we each succeed in reaching the destiny the Lord has appointed for us. The supply of the Spirit will grant us a prosperous journey. His guidance will take us by a direct and easy way. The Lord will help us on the road! The Lord does not want you to come to the finish line broken, empty, and barely able to make it across. He wants you to reach your destination fully equipped! He wants you to arrive fully supplied and right on time!

The Lord wants us to prosper. But it is not automatically going to happen in our lives. It is available to every believer. Every believer has a responsibility to sink their roots down into the deep, flowing river of God’s Word and connect to the supernatural supply. When we do, we can prosper, advance, make progress, be profitable, and succeed in reaching the things we are endeavoring to accomplish.

Partner, God is on our side. He is for us! He wants us to win. I have been specifically praying for you that revelation knowledge would flow in a greater measure in your life. As you renew your mind to God’s definition of what it means for you to prosper, I want you to consider how this affects every area of your life. Let the Lord reveal to you His plan to prosper you financially, relationally, physically, etc.

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The Foundation of Hearing and Doing

Dear Partners and Friends,

I recently heard a minister talking about his early years as a pastor. He spoke of the different meetings they had to help people get victory. Although people came up for prayer, cried, shouted, and danced, they came back to church the next week with the same problems. He began to pray and ask the Lord for answers. “Why aren’t the people experiencing any change in their lives?”

The answer the Lord gave him was this: “Prayer cannot do what the Word was designed to accomplish.” This minister began to teach and deposit the Word of God into their lives. The change, the victory, and the breakthroughs they needed came as the Word became established in their heart.

In this fast-paced society we live in, you can drive through and get your food in moments. You can order something online that is located hundreds of miles away and have delivered overnight. You can make instant pudding and pour ready-made cheesecake batter out of a plastic tub. Hot pizza can be delivered to your door. Most everything you may want is readily accessible.

In the process of faith, we can’t bypass the process of God’s Word sown as a seed into the heart and the patience required as the seed grows to produce in our lives. We can’t overlook the hearing and doing of the Word of God. We can’t obtain a full measure of faith in one hearing. There is no drive-thru where you can order a heart abundantly supplied with the Word. There is no delivery service that can establish your heart or provide you with a marriage made in heaven.

Jesus taught us that the only way to build a steady, stable, overcoming life is to become a hearer and doer of His Word. He described is as “digging deep” and “laying the foundation on a rock.”

For everyone who comes to Me and listens to My words [in order to heed their teaching] and does them, I will show you what he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug and went down deep and laid a foundation upon the rock; and when a flood arose, the torrent broke against that house and could not shake or move it, because it had been securely built or [a]founded on a rock. But he who merely hears and does not practice doing My words is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation, against which the torrent burst, and immediately it collapsed and fell, and the breaking and ruin of that house was great.

Luke 6:47-49 AMP

Take note of this! The storm could no shake or move the house founded on the rock. It tried and failed. Because this house was securely built on a rock, the storm could not shake it. The investment of time given to God’s Word is never a loss of time. Taking our families to church because the Word instructs us to assemble ourselves together is doing the Word. It securely builds my marriage and family on the Word. Walking in love with others and forgiving people who treat me badly are actions initiated by the Words of Jesus. There is no substitute for faith. There is no substitute for following the inward witness. These are important parts of building our lives on His Word.

The Lord gave instructions to Joshua as he was accepting the leadership role being vacated by Moses. The Word was the foundation for his success. The way to make your way prosperous is to do the Word.

This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good [a]success.

Joshua 1:8 AMP

The instruction is the same for the New Testament believer. The doing of the Word is emphasized!

But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth]. For if anyone only listens to the Word without obeying it and being a doer of it, he is like a man who looks carefully at his [own] natural face in a mirror; For he thoughtfully observes himself, and then goes off and promptly forgets what he was like. But he who looks carefully into the faultless law, the [law] of liberty, and is faithful to it and perseveres in looking into it, being not a heedless listener who forgets but an active doer [who obeys], he shall be blessed in his doing (his life of obedience).

James 1:22-25 AMP

There are some actions brought out in this verse that I want you to add to your life of faith.

  1. Look carefully into the Word.
  2. Be faithful to the Word. (A faithful copy looks exactly like the original. Make your life reflect the Word.
  3. Persevere in looking into the Word. Don’t get bored, tired, or faint where the Word is concerned. It is working even when you don’t see it working.
  4. Be an active doer. Commit to act on every truth you find in the Word. I promise you the Holy Spirit will bring to your attention the things you need to apply so your life can be the stable, established, founded-on-the-rock life that Jesus described. When the storms of life rage, you won’t be shaken or moved!

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Sensitive to the Holy Spirit

Dear Partners and Friends,

One of my greatest desires this year is to increase my sensitivity to the leading of the Holy Spirit. It is a desire that I include in my prayers for all of my partners and those members connected to the local churches where I pastor.

Think about it! We could avoid the delays or do-overs of our mistakes if we could just follow the leading of the One who knows specifically the steps we need to take. He wants to guide us! He wants to speak to us! He will show us things!

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. John 14:26

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. John 16:13

Notice that these actions are directional, instructional actions. The Holy Spirit wants to provide us with the spiritual guidance we need on a daily basis. He can help us in our relationships. He can help us walk in optimum health. He will even guide us in our finances. What would your finances look like if God managed your money? Well, the Holy Spirit can help you govern your finances with the wisdom of God!

Our Lord and Saviour followed the leading of the Holy Spirit during His earthly ministry.

And Jesus, in the control of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was continually being led by the Spirit in the uninhabited region Luke 4;1 (Wuest)

To follow the leading of the Holy Spirit is to follow the pattern of Jesus Christ. If our Master submitted to the leadership and guidance of the Spirit of God, how much more should we rely, depend, and trust in the Holy Spirit to show us the way to live victoriously. Jesus was “continually being led by the Spirit…” This is our standard.

But I say, walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God). Galatians 5;16 (AMP)

The Holy Spirit is going to lead us into good things. He will lead us away from the cravings of the flesh that lead to destruction. He will lead you to forgive instead of holding a grudge. He will lead us to be merciful instead of critical. He will lead us into prayer, worship, and a daily time in the Word. The Holy Spirit will lead us to right decisions and right responses. These leadings will protect and prosper us! These leadings will position us for promotion. He will always guide us into profit.

We must learn how to receive this vital, spiritual information. It is not the type of controlling force that sin, fear, or addiction uses. So how does He lead us? The Word of God describes His leading as bearing witness with our spirit. Look at these other versions to form an idea of how He communicates this instruction.

The Spirit himself is constantly bearing joint- testimony with our [human] spirit that we are God’s children. Romans 8:16 (Wuest)

 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. Romans 8:16 NLT

For his Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we really are God’s children. Romans 8:16 (TLB)

Imagine that a reporter is interviewing a person who witnessed an event. Picture in your mind that another person steps up and bears witness to the testimony. The testimony or account of the first person is strengthened or validated. This is an example of how the Holy Spirit can bear witness with your spirit. As you seek your heart to know the direction to take in a certain area, the Holy Spirit can bear witness with your spirit that you should or should not move in that direction.

How do we develop in this sensitivity to His leading? First of all, begin to declare this: “I immediately respond in faith to the guidance of the Holy Spirit within me.” The Words of Jesus confirm that as His sheep we know His voice and follow His voice. Another voice we will not follow. We want to speak in line with this truth.

Next, acknowledge Him. When you are in need of His guidance, ask Him, “What should I do?” Then, listen or wait for His response. Pray in the Spirit or worship softly while clearing your mind of any clutter.

Finally, as He begins to instruct you, respond to Him. Act on His leading. Just like any other kingdom principle, faith is involved in following the direction of the Holy Spirit. Thankfully, I have discovered that the Holy Spirit will teach you to follow Him in the smaller, more insignificant things first. Then, when you are in a serious situation, you can be confident in the way He leads and step out in confident faith. Start now! Don’t wait until you are in that situation before you develop the sensitivity to His leading.

Partner, I am going to continue praying that you increase in your ability to hear and follow the direction of the Spirit of God!

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