Key Three: Follow the Leadership of the Holy Ghost

1 John 2:27

27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

In order to remain single-minded on the things of God, the third key to effective ministry is to rely on the leadership of the Spirit of God and not on our own understanding.

The Holy Ghost has been given to us as a teacher and a guide who leads us in accordance with God’s will

By Him, we have the mind of Christ and can handle every situation with the wisdom of God.

We are admonished to, “trust in the Lord with all our hearts” and warned to “lean not on our own understanding.”   In all our ways to acknowledge him and it is he who will make clear the way before us.”

When ministering, never trust the path your mind wants to take.

Don’t depend upon your natural understanding.  

Learn to follow the leadership of the Spirit within you. 

That’s his reason for dwelling within you.

If we’re going to minister effectively to people’s needs, we will have to be led of the spirit because, more often than not, we will find ourselves in situations that only access to the wisdom of God can handle.

During times such as these, our decision to meet the needs of the people must rise to the surface.

Jesus said that the Holy Ghost would lead us into all truth and assured us that His sheep would know his voice.

We can’t wait until we arrive in the situation to go and seek the wisdom of God.  We have to be prepared beforehand.

Once there, we don’t have time to “pray through”.  We have to be prayed up, open and sensitive to the things of the spirit in order to effectively deal with these situations.

We can forget about being led by the Holy Ghost if we spend the majority of our time attending to personal affairs, playing golf with the mayor, making business appointments, coaching Little League and watching television.

It’s not that any of those things are wrong, in and of themselves. It’s a question of where your priorities lie.

Acts 20:24King James Version (KJV)

24But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

We must spend our time in prayer and in the word beforehand – otherwise, we will simply not be spiritually prepared to meet the needs of the people and overcome the obstacles that Satan will surely place in our lives

Key Two — Singleness of Purpose

When we read the gospels, we find that Jesus was moved with compassion.  God’s Word and Will dictated everything He did.

He was dedicated – He was committed to it.

He had one thing in mind: fulfilling the Word of God.

Our Singleness of Purpose is to meet the needs of the people.

By doing God’s will, putting his word first place in our lives and making it the final authority in everything we do, we can be confident that God will work through us to meet the needs of the people.

It is essential however, that we remain single minded.

James 1:5-8King James Version (KJV)

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

Let’s read it in the Amplified Version:

James 1:5-8Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of [a]the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him.

Only it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting). For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind.

For truly, let not such a person imagine that he will receive anything [he asks for] from the Lord,

[For being as he is] a man of two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute), [he is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [he thinks, feels, decides].

The double-minded man is one who hesitates

Why?

He is not made a firm decision about what he’s going to do.  He is irresolute or indecisive.

He has not resolved to handle things- once and for all – without changing his mind.

A double-minded man has not really made a decision at all.  He is “unstable in all his ways” and goes back and forth from one viewpoint to another.

What happens when you hesitate?

Your adversary takes the initiative and you find yourself on the defensive with Satan ahead of you, beating you at every turn.

If you’re not single-minded about your mission and purpose, you will not have any definite direction.  You will always be wondering what you’re supposed to do.

Do you know what a double-minded man really is? 

A double-minded man is one who tries to live by faith and protect his fear at the same time

He talks both ways:

His faith proclaims, “I believe God is going to heal me – someday.”

His faith whispers, “I wouldn’t want to say I was well, just yet.”

Inconsistency is hazardous.

Luke Eight records a significant event in the life of the disciples that illustrates the dangers of instability and hesitancy:

Luke 8:22-25King James Version (KJV)

22 Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth.

23 But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy.

24 And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.

25 And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.

Jesus was quite clear about his intention when they first entered the ship: “let us go over unto the other side..” (verse 22).

There was enough power in those words to get the disciples all the way across the way, yet they became afraid and ran to Jesus.

This is a perfect illustration of double-mindedness:

-They were speaking fear in the presence of faith personify.

-They were consumed by the problem when they already possessed the solution.

“We perish”, didn’t sound unstable to them – it sounded realistic – but to Jesus, it was a direct contradiction to what he had plainly stated.

When Jesus said to them, “let us go over to the other side.” He knew, beyond a shadow of doubt, that’s where they were going.

The disciples should have known it as well!

If they were not capable of exercising such faith, Jesus would not have had the right to rebuke them after He had calmed the storm.

A single-minded man makes quality decisions and settles them forever.

If we’re going to put the Lord, his work and Word first place in our lives, there will be times when we will have to bypass what we see in order to meet the people’s needs.

Don’t hesitate!  Do whatever it takes!

Remember, your goal is to meet the needs of the people

Minister to everyone you meet, everywhere you go!

Even if you are not in a preaching ministry, make it your goal to have a Biblical solution for every problem you encounter.

Be willing to walk away from anything in order to get God’s word to those who desperately need it.

God’s Word is all you need – – it will sustain you in every way.

If there ever a choice between the Word and anything else – –Choose the Bible way!

Stay single-minded and meet the needs of the people.