"Claim the keys of courage to follow what I tell you, even when all your peers seem to be doing the opposite, and you will stand strong in My power and anointing."
FOR GOD'S SAKE, FOLLOW GOD
First Published October 1970
You cannot look to your own wisdom, you cannot rest in your own understanding, you must look for the supernatural, miraculous and powerful leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit. It's impossible to solve these problems on your own. Lean not to your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.
Remember that you cannot possibly solve these problems in your own wisdom, your own strength, your own mind, your own understanding, your own trying to put two and two together. You are going to have to ask the Lord by the supernatural, miraculous power of the Holy Spirit, to give you downright, outright, upright revelations, heaven-right, straight from Him, to show you exactly what to do.
This is what we've always been dependent upon: He's the one we've always had to look to for leadership in all the former decisions and in the laying of plans and programmes. I never make a decision on my own if I can possibly help it.
I never ever make a snap judgement or usually even a quick decision. Most of the time I don't know what to do. We always have to ask God and look to Him for His direct revelation, or His impression, or His leading, or His burden, or His guidance, with it being confirmed by the mouth of two or three witnesses, or by His Word, or by some fleece, or by some revelation, or by some leading. God has always worked with us that way.
We have tried never to depend upon our own wisdom, our own understanding, or what we think is the thing to do, but to look directly to Him and expect His direct revelatory, revolutionary, immediate guidance.
We have to utterly depend on the Lord. The Lord seldom seems to operate according to "natural" expectation. It takes an impossible situation for God to do a miracle.
So quit trying to figure it out yourself and to reason it out and to do it in your own understanding. Get down on your prayer bones and get desperate in prayer before God. Cry out to God as Moses and his disciples did, and as I'm sure Noah and his family did, and as David and his family did. You can read their prayers and outcrys in the Bible as the Prophets of God and their little groups of disciples cried out to God.
God had to do the whole thing. God alone is the One Who could do it, for GOD is the One Who wants to get the credit. God is the one who wants to get the glory and God is the only one who can do it. Then He wants you to praise and thank Him and glorify Him because He did it. Because if you could do it, you could pat yourself on the back for it, and say, "Look what we've done, look how great we are, look how wonderful we are doing!" Watch out when you talk like that, you're headed for trouble! You had better keep saying, "Wow, look what God has done! Look what the Lord is doing! Look how great He is working!"
Give God all the credit, all the time, at every turn, for every little thing, and He will never fail to continue to prosper you, empower you, protect you, keep you, multiply you and do all things just like He did for the Early Church!
God alone can do it and God alone can show us what to do, how to do it, and protect us in doing it, supply the needs and lead and guide us every step of the way. So don't try to figure it out for yourself. Get down in desperate prayer and desperation together. Cry out to God and ask God for the solution, and God will never fail.
Even if He didn't show us right then what to do, He went ahead and did it Himself. Even if He didn't tell us what He was going to do, He did it. We sometimes didn't find out what He'd done until after He'd done it. So you don't even always have to know what He's going to do.
You don't always have to know all the answers. One of the best answers is, as Dr. Irwin Moon said: "I can answer any question you ask me, only most of my answers are going to be: 'I don't know, I don't know!'" So, why don't you get smart and just say, "I don't know"? Just be honest and say, "I don't know, let's ask God." The quicker you learn that you don't know, the better off you're going to be, because only God has the answers!
Only God knows what to do, and only God knows what He wants done and only God can do it. God has His own plan. God has His own way. God knows what He's doing. So for God's sake let Him do it and just look to Him to find out what He's doing, and what He wants you to do, and which way He is going!
So for God's sake, follow God!--Not yourself, not your own ideas, not your own plans and programmes, but for God's sake follow God!
Don't try to reason around with your own understanding, but get down in prayer and cry out to God and look to Him alone for the answers. God alone has the answers and God alone can do it. It's His business, His programme and His plan. We're His people, it's His world, it's His idea and it's got to be His whole leading, His decision. It's got to be His protection. It's got to be His provision.
He's the one who has got to lead, because only He can. He's got the programme, He's got the provision, He's got the protection and He's got the prevision to see the future and to lead and guide us. Don't try to figure it out on your own.
It's wonderful, it's thrilling when you realise that you don't have to do it! It's God's business and it's His problem, so it's got to be His provision and His protection and it has come to that, you have just got to trust the Lord!
For God's sake, you've got to see God! He's the only way you'll ever survive, and the only way you'll ever be able to heave that sigh of relief and say, "Well, thank God I don't have to solve it! Thank God I don't have to know what to do! When the time comes, God will do it."
For God's sake, stop worrying about tomorrow! It's today that you have to have faith for! It's today that God has provided the strength and the provision for and the protection for and the problems for, and today is all you have to worry about! You don't even have to worry about tomorrow, much less next week or next month, or for God's sake, you certainly don't have to worry about next year!
It's so silly to worry about that far into the future! It's so ridiculous even to worry about next month! God will take care of things when the time comes. It's foolish even to worry about next week!
You just plan the best you can, do the preparation as far as God has showed you, and when the day comes, God will provide.
Quit worrying about tomorrow! That's a commandment! It's not optional. It's not something that's just good advice. "Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." (Matthew 6:34.) That is God's warning, God's commandment and God's promise!
You take care of what you have to take care of today, because He has given you the faith for today. He's already given you the faith for what's going to happen today.
It's always tomorrow that the devil tries to make us worry about. When tomorrow comes, God's going to take care of it! Now let's get busy and pray about what we're supposed to do today!
He helps you if you do your part and obey and help yourself as much as you can. Do what you know you can do, and then stop worrying about the rest that you can't do, God will take care of that part. God will do what you can't do. You do what you can, and God will do what you can't.
Do what you can and God will do what you can't! That is the way it's always been. When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, the people couldn't raise him from the dead, but they could roll the stone away from the door. So what did Jesus do? Did He roll away the stone, no, he said, "Roll ye away the stone," and they did it. That was something they could do, so why not let them? Their obedience in rolling away the stone also was a manifestation of their faith that God was going to do what they couldn't do. Your obedience in doing what God tells you to do shows your faith that God is going to do the rest, what you can't do.
Let's not worry about tomorrow, but let's do what we can do today, right now, because look what God's going to do tomorrow!God's going to do mighty miracles tomorrow! He's going to do greater things than we ever imagined! Let's do what we can do today, so God will be able to do what He can do tomorrow!
We can do the "wenting." "As they went they were healed." God told them, go thou and do this! Go thou and do that! Go wash at the Pool of Siloam. And "...as they went, God healed," or "..as they went, God gave them the power." We have to do the "wenting." (Luke 17:14)
We have to do the obeying. We have to do what we know God has told us to do. We don't have to know what's going to happen tomorrow or what He's going to do in the future or what's going to happen as a result.
We don't have to know what's going to happen tomorrow. All we have to know is what God is going to do today. Obey God and do what he has told us now.
For God's sake, follow God now!
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