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Daniel Blair is a retired Minister, who has studied at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; and served as Pastor of churches in both California and Kentucky. He has led many revivals in this country and preached internationally. Reverend Blair stays active podcasting Revelation Truth and is an inspired writer keeping up a popular blog, and producing Christian videos. Reverend Blair ministers and counsels many hurting people on the social media site Facebook. He has seen firsthand how the devil and a multitude of psychological problems have taken their toll on Christians. Blair's passion for helping Christians to overcome their many problems has led him to write his second book entitled "Stand Firm" available at my online bookstore or at a bookstore near you. His first book was published in 2006 entitled "Final Warning." Reverend Blair and his wife, Robin, live in Round Rock, Texas. They have six children and fifteen grandchildren.

The Witness of Our Hope

How do we become powerful witnesses of our hope, in the Last Days? Sadly, to say, there are very few powerful witnesses in our day. In an age of the lukewarm church and increasing immorality among the world’s population, we need a powerful witness, or Christianity as we now know it, will cease to exist, except a few isolated enclaves. The Words of Holy Scripture may be fulfilled sooner than you think, that says, “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations” (Revelation 13:7). In our study today we will take our lead from the two witnesses in the last days who stood toe to toe with the beast, whose witness was so strong that their words were like flaming fire coming out of their mouth to overcome those who would come against them. (Read Revelation 11:1-11) Dear friends, we need such a witness in our day. Although before we attempt to witness, we need to have our hope firmly planted in our hearts. We must know what we truly believe, unfortunately, many in our day don’t know what they believe.

The established Church for thousands of years have had their statements of faith, a collection of enlightened doctrine by their learned professors, they passed on to their flock or church members. Through rigorous training and memorization, they were taught to stand firm on these important church doctrines even if they must endure persecution. In time these church doctrines reached well beyond or ignored those areas that have come under direct attack by the devil. They settled primarily for doctrines that would only address worship, commitment, prayer, tithing, confession, and the finer points of theology. It’s these later points of theology that over time have lost their appeal to the masses because they didn’t seem to address their everyday difficulties in life. When the church fell silent, unable to give the masses biblical guidance, they stopped believing in the sufficiency of Scripture to answer man’s problems. As the confessional fell silent, most started looking to the world to address their many emotional and psychological problems. They started looking to the world to give them liberty for their life of promiscuity, unwanted children, and unnatural sexual urges. They stopped believing the true doctrines of our faith and the hope we have in Christ. Dear friends, it’s past time to know and understand the hope we have within us. It’s time to memorize these unchangeable truths, to hide them in our hearts, and have them on our lips ready to confront the world as a powerful witness.

Before we confront the world there is one more thing we need to do. As the two witnesses measured the Temple and those who worship there, they also measured the outer courts and those who are there. We must see and understand the lies that’s believed by the world. So, what are these lies, that need to be confronted with the truth? They say mankind can solve all his own problems through psychiatric counseling and the administering of drugs. They say that public education must be free from the restraints of religion, and specifically, Christianity, to allow the children to choose their own gender and develop their own ethical norms within the constrict of an evolving society. They say that the Ten Commandments are archaic and have no place in modern society and the rule of government. They say that the Bible is no longer relevant allowing the free reign of sexual immorality, homosexuality, and the transgender to flourish in society. They say that God did not create man but that he evolved from a lower form of life. They deny the sanctity of life by legalizing abortion and euthanasia. We must learn to spot these lies in every area of life, from the schoolroom to the family reunion; from the workplace to the marketplace; from the news media to social media; from entertainment on television we watch to the books we read, to the games we play. First, we must learn to spot the lies. I am sad to say most Christians in our day have become blind and can no longer see the lie.

Once we see and recognize the lie, we must as God’s beloved children, speak or witness the truth in power. The Bible says, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear” (I Peter 3:15). We can no longer remain silent or speak timidly. On the other hand, we must speak with boldness, clarity, with meekness and fear of the Lord. Meekness is not weakness. It is having great strength under control and in our case, it is witnessing or speaking under control of the Lord, allowing Him to speak through us. When we do, it will be like fire coming out of our mouths to overcome those coming against us with their lies. Now imagine with me for a moment, if every believer witnessed the truth in power, it would turn the world upside down. Political parties can’t do it, other world religions can’t do it, social media can’t do it, and the lukewarm church can’t do it. Only one thing can. The powerful witness of every single child of God. Your age makes no difference, your church affiliation makes no difference, your gender makes no difference. We must all join the two witnesses and stand toe to toe with the beast.

So, what do we witness? We witness our hope:

“We trust in God alone to solve all our emotional and psychological problems, who created everything that exists. We did not evolve. As new people in Christ, we are being transformed into His likeness. Old things have passed away. Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven. All other paths lead straight to hell. We believe in the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman. All other unions are an abomination. We believe that all life is sacred at the moment of conception. Abortion is murder. Life is sacred for both the aged and the infirm. We will monitor the teaching of our children, which should include Bible study and prayer, if they violate our beliefs, we will pull them out of public education. We believe that the wrath of God is allowing fallen humanity to reap the consequences of their many sins. Whereas, to accept His plan of salvation brings peace and great joy. We believe in the inerrancy and sufficiency of Scripture. We believe in the power of the Gospel that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried for three days, and was raised from the dead.”

Dear children, memorize these unchangeable truths, hide them in your hearts, and have them on your lips ready to confront the world as a powerful witness. Once you notice the lie, then we must immediately, as God leads, witness this truth in boldness, clarity, compassion, and meekness. When you do, then you will be joining with the two witnesses in the Book of Revelation by standing toe to toe with the lies of Satan and the coming beast.

Coming Soon: Rev. Blair has recorded this Blog Article as a Tribulation Radio Show in HD Video with local vocalists, prayers, and much more to the glory of God.

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The Seeds of Civil War

The seeds of Civil War have been planted in the hearts of humanity for a very long time now. This article will examine how these seeds of Civil War have just started to blossom creating havoc and great misery in the world. When all the seeds of Civil War have shot forth to maturity it will be the greatest horror to have ever come upon the planet. This Civil War will not be just in America but will take root in every other country in the world. For these seeds to blossom, they need to be put into fertile soil. For the first time in human history, this has been made possible by technology and accomplished by the Social Media platforms that are reaching nearly every people group on the planet. I will demonstrate how the powers of evil and the rulers of darkness are using this new platform to fan the fires of discontent and arouse the evil nature in every person to follow its will. We will look briefly at how it all started with the News Media pitting one side against another allowing it to flow easily into all the Social Media platforms. Then we will look at how this will lead to a real Civil War in the streets of America and other countries in the world.

The whole world, especially our nation, is starting to divide into two distinct groups. Both groups can demonstrate a certain level of intelligence, accept different races, claim to embrace every social-economic group, and entertain certain spiritual and ethical norms. On the other hand, they clearly have differences in how to govern the masses and their resolute position on certain orthodox religious teachings, such as, homosexuality, abortion, and the freedom of religion, which are non-negotiable. Yet, the differences don’t need to be that great to fan the flames and arouse the evil tendencies when we can easily get a few thousand people on Social Media to agree with us that the other side is evil and that we are perfectly correct in how we feel about them. The more we stay in our echo chamber on Social Media listening to everything we are saying, and thinking, being agreed with, the greater the evil rises up within us to strike back at the other side. In the beginning, it may simply be in an argumentative comment, then it will be in our own post, then perhaps even doing something outside of our echo chamber on Social Media, which we will discuss later.

If it was just the echo chamber of Social Media it would not be as bad, because eventually, most people would run out of things to complain about, thus getting back to just sharing baby pictures and family events. However, with twenty-four-hour cable news, we have plenty to complain about, bringing it all back into our echo chamber. The News Media have become experts on taking sides and ruthlessly tearing down the other side. Even the best amongst us have a hard time from keeping our blood from boiling when we listen to outrageous lies and hateful rhetoric thrown at the other side. It’s never-ending. When they finish one slanderous report or investigation, then they quickly turn to another, even if it threatens the national security of our country. Of course, all this negative reporting comes flowing nonstop into the Social Media platforms and right into our own echo chamber. When will they ever wake up to the fact, that you can’t keep talking bad about someone, over and over again, and not allow it to affect others? When will they wake up to the fact that they have gone well beyond just reporting the news to actually making it up to suit their purpose?

Well, it won’t take long to see where this is all headed. The seeds have been planted by the News Media, our echo chamber has given it fertile soil in which to grow, which causes the Civil War to begin in our own hearts. The Bible talks about the civil war that rages in the soul, it says, “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would”( Galatians 5:17). It doesn’t take very long for some amongst us to start breaking out of their echo chamber and start striking back at the other side. In the beginning, it may be simply marching in the streets, yelling obscenities at the other side, pulling off their hats, or dousing them with water. Unfortunately, it doesn’t stop there for in time others who cannot control the rage within them will pick up a knife, a gun, or even a bomb to do horrific harm to others. Dear friends, it’s not the knife, the gun, or the bomb. It is the rage caused by the Civil War within our souls. This is the Civil War caused by the News Media and advanced by the Social Media platforms that enters into the heart of man.

How bad this is going to get is hard to predict. I can’t speak to the world, but I can speak to the Christian Community. The Bible says in the Last Days the beast of worldly power will make war with the Saints and overcome them (See Revelation 13:7). If the powers of evil can cause the old man or the old sin nature to raise up its ugly head and think things it should not, then we will have already been put on a very slippery slope. Can’t we see this already, even among those who claim to have a close relationship with the Lord and say that they are filled with the Spirit? Although some will rightly claim that the powers of darkness are driving them to think things they should not, they have been remiss at casting out the evil thoughts immediately. When they dwell on the thoughts allowing the seeds of Civil War to grow up to maturity in their Social Media echo chamber, then they too will begin to lash out at the other side. Look around dear friends, this is already happening. You can’t scroll very far on Social Media before you can see this loud and clear. You see the old sin nature and the powers of darkness overcoming the Saints.

Dear children, we must not join them in their hateful rhetoric against the other side allowing it to manifest itself in bad behavior. We must come out from among them and be separate otherwise the Civil War that begins in our hearts will manifest itself into a real Civil War in the streets of America, that will spread to every country in the world. I cannot even imagine how horrible this will be. A family member against a family member, neighbor against neighbor, citizen against citizen as they all viciously fight against one another. Look at some of the recent mass shootings. Why are they doing it? Because they have allowed the old sin nature to rise up and strike against those in whom they disagree. There is only one thing we can to do stop this insanity. Don’t join with them on Social Media. Witness to the other side in love by proclaiming the Good News with compassion and clarity. Stop hating and start loving. God help your children stand firm against the powers of darkness that are using both the News Media and the Social Media Platforms to do their bidding. God forbid, if not for us, then for all the little children.

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Who is Taking Your Mind Captive?

Unlike the animal kingdom we have an amazing capacity to formulate complex thoughts, to remember minute details, and multi-task with tremendous accuracy while speaking, listening, and formulating our next thought. Our minds are the most astonishing gift from our Creator setting us apart from the rest of His creation. History proves that some of our greatest thinkers have separated themselves from the milieu of fruitless thinking and conversation that the masses are captive to. From the scribes of ancient Israel to the great philosophers in every Century they have held their followers captive. In today’s world, we have a new medium, no doubt designed by Satan himself, to hold the entire population’s thoughts captive to him. Each medium is saying come over here and follow me, from the professors of higher education to the news media, to Hollywood’s avalanche of movies, and to the algorithm of Social Media. We will examine how each of these mediums are holding your mind captive and how Jesus Christ’s call to follow Him exclusively will set you free to explore the endless possibilities of what your mind is capable of and the great joy of participating in His Kingdom work.

To truly follow Christ, not only needs our total submission to His will but our every thought must be taken captive to obey Christ. The Bible says, “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God and take every thought captive to obey Christ” (II Corinthians 10:5). For most in today’s world, even for those who call upon the Name of Christ, this would be a most difficult task. “Every thought?” Yes, every thought. Look into any translation or the original language and it means the same. So, Christ must control our thoughts to obey His will or we will be left to the many devices in the world allowing Satan to control our thoughts to obey his will. When we submit to the will of Christ then the indwelling Spirit will lead us in all our thoughts. These beautiful thoughts will open our minds to the glory of God and His eternal Kingdom, to see things with our spiritual eyes that we never thought possible and to think His thoughts after Him in fulfilling His work on earth as it is in Heaven. Now, let’s look at how Satan is controlling the thoughts of the world’s population to obey him through many different mediums, then we will return to how Christ wants to control our every thought so that we will think His thoughts after Him.

Let me stress, that once the many mediums in the world control your thoughts, then in time, it will control your actions and your behavior. Cannot we already see this? Look at the teachings of psychiatry, for example, that began many years ago with some of the world’s great thinkers in Germany and then America. Now, this thinking has taken hold on almost every human mind in the world. Some have grown so accustomed to this thinking that it has possessed nearly every thought about their pitiful lives to explain their every emotional and psychological problem. Another example is how the News Media along with the algorithm on Social Media has captured the minds of so many in our day. Let’s be very clear that Satan wants every moment of your day. It’s rather ingenious how he takes your mind captive. He does this by tracking your interest from previous searches on the internet, posts on Social Media, or purchases from online stores, as long as those interests are not in God alone. Both the news sites and the social media do this to keep you online or continually coming back for their tailored information just for you. Satan doesn’t care if you buy their products, he cares more that he has captured your mind, your time, and is leading you further away from God. As long as he holds your mind captive to world events, politics, or spending money that you don’t have he doesn’t even mind throwing in an occasional Bible verse or spiritual song to keep you hooked. Doing so will give you the illusion that you are giving God some of your time. We must remember what God said, that He is a Jealous God and is quite unwilling to share His time with anyone or anything (See Exodus 20:5).

Another example of how Satan is holding the fallen world’s mind captive is the professors of higher education and the avalanche of movies coming out of Hollywood. The reason I lump these two together is that they both are teachers. They both hold the fallen world’s mind captive to teach them many things that are opposed to the knowledge of God’s truth. One teaches in the form of entertainment while the other one teaches to bolster your pride in obtaining a time-honored degree and promise of a higher paying job. How much people are having their mind-controlled can be observed at the number of times they can quote the talking points from a favorite professor or to the number of quotes they easily verbalize from their latest movies. Not only are they being taught lies that will affect their behavior and their belief system, but just think about the amount of time that they have freely given allowing their minds to be controlled. Although we have only briefly touched on a small number of mediums that are attempting to control your every thought, believe me, there are many more from sports enthusiasts, to paramilitary groups and everything in between to consume your time and control your every thought.

On the other hand, we as believers should allow Christ to control our every thought by thinking His thoughts after Him. So, how do we do this and more importantly why would we? Let’s answer the second part of the question first, why should we? The first part of the answer is that God created us and has re-created us in Christ Jesus to have a beautiful dynamic relationship with Him. The second part of the answer is to reject this relationship will expose you to the horror of a fallen world run by Satan and his demonic host. The Bible says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (I Peter 5:8). So, now we come to the part of how we allow Christ to control our every thought. We do this by learning how to listen to the Holy Spirit (See my Article or video entitled: “How to Follow the Holy Spirit”). We do this by reading His anointed Word allowing the indwelling Spirit to guide us. We do this by listening to more mature believers that can point the way. Finally, we think Christ’s thoughts after Him by giving Him all our time. This is most difficult when the world is already controlling so much of your time, but when we do, it will open up a whole new horizon of possibilities.

In time, you will learn to ask the indwelling Spirit about everything we read, everything we see, and everything we hear, is God in this? So much in the world is dark and dreary filled with violence, hate, and are disgustingly immoral. After a while, you won’t need to ask, you will just know and quickly move away from those mediums that are attempting to control your every thought. After a while, you will find yourself spending more and more time listening to the voice of God, so you can think His thoughts after Him. You will think beautiful and peaceful thoughts about serving others in the Kingdom. You will think thoughts that will glorify God where you will be led to express them in your writing, in your speaking, in your prayers, in your paintings, and your music. Every thought will glorify God. You will soon discover that everything you do will be in service to others to the glory of God. You will learn to live your life as if the Kingdom has already come. The Lord’s Prayer that says we should pray, “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). This prayer will take on a whole new meaning. Oh, what joy it is to live every moment of every day for Christ allowing Him alone to take our every thought captive. Dear children, let me conclude by quoting the Bible that says, “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth” (Colossians 3:2). Amen

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False Hope Will Not Stop the End

The greatest lie of Satan is giving fallen humanity false hope. He has been doing that since the beginning by causing us to question God. We can hear his voice down through the ages, “Did God really say?” And we hear it loud and clear today. Both the right and the left are giving this country false hope. The left is saying we can save the planet by reducing fossil fuels or doing without them completely. Although I sincerely commend their willingness to stop the burning of fossil fuels that are harmful to both the environment and public health, they simply don’t have the ability to change man’s heart that’s controlled by selfishness and greed. Only God can change man’s heart. In their outrageous political statements, they say that they can stop or reverse the effects of Global Warming, which is nothing less than giving people false hope. On the right, most will publicly deny Global Warming as fake news and false science. Although I commend the right for their willingness to protect their citizens from the earth’s coming woes by beefing up the military, withdrawing support from other nations, building a large wall on our Southern border, and doling out $76.5 billion for climate resilience and disaster mitigation. Again, they too are ignoring the Words of God about the end and giving people a false hope that they and their communities can survive the coming apocalypse.

If you are either on the left or the right, you have been told that you will overcome what’s coming upon the world. Well, in God’s Book that is simply not true. As the world sinks deeper into their sins then the consequences of those sins are not far behind. Man’s heart is not getting any better, it is getting far worse. The world has gone well beyond their favorite sins of pornography, greed, selfishness, homosexuality, drug addiction, disobedience, stealing, rape, murder, and becoming transgender to thumbing their nose at God. They no longer trust His counsel, His rules, or His direction for their lives. In the stubbornness of their hearts, they are calling forth the wrath of God while they hold tightly to their false hope given to them by the evil one who stands behind both the right and the left. There is a time coming when all of fallen humanity will realize that there is no hope apart from trusting in God alone. Although Global Warming may be an excellent example of God allowing humanity to sink into the consequences of their sins by reaping heatwaves, flooding, and hurricanes, it barely scratches the surface for what God has planned for those who have turned their back on Him and persisted in their unimaginable sins.

Don’t be fooled for one minute, for what you see coming upon the world is not Global Warming, but the hand of God pouring out His wrath on unrighteous humanity. No one will be able to stand, except His faithful remnant. The Bible says, “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken” Luke 21:25-26). What kind of signs are in the sun, the moon, and the stars, we don’t know exactly, but we do know that they are “shaken” thus having a profound effect upon the planet. It’s common knowledge that the movement of any of our heavenly bodies including the earth either in its trajectory or orbital plane could have a devastating effect. When the heavens are shaken the effect is so great that the sea and the waves are roaring. This sounds like massive hurricanes would have a mind of their own going in one direction then another casting up tremendously powerful waves to flood all the coastal cities in the world. It’s like the oceans of the world are being displaced by some great force, either from the movement of heavenly bodies or the crashing of a giant asteroid on earth, creating storm surges beyond anything we could possibly imagine.

As previously stated, if the heavenly bodies were moved slightly out of their trajectory or orbital plane, this too could have a profound effect not only on the world’s oceans but also on the tectonic plates by causing them to shift violently creating massive earthquakes and volcanoes. Scientists have now come forward with evidence that at one time in earth’s history, the earth was put on a closer path or orbit to the sun before correcting itself. This closer path would have caused a tremendous rise in world temperatures that went well beyond any global warming projections. This would clearly qualify as seeing the powers of heaven shaken. Unlike Global Warming where mankind believes he can reverse it, this shaking of the heavenly bodies would leave mankind completely defenseless. The Bible says that the nations are in “great distress with perplexity.” The distress is so great that they are wringing their hands in desperation, saying there is absolutely nothing that they can do to stop the coming catastrophe. In another place in the Bible, it says that the people are hiding in the “dens and the rocks of the mountains” asking that the rocks fall upon them in order to hide them from the face of God and the wrath of the Lamb (See Revelation 6:16-17). They say, who can control the heavenly bodies, such as the sun, the moon, and the stars? In their mind, no one!

Their fear is sudden and so great that their hearts are failing them. As the roaring sea floods the coastal cities, they are also faced with earthquakes and volcanoes. We are already seeing the number of moderate and major earthquakes around the world in places that don’t normally see them. Typically, out of 473 earthquakes in one week, there are approximately 25% that are considered either moderate or major earthquakes. These numbers are increasing daily and in severity. These are rarely reported by the news service. As the fallen world learns more about the number of earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, volcanoes, and tsunamis decimating planet earth, the more they will feel helpless to do anything about it. When millions, not thousands, are escaping the burning inferno, the hottest and most desolate part of our hemisphere, the Southern continent, to find refuge in our country, it will be pandemonium. Many will pray that the great wall on our Southern border will hold. Furthermore, we are already seeing some of the hottest months on record, with failed crops and economies where thousands are being displaced or dying. When fallen humanity finally, at the last moment, discovers that their hope from either the left or the right is false and that there is nothing they can do about these calamities, there will be no law that can restrain them. Even Hollywood can’t picture the worldwide inhumanity of open hostility and barbarism.

On the other hand, the true believers in Christ who have not been blinded by the world will approach this moment with great joy in their hearts, not for the sinner suffering under the wrath of God, but for God’s justice and mercy for those who are being saved at the last minute. We will also rejoice because we know that our redemption draws near. We know that in a very short time that all of our pain and suffering will cease; that we will be with our God forever. The Bible says, “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:28). Lift up your heads. Don’t let them sink in depression or sorrow, but lift them up to the glory of God, knowing that although this planet is being destroyed, that there will be a new heaven and a new earth. The Bible says it best, “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Revelation 21:4). Praise God!

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How to Follow the Holy Spirit

Without knowledge of the Holy Spirit, it will be impossible to follow Him. So, our first task is to make sure that we know Him, not in just a casual way, but to know Him intimately. When we come to Christ asking Him to save us from our sins and make us into a new creation, then He marks us with the seal of the Holy Spirit through faith and then fulfills His promise by giving us the Comforter to dwell with us as long as we are in these bodies (See John 14:26). Although the Holy Spirit or Comforter is with us from the very moment of our conversion, He has limited access until we completely die to self. This is the first step in following the Spirit. So, how do we die to self, has been an often-misinterpreted topic from the beginning. Perhaps the easiest way to see our self is to take a hard look at our desires, our wants, our way, and our will. Another way to look at our self is to compare it with the rights, wants, desires, and the will of a slave. Now you’re starting to get the picture. To die to self, freely surrenders your will, your desires, your wants, and your rights to the living God through the indwelling Spirit. Anyone can make this confession of faith, but following through on it, will take a lot more work. Let’s proceed.

Surrendering your will is like the great exchange. If we give up our will, then it’s essential that we take on the corresponding will of another and we can’t do that until we know what their will is in the first place. We know God’s will from the study of His Word in the Bible and from listening to the indwelling Spirit. A word of caution at this point is essential, “The indwelling Spirit will never contradict God’s Word in the Bible.” The Bible is very clear on this point saying we must test every spirit, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world” (I John 4:1). So, how do we test the spirits? The absolute best way is to compare it with the Bible, which means we need to search the Scriptures to see if those things are so (See Acts 17:11). We can also seek the advice of more mature believers in Christ to help point out Scripture that needs to be prayerfully studied. We have confidence in the indwelling Spirit because He does not contradict but confirms and amplifies the Word of God, often drawing out a deeper meaning and helping us to apply that meaning and direction to our lives, which is the will of God. So, the next step is to learn together how to listen to the voice of the indwelling Spirit.

Let me start by saying the Spirit wants to speak to you, that’s what He does. I found it useful in the beginning, especially for the novice, to begin with, a Scripture that has meant so much to you and meditate upon it in complete silence before the Lord. Quietly roll the verse over and over again in your mind asking God to reveal its deeper meaning and how to apply it to your life. If you begin with Scripture or with just meditative prayer, either way, you still need to learn how to listen. Really listen! This starts by stopping your mind from wandering from one topic to another. You must learn how to empty your mind completely. Simple, quiet praise to the Lord will help. Now comes the real hard part, in total silence and solitude wait upon the Lord. Yes, I said wait. Although this is the most difficult part it is the most rewarding because the Spirit will, in His time begin to draw you ever closer to Him, until the water wells up in your eyes and you begin to hear the still small voice of God touching every fiber of your soul. As God begins to pull you closer to Him let go and quietly go with Him. Don’t run away in fright, which many do in the beginning, but rest in the Lord allowing Him to minister to your soul.

Once you begin to meet with God on a regular basis and learn how to listen to His voice through the indwelling Spirit, then you are ready for the next step, learning how to follow the Spirit or keep in step with Him. A key Scripture text to help in our understanding on how to follow the Spirit is in the letter to the Galatians and specifically 5:16-26. (Please open your Bible now.) The Apostle begins by contrasting the flesh with the Spirit. In the old dispensation, God sought to control the flesh with the law by teaching His children, “Thou shall not!” Not too unlike how we teach our little children today. When they misbehave by violating one of our rules, we quickly render the appropriate punishment. But when they get to a certain age, we stop disciplining them as children and start spending more time encouraging them to use their gifts and calling. We spend more time trying to mold their character. This is exactly how God is now treating his children by telling us that we have come of age, that we can resist the flesh by concentrating on walking in the Spirit. We no longer live under the tutelage of the law but have now been set free by the grace of God to walk in the Spirit. The Bible says, “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16).

To follow the Spirit is allowing Him to go before you in loving service to others. That’s exactly what the Spirit does. He almost always leads us in service to others. This is one of His primary jobs, but first, He teaches you all things (See John 14:26), so that you can teach others, which is part of your service to others. In our service to others, we will learn how to pass on God’s Word in both words and in, deed. You might say, “I don’t know how to serve or how I should serve.” That’s not a problem. We simply step out on faith praying in the Spirit as we go and believe me the doors will begin to open. One opportunity after another will begin to avail itself. If it’s helping others with some menial task, then the Lord will give us the strength to perform well. If it’s doing something a little bit more complicated, then He will give us the wisdom beyond what we thought possible. If it’s encouraging, edifying, or admonishing someone, then believe me the Spirit will give the correct words just at the right time. Remember through each task we are listening not only to the indwelling Spirit but also listening to the needs of the person we are attempting to help. The key to service is listening and becoming pliable in the hands of God.

We can all learn how to follow the Spirit in loving service to others, thus fulfilling the will of God. So, how do we know if we are following the Holy Spirit? This is known in at least two ways. First, we will produce the fruit of the Spirit in our service and relationship with others. The Bible says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Galatians5:22-23). As you study the Bible and listen to the indwelling Spirit you are cultivating this fruit of the Spirit. Secondly, if you are following the Holy Spirit then you have discovered your own unique Spiritual gifts from your study of the Bible. The Bible says, “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant” (I Corinthians 12:1). Furthermore, you will use your Spiritual gifts in your service or ministry to others. Make no mistake we have all been given a Spiritual gift for this purpose. These are the two proofs that you are following the Holy Spirit along with your personal testimony of hearing the voice of the indwelling Spirit. Amen

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