The Follow Factor…
Great keys to being led by God
The ONLY way to be a great leader, is to first be a GREAT follower…. of God and your own leaders.
So how can we practically grow in being led by God: While doing my devotions a few things that jumped out at me,
1- God doesn’t always take you on the shortest path, but don’t argue, feel sorry for yourself or complain – He knows why! TRUST Him.
2- Sometimes the longer route is so you avoid battles you aren’t ready to fight… He knows your weaknesses so trust Him – and sometimes the longer route is so you remain ready to fight. Strong for the battles you are supposed to fight instead of weak from unnecessary battles.
3- Sometimes there is uneasiness in trusting… Trust Him through the fear. I’m sure as the Isrealites stepped into the Red sea that had miraculously stopped – they must have been afraid of drowning. But they had to go forward or go back to slavery.
4- Sometimes the “complicated” way God takes you is so you can’t give up and easily turn back to your own ways… But you will continue to look forward and rely on Him alone. The Isrealites could have gone the faster way through the land of the Philistines and avoided the Red Sea… but they would have missed a miracle – a faith building event: they would have missed God destroying their enemy…. going the short way, the people would have been looking behind them day after day, wondering if the Egyptians were still after them.
5- The Holy Spirit desires to be in the lead on your journey, lighting up the dark places and even bringing clarity to your day seasons- The Holy Spirit is a fire at night – sometimes it seems dark and like u are being burnt in the night seasons of your fatih, but God is leading you out of your desert place if you trust Him and don’t complain. Even in the seasons when vision and faith are clear, God asks us to keep our eyes on Him. The cloud became the protection the Isrealites needed when the enemy came.
Conclusion: Don’t stop following the Holy Spirit. He will lead you, guide you, inspire you, give you grace, protect you and even fight the enemy for you.
The opposite of Fear is Faith. Whatever you fear is just evidence of your lack of trust in God in that area. Put your eyes off of what you may be tempted to fear and put your eyes onto the Awe of God aka: a fear of God… knowing His greatness, His power and ability to act on your behalf is Faith. Speak faith to your circumstances… tell them who your God is! He is able.
13Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”