This is part 3, of the series The Power of Words: Using Scriptures to Change Your Life.
Take note that it’s also important to use wisdom and listen to what God is saying to you concerning your situation. Proverbs 4:6 lets us know that wisdom is the principle thing. Ephesians 5:17 says, don’t be unwise (foolish) but understand what the will of the Lord is.
Things aren’t always what they seem. For example, you may have constant headaches because of a poor diet or not drinking enough water. You may not need to be healed, you may simply need to make some changes in your diet. The Holy Spirit wants to reveal these things to you.
One lady’s marriage was in a desperate straits. She and her husband argued constantly. She allowed depression to set in and spent a lot of time crying. She felt that the root of the problem was that the husband was weak spiritually, as he had confided in her that “it was too hard to be spiritual.”
She kept praying that God would change her husband, but when she sought the wisdom of God, He showed her that she needed to respect her husband and change her negative attitude towards him. This alone, was enough to cause the husband to start attending church with her and begin reading his Bible.
Some people pray for more money but don’t use any wisdom with the fiances they do have. If God gave them more money, they’d use it to buy a bigger, better car or television set and get into more debt rather than paying off the debts they already have.
Finding and acting on the wisdom of God can save you time, money and grief. Putting in the effort to discover God’s will can keep you from making high-priced mistakes- mistakes that can cost you your health, your family, and your money. I personally could have saved myself a lot of stress, time and many thousands of dollars had I just taken the time to do this.
Hearing and acting on the wisdom of God not only saves money and resources, but can also generate riches and wealth. In his book, How You Can Be Led By The Spirit of God, Kenneth Hagin talks about how in the early 1900’s, a business man went from making $5,500 a year to having over $30 million worth of assets by learning how to hear from God and tap into His wisdom by training and developing his spirit.
So before starting that business, or attending college to get your degree, or getting married to someone etc., take several hours, days or even several weeks if need be, to spend time alone with God and His Word and find out His thoughts concerning the matter.
As you are in this time of finding out God’s perfect will, keep speaking faith-filled words. Instead of saying, “I don’t know what to do,” say things like, “I have the mind of Christ so I always make the the right decisions. In all my ways I acknowledge God and He directs my paths. I always hear and obey the voice of God.”
People may try to put pressure on you to make your decision quickly. You won’t be able to hear clearly from God if you’re under tension. If possible, get away from anyone or anything that’s putting pressure on you and get alone with God.
One of the ways to access the wisdom of God about a situation or problem is by praying in the spirit. There are several reasons why this is true.
First of all, speaking in tongues is a way to pray out God’s perfect will and keep selfishness and wrong motives out of our prayers.
26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought : but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
When we pray in tongues, we can be confident that we prayed the right way because it’s the Holy Spirit praying through us.
Another reason to speak in tongues is that it edifies your own spirit man, causing it to be stronger and more sensitive to God.1 Corinthians 14:4 says, “He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.”
In his mini booklet, Why, Tongues, Kenneth Hagin writes, “Greek language scholars tell us that we have a word in our modern vernacular which is closer to the meaning of the original than the word ‘edified.’ That word is ‘charge’—as used in connection with charging a battery. Therefore we could paraphrase this verse, ‘He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifies, charges, builds himself up like a battery.'”
We can make decisions based on our flesh- our feelings, thoughts, past experiences or we can make decisions based on what the Holy Spirit is saying to us. Speaking in tongues helps us hear Him more clearly and often we’ll get insights concerning the situation and a sense of what we need to do.
After you know God’s will and have found scriptures concerning your situation, you need to claim the promises for yourself and activate them in your life.One of the most effective ways to activate the promises of God is by speaking them out of your mouth in faith. Scriptures (God’s Words) are already filled with God’s power and will do whatever they have been sent to do:
Isaiah 55:10-11 For as the rain comes down and the snow from the sky, and doesn’t return there, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud, and gives seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing I sent it to do. (WEB)
In order to be successful, you need to be consistent in what you say and not be double minded. James 1:6-8 says: “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering (without doubting). For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”
The Using Scriptures to Change Your Life Series has now been turned into a free e-book, download by clicking on the following link: Using Confessions to Change Your Life