Keys to Divine Direction! By Bishop David Oyedepo
Topic: Keys to Divine Direction!
Welcome to this new week of great things. I hope you were blessed by last week’s teaching. May God engrace us to access His plan for us this month! Today, we shall focus on Keys to Divine Direction! From scriptures, we understand that God is ready to guide our paths in life. It is written: And I will bring the blind by a way [that] they knew not; I will lead them in paths [that] they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them (Isaiah 42:16).
However, God does not just lead anybody on the earth. He leads only His sheep who are willing to be led (Isaiah 55:8).Therefore, there are certain conditions that must be met before we can be divinely directed; they are:
What then, are the keys to Divine Direction?
Be His Son: The first key is that we must be born again. We must be covenant children of God before He can lead us. As it is written: Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God (John 3:3). This implies that, for God to be committed to directing us, we must first be His children. (Romans 8:14). Thus, by accepting Jesus as our Lord and personal Saviour, we have secured the ticket for divine direction.
Meekness: We need a meek spirit to be guided and directed by God. David said in Psalm 25:9: The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way. This means meekness of heart must be in place before God can show us His ways; which are higher than ours. The Bible describes Moses as the meekest man in the earth; as a result, he had access to the ways of God (Numbers 12:3; see also Psalm 103:7). Thus, there cannot be meekness without the fear of the Lord (Psalm 25:12).
Faith: We need faith to be directed by God. Paul said: For we walk by faith, not by sight: (2 Corinthians 5:7). Divine direction is not for those that walk by sight but for those who will trust God to lead them aright. It is faith that makes a man seek God for divine direction (Hebrews 11:6).
Fellowship with the Holy Spirit: A continuous fellowship with the Holy Spirit is another requirement that must be met if we desire divine direction. As it is written: But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things (1 John 2:20; see also John 16:13). The Holy Spirit is to show us the things to come but before He can do that, we must first have to know Him and enjoy communion with Him. We also have to be conscious of His indwelling presence in us because the Holy Spirit is a Person we can talk to, ask questions and seek His help.
Quietness: We need quietness to enjoy divine direction. Not just a quiet outer environment but much more a quiet spirit. Avoid a rowdy spirit for God is a Spirit and He communicates with our Spirit. The Bible says: God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). Since our fellowship with God is in the spirit, we need to create quietness around us so that we can have a sweet fellowship with the Father where He can instruct us in the way to go (Isaiah 30:15).
Walk in Love: This is a condition in which we live without malice, anger and being relaxed with others, by loving them unconditionally. We also need to embrace liberty of the spirit and one of its manifestations is walking in love. As it is written: Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (2 Corinthians 3:17). Our conscience must be free from all manner of entanglements; including disobedience which quenches the Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19).
Be Open: We need openness of heart for divine direction. This connotes, we should not be set or rest in our own ways like concrete. We must be willing to adjust to God’s instructions; even if they contradict our actions. (Matthew 18:3-4). Therefore, we should keep a sensitive and tender heart before God as we allow Him direct our paths, because He knows everything better than us ((2 Chronicles 16:9;Proverbs 16:9).
Worship/Praise: If we must enjoy constant direction, then praise must become our lifestyle. As it is written: But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel (Psalm 22:3). Thus, His voice of direction will come clearly to us when we give Him the praises that His heart loves.
In conclusion, these keys will manifest in your life if you are born again. Are you born again? If you are not, this is an opportunity to do so. Simply say the following prayer: Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. Today, I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Thank You Jesus, for saving me! Now I know I am born again!”
For further reading, please get my books: In pursuit of Vision, Following The Path Of The Eagle, The Breakthrough Power of Vision and Understanding Divine Direction. I invite you to come and fellowship with us at the Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, the covenant home of Winners. We have five services on Sundays, holding at 6:00 a.m., 7:50 a.m., 9:40 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. respectively.
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Bishop David O. Oyedepo is a Nigerian Christian author, architect, preacher, and the founder and presiding bishop of the mega church, Living Faith Church Worldwide, also known as Winners’ Chapel