Wanda's Blog & Teachings
Wanda's Blog & Teachings
By Wanda K Harris | wandaharris.com
"Then He said, hear now my words: If there is a prophet among you, I the LORD make myself known to him in a vision, I speak to him in a dream." - Numbers 12:6
For ages, God has been speaking to His people the things He wants to be made known to them. Today He continues to talk to us, and we must be open to hearing His voice.
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” - John 10:27
God speaks to us in many ways, including by the inward leading of His Holy Spirit.
“I (Jesus) will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you....He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” - John 14:16-17, 26
"I (Jesus) still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come." - John 16:12, 13
1) The Holy Spirit will
· Teach us
· Help us
· Comfort us
· Remind us of Jesus' words
· Guide us into all truth
· Speak to us whatever the Father tells Him
· Tell (reveal and prepare) us of things to come
Being spirit led is vital to remain in the will of God. This means we must be adaptable to change. It also means we must allow the peace of God to keep us moving in the right direction or lack of peace to keep us from moving in the wrong direction. We see this is true by looking at the Apostle Paul’s life.
"Then he (Paul) came to Derbe and Lystra. And behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a certain Jewish woman who believed, but his father was Greek. He was well spoken of by the brethren who were at Lystra and Iconium. Paul wanted to have him go on with him. And he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in that region, for they all knew that his father was Greek. And as they went through the cities, they delivered to them the decrees to keep, which were determined by the apostles and elders at Jerusalem." - Acts 16:1-4
Paul was returning to visit the believers in every city where they preached the word and checked on them to see how they are doing.
"Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them. Therefore, sailing from Troas, we ran a straight course to Samothrace, and the next day came to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi, which is the foremost city of that part of Macedonia, a colony. And we were staying in that city for some days. And on the Sabbath day, we went out of the city to the riverside, where prayer was customarily made; and we sat down and spoke to the women who met there. Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul. And when she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” So she persuaded us." - Acts 16: 6-15
Paul, Silas, and Timothy were being fruitful in their work for the Lord at Derbe and Lystra and churches were being strengthened in the faith and increasing in numbers daily. However, God was ready to do a new thing, and as they continued in their travels, The Holy Spirit forbid them to preach the word in Asia and Bithynia. God closed this door and opened another door by revealing in a vision to Paul that he was to go to Macedonia. Paul immediately obeyed, and as a result, a woman’s heart was opened by the Lord to receive God’s word, and she and her household were saved and baptized.
"Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.” And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And he came out that very hour. But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to the authorities." - Acts 16: 16-19
By being in the right place at the right time, God used Paul to deliver a slave girl who was possessed with an evil spirit of divination. Her masters who were making a profit from her divinations (fortune telling) were furious at Paul for delivering her and took him before the authorities who had Paul and Silas arrested.
"And they brought them to the magistrates, and said, “These men, being Jews, exceedingly trouble our city; and they teach customs which are not lawful for us, being Romans, to receive or observe.” Then the multitude rose up together against them, and the magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten with rods. And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely. Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed. And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself. But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.” Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized. Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household." - Acts 16: 20-34
God’s path does not come without adversity, but His provision is always present. As Paul and Silas prayed God opened jail doors, and they were set free resulting in the prison guard and his household being saved. Being in the will of God doesn’t mean you’ll never face adversities, but it does mean that wherever He guides, He provides. His path will be a fruitful, rewarding path.
Paul said in 1 Corinthians 16:9, "For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries."
Being effective comes with adversity. God redirected Paul’s steps to help people and to be effective in his assignment. We must be adaptable to change and willing to make adjustments. When we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us - even when it may not make any sense - we will we see and experience the mighty things of God.
Blessings, Wanda K. Harris
❤ Thanks for following this Jesus loving woman whose life was powerfully transformed by God in the summer of 1997. Even though I wear many hats in life, I do my best to keep things simple and to enjoy life by helping others. I'm an Author, Minister, Career Woman, Wife, Mother, and Jamma to the most amazing family! My heart's desire is to help others overcome the pains and trials of life so they can joyfully finish the race God has set before them.