4 Ways the Holy Spirit Does Not Lead You—and 1 Big Danger

How you ever missed it? Have you ever resisted God thinking it was the devil? 

Sometimes when our emotions get wrapped up in a thing, it's more difficult to discern His leading—especially when the flesh or soul doesn't like the way He is leading. Sometimes our flesh wars against the Spirit (Gal. 5:7). When we surrender ourselves to God's will, it becomes far easier to discern His leading.

That said, there are ways Holy Spirit absolutely does not lead. Wrong teaching, ignorance of His ways, spiritual laziness and a failure of the five-fold to equip the saints for the work of the ministry have led many to follow the world, the flesh or the devil thinking it was Holy Spirit—and that has brought plenty of heartache into the lives of many. Here are four ways Holy Spirit does not lead—and one warning of a current danger.


7 Ways to Cultivate Sensitivity to the Holy Spirit

Too many of God's people are led by fear, doubt, man-pleasing, presumption, assumption, idols in their heart, false prophets and fleeces. Romans 8:14 says, "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God."

Every believer has to make a decision in this hour: Who's in charge? The Holy Spirit will lead you and guide you into all truth (John 16:13). He'll also lead you through danger, difficult decisions, conflict resolutions and every matter of life great or small.

The key here is perceiving rightly, trusting wholeheartedly and obeying fully. If you are going to allow the Holy Spirit to lead you prophetically, you need to develop an ever-increasing sensitivity to His Spirit. Here are seven ways I've discovered in my pursuit of His heart.


5 Ways the Holy Spirit Can Help You Right Now

I don't know about you, but sometimes I just don't know how to pray. Sometimes I don't know what the will of the Lord is in a situation. Sometimes my natural wisdom doesn't get the job done. And sometimes I need help in sticky situations.

Thank God the Holy Spirit is our Helper. Jesus told His disciples that it was good for them that He went away because He could not send the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, until He ascended to the right hand of God (John 16:7).

Listen to Jennifer's podcast about the Holy Spirit as Helper.

We need the Holy Spirit's help more than we know. In last week's column, I offered five reasons we should cry out for more of Him, which is what we do every morning on my devotional prayer call based on my book, Mornings With the Holy Spirit: Listening Daily to the Still, Small Voice of God. Now, we'll look at five more ways the Holy Ghost, who lives on the inside of you, can help you right now.


5 Reasons You Really Need More Holy Ghost

We know Jesus and we know the Father but fewer know—really know—the Holy Spirit or have a relationship with Him in their daily lives. The truth is the Spirit of Truth—the Holy Spirit—will revolutionize our lives if we'll let Him.

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. He is co-equal with the Father and the Son. He is not a mist, a cloud, or a strange feeling. He has feelings just like you and me. He can be grieved. He is sensitive and compassionate. He is powerful and mighty. He is the change agent on the earth—God in action in the world. 

Listen to Jennifer's podcast on how the Holy Spirit can help you.

We need the Holy Spirit more than we know. Here are five reasons why we should cry out for more of Him, which is what we do every morning on my devotional prayer call based on my book, Mornings With the Holy Spirit: Listening Daily to the Still Small Voice of God.


The Gift of the Spirit Fewer Want to Exercise

The charismatic world is known for embracing the gifts of the Spirit. Who doesn't like to get a prophetic word? See a miracle, sign or wonder? Receive a healing? Discern a spirit? Flow in words of knowledge and words of wisdom? Pray in tongues and hear the interpretation?

I love to operate in the gifts of the Spirit and watch others step into that stream. It's refreshing—and it's the sign of a healthy congregation. Where the Spirit of the Lord is given liberty—when we get out of the way and let Him have His way—He will often manifest His gifts in our midst. Of course, the greatest gift of all is His presence. Ultimately, that's all we need.

But there is a gift of the Spirit fewer seem to want to exercise in this hour. It's not one of the nine gifts listed in 1 Corinthians 12, but it's a gift from the Spirit of God just the same. It's the gift of repentance.


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Paul the apostle didn't want us to be ignorant of spiritual gifts. In his first letter to the church at Corinth, he explained that there are various gifts of the Holy Spirit (see 1 Cor. 12:4). He goes on to list them:

"To one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom, to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. But that one and very same Spirit works all these, dividing to each one individually as He will" (1 Cor. 12:8-11).

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A little while later in his letter, Paul exhorts us to follow after love and desire these spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy (see 1 Cor. 14:1). For many years, I was in a ministry that put a heavy emphasis on prophesying and discerning of spirits but we didn't see any healings or working of miracles. In fact, we were actually taught that we should not desire spiritual gifts.


What’s Stopping You From Raising the Dead in Jesus’ Name?

Robby Dawkins claims he raised a man from the dead in England—and it changed his life. Dawkins, author of Do What Jesus Did: A Real-Life Field Guide to Healing the Sick, Routing Demons and Changing Lives Forever, now has faith to do it again.

The question is, what is stopping you from raising someone from the dead? The Bible clearly states: "These signs will accompany those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover" (Mark 16:17-18).

You may have noticed that this verse doesn't quite cover raising the dead. That's OK, because Jesus also said, "As you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, and cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give" (Matt. 10:7-8).


Robby Dawkins Says He Battled Spirit of Death So Jesus Could Resurrect Lifeless Man

If you read my column and want more details about Robby Dawkins' claims of raising a man from the dead, here they are. In this uncut interview, Dawkins, author of Do What Jesus Did: A Real-Life Field Guide to Healing the Sick, Routing Demons and Changing Lives Forever, says he raised Matt Catlow from the dead in a small Northern England church. A doctor was on hand to verify the death and resurrection of this man.

Tell me about the experience with the man dying in the congregation while you were speaking.

Dawkins: This was a tiny little village of 80 people in North England near Preston. The people who took me to the area explained this was a very tight-knit village and an extremely conservative church. The pastor wanted more people to learn to bring people to Jesus and learn about healing. I had the feeling this was going to be huge for this church and community.

The pastor had spent the morning taking me to various homes and places to pray for people for healing—normally something I don't agree to do or we are inundated with requests. We saw many healed, even some children at a church facility experienced healing and God's presence with heat and tingling. It was delightful.

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Jesus Raises Man From the Dead at Robby Dawkins’ Meeting

Last summer, Robby Dawkins was bemoaning the fact that American Airlines would not allow him to pray for God to raise from the dead a passenger who died in-flight. Thankfully, no one at the church at which he was ministering in the United Kingdom put such restrictions on the Holy Ghost.

Dawkins, author of Do What Jesus Did: A Real-Life Field Guide to Healing the Sick, Routing Demons and Changing Lives Forever, saw a resurrection from the dead at his April meeting in Northern England. In fact, he was leading the prayer.

The drama started just as he announced the title of his message. That's when congregant Matt Catlow's face contorted. His hands withered up and he starting twitching. Sitting next to him, Catlow's mother started screaming for an ambulance.

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"What I saw was a strong demonic presence over him. His head was contorting and looked to me like it would almost twist, as well as his jaw, face and hands contorting," Dawkins recalls. "They were drawn up towards his chest and neck. It seemed every muscle was at an extreme strain in his body. He was jerking and twitching severely."


6 More Misconceptions About Pentecostal Christians

Last week, Lee Grady shared his "10 Top Misconceptions About Pentecostal Christians." I found the column enlightening and I agree wholeheartedly that Oxygen network's Preachers of L.A. and National Geographic Channel's Snake Salvation help forward wrong beliefs about Pentecostals and charismatics.

To use Grady's words, "You might be tempted to believe all Pentecostals are either money-grubbing charlatans or misguided rural bumpkins. But the truth is never in the media stereotypes." Be sure to check out Grady's column for his top-ranking misconceptions. I'm adding a few more myths about Pentecostals and charismatics that I've experienced.

1. Pentecostalism isn't all about the goose bumps. Many people believe that Pentecostals are just after so-called "Holy Ghost goose bumps" and seeking supernatural experiences like a thrill ride at a theme park. Although you will find expressions of the supernatural in healthy Pentecostal churches that believe in the gifts of the Spirit, solid Spirit-filled Christians are also students of the Word (2 Tim. 2:15). Pentecostal universities like Evangel, Lee and Jack Hayford's King's University are equipping the next generation of Spirit-empowered Christians with the Word of God. It's not all about being slain in the Spirit. No, not by a long shot.