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.


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.”


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.


Notes on the Principles of Intercession

Intercession is Davidic Authority (Kingdom authority) or also known as the “Key of David” (Revelation 3:7).

The Key of David refers to intercession, kingly dominion, praise and worship.

Davidic authority involves the roles of prophet, priest and king.

An intercessor flows in the authority of prophet, priest and king.

King David, and his way of operating in his kingdom rule, was a foreshadowing of Jesus Christ and the kingdom authority of New Testament believers.

In the Old Testament, priests, prophets and kings were appointed (or at least a prophet was recognized and called a prophet after having been tested and proven).

A priest could not be a king, and a king could not be a priest. The priests were of the tribe of Levi and the kings came from the tribe of Judah. Prophets came from all 12 tribes, but usually did not operate in the role of priests or kings, although they were close associates with kings and priests. The roles of prophets, kings and priests were kept separate.

King David was an exception. He didn’t fit the typical protocol of his day. He was a king, priest and prophet simultaneously — just like Jesus Christ who is the King (King of kings), Priest (Great High Priest) and Prophet.

Melchizadek (mentioned in Genesis, Psalm 110, and Hebrews) was also a type and shadow of Christ (and maybe Christ pre-incarnate), as he was a king, high priest and prophet all in one. Jesus’ priesthood does not originate from the earthly priesthood (the line of Aaron), but He is a priest forever after the order of Melchizadek (an eternal priesthood).

New Testament believers are called to walk in this same priestly/kingly/prophetic anointing (1 Peter 2:9; Revelation 1:6, 5:10).

The Greek mindset (which governs the Western world) categorizes things into different areas of our lives — which causes us to be fragmented. That means, that in one area we are a certain person, and in a different area we are someone else, or that one area of our life is not connected to or does not affect a different area of our life.

Or, the other way of looking at it is that some people are priests, some are prophets and some operate in governmental authority. While that is true, the roles of king, priest and prophet overlap and intertwine. It’s hard to distinguish where one role ends and the other role starts. God has called all believers to walk in governmental kingdom authority (which means that we take on the role as king, prophet and priest simultaneously, as these roles overlap and are connected and related to each other).

The Jewish mindset is that we are complete whole persons, and that all “areas” or “roles” of our lives are connected and intertwined, and related to each other. It all springs from our heart or deepest inner being. The Bible is based on the Jewish mindset, not that of the Greek or Western world.

An intercessor has a prophetic anointing, priestly anointing, and kingly anointing. These roles overlap and are intertwined.

An intercessor does spiritual warfare, which is the kingly anointing. An intercessor operates in governmental authority (especially intercessors who impact nations and political or moral issues). That is a kingly anointing.

An intercessor receives a prophetic word from the Lord or receives a vision from God and prophesies it into existence. They declare and decree. They call things that are not as though they were. That is the prophetic anointing.

Intercession often involves fasting. The most common fast among the Hebrews was a one-day fast. Other fasts mentioned in the Bible are a 3-day fast, 21-day fast, and three references to a 40-day fast.

Roles of Priest, Prophet and King in Intercession

Priestly Intercession — Lamb

To identify with the feelings and infirmities of the person to whom you are standing in the gap for. To have compassion. To be the middle person pleading and petitioning God’s Throne on behalf of someone else. To weep tears of intercession for someone.

The priest also is the worshipper. Worship is a form of intercession and spiritual warfare. The priest offers spiritual sacrifices: praise, thanks, joy, lifting up holy hands, purity.

The priest is self-sacrificial, meaning he/she pours his/her life out to help others and has died to self and is resurrected in Christ.

The priest is also self-sacrificial in the sense of taking on the role as the lamb. Sin and guilt was conferred over to an innocent lamb. The priest accepts the burden of guilt and repents before God for sins that he/she may have never personally committed. An example of this are intercessors who repent before God for the sins of this nation as if they are personally guilty, even if they never had committed those sins themselves.

The priest is mature and seasoned, able to instruct the babes in Christ. The priest is a role model to others. The priest brings comfort to others. The priest lives his/her life separate from the world. He/she goes all the way with God and does not have one foot in the world and one foot in the Church. The sacred (Spirit-led life) and the secular (carnality) don’t mix.

Prophetic Intercession — Eagle

Forthtelling and foretelling; preacher; declares and decrees the Word of the Lord. The prophet hears what the Spirit is saying to the Church today and reveals the mind of the Lord to the Body of Christ.

The prophet is alert to the seasons, and announces to people the upcoming season. The prophet helps to prepare and launch people into their next season. The prophet helps to bring people into the new things of God. The prophet helps to inspire people to take action where action is needed.

The prophet installs people into ministry offices and conducts presbyteries. Presbyteries are ceremonies or services set aside for the laying on of hands by prophetic and seasoned men and women of God. Certain ones may be ordained into ministry. In presbyteries, prophetic words are spoken over various people. Those prophetic words may include personal words, but usually are focused on ministry callings, purpose and destiny. Those prophetic words help launch or propel people into the destiny God has prepared for them, as an anointing and gifts are imparted through the laying on of hands. 1 Timothy 4:14 “Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.” Other churches may have a different name for this type of prophesying.

A prophet also receives personal words for people. Depending on what the word is, an intercessor may share it with the person or may keep it to themselves and pray about it. Intercessors must be found to be trustworthy people who can keep some things confidential when it pertains to personal matters.

The prophet calls those things that are not as though they were. They operate in the word of knowledge and word of wisdom. They exhort, edify, comfort, and forewarn.

Prophets are seers in the Spirit. God shows them things (in their spirit, mental images, visions, dreams, words of knowledge, and also rhema words through quickened Scriptures). God speaks to them through a variety of other ways. The prophetic person often has supernatural encounters, such as visions, angelic visitations, understand symbolism, etc.

In intercession, God reveals His will and destiny, and intercessors prophesy it into existence. God may reveal the plots and schemes of the devil, and intercessors are able to block it and foil it through prophetic intercession.

The intercessor has learned to be the prophet over their own life. While they receive true prophets of God, they have learned not to depend on other people to hear God for them. They have learned to hear God for themselves and get their own prophetic word, and then begin to decree, confess and prophesy it into existence.

Kingly Intercession — Lion

Taking your rightful place of authority that Jesus conferred to New Testament believers. Royalty. Ruling and reigning. Decreeing and declaring the will of God and the Word of God in a certain situation.

Mighty warriors in the Spirit. Using their authority to tread over serpents and scorpions and all the power of the enemy, until their enemies become their footstool.

They take authority over the devil and command him to get his hands off their children, their health, their money, their ministry, their family, etc. Then they declare what God promised in His Word, and they also declare what they would like to happen.

Kingly intercessors have the power to immobilize demonic forces and put them in fetters and shut their mouths. They have the authority to execute vengeance on the devil and works of darkness, as there is vengeance in the Blood of Jesus on all wicked spirits and the Name of Jesus causes demons to tremble and flee.

Kingly intercessors possess the keys (a symbol of authority) that unlock or lock doors.

Kingly intercessors operate in governmental authority. They impact and bring change to nations, countries, cities, to government, etc. They bring the Kingdom of God into the earth realm.

Kingly intercessors are spiritual bulldog lawyers. They stand in the high court of heaven pleading their case, and commanding the lower court of this earth to come into conformity with the decree of Heaven. (A lower court must always obey the decree of the higher court.) They are like that poor widow woman who kept on returning to the unjust judge to avenge her of her adversaries. These kind of intercessors will not stop pounding the court room door of Heaven until they receive their breakthrough. They are persistent until they receive each and every promise that God promised them and their loved ones.

They demand their rights and privileges which were given to us by Christ and will not put up with the devil stealing from them. They especially have no tolerance or mercy for the Jezebel and Athaliah spirits, as these spirits hate prophets and seek to take them out. Kingly intercessors pronounce judgment on the evil works of the enemy.

The kingly intercessor knows who they are in Christ and their confidence, security and validation is found in Him. They operate in the revelation that they are seated in the Heavenly realms with Christ Jesus, and they think and act like a king. A king doesn’t think in terms of being a pauper, but of abundant supply. A king doesn’t think defeat, but victory.

The kingly intercessor plants and plucks up. They plow the soil and they also plunder. They bind and loose.

Kingly intercessors don’t do this kind of intercession in their own strength, as they know it would be foolishness. They act in wisdom, and only do and say what God commands them to do. They have the revelation, and personal experience, of God’s angelic forces working on their side. Angels are sent to minister for us, and they hearken to the word of the Lord. Angels are able to go places we can’t go, to do things we can’t do, and they know more about the situation than we do. The angels do spiritual warfare. The angels intervene on our behalf. These intercessors have had angelic encounters, and have gone through experiences where they knew that God dispatched angels to help them.

English Definitions of Intercessor or Intercession:

  1. Entreaty in favor of another, especially a prayer or petition to God in behalf of another.
  1. To stand between. To intervene.
  1. Mediation in a dispute. A legal term, i.e., lawyer, advocate, mediator.
  1. To plead the case of another.

Greek (New Testament) definitions of Intercessor or Intercession:

There are two primary Greek words which are translated in the New Testament as “intercession”.

  1. entungchanoo

Scriptures containing this Greek word:

Romans 8:27, 34

Romans 11:2

Hebrews 7:25

  1. huper-entungchanoo

Scripture containing this Greek word:

Romans 8:26

Definition of entungchanoo:

Strong’s #: NT:1793 entungchanoo (from #1722 and #5177)


(The word “Strong’s” is referring to Strong’s Concordance of Hebrew & Greek words and definitions. “NT” means “New Testament”. “OT” stands for “Old Testament”. Strong’s Concordance assigns a number for every Hebrew and Greek word used in the Bible — they have a section for Hebrew Old Testament and a section for Greek New Testament. Their concordance is based on the King James Version English translation.)

Definition of #1793 entungchanoo:

  1. To light upon a person or a thing, to fall in with, to hit upon, a person or a thing.
  2. To go to or meet a person, especially for the purpose of conversation, consultation, or supplication.

The “from #1722 and #5177” is referring to the roots or history of the word. In this case, the word entungchanoo has its roots in two Greek words and meanings that were joined together to form one word reflecting both of the root word meanings.

  1. #NT:1722 en; a primary preposition denoting a fixed position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), i.e. a relation of rest (intermediate between).
  1. #NT:5177 tugchano; to make ready or bring to pass; the idea of effecting; to affect; or (specifically) to hit or light upon (as a mark to be reached); to attain or secure an object or end; to happen (as if meeting with).

Therefore, if you took the main definition of the Greek word entungchanoo, plus the definitions of the roots of this word, then intercession would be defined as:


  • Supplication on behalf of another
  • A mediator, a go-between
  • To make an impact on someone or something
  • To hit (punch) hard as if to knock out like in a boxing match ring (not socking people, but the evil spirits behind their deeds)
  • The intercessor is aggressive in attaining or securing something
  • The decrees and actions of the intercessor makes things happen, makes things become ready, causes things to come to pass
  • The intercessor stands in a fixed (unbending, unwavering) position. An intercessor must have rods of steel to stand up to the enemy forces that are behind evil works.
  • The intercessor acts as a lawyer pleading the case of another or for nations in the high court of Heaven.
  • The intercessor takes their place of authority that Jesus granted to all believers. Jesus said that He has given us power and authority to tread over serpents and scorpions and over all the works of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means harm us.


According to this definition, intercession is more than prayers and petitions. It is being militant in the Spirit.

The second Greek word that is translated as “intercession” is huper-entungchanoo. This word is found in Romans 8:26. It means: “to intercede on behalf of”.

This Greek word has the same definition as entungchanoo, except the word “huper” is added.

Huper is defined as: exceeding; above and beyond; over and abundant.

Romans 8:26 is talking about the Holy Spirit interceding for us. Perhaps the Greek word “huper” was added to the word entungchanoo to express the idea of the magnitude or enormity of how much the Holy Spirit intercedes for us. Also, the Holy Spirit is the only One who prays the perfect will and mind of God, because He is God and knows all things and knows the Father’s thoughts and heart. He knows us better than we know ourselves, and He knows the complete facts about other people and situations that we are interceding for.

Intercession in the Bible not only speaks of praying on behalf of someone else, but an intercessor is the same as an advocate. It is a legal term, speaking of a lawyer representing his/her client in a court room.

Intercessors are like spiritual lawyers. They petition the high court of Heaven on behalf of someone or something. They go to battle until the victory is won. They clearly present their case. They demand their rights and privileges. They have to be tough and fierce like the lion, showing no mercy to wickedness. They go after the enemy like a bulldog. They put a restraining order on the enemy. They demand restitution. They seek after justice and righteousness.

Intercession in the Old Testament

A few references to intercession in the Old Testament:

Isaiah 53:12 – Messianic prophecy speaking of Jesus as Intercessor

Isaiah 59:16 – Messianic prophecy speaking of Jesus as Intercessor

Ezekiel 22:30 – Standing in the gap for others, taking up the hedge

2 Chronicles 7:14 – Intercession, repentance, turning from wicked ways

Genesis 20:17 – Abraham prays for the healing for Abimelech’s household

Numbers 21:7 – Moses intercedes to God to remove the serpents from the camp

Nehemiah 1:4 – Nehemiah intercedes on behalf of the people

Jeremiah 27:8 – Intercession that vessels in the Temple not be taken to Babylon

Hebrew word for intercession: paga`

Definition of OT:6293 paga` — to encounter, to meet, to reach, to entreat, to make intercession

  1. to meet, to light upon, to join
  2. to meet (used of kindness)
  3. to encounter, to fall upon (used of hostility)
  4. to encounter, to entreat (used of a request)
  5. to strike, to touch (used of boundary)
  6. to cause to entreat
  7. to make entreaty, to interpose
  8. to make attack
  9. to reach the mark

Intercession of the Spirit

Easton’s Bible Dictionary

(Romans 8:26,27; John 14:26). “Christ is a royal Priest (Zechariah 6:13). From the same throne, as King, he dispenses his Spirit to all the objects of his care, while as Priest he intercedes for them. The Spirit acts for him, taking only of his things. They both act with one consent, Christ as principal, the Spirit as his agent. Christ intercedes for us, without us, as our advocate in heaven, according to the provisions of the everlasting covenant. The Holy Spirit works upon our minds and hearts, enlightening and quickening, and thus determining our desires ‘according to the will of God,’ as our advocate within us. The work of the one is complementary to that of the other, and together they form a complete whole.”

Prophetic words spoken at my church in February 2011 at a Harp and Bowl Meeting (Prophetic Words from Harp & Bowl Meeting):

Isaiah 22:22 AMP

Key of David

And the key of the house of David I will lay upon his shoulder; he shall open and no one shall shut, he shall shut and no one shall open.

The Key of David refers to authority in the Spirit. A key is access to lock and unlock doors. The Key of David also speaks of the 3-fold role of prophet, priest and king, especially in the ministry of intercession. The Key of David involves worship (especially prophetic worship). Worship and praise is the password for entering into God’s Throne Room.

Isaiah 2:2 KJV

Nations shall flow through us

And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.

We are entering into:

  1. Health
  2. Happiness
  3. Holiness

Divine merger.

Fresh anointing. Fresh oil.

He (Jesus) is Baal-Perazim = Lord of the Breakthrough.

God is birthing kings in the Spirit (the Bible says we are kings and priests, a royal priesthood). These kings will take on the 7 mountains (7 worldly systems):

  1. Family
  2. Government
  3. Business
  4. Education
  5. Religion
  6. Media
  7. Arts and Entertainment

There is the spirit of momentum and escalation. You will get more done in less time. There is a remnant who will arise and build by faith.

These kings will release God’s children from a poverty and beggar’s mentality. God’s people will be infused with the spirit of dominion, at which the oceans would obey at our mouth. (The oceans refer to the sea of humanity.) Kings and Priests are being raised up.

The Potter’s Wheel

Jeremiah 18:1-7 (NKJV)

1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying:

2 “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.”

3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel.

4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.

5 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying:

6 “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the Lord. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel!”


Verse 4 says that the clay was marred, so the Potter had to re-make the clay vessel. The Amplified version renders the word marred for “spoiled”. The Adam Clarke’s Commentary says that some gravel or a small stone was found embedded into the clay, thus causing a breach. The Potter had to begin again with fresh clay.

This parable of the Potter and Clay shows Israel’s dependence on God. As He is the Master and Creator, He can shape our destinies how He sees fit.

The Lord wants to make us into a better person. He wants you to be a better individual, wife, husband, mother, father, son, daughter, business person, minister, employee. He is not trying to take from us, but to add to our lives His goodness. He wants to refine us, so as to remove the dross, so that we come out as pure gold and silver vessels, which are vessels of honor fit for the Master’s use (2 Timothy 2:20-21).

Don’t be afraid to let Jesus be the Lord over all the kingdoms of your heart and life. Don’t resist the Holy Spirit’s dealings in your life. Just yield to the Lord and allow Him to have His way in your life. He wants to bring greater levels of peace and joy, and abundant life, to your life.

The Lord wants us to come into deeper levels of consecration and to walk in holiness. This is possible with the help of the Holy Spirit.

There is an old song we used to sing, called “Have Thine Own Way”. It goes:


Have Thine own way Lord

Have Thine own way

Thou art the Potter

I am the Clay.

Mold me and make me

After Thy will

While I am waiting

Yielded and still.

Text: Adelaide A. Pollard, 1862-1934
Music: George C. Stebbins, 1846-1945 


As we wait on the Lord and have an open heart before Him, then He can begin to move in our lives. He wants to do great things in and through us, if we will get in sync with Him.

The Lord is asking you today the question: “Can I have My way in your life, and mold you into My image and into the person I destined for You to become?” The Lord has good plans for our lives, to give us a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).

All vessels that the Potter makes are equally important, and all have a useful purpose and function. There are fancy vases, and there are dinner plates and water pitchers. What seems to be considered to be the lesser vessels (eating/drinking ware) is even more useful for day to day living.

In Heaven, everyone will have an assignment to do, but it will be what you enjoy doing and what you are naturally skilled and talented at doing. Some will be florists, some ministers, some musicians and singers, some that work in the court room of Heaven, and others who take care of children. All of these things are equally important, as we all have our placement in the Body of Christ. Everyone has at least one talent that they are gifted at.

Also, in Heaven our net worth is not based on dollars and cents, but on how many souls we have and will impact for the kingdom of God.

If we, the Clay, would allow the Potter (the Lord) to work on us, developing us into the vessel He ordained for us to be, then we will be able to be used by God more, and make a greater impact for the kingdom of God.