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

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Dr. Larry L Yates

Dr. Larry L Yates is a Minister, Author and Bible Teacher with Doctorates in Theology, Religion, and Ministry. He is President of Mineola Bible Institute as well as a member of the Board of the International Apostolic University-London, in the UK. He is the author of numerous books on apostolic theology, prayer, and healing.

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