November 30, 2015

Spirit Guide: The Lord’s Leading in the Cessationist’s Life

by Clint Archer

compassIt’s not uncommon for me to hear of Christians claiming that God led them to this or that by means of a dream or vision or word from the Lord. When I probe what they mean by that, more often than not it’s just their way of saying they had an idea or imagined a scene.

Only occasionally has the person insisted that they literally had a supernatural experience of direct revelation like Paul going to heaven (2 Cor 12) or Peter’s trance (Acts 10). Dismissing those claims as spurious hogwash is fairly uncomplicated (see the cornucopia of articles on this blog by searching “Strange Fire” or “prophecy” or any other charismatic sounding term).

What deserves more leniency is the acknowledgement that the Spirit prompts us and guides us in our everyday lives. After all, those “who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” (Rom 8:14).

Cessationists hold that the revelatory gifts (tongues, prophecies, visions, dreams, etc.) ceased operating when the newborn church matured and the canon was closed (1 Cor 13:2-13). But we can sometimes be annoyingly persnickety about censoring vocabulary that the Bible writers were perfectly comfortable using when referring to the non-revelatory leading of God.

Nehemiah was not a prophet, nor did he have access to one. And yet he acted on his godly desire to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, which he believed was God’s leading. He referred to his desire and plan as something that “God had put into my heart” (Neh 2:12). Even the activity of assembling the nobles was an idea he said God had placed on his heart (Neh 7:5).soundwaves

Some call it having a “burden for Africa” or a “prompting to donate to a needy family,” or they say “I believe God is leading me to help in this way.” The more cavalier cessationist might even venture to use the licentious phraseology: “The Lord told me to…”

So, I don’t want to be Big Brother’s diction police; as long as we all understand God isn’t disseminating new, extra-biblical revelation to anyone. This guidance isn’t prophecy or anything close to it. It’s merely the natural outworking of having the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit.

As we are filled with the Spirit, i.e. submitting to his influence in our lives, he brings to our mind Scripture we have studied, he grants us illumination or understanding on how to apply biblical wisdom to our situation (see John 16 for Jesus’ take on the advantage of indwelling). He also lines our desires up with the word and with God’s will (Ps 37:4). And he providentially brings counselors and leaders into our lives, and dextrously wields circumstances to nudge us forward (as in Caesar Augustus’ timely census).

I have had moments of clear thinking while contemplating a decision, or an epiphany of understanding when interpreting a Bible passage, or even a burning desire to do something godly. In an unguarded moment I might call that the Spirit’s leading; especially after the fact.

straining to hearOne significant decision that was accompanied by a sense of affirmation from the Lord came when I was candidating to be the pastor of Hillcrest Baptist Church. After my elders, their elders, their congregation, and my wife all affirmed my burning desire, I felt very much “at peace” with the decision. Now, ten years later (to the week), I find it easy to acknowledge the process of it all coming together as “the Lord leading us to this ministry.”

But—and this is a big but—at the time, no one involved in the process took my feelings or peace or enthusiasm as authoritative. No one took it as God giving Clint a vision or a dream or a word from the Lord. It was just a godly desire that came to fruition providentially in the Lord’s timing. Looking back it was clearly God’s will. If the plane had crashed on the way there, or the congregation had voted no, we could not have concluded that God’s will was being thwarted by democracy or faulty avionics.

I am grateful for the Spirit’s involvement in the lives of saints in our church and his guidance in my life.

Feel free to leave a comment if you feel so led.

Clint Archer

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Clint has been the pastor of Hillcrest Baptist Church since 2005. He lives in Durban, South Africa with his wife and four kids.
  • Dennis Putnel

    Clint, great article! Pray that you are encouraged and I will be praying for you.

    • Thanks. I’m glad you felt led to leave that comment.

  • Charity

    I find this a most difficult subject as a believer. God could give us direct revelation about a host of things and He does not. It seems that He gives us the mind of Christ and His Word and then gives us both freedom and responsibility to make decisions both great and small ourselves – and we shy away from that responsibility.

    I remember as a teen reading something on Knowing the Will of God by John MacArthur. He said something like, “if you are saved, Spirit filled, sanctified, submissive, and suffering for Christ, and maybe another “S” or two then do what you want.” Actually, like most things MacArthur, it is on the GTY website:

    We want Proverbs 3:5-6 to say that if we acknowledge God in all our ways He will give us all our selfish heart desires. But does it actually mean that when we are living for God’s glory that our very desires will be given to us by Him?

    • Jason

      James 4:3 is the most explicit verse I’ve found on that topic. Thankfully, the Spirit helps in situations where our prayers aren’t godly, and ultimately, when what we are selfishly asking for is not given to us, we can rejoice that we got what is best for us instead (Romans 8:27-28).

    • If you are delighting yourself in the Lord, your desires will be for his glory, not your own, and yes, he lays those desires on your heart and then grants them.

    • Proverbs 3:5-6 is part of a larger context. I would encourage you to read Dan Phillips book God’s Wisdom in Proverbs or search the website to see if he wrote about it there. His translation of the hebrew for make your paths straights leads to a different than popular conclusion about that Proverb as he teaches it is clearly about salvation (see vs 7) and that making your paths straight is in reference to your morality…not being “led by the Spirit” in the sense many people to take those verses to mean. It is very good reading though, the whole book on Proverbs. It’s on Amazon and at a few other online stores.

      • Nicki Ann

        Michael: I struggle with Proverbs more than any other book and I will look into this on Pyro and put the book on my long “to read” list. Thanks!

  • Jason

    When I was surrounded with people who would have a dream(literally) and exclaim that it was a promise from God I struggled a lot to understand how this worked (especially because their supposed messages from God were constantly wrong). Eventually, I resigned to the idea that we can just never really know the will of God until we see the results.

    Without good, solid Bible study and teaching it really is just a mixed up, crazy world where you just never know right and wrong or what a person should be doing.

    To this day, there are tons of believers getting sea sick on the waves of bad doctrine because, as a whole, the church is not particularly faithful to speak the truth to one another in love (Ephesians 4:14-15).

    • This is a very valid concern. In the Bible if a dreamer of dreams predicted something that did not happen, they were to be stoned to death (Deut 18).

      • Jason

        Right alongside those who presume to speak in God’s name when he did not command them, which was also a common thing, to the point of being encouraged…

  • Jeannine

    I wonder about having “peace” being a determining factor in making a decision. I can have peace because I don’t want to do something and then say “well I have peace so that means I shouldn’t.” Christ in the garden was not experiencing “peace” but instead great anxiety and He
    said “not my will but yours.” Is feeling “peace” a biblical response to decision making?

    • No, peace can come from an uninformed conscience. I put the phrase in commas to highlight that it’s a phrase people use, but you are right that being at peace is no test of decision making (except int he sense that if your conscience is not at peace, that is a warning light, but the reverse is not always true). Hope that makes sense.

    • Jane Hildebrand

      I think that is a good point. I believe many people use that phrase because of 2 Cor. 2:13 where Paul said, “I still had no peace of mind, because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I said goodbye to them and went on to Macedonia.”

      Of course, every decision we make must be based upon what God’s Word says, not on our ever changing emotions.

    • Nicki Ann

      Don’t you think people use “I have peace about it” to justify a decision they want to make even when it is obviously unwise or even unbiblical?

  • Tom

    So, what I read here is that we can never be sure of the Spirit’s leading until after the fact. Is that that how we see the Spirit leading in Scripture?

    • Jason

      Romans 12:2 (unless I’m reading Clint wrong here) is how he is saying the Spirit leads people.

      • Tom

        Is this how the NT describes the leading of the Holy Spirit? I don’t think so.

        • Jason

          In chapter 8 of Romans Paul defines being led by the Spirit more explicitly: “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.” Hope this helps!

          • Lynn B.

            Jason: Actually, I don’t think that helps much. What does it mean to set our minds on the things of the Spirit?

        • Lynn B.

          Tom: To what are you referring when you speak of how the NT speaks of the Holy Spirit leading? Remember that we are discussing here the position of the cessationist who believes that God ceased speaking when the Cannon of Scripture was complete.

  • This was the money-paragraph for me:

    As we are filled with the Spirit, i.e. submitting to his influence in our lives, he brings to our mind Scripture we have studied, he grants us illumination or understanding on how to apply biblical wisdom to our situation (see John 16 for Jesus’ take on the advantage of indwelling). He also lines our desires up with the word and with God’s will (Ps 37:4). And he providentially brings counselors and leaders into our lives, and dextrously wields circumstances to nudge us forward (as in Caesar Augustus’ timely census).

    This is just a robust doctrine of the providence of God.

    Once upon a time I tried to tackle this subject at the Cripplegate — motivated by a Clint Archer post, no less! 🙂

    For anyone interested in the way in which I agree with Clint:

    • So, what if, in retrospect, you felt a certain way about something and I felt a different way – could we positively say that one of us must not have been being led by the Spirit?

      Say you’re at church voting on a new carpet. I want blue and you want green and we both feel like God is leading us, must (at least) one of us be incorrect? Is one of us “in retrospect” correct if we end up with our color??

      But just because something doesn’t happen – that doesn’t make it that the Spirit wasn’t leading either. I like the way you define it in your other post linked above.

      Consider this – During my divorce, I earnestly desired to remain married to my spouse. I would go so far as to say that was the Spirit’s leading me to mortify my sin in the flesh through the washing of regeneration and renewing of my mind through His Word. Yet, it seems quite obvious that that wasn’t His will, considering my wife divorced me and now that we are both remarried it appears it was never meant to be. So the Spirit, in that sense, led me to do the opposite of what had been pre-ordained.

      • Jason

        At first, the color choice situation made me roll my eyes. Then I thought a bit more.

        If each prefers a color based solely on some positive emotional response to the color than the one yielding to the will of God would likely let the other person have the color they prefer over their own.

        If, however, they were advocating colors based on other motives, maybe they would make certain demands. For instance, they may nix pink and lime green checker colors for the sake of not distracting people. They also may be looking out for a brother who recently left a cult that had a particular fascination with red carpet (that dastardly crew!)… okay, that one may be a bit more eye roll worthy.

        I would say that your second example is more nuanced as well. His will is absolutely that those who are in marriages labor to preserve them (which is what you did). Had you foreknown that a divorce was on its way somehow, it still would have been wrong for you to not make every effort to reconcile the marriage, because that is the proper way to act.

        Ultimately, we can be sure that your divorce served his purposes, but that doesn’t mean your desire to preserve your marriage wasn’t God leading you.

      • Nicki Ann

        Michael: Your two examples are excellent in that one is something scripture does not speak to and on one scripture gives clear instruction. We don’t have to worry about what is God’s will when it’s clearly stated in the Word, but as you experienced, we cannot control the decisions of others who impact our lives. It’s helpful to remember that there is no “Plan B, C. D, E, etc.” for the Christian. God’s best for our lives is to be conformed to the image of our Savior and Romans 8:28-29 assures all that all things, even divorce, works to that end.

        As to the carpet, that illustration is a bit weak because it is something of little consequence but there are many very important decisions we are forced to make without any direct word from God. Although God may give us applicable principles he does not speak directly to where to attend college, if to attend college, who to marry, how many children to have, whether to accept a new job, to move to the country, etc., etc. I am increasingly convinced that God gives us both the liberty and the responsibility to make those decisions ourselves. Tim Challies wrote something a while back about our struggling with such things because we forget that God is already in our future and we cannot get it wrong.

        One of the classic cases of believers on opposite sides of a “fight” believing they were both led of God would be the American Civil War. Were either of them wrong, or was the war a necessary part of God’s plan for America?

        Even differing views on carpet choices is an opportunity for spiritual growth, conflict resolution, preferring one another, dying to self, etc.

        • Thanks for the comments (both Nicki Ann and Jason).

          I would not say the carpet illustration is weak because it actually happens. You declare it weak because you deem it of little consequence.

          To the person who thinks the Spirit really leads them in all sorts of ways like “feelings of peace,” “strong urges,” or “non sinful ideas that pop in my head” – to that person, the “Spirit’s” leading about carpet color is as important as whether Clint should have gone to Hillcrest.

          The point is – IF the Spirit is actually leading, we ALL should be obeying. So you have declared, in essence, that the Spirit would not lead in that circumstance, even if a person feels strongly that the Spirit it.

          Have I summarized your belief correctly? So where is the line of little and big consequence? And who decides? Is looking for a secular job of big enough consequence? How about deciding to go to church or not if I’m feeling sick? Interested in your thoughts.

          It seems to me that as soon as you say the Spirit may lead through means other than His Word, you have to be open to any number of means which may seem of little consequence to you. Isn’t it better to simply enjoy providence and freedom in non-moral endeavors? Not only better, but isn’t it better because it is Biblical?

          • Nicki Ann

            Michael: For my part, I am saying that we cannot say the Spirit is leading us except when it is through the Word. That does not mean He is not leading, He after all has it all planned out and written in His book!

            Tim Challies wrote on why making decisions is hard and ended with this, “Decisions are difficult simply because we do not trust God with the results of our decisions. Decisions are difficult only because we are prone to misplace our comfort, to find our hope in a vision of the future more than in the one who holds the future. Your confidence in making decisions is directly related to your confidence in God himself.”


          • Thanks, I enjoyed reading that article. I will qualify that the decisions he is referring to are the free ones, ones that don’t involve morality.

            I would add that I think there can be conscientious people may struggle with decisions not simply because they do not trust God (as the article implies), but because they are aware of their own tendency toward selfishness and are aware of their own ignorance of all that Scripture says.

            So when a new Christian is confronted with the decision to homeschool or public school, their fear in the decision could have less to do with not trusting God and more to do with the fact they desperately want to honor God yet don’t have the discernment to know if this is a sin issue or not, and if so, which action is really sin.

          • Nicki Ann

            Michael: I have to sign off with this final comment, but I would say you are making a difference without a distinction.

            The point of the Challies article is what I wrote above, “It’s helpful to remember that there is no “Plan B, C. D, E, etc.” for the Christian. God’s best for our life is to be conformed to the image of our Savior and Romans 8:28-29 assures all that all things, even divorce, work to that end.”

            So while we want to be prayerful, responsible, seek appropriate counsel etc., nobody is suggesting we make important decisions in a caviler way, at the end of the day we can make whatever decision we choose confident that God will work it for good – we cannot get it wrong.

            This is even more important when it appears we have made a wrong decision. Even then, we can be confident that it was part of God’s plan to conform us to the image of Jesus and for Him to be glorified in our lives. We want rightly following Him to mean no “bad” results, but if that were true there would be no cross.

          • Have a great day. I would say that a decision whether to sin or not is a very different decision than whether to pick door A or door B assuming each are not sinful – even though God will use our sinful choices and actions for His glory.

          • To be clear, I never implied that anyone said to make a decision in a cavalier way. What I explained was there may be different motivations for why decisions are difficult than the one offered in Challies article. (Along with the reasoning he gave as well)

          • Charity

            Mr. Coughlin: MacArthur says, “if you are saved, Spirit filled, sanctified, submissive, and suffering for Christ then do what you want.”

            So there you have the answers on the “big ones,” on the carpet where there is disagreement – you better change churches and go where they believe God is still speaking and quit calling yourself a cessationist!

          • I don’t disagree with the first paragraph. I’m not sure how you went from that to telling me I shouldn’t go to a cessationist church.

            My entire argument is leading toward defending cessationism. Have you read the comments?

            And you gave no biblical criteria for differentiating between “things the Spirit will lead about” (big one) and “things the Spirit won’t lead about” such as carpet. Where is the line drawn in your opinion, if a line is to be drawn? Why isn’t God just as interested in leading a child to a parking spot as to a job or to a spouse in your estimation? Or is He?

          • Nicki Ann

            Ahh, the change churches was meant to be a joke. Sorry, I did not make that clear. My point was that we call ourselves cessationists and then keep looking for some extra-biblical direction. I do not believe there is a line, either God ceased to speak with the closing of the cannon or He did not.

          • Amen.

          • Jane Hildebrand

            Wait, are you Charity or Nicki Ann since Charity made the “changing church” comment?

          • Nicki Ann

            shared computer, sorry

          • Jane Hildebrand

            Oh, no problem. I just like to know whose speaking. 🙂

          • Charity

            Ahh, the change churches was meant to be a joke. Sorry, I did not make that clear. My point was that we call ourselves cessationists and then keep looking for some extra-biblical direction. I do not believe there is a line, either God ceased to speak with the closing of the cannon or He did not.

  • Michele Shoun

    There are so many examples like Nehemiah. Paul and David are a few others that come to mind — who did things basically because they wanted to!

  • Spencer Stewart

    I don’t understand why it takes an unguarded moment to call those experiences the Spirit’s leading. Aren’t we commanded in Scripture to be led by the Spirit? Why hesitate to honor Him in His leadership role?

    • Tom

      Because we can’t say it was the Holy Spirit in the moment. We can only say it was the Spirit in hindsight… 🙁

      • Spencer Stewart

        So, “Be led by the Spirit. But don’t think you’re being led by the Spirit in the moment, because that would be presumptuous. And don’t say you’re being led by the Spirit, because that would be silly.” I may be wrong to hear it that way. It seems to me to be an understandable reaction to abuses, but it doesn’t seem, to me, like NT discipleship. I think, though he can certainly still miss it, a maturing disciple can rightly discern the Spirit’s leadership in the moment. And to say so, in the context of humility about the possibility of being wrong, would simply be honest, as well as honoring to the Spirit and good modeling for others, who should also be longing for and growing in discernment of the Spirit’s leadership.

        • Jane Hildebrand

          Perhaps I’m misunderstanding the confusion here, but I believe when scripture uses the phrase, “to be led by the Spirit” or to “walk in the Spirit” it simply means to be walking in obedience to Christ.

          Therefore, to be led by the Spirit in a moment is to choose to act in such a way as to bring honor to Christ based upon how He has taught us to live. Understanding the Spirit’s leadership in the moment is to understand what the Spirit has already revealed through the Word. The real danger lies when someone claims they are being led by the Spirit without a firm love and understanding of what God has taught.

          • Heidl

            Hi Jane, just wanted to say, that it is not always obvious how the will of God looks like. It might be easy to figure it out when I am considering to steal the chocolate bar, but it is not that easy if I have to make a decision about my career or where to live or whom to marry etc. It might even be difficult to decided if you should confront someone who is living in sin or if you should just cover his sin- believer or unbeliever. Do you confront a believer who just came to Christ in the very first moment with all that he is doing wrong? Must I tell my unbelieving lesbian friend that she is living in sin or must I ONLY speak about Christ and point the sin out after she has been saved? Could I attend her wedding if she was getting married? – I can answer these questions for myself, but there is no clear scripture (well, perhaps you could start an argument about the believer who was just converted). The single believer has to study Gods word and to be thought by him to figure out the will of God for the individual decisions in his life. I agree with Elisabeth Elliot though and in the end with you, that we must be obedient to what we know before becoming anxious about what we don’t know. And we or at least I struggle more to be obedient to the “simple things” that a clearly commanded to me and are not difficult to figure out.

          • Jane Hildebrand

            Heidl, I understand what you are saying and I think your quote by Elisabeth Elliot is key. And while it is true that the scriptures may not give specific direction for all situations, when taken together they do provide an overall counsel that helps us to make those decisions.

            And of course, we are to lay every decision humbly before God, asking Him to guide us and then trusting that we can proceed in faith. I will often pray, “Lord, you know all things and I certainly do not. Please make clear to me the way I should go or prohibit me from going further.” I can’t count the times He has been faithful to slam doors for me!

            So yes, be obedient in what you know and trust God in order to not be anxious for the things you don’t. 🙂

          • Lynn B.

            Heidl: I have been studying and considering when to confront someone about his sin and when does/should love cover a sin and when it should be confronted, etc. I agree with Jane that even in this scripture gives us principles such as what does love look like in this situation, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, etc., and then we are left to discernment, discretion, and the exercise of godly wisdom. We want something more definitive, but God says live submitted to Him, know and love His word, and then do the best you know and He will work it all for good. Sobering.

        • But there is no instruction, counsel, or methodology given in the NT on how to discern the subjective lading of the Spirit apart from explicit instructions form the word. That would be a huge omission if God intended a normative part of every believer’s life to be listening to the prompting of the Spirit.

          • Nicki Ann

            Exactly, if we are discussing, “The Lord’s Leading in the Cessationist’s Life,” why are we looking for leading outside of the Word?

  • Harry

    So when ‘God places something on our heart’ – when God touches my heart – when the Holy Spirit prompts – I can ignore it – it’s not authoratitive – a suggestion. Have I got your view correct?

    • What I’m saying is that because it is not authoratative, can be ignored, and is subjective, it is therefor not the Spirit’s instructing you to do anything. The BIble already says we should love others, for example, so when I ‘feel led” to help someone in need, that is the Spirit bringing to mind and conscience what is already in the word. To ignore it is to ignore Scripture, which would make it wrong. But if it is from a person’s “own interpretation” or open to subjectivity then it’s not a command from God. God never makes suggestions or hints, he instructs. In those days he used prophets, now he uses what’s been revelaed about his Son (Heb 1:1) which is found in the word and is enough to make us competent for every good work (1 Tim 3:16,17).

    • Nicki Ann

      Harry: Clint gave a positive example, feeling prompted by the Spirit to help someone in need being what we already know to do from Scripture. But sometimes people say and believe “God placed something on my heart” and it is nowhere in scripture and it is not at all from God even if not overtly sinful. When people say that about adultery we know they are wrong, but I have seen people say the Spirit was leading them to interrupt a sermon to share a word of personal testimony or to eat lunch at Burger King. We simply cannot attribute our thoughts and feelings to the Holy Spirit except when they are informed by scripture.

  • tovlogos

    Absolutely, Clint, Amen.

    “What deserves more leniency is the acknowledgement that the Spirit prompts us and guides us in our everyday lives. After all, those “who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” (Rom 8:14).”

    And the Lord put it into Nehemiah’s heart — those thoughts rose to his consciousness for practical application. Nehemiah certainly didn’t have pesky doubts at those moments; but was alive in the Spirit. Otherwise, it may have been someone else as the recipient of God’s gifts.

    In Luke 18, we have a situation where Jesus is making a point. The context (I believe Lyndon would agree) beginning with verse 3, depicts a widow’s persistence in seeking a judge’s legal protection.
    Jesus makes an analogy (verses 6-8) with God and His elect — crying to Him day and night — He will respond and bring about justice quickly.
    So, it’s about our persistence in petitioning the Lord in worship, day and night, as we look at His holiness. Under these circumstances, God hears us; and it is His good pleasure to inspire us.

  • Rick DeBruyne

    I appreciate your clear delineation that God’s leading in one’s life, however it is worded, is distinct from the authoritative Word of God in scripture. I’m not a cessationist, but it had not occurred to me until very recently that anyone would confuse the two.

    • Thanks for this. Yes, I find often some people say one thing and their audience hears another. It’s an occupational hazard fro preachers too!

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  • Brian O

    Clint, your post is helpful in clarifying the importance of the Word of God in our following the lead of the Spirit in our lives. That should be the unqualified foundation for any of our thinking about how God works in our lives. But I’m intrigued by what the Scriptures show us about the leading of the Spirit in the lives of the followers of Jesus where such leading cannot be exegetically derived from a particular text or built on a general understanding of the will of God revealed in the Scriptures.

    Some examples that come to mind include Peter’s apparent Spirit-given awareness of what Ananias and Sapphira had done (Acts 5:1-6), the Spirit leading Philip to speak to the Ethiopian who was on his way from Jerusalem (Acts 8:29), the Spirit not only sending men to find Peter but also informing Peter that he should go with them (Acts 10:19-20), and the Spirit’s apparent clear communication to a gathering of leaders to send out Paul and Barnabas (Acts 13:1-4).

    In each of these cases, the Spirit was leading in a way that could not have been the result of simply reading and reflecting on texts or thinking through Gospel implications. Specific and strategic insight, from the Spirit, was needed for these ministry opportunities to unfold.

    Such guidance from the Spirit doesn’t threaten the canon, doesn’t undermine the sufficiency of Scripture, doesn’t compromise the Gospel, but does seem to be a genuine experience of some kind of “revelatory” experience with the Spirit of God.

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  • Allan

    How I appreciate the father’s loving care for me over the last 55 years! Due to His gracious counsel by words in the ear:
    I once got a job where they were not hiring
    I was warned not to give a large sum money to a con-man
    I was told to stop indulging in praying against ‘spirits over cities’
    I can give the proofs of the validity these events if anyone is interested
    Truly; ‘You will hear a voice behind you saying, “this is the way…”

  • Stephanie Halsall

    Thanks so much for the article. Coming from a charismatic background into a cessasionist position, I was tempted to go to the other extreme and to discard ALL such promptings and leadings as too “charismatic/ crazy.” Your article has given me balance. Thank God I was LEAD to it. 🙂

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