Pt 12 – How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God

Pt 12 – How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God

Study on Book Entitled “How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God”, by Kenneth E. Hagin, Sr.

CHAPTER 12

Key Scriptures:

“And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day” (Acts 23:1).

“Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life” (1 John 5:13).

It is interesting to go through the epistles that Paul wrote to the Church and see what he said about his conscience. You will notice that he always obeyed it.

Is your conscience a safe guide?

Yes, if your spirit has become a new man in Christ, it is because your conscience is the voice of your spirit.

2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

These things take place in man’s spirit, in the inward man. He is first a new creature—a brand new man in Christ. Second, old things have passed away—the nature of the devil in his spirit is gone. Third, ALL things have become new in his spirit—not in his body or his mind—now he has the nature of God in his spirit.

Therefore, if your spirit is a new man with the life and nature of God in it, it is a safe guide.

A person who has not been born again could not follow the voice of his spirit. His spirit is unregenerate. His conscience would permit him to do anything.

When you have the life and nature of God in you, your conscience will not permit you to do just anything. And if you are born again, you have the life of God.

John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have EVERLASTING LIFE.”

Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is ETERNAL LIFE through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Someone said, “That just means we are going to live forever up in Heaven.”

It does mean that, but it also means that we have eternal life right now.

Consider this Scripture:

1 John 5:13 says, “These things have I written unto you that believe on the Name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye HAVE ETERNAL LIFE.”

Have is present tense. We have eternal life now. If you are a born-again Christian, you have the life of God in your spirit now. You have the nature of God in your spirit now.

Oh, if people would learn to follow their spirits! If they would learn to take advantage of the life that is in them!

Kenneth Hagin joined the Church and was baptized early in life—but that didn’t make him a Christian. His spirit was still unregenerate when he became totally bedfast with a heart condition at the age of 15. He was truly born again during the 16 months he was bedfast. Then in August 1934, as a Baptist boy reading Grandma’s Methodist Bible, he was healed.

He went back to high school. He had missed one school year. Before he was born again, he just barely got by in some classes. Back then, if you made a “D” it was failing. And if you failed one subject you stayed in that grade and took the whole thing over again. Two teachers in two subjects said to him, “We gave you two points or you would have had a “D”.”

But after he was born again, he never made anything but straight “A’s” on his report card. And he never took one book home to study.

He didn’t know a thing about the baptism of the Holy Spirit back then, but he did know that he had the life of God in him.

As he walked down the street to school every morning, he had a conversation with the Lord. Unconsciously, he was being led by the Spirit; his heart told him to do it, and he listened to his heart instead of his head.

He said, “Now, Lord, I read in the Old Testament where Daniel and the three Hebrew children were in school in Babylon and You gave them favor with the dean of the school (Daniel 1:9). God, give me favor with every teacher. Thank You for it. I have it now. I also read that when their three years of training were over, the three Hebrew children were ten times smarter than the rest (vv. 18-20). Lord, I have Your life in me. John 1:4 says, “In Him was life; and the life was the light of men.” Light stands for development. Impart to me knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom that I may be ten times better …”

Every day as he walked to school he would confess, “In Him was life and the life was the light of men. That life is in me. The life of God is in me. That life is the light—it is the development of me. It is developing my spirit. It is developing my mentality. I have God in me. I have God’s wisdom in me. I have God’s life in me. That life of God in my spirit dominates me. I purpose in my heart to walk in the light of life.”

He did not just skip by. In study hall periods at school he studied. He listened intently in class to everything that was said. But by receiving eternal life into his spirit, and getting his mind renewed with the Word, his mentality was increased from 30 to 60 percent.

The life of God will do that for anyone.

The most amazing miracle he has ever seen of eternal life affecting someone’s mentality occurred in a girl named Mary. Her mentality was increased by at least 90 percent.

Mary started school at age 7 and went seven years without getting out of the first grade. In those seven years, she never learned how to write her name. Finally, the school asked her parents to take her out of school.

In the church he pastored, Mary was at that time 18 years old, although she behaved like a two-year old. She would get down and crawl around on the floor like a baby. If she happened to not be sitting with her mother, she would slide under the pews, or lift up her skirt and step over them to get to where her mother was. Her clothes were always a sight. Her hair was never combed.

Then one night during an evangelistic revival meeting, Mary came to the altar. There she received eternal life—the nature of God. A drastic change occurred instantly. The very next night she sat in the service and behaved like any other 18-year old young lady. She had fixed her hair and dressed up. Her mentality seemed to have increased overnight.

Years later, he was back in that city to help with a funeral. “What ever happened to Mary?” I asked the church secretary. She led him out on the front porch.

“See all those new houses going up out there.” He said, “Yes.”

“That’s an addition to the city. Mary is building that. She’s a widow now. She handles all her own money. She is her own financier. She has three lovely children. They are on the front pew every Sunday. They are the best-dressed, and the most well-mannered children in church. As church secretary, I can tell you that Mary’s tithes and offerings are here every Sunday.”

The life of God came into her!

He is convinced we have never completely learned what we have received. Most of us have thought that the Lord just forgave us, saying that we’re the same old creature we always were. We’ll just try to hold out faithful till the end. If we get enough people to pray for us, maybe we can make it.

No, thank God, the life of God has been imparted into our spirits! The nature of God is in our spirits. The Holy Spirit is living and abiding in our spirits.

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Pt 11 – How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God

Pt 11 – How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God

Study on Book Entitled “How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God”, by Kenneth E. Hagin, Sr.

CHAPTER 11

Key Scripture:

“I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost” (Romans 9:1).

The number one way the Spirit guides us is through the inward witness. Number two is by the inward voice.

The inward man, who is a spirit man, has a voice—just as the outward man has a voice. We call this voice of the inward man conscience. We call this voice the still small voice.

Your spirit has a voice. Your spirit will speak to you.

In 1966, Kenneth Hagin and his family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, from Garland, Texas (a Dallas suburb). They had lived there for 17 years.

The move came about like this: He and his wife were in Tulsa on business. Their ministry was growing and he had already figured out in his head what he would do with his office and home in Texas to accommodate the growth. But a friend they were staying with in Tulsa said, “Brother Hagin, you ought to move to Tulsa. Brother T.L. Osborn’s old office building is for sale. His business manager asked me to sell it for them.” Then he quoted their price. It was extremely low. But he was not interested. Finally, the man said, “Let’s go look at it.” He went along just to humor him.

The minute he stood inside that building a buzzer went off on the inside of him. (Sometimes that inward witness is so real it can almost sound like an inward “buzzer”.) He knew as well as he knew his name, this is it! But he didn’t want to listen to it. He wanted to stay in Garland, Texas.

(That’s why we don’t hear a lot of times. We don’t want to hear. We say we do, but we don’t.)

Back at their friend’s home, his wife asked him about the building. He said, “Oh, no. I’ve already got it all figured out. We’ll stay where we are. We’ll turn our whole home into an office. And we’ll just stay in Garland.”

They went to bed that night, but he couldn’t sleep.

Ordinarily, he had no trouble sleeping. The Bible says, “… He giveth His beloved sleep” (Psalms 127:2). I am His beloved, and so are you. “… He has made us accepted in the Beloved” (Ephesians 1:6). So he would always claim the promise of God and say, “Lord, I’m Your beloved. So I take You at Your Word. I thank You for sleep.” And he always went to sleep.

But this time, he couldn’t. His conscience was hurting. Our conscience is the voice of our spirit. His spirit knew he didn’t listen to it.

Lying there quietly in the nighttime, he said, “Lord, if You want me to move to Tulsa, I will. In the natural, I don’t want to move there, but I wouldn’t want to stand in Your way.”

Then on the inside of him he heard the still small voice.

He’s not talking about the Spirit of God speaking, because when the Holy Spirit speaks it is more authoritative. The still small voice is the voice of our own spirit speaking. But our own spirit picks it up from the Holy Spirit who is in us.

That still small voice, that inward voice, not authoritative, just something on the inside of him said, “I am going to give you that building.”

He laughed. He knows there is a lot of unbelief about this, but he said, “Okay. When you do, I’ll believe it.”

That inward man, picking up on what the Holy Spirit was saying, said, “You watch me.”

Without going into all the details, it would surprise you how God gave Kenneth Hagin that building.

Pt 10 – How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God

Pt 10 – How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God

Study on Book Entitled “How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God”, by Kenneth E. Hagin, Sr.

CHAPTER 10

Key Scripture:

“For Thou wilt light my candle: the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness” (Psalms 18:28).

This chapter is about following the inward witness. Kenneth Hagin talks about how he and his family had left that church that he had put out a fleece for. He was asked by leaders of a denomination to take another church to fill in temporarily.

Later on, while he would be in his study praying, he would get a burden to go back to the church he had left as a result of the fleece. He hadn’t finished what God wanted him to do there.

By this time two years had passed by since he had left that church.

Usually he would get a burden to return to that church when he was praying about his sermon and the Sunday services in other tongues—because remember, when he prayed in tongues, his spirit prayed, and the spirit of man is the candle of the Lord. He would get such a heavy burden for that church that sometimes he would jump up and run out of the room to get away from it.

One time he came to himself out in the street beside the church wondering how he got there? To get out there he would have had to run out of the church study, across the auditorium, and out the side door. But he didn’t remember that. He was under such a heavy burden for that former church and was trying to get away from it. He did not want to go back there to pastor.

Finally, after about 30 days of that, he said, “Lord, are You talking to me about going back there? Are You trying to give me some guidance?” Then he said, “Talk to my wife. She can listen too.”

One morning as he and his wife washed dishes, he said to his wife, “Honey, if the Lord says anything to you, let me know.” He didn’t tell her anything more.

Then he waited 30 days. You don’t have to get in a big hurry about some things. The Bible says, “… He that believeth shall not make haste” (Isaiah 28:16). Faith doesn’t get in a hurry. The devil will try to push you. He will say, “Hurry up, hurry up, hurry, hurry, hurry.” He will try to move you out of faith, and move you into doubt, move you into unbelief, and get you away from the leading of God.

Thirty days later as he washed dishes and his wife dried them, he said to his wife, “Has the Lord been talking to you?”

She replied, “If He has, I don’t know it.”

He got a little more pointed to bring her out. He said, “Has the Lord said anything to you about going back to _______?” He called the name of the city where the church was.

“Oh,” she said, “I thought that was just me.”

He said, “Well, let’s analyze what you mean when you say me.”

“If you mean the flesh, then that wouldn’t be right. But if you mean the real “me”, the man on the inside—the real you—then that is right. Remember that the spirit is the candle of the Lord. Then it is not just you, the outward man. It is the Lord lighting the candle for you—the inward man—the man on the inside.

“I want to ask you a question”, he said to her, “so we can ascertain just which this is. From the physical, from the mental, just naturally speaking, do you want to go back there?”

“Oh, no!”

“It couldn’t be you then, could it? It would have been better to say, it couldn’t have been the flesh, the natural man, the outward man. You’re not going to be thinking about doing something you don’t want to do.”

He saw she had the inward witness just as he did. Sometimes the inward witness is there, and people don’t recognize it.

“I am convinced,” he told her, “that God is leading us that way. It will have to be God to open it up and get us back there. Let’s just let Him do it.”

God did. Within a few months, without Kenneth Hagin having to work things out himself, he was invited to preach a week in that church. Afterwards, the board asked if he would be interested in coming back to pastor.

He didn’t tell them that he had something from God. He just said, “I might be.”

The board said, “We have all been talking and the church wants you back.”

Kenneth Hagin said that they would have to vote on him. So he told them to go ahead and vote, and he would tell them afterwards what his decision would be.

From the natural standpoint, he and his wife still did not want to go back there. Although they loved the people, they did not want to live in that town, or live in that house. In his heart he wanted to obey God, but everything about his flesh recoiled. In his natural man, his outward man, and in his own human thinking and mind, he did not want to go back there.

As he kept praying and fasting while the church board was making all the proper announcements and advertising the election, he was saying to the Lord that he did not want to trust that inward witness he knew both he and his wife had.

He was over into the third day of a fast. He wanted the Lord to move in some type of spectacular way. He wanted some kind of word, tongues and interpretation, a prophecy, or God to just write up in the sky, “GO TO THAT PLACE.” He was on his knees bawling and squawling and begging, because he didn’t know any better.

God also leads by the inward voice, as well as by an inward witness. That inward voice said, “Get up from there and quit acting like that.”

He got up. Then he said, “Lord, if You could just give me some supernatural sign, I would feel better about this.”

God said, “You have all I am going to give you. You don’t need any supernatural sign. You don’t need any supernatural writing in the sky. You don’t need any tongues and interpretation. You don’t need any prophecy. You know on the inside of you what to do. Now do it.”

He said, “Okay, I will.”

Many times we ignore the inward witness. We want something out in the sense realm. We seek the sensational and miss the supernatural.

Let’s learn that God leads all of His children, primarily, by the inward witness.

Pt 9 – How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God

Pt 9 – How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God

Study on Book Entitled “How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God”, by Kenneth E. Hagin, Sr.

CHAPTER 9

Key Scripture:

“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you; and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you …” (Ezekiel 36:26-27).

In this chapter, Kenneth Hagin talks about putting out fleeces. In 1941 he put out a fleece, and he got “fleeced”.

In 1941, he and his wife were pastors of a church in the blackland of North Central Texas. Another church down in the oil field of East Texas wanted him to come and try out as pastor. So he drove down there and preached one Sunday. The church asked if they could vote on him for pastor, and he said yes. Traveling back home after the service, he put out a fleece.

Deep down he knew better than to put out a fleece, but at the time it seemed as if it would save him a lot of the trouble of praying and getting alone and waiting on God, and maybe some fasting—just to put out a fleece.

In putting out a fleece, one prays something like this: “Lord, if you want me to do this, then You do that.” Or, “God, if You want me to do this, then have that happen.” Or, “Lord, shut that door, and open this door.”

Some of those doors the devil might shut, and some of them the devil might open. They are in his territory. The Bible calls him the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4).

God has a better way of leading His children than by a hit-and-miss method such as fleeces. The New Testament does not say, “As many as are led by fleeces, they are the children of God.”

“Yes”, someone might say, “but Gideon put out a fleece back in the Old Testament.”

Why go back under the Old Covenant? We have something better. The Old Covenant is for spiritually dead people. I am not spiritually dead, I am alive! I have the Spirit of God in me.

Remember Gideon was not a prophet, priest or king. Only those three offices, under the Old Covenant, were anointed by the Spirit of God. The Spirit of God was not personally present with the rest of the people.

That’s why every male had to present himself at the temple in Jerusalem once a year. The Shekinah Glory—the tangible manifest Presence of God—was kept shut up in the Holy of Holies. But when Jesus died on Calvary, the curtain that curtained off the Holy of Holies was rent (torn) in two from the top to the bottom, and God moved out. He has never dwelled in earth-made houses since. He dwells in us!

It is dangerous for New Testament, Spirit-filled Christians to put out fleeces. Kenneth Hagin said that he knows that from the Word, and by personal experience.

Back in 1941, Kenneth Hagin said as he was driving, “Lord, I am going to put out a fleece. I am just going to turn it over to You. (He didn’t realize that he was not actually turning the matter over to the Lord.) Kenneth Hagin went on to say, “If they elect me as pastor one hundred percent, I am going to accept that as being the will of God, and I am going to accept that church.”

He got every vote! That was his fleece. They elected him 100 percent. They missed God, and Kenneth Hagin missed God. They got fleeced, and he got fleeced. He got out of the perfect will of God, and God just let him do it.

They moved into the parsonage. Many things were more comfortable than what they had before, from the natural standpoint. They had more money. They lived in a better parsonage. They drove a better automobile.

But he would study and pray, and get a message to preach. He would be on fire. Then the moment he stepped inside the church door, it was as though someone poured a bucket of cold water on him. In fourteen months, he didn’t preach a decent sermon. There was no inspiration.

His wife was reluctant to say anything. She finally did say, Honey, you’ve got to where you can make a pretty good talk.”

That’s all he was doing—was making “talks”. He wasn’t preaching. When the agreed-upon time was up, he and his wife left that church. He didn’t wait for some signal to leave, he just left.

Later on in pastoring, he always wanted to go back there for a meeting because he wanted those people to know that he could preach. They had never really heard him preach. Finally, in the course of time, he went back and held a revival. Folk’s mouths fell open. “We didn’t know you could preach like that”, they said.

He said, “Oh, yes. I preached like that before I came here to pastor, and I preached like that after I left here.”

“Well, you didn’t preach like that when you were here.”

He said, “No, because we were all out of the will of God. I was here out of the will of God, and you elected me out of the will of God.”

He learned about that fleece business. One time ought to cure a fellow. But some folks—even though none of their fleeces have ever worked—still put out fleeces.

He never missed it again in going to any other church as pastor. And he didn’t put out anymore fleeces. He prayed and waited on God. He talked to God long enough so that he knew right on the inside what he was to do.

Pt 8 – How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God

Pt 8 – How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God

Study on Book Entitled “How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God”, by Kenneth E. Hagin, Sr.

CHAPTER 8

Key Scriptures:

“He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself …” (1 John 5:10).

“We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love …” (1 John 3:14).

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are sons of God (Romans 8:14). The sons of God can expect to be led by the Spirit of God. They are not led by someone else telling them what to do. The Holy Spirit is going to lead us. We have Scripture that says so.

How does He lead? Verse 16 tells us: “The Spirit itself [Himself] BEARETH WITNESS with our spirit, that we are the children of God” (Romans 8:16).

In the most important aspect of life, and in the most important thing that can happen to you—becoming a child of God—God lets you know that you are His child by His Spirit bearing witness with your spirit. Then you can understand that the first and foremost way God will lead you is also by that inward witness.

You do not know that you are a child of God because someone prophesied that you are. You wouldn’t accept that. You do not know that you are a child of God because someone said, “I feel like you are.” You wouldn’t accept that. You are not a child of God because you had a vision. You might, or you might not have had a vision, but a vision is not what would make you a child of God. That is not what the Bible says. That is not the way you know you are a child of God.

How does the Bible say we know we are children of God? His Spirit, God’s Spirit, bears witness with our spirits.

Sometimes you can’t really explain how you know you are a child of God, but you just know it, right down on the inside of you. You know it! You know you are by the inward witness.

Kenneth Hagin was born again as a teenager on the bed of sickness April 22, 1933. Since that day, the thought never occurred to him that he might not be saved. Yet even as a young Christian he ran into people who said, “You’re not saved because you don’t belong to our church.” Or those who would argue, “You’re not saved because you haven’t been baptized our way.” And many gave him other reasons why they thought he was not saved.

But none of those disturbed him. He laughed at it, because he had the witness! And he had the love!

1 John 3:14 says, “We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren.”

Pt 7 – How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God

Pt 7 – How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God

Study on Book Entitled “How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God”, by Kenneth E. Hagin, Sr.

CHAPTER 7

Key Scripture:

The Spirit itself [Himself] beareth witness with our spirit …” (Romans 8:16).

Being led by the inward witness is the number one way, or the primary way, that God leads all of His children.

Kenneth Hagin goes on to share more about the open vision he had in February 1959 in El Paso, Texas. It was 6:30 in the evening. Kenneth Hagin was sitting up in bed in a hospital room studying. His eyes were wide open.

There are three types of visions. The highest type is an open vision, where one’s physical senses are not suspended, and his physical eyes are not closed. He possesses all of his physical capabilities, yet sees into the realm of the Spirit.

Kenneth Hagin heard footsteps. The door to his room was ajar twelve to fourteen inches, so he looked to see who was coming in. He expected to see some literal, physical person. But as he looked to see who it was, it was Jesus. He had on a white robe, and Roman sandals.

Jesus appeared to Kenneth Hagin on eight different occasions.

Jesus came into the room, and pushed a chair close up to the bed, and talked to Kenneth Hagin for an hour and a half about the ministry of the prophet.

Jesus started out the conversation with, “I told you in the automobile the other night …”

The automobile had been full. His wife and others were driving along, and he heard the Spirit of God speak to him. It was so loud or internal audible, that he thought everyone in the car heard it, but they didn’t hear a thing.

In the Old Testament the prophets would say, “And the Word of the Lord came unto me saying …” Did you ever wonder how it came? It could not have been literally audible or else others would have heard God speak too. The Word of the Lord came to the prophet’s spirit from the Spirit of God. It is so real that it seems audible, but it is “internal audible”.

As Jesus sat at his bedside, He said, “I spoke to you the night before last in the automobile and told you certain things. I told you, by my Spirit, that later I would talk to you further. So now I have come to talk to you about this …”

It was concerning the ministry of the prophet. Jesus said that the prophet of the New Testament is very similar to the prophet of the Old Testament, in that he was called a “Seer” because he saw and knew things supernaturally. The prophet of the New Testament also sees and knows things supernaturally. But the prophet of the New Testament does not have the same status as the prophet of the Old Testament.

Jesus said that He did not set prophets into the Church to guide the Church. A Christian under the New Testament need not seek guidance through prophets. He might receive guidance, but should not seek it out. It is unscriptural to do so. The ministry of the New Testament prophet is only to CONFIRM what people already have in their own spirits.

Under the Old Covenant, only the priest, the prophet, and the king were anointed by the Holy Spirit to stand in those offices. What you would call the laity did not have the Spirit of God in them or upon them. Therefore, under the Old Covenant, people would seek guidance through the prophet because he had the Spirit of God.

Under the New Testament, we not only have the Spirit of God upon us, but in us.

Jesus also said to Kenneth Hagin, “Under the New Covenant, it does not say, ‘As many as are led by prophets, they are the sons of God.’ The New Testament says, ‘For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God’” (Romans 8:14).

Then He said, “The number one way, the primary way, that I lead all of My children is by the inward witness. I am going to show you how that works so you won’t make the mistakes you have made in the past.”

Jesus explained to Kenneth Hagin that to stand in the office of the prophet, one first of all is a minister of the Gospel separated and called to the ministry with the call of God upon his life. Secondly, he has at least two of the revelation gifts—the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, the discerning of spirits—plus the gift of prophecy, operating in his ministry.

Then Jesus called Kenneth Hagin’s attention to something that had been happening to him for the previous three days. For the past three days, Kenneth Hagin had sat down to write a letter to a pastor confirming a date to hold a meeting for him. Somehow, the first day he got a half of a page written, then tore it up and threw it in the wastebasket. The next day he did the same thing. The third day he did the same thing.

Jesus said, “You see Me sitting here talking to you. This is a manifestation of the Spirit called discerning of spirits. (Discerning of spirits is seeing into the spirit realm.) This is the prophet’s ministry in operation. You are seeing in the realm of the Spirit. You see Me. You hear Me talking. I am bringing you, through the vision, a word of knowledge and also a word of wisdom. I am telling you to not go to that church. The pastor would not accept the way that you would minister when you got there. But I am never going to lead you this way ever again. From now on, I’m going to lead you by the inward witness. You had the inward witness all the time. You had a check in your Spirit. That’s the reason you tore up the letter three times. You had something on the inside, a check, a red light, a stop signal. It wasn’t even a voice that said, “Don’t go.” It was just an inward intuition.

Then Jesus reminded him of another speaking invitation. He had preached a convention for one of the Full Gospel denominations the previous year. Nearly every pastor there asked if he would come and hold a meeting. He had hundreds of calls.

One fellow came up and said, “Brother Hagin, do you ever go to small churches?” He said, “I go anywhere the Lord says to go.” “Well, we only run seventy to ninety in Sunday School. But if God ever speaks to you, we want you to come.”

Kenneth Hagin had dismissed that conversation along with many others. Several months later, however, while praying in the church one day about his services that night, that conversation came back to him. Then everyday it continued to come back to him. Finally, after about thirty or forty days, Kenneth Hagin said, “Lord, do You want me to go to that little church for a meeting?”

The more he would pray about it, the better he would feel about it. It wasn’t a physical feeling, but it was a feeling in his spirit.

Sitting by his bedside, Jesus referred to this: “The more you thought about it, the better you felt about it. You had a velvety-like feeling in your spirit. That’s the green light. That’s the go-ahead signal. That’s the witness of the Spirit to go. Now you see Me sitting here, you hear Me talking to you, and I am telling you to go to that church. But I am not going to lead you to go anywhere like this ever again. (He never has.) From now on, I am going to lead you like I do every other Christian—by the inward witness.”

Then the Lord said this to Kenneth Hagin: “If you will learn to follow that inward witness, I will make you rich. I will guide you in all the affairs of life, financial as well as spiritual.” [Some think God is only interested in their spiritual well-being, and nothing else. But He is interested in everything we are interested in.] Jesus said, “I am not opposed to My children being rich; I am opposed to their being covetous.”

Kenneth Hagin followed the inward witness, and the Lord prospered him financially, where his needs were always met and all the bills paid. For Kenneth Hagin, the word “rich” means “a full supply”.

Kenneth Hagin knew a man in Texas who had never worn a pair of shoes until age twelve. He had only a fifth grade education. But way back decades ago, he was a millionaire.

Two different people, one from California and the other from Minnesota, had been frequent house guests in his home, and told Kenneth Hagin that this man had told both men the same thing.

He said to them both, “In all these years and in all of these investments [that’s how he made his money], I have never lost a dime.”

“Everything I have ever invested in, has made money.” Then he told them how he did it.

“I always do this. When someone comes along with an idea, wanting me to invest in something, my first reaction is mental. Now I know that when Jesus said, ‘When you pray, enter your closet’, that He didn’t necessarily mean you have to get in your closet to pray. I know He meant for us to shut things out. But I have a large closet in my bedroom where I go to pray. I pray about it. I wait long enough until I hear what my spirit says. Sometimes I wait three days. Now I don’t mean that I stay in there 24 hours a day. I might come out and eat one meal. Usually I miss a few. I come out and sleep a little bit. But the majority of the time I am waiting, just by myself, until I know on the inside by an inward witness what I am to do.”

“Sometimes my head says, ‘Boy, you would be a fool to put your money in that. You’ll lose your shirt.’ But my heart says, ‘Go ahead and invest in it.’ So I do. And in all these years, I have never lost a dime.”

“Then again, someone comes along with a deal and my head says, ‘Boy, you had better get in on that one.’ But I don’t pay any attention to my head. I get in that closet and wait. Sometimes all night long I wait. I’ll pray and read my Bible, but a lot of the time I just wait. I just get quiet until I can hear inside what my heart says. When my heart says, ‘No, don’t do it,’ and my head says, ‘Yes, you’d better get in on it,’ I don’t do it.”

What had this man done? He had learned to follow the inward witness and God had guided him in his business.

Do you think God loved him more than He loves you? No, but this man took time to listen to God. He took steps and means and measures to wait upon God.

Kenneth Hagin was with a group of ministers and were talking personally, and conversing with one another. Someone asked a certain individual who is a very successful minister, “Now we know that God called you and that the anointing of God’s Spirit is upon you. But from your standpoint, is there any one thing you do that you would say has contributed more to your success than any other one thing?”

That man said, “I always follow my deepest premonitions.”

What was he saying? He was simply saying, “I always listen to my spirit. I do what my spirit tells me to do. I follow that inward witness.”

The inward witness is just as supernatural as guidance through visions; it just isn’t as spectacular. Many people are looking for the spectacular and missing the supernatural that is right there all the time.

Pt 6 – How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God

Pt 6 – How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God

Study on Book Entitled “How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God”, by Kenneth E. Hagin, Sr.

CHAPTER 6

Key Scriptures:

“I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service” (Romans 12:1).

“But I keep under my body, and bring it unto subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway [disapproved]” (1 Corinthians 9:27).

It is the inward man—not the outward man—that becomes a new creature in Christ Jesus. When we get born again, we still have the same body as before we got saved. What we must learn to do is to let that new man on the inside of us dominate. With that new man, we control the flesh and do something with our bodies.

Let’s look again at 2 Corinthians 5:17 which says, “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” One translation reads, “If any man be in Christ, there is a new self …”

Sometimes in churches we hear people talking about “dying out to self”. There is no such statement in the Bible. We don’t have to die out to self if we have become a new self. What we need to do is to crucify the flesh. The Bible does talk about that.

Crucifying the flesh is not something that God does for you. It is something you do for yourself. “I beseech you, therefore, brethren,” Paul wrote to the Church, “by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies…” (Romans 12:1).

Who presents your body?

You do.

Who is you?

That’s the man on the inside who is born again, and has become a new creature.

You do something with your body. If you don’t do something with it, nothing will ever be done with it.

1 Corinthians 9:27 says, “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway [disapproved].”

Here Paul is talking about how he does something with his body. “I keep under my body. I bring it into subjection.”

Who is I?

That’s the real man—the real Paul—the man on the inside who has become a new creature in Christ Jesus and is filled with the Holy Spirit.

What did Paul bring his body into subjection to?

To the inward man. Instead of letting the body dominate the inward man, Paul saw to it that the inward man dominated the outward man.

Now notice this. Here is this great apostle, this holy man of God, this man who wrote half the New Testament, a man who is a spiritual giant—yet evidently his body wanted to do things that were wrong. If it hadn’t, he would not have had to keep it under. He would not have had to bring it into subjection.

Just because your body wants to do wrong, doesn’t mean you are not saved, or that you are not filled with the Holy Spirit. (If that were the case, then Paul was not saved.) You will have to contend with the body, the flesh, as long as you are in this world.

“Brother Hagin, I want you to pray for me,” one man said.

“What for?”, I asked. I like to know what I am praying for.

A look of seriousness, even tears, came to his eyes. “I want you to pray that I will never have anymore trouble with the devil.”

I said, “Do you want me to pray you will die?”

“No, no. I don’t want to die.”

I said, “The only way you won’t have anymore trouble with the devil is to get out of here and go on to Heaven.”

You will have problems with the devil as long as you are in this life. You will have problems with the flesh as long as you are in the flesh. But, blessed be God, the means, ability and authority have been given to you through the Word of God to deal with the devil and to deal with the flesh.

Paul did not let his body dominate him. The man on the inside that was born again and filled with the Holy Spirit—must dominate the outward man.

You can do it. You are the one who must do it. Paul did not say that God would do it for you. He did not say that the Holy Spirit would do it for you. He said, “You present your bodies …” He said, “You be not conformed to this world …” He said, “You be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” You present your body. You do it. You get your mind renewed with the Word of God. You do it.

The life and nature of God is in your spirit. Let that man on the inside be the dominant one. Listen to him. It is the spirit of man that is the candle of the Lord. It is through your spirit that God will guide you.