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.
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.