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.

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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.

Pt 5 – How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God

Pt 5 – 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 5

Key Scriptures:

“… Receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls” (James 1:21).

“And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2).

“He restoreth my soul …” (Psalms 23:3).

The spirit of man is the part of man that is born again. It is the part of man that receives eternal life, which is the nature and life of God. It is the spirit of man that becomes a brand-new creature in Christ Jesus. The soul is attached to the spirit, but it is not the part that is born again. The spirit is saved instantly upon conversion. The soul (mind, will and emotions) is saved (or renewed or restored) over a process of a lifetime.

The Epistle of James was not written to sinners, but to the Church. We know that because of James 5:14 where he says, “Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church …”

Referring back now to the first chapter of James, let’s pick up with verse 18:

James 1:18-21

18 Of His own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.

19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

21 Wherefore, lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

James is talking to born-again believers. Of the Father’s own will, he writes, we were begotten, or born again by the Word of Truth. He calls them “my beloved brethren”, so they were in Christ. Yet he encourages these born-again, Spirit-filled people to receive the engrafted Word with meekness “… which is able to save your souls.” Evidently, their souls were not saved.

You see, a man’s spirit, the innermost man, the real man, receives eternal life and is born again. But his intellect and emotions—which comprise his soul—still have to be dealt with. They are not born again. They are to be renewed.

Paul speaks about the renewing of the mind, writing to the saints at Rome. Romans 12:2 says, “And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.”

The Psalmist David spoke of the restoring of the soul:

Psalms 23:3 says, “He restoreth my soul.”

The Hebrew word translated as restore in the Old Testament, and the Greek word translated as renew in the New Testament mean about the same thing. The soul—the mind—is to be renewed or restored.

Kenneth Hagin goes on to talk about an old chair that his mother left him. Once it was re-upholstered and revarnished, it became good as new, restored and renewed.

In the Word it is never written that God restores our spirits. Our spirits become brand new creatures in Christ Jesus. Our souls, however, must be restored and renewed.

How is the soul restored and renewed?

James 1:21 “Receive with meekness the engrafted Word, which is able to save your souls.”

Romans 12:2 “Be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.”

Psalms 23:3 “He restoreth my soul.”

Man’s soul is saved, or restored, when his mind becomes renewed with the Word of God. It is the Word of God that saves our souls, that renews our minds, that restores our souls.

When our minds become renewed with the Word of God, then we think in line with what God’s Word says. We are able to know and prove the permissive and the perfect will of God—because the Word of God is the will of God. We don’t have so many questions about the will of God once we get our souls saved.

The greatest need in the Church today is to have minds renewed with the Word of God.

Pt 4 – How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God

Pt 4 – 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 4

Key Scripture:

“For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit …” (Hebrews 4:12).

The spirit and soul are connected, but they are not the same.

The soul is the mind, will and emotions.

Kenneth Hagin talks about how in the 1950’s, he began an intensive study on the subject of the difference between the soul and spirit. He got books from leading Bible schools and seminaries, both Pentecostal and Denominational, to see what they taught on the subject of man. None satisfied him. None were actually Scriptural. They were only Scriptural “in part”. He even consulted leading Bible scholars and ministers across the nation. Most of the ministers thought that the spirit and soul were the same.

Yet how could the spirit and soul be the same if Paul, by the Spirit of God, said they could be divided (in Hebrews 4:12)? If you can divide them, then they cannot be the same.

Only the Word of God can divide the spirit and the soul. The reason we have not been able to distinguish between the two is because we have not dug deep enough into the Word.

Years ago, in the western part of the United States, they had what we call the “gold rush”. People rushed out West with the hopes of getting rich in a hurry. Most panned a little bit of gold out of creeks. Some found a few nuggets lying on the ground. But if you really wanted to strike it rich, you had to dig for it.

The same is true in spiritual matters. You can skim along the surface of the Bible and pan out a little gold here and there, and even find a nugget occasionally. But if you really want to strike it rich spiritually, you have to dig down deep into the Word of God.

For years Kenneth Hagin studied carefully, often burning the midnight oil. If there was anything he desired to know, it was the difference between the spirit and the soul. Eventually he went through a process of elimination. He wrote it like this:

With my body I contact the physical realm. With my spirit I contact the spiritual realm. With my soul, I contact the intellectual and emotional realm.

A Scripture that helped him was 1 Corinthians 14:14:

“For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.”

The Amplified translation reads: “For if I pray in an [unknown] tongue, my spirit [by the Holy Spirit within me] prays, but my mind is unproductive …”

Our understanding, our natural human mentality, is a part of our soul.

Notice what Paul said. “My spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.” He did not say, “When I pray in an unknown tongue my soul prays.” He did not say, “When I pray in tongues, I pray out of my intellect, or out of my mind.” He said in effect, “I am not praying out of my soul when I pray in tongues; I am praying out of my spirit, my heart, my innermost being.”

Do you remember what Jesus said? John 7:37-39 says:

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 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.)

In Scripture, the belly speaks of the innermost being, the gut, the deepest part of man, the spirit of a man.

As a result of receiving the Holy Spirit, Jesus said, “Out of the belly shall flow rivers of living water.” Another translation reads, “Out of the innermost being will flow rivers of living water.”

A Full Gospel pastor’s daughter was six years old when she and some of the children were off by themselves one night at a revival. Some of these youngsters were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues. This little six-year-old, holding her stomach, ran up to her mother, saying, “Momma, Momma, that came right out of my belly.”

She was being Scriptural. She was speaking in tongues from her belly—her spirit, her innermost being. That’s where tongues comes from—the Holy Spirit who resides in your spirit gives your spirit the utterance and you speak it out.

Consider these Scriptures together now. “The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the INWARD PARTS OF THE BELLY … OUT OF HIS BELLY shall flow rivers of living water …”

All the leadings that Kenneth Hagin has ever received have come out of his spirit. And most of them came while he was praying in tongues. Your spirit is active when you pray in tongues.

For so long the Church world has failed miserably because it has done so much of just one kind of praying—praying with the understanding, or mental praying. Christians have endeavored to fight spiritual battles with mental abilities.

In every crisis of life Kenneth Hagin learned to look to his spirit inside of him. He learned to pray in other tongues. While he would be praying in tongues, guidance would come up from inside of him. This was because his spirit was active.

It is through our spirit that God is going to guide us and speak to us.

Sometimes Kenneth Hagin would interpret what he had prayed in tongues, and through the interpretation he received light and guidance (1 Corinthians 14:13). But most of the time that was not so. Most of the time when he would pray in tongues, he could sense something rising up from inside of him. It would begin to take shape and form. He cannot explain how mentally he would know it, because his understanding had nothing to do with it. He just knew on the inside what to do.

Listen to your spirit, because the spirit of man is the candle of the Lord.

Pt 3 – How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God

Pt 3 – 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 3

Key Scripture:

“… I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless …” (1 Thessalonians 5:23).

This chapter is about being spirit-conscious.

In this Scriptural passage, Paul begins with the inside, the innermost part of man, the heart of his being, which is his spirit, and then works his way to the outside of man (the physical body).

Yet most people misquote this verse. They say “body, soul and spirit”. Why do they put the body first? Because they are more body-conscious than spirit-conscious. Natural things mean more to them than spiritual things. So they put physical things first.

Sometimes we are more mental-conscious because we live more in the mental realm.

But man is a spirit being. We need to be more spirit-conscious. Spiritual things will become more real to us the more spirit-conscious we become.

If we are going to be led by the Spirit of God, we must become more spirit-conscious. God’s Spirit leads us through our spirits.

Put spirit first. Become more spirit-conscious, more conscious of the inner man. Realize that you are a spirit being and that you became a new creation created by God in Christ Jesus. It will help you to grow spiritually.

Say outloud: “I am a spirit, I have a soul and I live in a physical body.” This will help you to become more spirit-conscious. It will build your faith, because faith is of the spirit, or the heart.

Pt 2 – How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God

Pt 2 – 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 2

Key Scriptures:

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness … So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created he him” (Genesis 1:26-27).

“For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better. Nevertheless, to abide in the flesh is more needful for you” (Philippians 1:23-24).

“But though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16).

“But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price” (1 Peter 3:4).

“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).

Man is a spirit being. He is made in the likeness of God. Jesus said that God is a Spirit (John 4:24). So man must of necessity be a spirit.

Man is a spirit being, has a soul and lives in a physical body (1 Thessalonians 5:23).

When the physical body is dead and in the grave, the spirit lives on forever. The spirit of man is eternal. Spirits can never die. The soul is attached to the spirit, and it never dies, but is always being renewed and conformed into the image of Christ.

In Philippians 1:23-24, Paul is speaking of physical death when he says that he is caught between the two (wanting to go to Heaven, yet feeling the need to remain on the earth for the sake of others).

Paul is going to live—whether in the body or out of the body. If he abides, or lives in the flesh, he can teach the church at Philippi and be a blessing to them. That would be more needful for them. However, for Paul, it would be far greater to depart and be with Christ.

The question may be asked, “Who is going to depart?” Paul was not talking about his body, he was saying “I” am going to depart. The “I” is his spirit being, or the inward man who lives inside of his body.

When we die and go to Heaven, we will be clothed with a physical body, wear robes and garments, and be seen and known. However, we will have brand new youthful bodies that will never get sick or old, and will never die again.

We will know and recognize one another in Heaven, just as we know people on earth.

The Bible does not teach soul sleep, as some cults do, but teaches that when we die, if we are born again, we will live in Heaven.

People who are lost and end up in hell also have bodies, plus their five physical senses. They feel so much excruciating pain at all times, and mental and emotional torment. If you do not know Jesus as your Savior, you can be born again right now. Just pray this prayer:

Dear Lord Jesus,

I invite You to come into my heart. I make You my Lord and Savior. Wash me clean by Your Blood. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Help me to live for you all the days of my life.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

If you prayed this prayer, where is Jesus right now? Do You feel His Presence in your heart? You are now born again and are a child of God. Heaven is your eternal home. I would encourage you to get into a good Bible believing church, and put Jesus as first place in your life. God bless you!

The Apostle Paul said that there is an inward man, and there is an outward man. The outward man (physical body) is not the real you. The outward man is only the house in which “you” live. The inward man is the real you. It never gets old, although it matures. It is renewed day by day. The inward man is the spirit man. We are speaking spirits.

Romans 8:14 says, “As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Then in verse 16, it says “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.”

Proverbs 20:27 says that the spirit of man is the candle of the Lord. In other words, God guides us through our spirit. He gives revelation and illumination to our spirit. He speaks to our spirit. That’s why it is so important to get your spirit man built up strong. This is accomplished through meditating on the Word of God and digging out its treasures.

Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). The kingdom of God has a two-fold meaning: 1) Heaven 2) The ways in which God operates.

Nicodemus misunderstood what Jesus said, and thought that Jesus was saying that the physical body has to be born a second time (which would be impossible). Jesus was referring to the spirit being born again.

When a person gets saved, their physical body remains the same, but their spirit and soul is transformed. Actually, the spirit is saved instantly upon conversion, but the soul (mind, will, emotions and traditions) is transformed over a process of time. The Bible talks about going from one plateau of glory to another in 2 Corinthians 3:18.

When a person becomes born again, they receive a new nature, the nature of God, plus eternal life.

Paul calls man’s spirit “the inward man”, while Peter calls man’s spirit “the hidden man of the heart”.

1 Peter 3:4 says, “But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.”

In many places in the Bible, and especially the New Testament, when the Bible speaks of the heart it is referring to the spirit part of man. It depends on the Hebrew or Greek definitions. Some words for “heart” are used to denote emotions, passions, and the heart can be good or evil. There are other words that refer to the heart as the breath or spirit of man.

In the New Testament, wherever the word “heart” is used, substitute the word “spirit” and you will get a clearer picture of what the Bible is talking about. It is the spirit of man that is born again.

Second 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.”

This is talking about the inward man becoming a new creature in Christ Jesus. When you are born again, you do not get a new body, nor is your soul (thoughts, emotions, will) changed immediately. Your spirit is the part of you that is transformed.

God does not do anything with the outward man (physical body). You have to do something with it if you want to see improvements. You are the caretaker of your body. However, the Lord is Jehovah Rapha, the Lord who heals you. He is able to remove sickness and disease, as well as heal you emotionally and mentally.

For a list of healing Scriptures, please click below:

Healing Scriptures – Old Testament

Healing Scriptures – New Testament

Pt 1 – How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God

Pt 1 – 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.

PREFACE

In February 1959 in El Paso, Texas, Jesus appeared to Kenneth Hagin in person in a vision. He came into his hospital room at 6:30 in the evening, sat down on a chair at his bedside, and talked with Kenneth Hagin for an hour and a half.

Jesus talked about the ministry of the prophet (Ephesians 4:11-12). Then He said, “I did not put prophets in the Church to guide the New Testament Church. My Word says, “As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Now if you will listen to Me, I am going to teach you how to follow My Spirit. Then I want you to teach my people how to be led by the Spirit.”

CHAPTER 1

In the first chapter, Kenneth Hagin talks about how the Lord speaks to us and leads us through our spirit (not our mind, intellect, feelings, physical senses or body).

We are a spirit being, and have a soul and live in a body.

The key Scriptures for Chapter 1 are:

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Romans 8:14

“The Spirit itself [Himself] beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.” Romans 8:16

The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly” (Proverbs 20:27). In Scripture the belly speaks of a person’s innermost being, the gut, the deepest part of man.

The primary way the Lord speaks to us is through the Word of God, the still small voice and inward witness. He speaks to our spirit. He enlightens our spirit. He guides us through our spirit (not our mind or body or emotions or feelings). The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord (Proverbs 20:27). God gives wisdom, light and revelation to our spirit man.

Everyday for decades, Kenneth Hagin would pray Ephesians 1:17-19 over himself, which says:

17 [For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him,

18 By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones),

19 And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength … AMP

When you seek guidance by any other way than God says, you get yourself into trouble. God does not guide us through our physical senses. We walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).

Too often we look at things through a mental standpoint and try to reason things out. But nowhere in Scripture does God say that He would guide us through our mentality. He guides us through our spirit.

Too many times we perceive things based on our emotions or feelings, but God does not speak to our emotions, but to our spirit.

To get our spirit man built up and strengthened, so that we can be led of God, we need to feed on the Word of God daily, as well as meditate on the things of God (Psalms 1). The Word is like medicine and health to our spirit, soul and body (Proverbs 4:20-22).

Entering into times of worship also helps us to be sensitive to hearing the Voice of the Holy Spirit. When you worship God, His Glory and Presence fills the place and then it is much easier to hear the Holy Spirit speak to you. Sometimes the Lord will give you visions during the worship when His Glory is present.

The Lord speaks to us in many ways. Besides the primary way the Lord speaks to us (through the Word of God, the still small voice and inward witness), He often speaks to us through impressions, promptings, nudges, leadings, dreams and visions, prophets, words of knowledge (1 Corinthians 12:8), and things or words quickened to us (something comes alive in our spirit).

Quickened things or words could include street signs, book titles, things people say, inspirational quotes, through nature, through songs, through rhema words (where certain Scriptures almost leap off the page and speak to our current situation), etc.

You have to be careful with dreams and visions, as not all dreams and visions are from God. The enemy can get territory in that area and deceive people. It takes practice and much prayer to discern the true from the false.