In the faith walk, one of the greatest lessons you will ever learn is that YOU CAN’T USE FAITH AGAINST DIVINE INSTRUCTIONS.
Inability to master this principle has led to the failure of many of God’s children, and in some extreme cases, some have died prematurely just because of omission in this area.
You see Beloved, you can’t use FAITH against DIVINE LEADING!!!
Where the Spirit of God has spoken expressly to you on a matter, you don’t bring any scripture to override what He has said, for He’s the Author of Scriptures – 2 Pet.1:20-21 and He won’t tell you anything that’s against the Scriptures, for the Spirit and the Word are One – 1Jn.5:7.
Whereas the SCRIPTURES reveal THE GENERAL WILL OF GOD to man, THE HOLY SPIRIT reveals the SPECIFIC WILL OF GOD to us.
You will never read in the Bible where God tells you, “Go to Port Harcourt” but you will read where it says we’re led by the Spirit – Rm. 8:14.
If the Spirit tells you, “Go to Port Harcourt”, you don’t tell Him that “Since it is written in Mark 16:15 that we should go into ALL THE WORLD, I can go anywhere.Therefore I’m going to Lagos”.
That will not be walking by FAITH; that will be walking by PRESUMPTION, and it is very dangerous to do so!
When Jesus was born, there was a clear-cut divine leading – the angel of the Lord told Joseph to flee to Egypt with the child and his mother until he got another word and also because Herod wanted the child dead – Matt. 2:13.
Well, Joseph could have stayed back, confessing all the scriptures on divine protection, but that would be playing God, and it wouldn’t have been FAITH but PRESUMPTION!
Sometimes there could be an instruction along the line of RELOCATION, as we just saw in the case of the angel of God telling Jesus’ parents to relocate to Egypt.
Remember also that God specifically told Abram to cut away from family ties and relocate to a land that He would show him – Gen.12:1-4 and he did.
Can God tell a believer not to go to certain places for some time? Yes.
Can God tell a pregnant woman not to reveal her pregnancy status to some people at the early stage? Yes.
Can God tell a Pastor not to bother himself praying on a particular case? Yes.
Can God tell you not to reveal the plan of your heart to anyone aside your spouse and your God-ordained spiritual authority for some time? Yes.
After the encounter on the mount of transfiguration, Jesus specifically instructed Peter, James and John that they should TELL THE VISION TO NO MAN… (including the other apostles) until after his resurrection – Matt.17:9.
It was later after Christ’s resurrection that Peter made mention of that encounter in his epistle – 2 Pet.1:16-18.
Note this: we don’t obey God out of FEAR or TIMIDITY but out of REVERENCE.
Obeying a divine instruction does not mean you’re afraid of the devil (Satan is a defeated foe forever), but it is walking the path of divine wisdom.
One of the greatest books I’ve ever read on the subject of Faith is entitled, “FAITH, FOOLISHNESS OR PRESUMPTION?” by Dr. Frederick K. C. Price.
So loaded, powerful and practical! It strikes a balance on the subject of Faith.
If the Holy Spirit warns you not to take a particular meal set before you, for the reason that it is poisonous, you don’t confess, “And if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them” – Mk. 16:18.
That’s not walking by FAITH, for FAITH DOES NOT DISOBEY THE HOLY SPIRIT.
You may want to embark on a trip, and while you’re set to go, the Holy Spirit speaks clearly to you, “The road is not for you today”.
Having heard that, you don’t quote Psalm 91:11-12 that “He shall give His angels charge over me to keep me in all my ways, and they shall bear me up in their hands, lest I dash my foot against a stone”.
That will be playing with fire!!!
I recall during my service year. One night I was in my room, about to sleep. The day had been hectic and at that moment if I hit my head on the pillow, I would be off in less than 3 minutes.
But as I was about to sleep, the Holy Spirit said, “Wait”. At that moment, I could have brought Psalm 127:2 against that instruction, saying, “No Holy Spirit. Afterall He giveth His beloved sleep”, and it could have been a different story today.
I knew it wasn’t that God wanted me to pray perse but to observe. Guess what; in less than 15 minutes, my room was engulfed in smoke. A particular electric cable was burning and the fire was spreading very fast.
So I arrested the situation and slept afterwards. You see, doing otherwise could have been VERY COSTLY. But thank God for His Grace and Mercy.
This is not to however say that believers are to live in fear. No No No! We’re to respond to the nudgings of the Spirit in our hearts and trust Him for divine guidance continually.
Don’t disobey the Holy Spirit on the pretext of walking by FAITH. Remember, YOUR FAITH WALK IS AT THE MERCY OF THE LEADING OF THE SPIRIT.
As I close, let me share a statement with you that has stayed with me ever since Papa, Bishop Francis Wale Oke told me and three of my friends in his office few years ago.
Among many other things he shared with us that day, he said, “IT IS BETTER TO BE CAREFUL THAN TO BE SORRY”, and friend, I can never trade that for anything.
Therefore trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths – Prov. 3:5-6.
Remember: IT IS BETTER TO BE CAREFUL THAN TO BE SORRY!
Source: Bimbo Animashaun Teaching Ministries |Published with permission.