Pt 19 – How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God

Pt 19 – 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 19

Key Scripture:

“While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee” (Acts 10:19).

God leads us by what we call the still small voice. But He also leads us by the voice of the Spirit of God speaking to us. This is the third way we are led by the Spirit. Number one is by the inward witness. Number two is by the inward still small voice. Number three is by the more authoritative voice of the Holy Spirit.

There is a difference between the inward voice of the Holy Spirit speaking to our spirits, and that still small voice which is the voice of our own spirit speaking to us. When the Holy Spirit within you speaks, it is more authoritative.

Sometimes it is so real it almost seems to be an audible voice; you may even look around to see who said it. It may seem so audible sometimes that you think someone behind you said something. But then you realize it was in you.

Remember in the Old Testament how the young boy Samuel heard a voice call his name, “Samuel, Samuel?” He thought Eli was calling him. He jumped up and ran to Eli to find out what he wanted. Eli said, “No I didn’t call you.” Samuel went back to bed. Then again he heard, “Samuel, Samuel.” Again he ran to Eli. “No, I didn’t call you.” It happened the third time. Finally, it dawned on Eli what was happening. Eli said, “The next time the Lord calls you, answer Him.” So the next time it happened, Samuel answered that voice, and the Lord spoke further to him (1 Samuel 3).

All of God’s leadings are supernatural; some, however, are not so spectacular. But Kenneth Hagin found in more than fifty years of ministry that when God moved in a more spectacular way—when He has spoken to me in what seemed to me to be an audible voice—it meant there was rough sailing ahead. If He had not spoken so spectacularly I would not have stayed steady.

Concerning the last church he pastored, for example, he heard the pastorate was open and had made arrangements to preach there one Wednesday night. During the period of time before he was to go there and preach, he held a three-week revival in Houston. During this revival, the pastor, his brother (who was also a preacher), and Kenneth Hagin met at the church every day to pray about the night services. The church with the open pastorate was their home church. Every day the pastor and his brother would ask him, “Have you prayed about that church yet?”

Finally, he did pray about it. He just said to the Lord, “I’m going up to that church next Monday and I’m going to preach Wednesday. I don’t know whether You want me to pastor there or not. I don’t know if I even want to pastor it. But whatever You say about it is fine with me.”

This is all he said. Then he heard a voice speak so plainly, he jumped. He looked behind him. He really thought that one of the preachers had heard him pray and was joking with him, because he heard this voice, and to him it was audible. The voice said, “You are the next pastor at that church, and that will be the last church you will ever pastor.”

(You could interpret that a thousand different ways! You could let the devil tell you that you were going to die, or that you were going to be defeated. But it actually meant that his ministry would change to a field ministry.)

About then those two preachers walked down the aisle. As usual, they asked, “Have you prayed about that church yet?” He said, “You two fellows are looking at the next pastor.”

“Oooh, if you knew that church like we know it, you wouldn’t say that. It’s split right down the middle. Anything half the church is for, the other half is against. It takes two-thirds of the vote to get elected as pastor, and we’ll just be honest with you, you won’t be able to get elected.

“I don’t know about that. I just know I’m the next pastor.”

“Well, you don’t know that church like we do.”

He said, “No, but I know Jesus. And I know the Spirit of God. I know what He said to me.”

After he preached the first time, he saw why God moved in such a spectacular way. Every word he spoke bounced right back to me like a rubber ball bouncing off the back wall. It was tough.

He thought he was only going to preach one night, but they had made arrangements for him to preach several nights. Each night his wife and children and himself had to move to a different place to stay. They were at one deacon’s house one night, and another deacon’s house the next night.

One deacon told them, “If you stayed with me all the time, some of the rest of the congregation would probably get jealous and think I’m for you and they would vote against you.”

They kept all of their things in their car. Every night they would get out just enough for the next day. And every night when they got off to bed, he would say to his wife, “If God hadn’t spoken so spectacularly to me, I would just get up, get the children, get into the car, and leave without saying a word to anyone.”

His flesh wanted to leave so badly. His mind wanted to leave. His spirit held him steady because God had spoken to him in such a spectacular way.

They had the election. He got every vote. Everyone said, “It’s the greatest miracle of the century—that anyone could get that kind of vote from this church.”

He knew all the time he would get it. The Spirit of God had told him he would.

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Pt 16 – How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God

Pt 16 – 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 16

Key Scripture:

“For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then we have confidence toward God” (1 John 3:20-21).

Does the Holy Spirit condemn you if you do wrong as a Christian?

No, it is your spirit that condemns you.

You need to learn that. It’s a hard lesson to learn, however, because we have been taught incorrectly.

The Holy Spirit will not condemn you. Why? Because God won’t. Study what the Holy Spirit through Paul wrote in the Epistle to the Romans. He asked: Who is it that condemns? Does God condemn? No, it is God that justifies.

Jesus said that the only sin the Holy Spirit will convict the world of is the sin of rejecting Jesus (John 16:7-9).

It is your own conscience—the voice of your own spirit—that knows when you have done wrong.

I have found that even when I do wrong, though my spirit condemns me, the Holy Spirit is there to comfort me, to help me, to show me the way back. You will never read in the Bible where the Holy Spirit is a condemner. Jesus called Him the Comforter. The seven-fold meaning of that word from the Greek is brought out in The Amplified Bible:

John 14:16 Amplified

16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener and Standby) that He may remain with you forever.

The Holy Spirit is all of those! He will stand by you when no one else will. He will help you. He is a Helper!

It is your own spirit that knows the moment you have done wrong. I am glad I learned that early. It had paid off richly for me in life.

Kenneth Hagin was barely saved and healed and back in high school when the following incident occurred: he really doesn’t know why it slipped out—no one in his family used profanity. But he had a neighbor who could “cuss up a storm”. You could hear him all over our end of town. Kenneth Hagin supposes that he picked it up from him. Anyway, he simply said to one of the boys, “Hell no … (something or other).

The minute he said that he knew on the inside it was wrong. What was it that condemned him? The Holy Spirit? No, it was his own spirit. His spirit, this new creature, this new man who doesn’t talk this way. Now the flesh, the outward man, may want to go on doing some things that he did before, and talking in ways he talked before, but you have to crucify the flesh. A good way to crucify the flesh—the outward man—is to bring your mistakes right out in the open.

He did that right then. He didn’t wait until he was moved. In his heart he said, “Dear God, forgive me for saying that.” The young man he had said it to walked away. He located him and asked him to forgive him. He had not noticed what he said: he was used to people talking that way. But Kenneth Hagin had to get it right.

It was the voice of his spirit. It was his conscience. His conscience was tender, and he didn’t want to violate it. Unless you keep a tender conscience, spiritual things will be indistinct to you. That’s because your conscience is the voice of your spirit and it is your conscience—the voice of your spirit—that will relate to your mind what the Spirit of God is saying to you down in your heart.

The Bible speaks about Christians even having their conscience seared:

1 Timothy 4:2 says, “Speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their conscience seared with a hot iron.”

The first church that Kenneth Hagin pastored was a community church out in the country. He usually went out Saturday night, spent Saturday and Sunday nights, and came back into town on Monday. He stayed quite often in the home of a dear Methodist man. This fine spiritual man, a great man really, was 89 years old. This man and Kenneth Hagin did not get up as early as others did on his farm. Others would be doing chores or out working in the field when Kenneth Hagin and this older gentleman would be having breakfast around 8:00 a.m.

Kenneth Hagin did not drink coffee, but this older man did. He had one of those old-fashioned coffee pots—this was the mid 30’s—sitting on an old-fashioned wood stove with coffee boiling in it. Kenneth Hagin noticed him take that boiling coffee, pour it into a thick mug—and when it was still so hot that it simmered in the mug—turn up his mouth, and drink the whole cup.

The first time he saw him do it, he hollered. He felt like his mouth and throat were burning.

How could he do that? Kenneth Hagin couldn’t drink coffee that hot. The tissues of his lips, the inside of his mouth, his throat and esophagus were so tender, just one teaspoonful would have burned all the way down. But this man drank a whole mug without taking it away from his mouth.

He couldn’t do that to begin with though. Through years of drinking coffee that hot, his lips and mouth, and throat and esophagus, became seared. Eventually, he could drink it that hot, and it didn’t bother him.

Spiritually, the same thing can happen.

Learn to keep a tender conscience. Learn the minute you miss it and your conscience condemns you, to correct it right then. Don’t wait until you go to church. Immediately say, “Lord, forgive me, I missed it.” If you have to, if someone else saw or heard you, tell that person right away, “I did wrong. Please forgive me. I shouldn’t have said that.”

You will have to keep your spirit tender if you are going to be led by the Spirit.

Pt 15 – How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God

Pt 15 – 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 15

Key Scripture:

“For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass, he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore, I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:23-24).

Your spirit knows things that your head does not know, because the Holy Spirit is in your spirit.

When medical science gave Kenneth Hagin up to die when he was a teenager and said they could do nothing further for him, he knew somehow that if there was help for him anywhere, it would be in the Bible.

He started with the New Testament because he knew he didn’t have much time. Eventually he came to Mark 11:23-24.

When he came to Mark 11:24, something from outside of him somewhere said to his mind, “That doesn’t mean what things soever ye desire physically, or materially, or financially. That just means whatsoever things ye desire spiritually. Healing has been done away with.”

He tried to get his pastor to come and tell him what Mark 11:24 did mean. The pastor did not come. One preacher finally did come. He patted Kenneth Hagin’s hand, put on a professional voice, and said, “Just be patient my boy. In a few more days it will all be over.”

Kenneth Hagin accepted that verdict and lay there in bed expecting to die. It was two months before he got back into the Bible and back to Mark 11:23-24.

Kenneth Hagin said, “Lord, I tried to get someone to help me and I couldn’t. So I am going to tell You what I am going to do. I am just going to take You at Your Word. When You were here on earth, You said it. I am going to believe it. If You didn’t lie about it, I am coming off this bed, because I can believe what You said I can believe.”

Then he hit on this idea. (It took him a long time because he had limited use of his hands. They propped the Bible in front of him and he just sort of “scooted” the pages.) He decided to run a reference on faith and healing. He came to James 5:14-15:

14 Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Name of the Lord.

15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

Kenneth Hagin thought that all of the rest of the healing Scriptures and prayer promises hinged on that—he thought he HAD to call for the elders of the church. (You don’t have to—you just can if you need to.) So he began to cry, “Dear Lord, if I have to call for the elders of the church to anoint me with oil to be healed, then I can’t be healed. I don’t know any elders of the church that believe in that.”

He had been saved for six months, and had never heard an inward voice. He is not talking about the Voice of the Spirit of God, as that is more authoritative. He is talking about that still small voice of his spirit.

His spirit said to him, “Did you notice that verse said that the prayer of faith shall save the sick?”

He had to look again. He had his mind on the elders and had missed that. “Yes” he said aloud, “that is what it says.” It came as a real shock to him.

Then on the inside of him these words were spoken, “You can pray that prayer as well as anyone can.” Hallelujah!

But his spiritual education was slow—just like yours. He stayed in that bed for nine more months before he finally saw that he had to believe he received his healing before it would be manifested.

It was while he was praying and saying, “I believe that I receive my healing,” that he saw what he must do. He said, “I believe that I receive my healing from the top of my head to the soles of my feet.” Then he began to praise God because he believed that he received his healing.

Again, on the inside of him, he heard these words. This was not that authoritative voice, but just a still small voice, so faint he would not have heard it if his mind and body had been very active—“Now you believe that you are well.”

He said, “I sure do.”

That inward voice said, “Get up then. Well people ought to be up at 10:30 in the morning.”

He had been paralyzed. It was a struggle. He pushed himself. Finally, he got up to where he was draped over the bedpost. His knees sagged down not far from the floor. He had no feeling from his waist down. But draped over that bedpost, he said it again: “I want to announce in the Presence of Almighty God, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the holy angels present in this room, and I want to call the devil to record and all evil spirits that may be present in this room, that according to Mark 11:24, I believe I receive my healing.”

When he said that, physically, he felt something. It felt like someone above him was pouring a pitcher of honey on him. He felt it strike him on the top of his head. It seemed to pile up like honey would, and then it began to ooze down over him. It had a warm glow to it. It spread down over his head, down his neck and shoulders, down his arms and out the ends of his fingers, and down his body and out the ends of his toes.

All of a sudden he was standing straight! He has been straight ever since.

He listened to his spirit. Faith is of the spirit. Your faith will not work to its fullest until you learn some of these things. Learn to depend on Him—the One who is in you. Learn to develop your own spirit. Have faith in the fact that your faith in God works.

Pt 14 – 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 14

Key Scripture:

“… For ye are the temple of the Living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people” (2 Corinthians 6:16).

If you are born again, the Holy Spirit is living and abiding in your spirit.

He’s living and abiding where? In your head? No. In your body? In a sense, yes, but not exactly in the way we might think. The only reason your body becomes the temple of the Holy Spirit is because your body is the temple of your spirit. The Holy Spirit abides in your spirit. And He communicates with you through your spirit.

He does not communicate directly with your mind—He’s not in your mind. He is in your spirit—He communicates with you through your spirit. Of course, your spirit does reach and influence your mentality.

Even as a newborn babe in Christ, still bedfast, Kenneth Hagin would know things by an inward witness. He knew nothing about being filled with the Holy Spirit and speaking with other tongues—but he was born of the Spirit. He had the witness of the Spirit right on the inside of him that he was a child of God.

He had been bedfast for four months when his mother came to his bed one day and said, “Son, I hate to bother you, but something is wrong with Dub.”

Dub is his oldest brother. He was 17 at the time and he was gone. They didn’t know exactly where he was.

His mother sensed something in her spirit that things were not right with Dub. She thought that maybe he had gotten into trouble and was in jail. She said, “I’ve been praying for him for three days, but I need some help.”

Kenneth Hagin said, “Momma, I thought you already had enough problems with me being bedfast. I’ve known that myself about Dub for several days. He’s not in jail, though. It’s not that kind of trouble. His physical life is in danger. But I’ve already prayed, and he will make it. His life will be spared. I’ve already got the answer.”

He didn’t know how to get the answer on healing right then—it was a year later before he was healed. But he knew some things, and God will meet you as far as your faith goes.

Three days later, Dub came home in the nighttime. It was 1933 and there was no work. Men were out on the streets with no jobs in those Great Depression Days.

Dub had gone down to the Rio Grande Valley to look for work. He didn’t find any. So he decided to hop a freight train—lots of people were riding the rails in those days—from the back side of the Valley right on through to McKinney.

About 50 miles south of Dallas a railway detective knocked him in the head and threw him off that train while it was going 50 or 60 miles an hour. He went sailing down the track. They burned coal in those days and they would put the cinders along the track. He hit those cinders and was scooting on his back. It’s a wonder it hadn’t broken his back. It would have if we hadn’t known about it by the inward witness and prayed.

He lay out in a ditch, and then came to after a while. His shirt was completely torn off, and the seat of his britches was torn out. So he could only travel at night. In the daytime, he hid out in the trees in the field. It was the time of year when fruit was on the trees. During the nighttime, he walked up the rail toward McKinney. It was night when he got home. Momma put him to bed and he was all right in a few days.

His momma and him were not Spirit-filled Christians, but they were Christians. And they had a witness in their spirits that something was wrong—an inward intuition. This is something every Christian ought to have. It is something that every Christian should develop. We should develop our spirits.

In less than ten years’ time a Full Gospel minister friend of his was in three serious automobile accidents. People were killed. His wife was almost killed. He was seriously injured. Cars were demolished. But they were both healed by the mercy of God.

He heard Kenneth Hagin teaching along some of these lines and he said to him, “Brother Hagin, every one of those accidents could have been avoided if I had listened to that inward intuition.”

Yet in similar instances people will say, “I don’t know why that happened to such a good Christian. He’s a preacher.” (Preachers have to learn to listen to their spirits just like you have to learn to listen to your spirit.) Then they lay it off on God and say that God did it.

This preacher said to him, “If I had listened to that inward something—I just had an intuition that something was about to happen—I would have waited a little bit and prayed. Instead I thought, I’m busy. I don’t have time to pray.

Many times, if we would have waited, God would have shown us. We could have avoided many things. But let’s not moan and groan about past failures. Let’s just take advantage of what is ours and see to it that it doesn’t happen again. We can do nothing about what is past anyhow. Let’s begin to develop our spirits, and learn to listen to them.

The Holy Spirit is abiding in your spirit. It is your spirit that picks up these things from the Holy Spirit and then passes them on to your mind by an inward intuition, or inward witness.

Jesus said, “… If a man love Me, he will keep My words, and My Father will love him, and we will come unto Him, and make our abode with Him (John 14:23).

In this passage of Scripture, Jesus is talking about the Holy Spirit’s coming. Jesus and the Father in the Person of the Holy Spirit come to abide in us. An abode is the place where one lives. Another translation says, “We will come unto Him, and make our home with Him.”

The Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul said, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16). Another translation says, “The Spirit of God is at home in you.” That’s where He lives—in you!

The Bible says, “… For ye are the temple of the Living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people” (2 Corinthians 6:16).

We have never yet plumbed the depth of what God is really saying: “I will dwell in them. I will live in them. I will walk in them.” If God is dwelling in us—and He is—then that is where He will speak to us.

Pt 13 – How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God

Pt 13 – 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 13

Key Scripture:

Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them … when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women … Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the Word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. Acts 8:5,12,14-17

Under the New Covenant every child of God has the Spirit of God. If you are born again, the Spirit of God is in your spirit.

We do need to differentiate between being born of the Spirit and being filled with the Spirit. The born again Christian can be filled with the same Spirit he already has in him. And when he is filled with that Spirit, there will be an overflowing. He will speak with other tongues as the Spirit gives him utterance (Acts 2:4).

Bible scholars know that water is a type of the Spirit of God. Jesus Himself used water as a type of the Spirit. He used it as a type of the new birth when talking to the woman at the well of Samaria.

John 4:10,11,13,14 says:

10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink: thou wouldest have asked of Him, and He would have given thee living water.

11 The woman saith unto Him, Sir, thou has nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then has thou that living water?

13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:

14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst: but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

Jesus also used water as a type of the Spirit in the infilling of the Holy Spirit:

John 7:37-39

37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink.

38 He that believeth on Me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

39 (But this He spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on Him should receive for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

These are two different experiences. The new birth is a well of water in you, springing up into everlasting life. The infilling of the Spirit is rivers—not just one river. The water in the well is for one purpose. The water in the well is for your own benefit. It blesses you. The water in the rivers is for another purpose. The rivers flowing out of you bless someone else.

Some people say, “If you are born of the Spirit, you have the Spirit, and that’s all there is.” But, no, just because you have had one drink of water is no sign you’re full of water. There is the experience subsequent to the new birth of being filled with the Spirit—and as a result, out of the belly (the innermost being—the spirit), rivers of living water can flow.

Others say that people who are not filled with the Spirit speaking with other tongues do not have the Holy Spirit. That is not true. If you drink a half a glass of water, you may not be full, but at least you have water in you. If one is born of the Spirit of God, he has the Spirit of God abiding in him.

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.

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.