Biblical Guidance 3
Holy Spirit, Your Inner Umpire, Part Two by
Pastor John Hamel
is always the result of following the leading of the Holy Spirit." Dr.
Kenneth E. Hagin
“...let the peace
(soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in
your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in
your minds] ...” (Colossians Amplified Bible)
Let me take you
back to lesson one of
this fifteen part series on “Supernatural Biblical Guidance.”
talked about being created in the image of God. We saw that God is a
Spirit and that every human being ever birthed into the Earth is also a
spirit. Man is not a body. Man is not a soul. Man is a
God is not a
body. God is not a soul. God is a Spirit.
God does not
contact man through man’s body because the body lives in the physical realm
and God lives in the spirit realm.
God does not contact man through
his soul because man’s soul is the intellectual realm and God does not live
in the intellectual realm.
God contacts man through man’s spirit
because the spirit realm is where God lives.
We gave you ample
Scriptural support for these Bible facts.
In our last lesson we studied the primary way
that the Holy Spirit communicates with man through the spirit realm.
It would be good to review here.
Holy Spirit Is Our "Inner" Umpire
The Apostle Paul
made reference to his “perception” that the journey he was embarking upon
was to be with much damage and loss. (Acts 27) He was absolutely
right, of course. He was “picking up” signals from the Holy Spirit
Paul also referred to this inner perception as the
“Umpire.” Everyone knows what an umpire does. He keeps an eye
on the players, making sure that they stay within certain safe
We talked about the
inner gyroscope commonly used in the maritime and aviation
industries. Pilots train for years enabling themselves to develop a
greater trust in their instruments than what their bodies are telling them,
particularly the inner ear. Override the instruments and it spells
trouble every time.
We talked about the
importance of not taking the path of least resistance, allowing others to
guide us when the Holy Spirit wants to guide us directly.
We also saw the
importance of not insisting on more spectacular forms of supernatural
guidance as Biblical as they are. The “Inner Witness” is the primary
way the Holy Spirit wants us to train ourselves to be led.
the Holy Spirit in Position to Answer You
We must be very
careful to not be led by “open doors.” Satan is the god of this world
and he can open doors as easily as God can. (2Corinthians 4:4) Many
well meaning Pastors have accepted Pastorates that were not the will of God
for them, simply because “the door was open.” Not only does the
Pastor get out of the will of God by doing this, but the people who follow
him also end up missing God and being robbed of His blessings.
It is so important
to never be led by outward circumstances, pressing needs, pay increases,
well-meaning counselors, etc. I used the illustration of Maine and Idaho potatoes.
How off course it would be for me to tell the Holy Spirit, “I’m going to
the grocery store. If they have Maine potatoes, I’m
moving to Maine. If they
have Idaho potatoes, I’m
moving to Idaho.” That might
work for Mr. Potato Head but it will never work for true Believers.
I gave the
illustration of making my own decision to move to either Maine or Idaho. Let us just
say Maine in this
case. I inform the Holy Spirit of my decision and then I wait until I
get “peace” or “unrest,” the “green light” or the “red light,” an inner
perception of “Yes” or an inner perception of “No.” Then I act on
what I perceive from within and it leads me to success.
I always put the
Holy Spirit in position to where He only has to bear witness with my spirit
as to whether I am making a right or a wrong decision. If I think He
is prompting me to do something, I tell Him so. I’ll say, “I’m
impressed that You are telling me to do thus and such. I am making
the decision to do so. Now I’m going to give it some time and I’m
going to see exactly how You bear witness with my spirit. If I have
unrest it was not You. If I have absolute, total peace, I know You
are speaking to me. I will obey You and by doing so, I will
prosper.”This is so simple even a
child can do it.Problem is, too
many Believers don’t want to do it.
Must "Let" the Holy Spirit Guide You
The Apostle Paul
said, “Let the peace … act as Umpire continually … deciding and settling
with finality all questions that arise in your minds.” (Colossians 3:15,
We must make the
decision to allow the Holy Spirit to guide us in this way. He will
not force us. He will simply “impress” us. Even if He should
choose to use higher forms of supernatural guidance with us such as His
inner voice, His
audible voice, dreams, visions, prophecy or Angelic visitation, we must always
have peace about them. If any of these forms of guidance should come
to you and it is not in line with the Written Word of God and you have
unrest in your spirit, do not listen to it. It was not the Holy
Someone once said,
“The Holy Spirit told me to divorce my wife and to believe Him for Bro. So
and So’s wife to come to me.” We would have
to say that was not the Holy Spirit. The Bible says God hates
divorce. (Malachi 2:16) Therefore, that guidance is not in line with
the Written Word of God and if the individual were sensitive to the Holy
Spirit at all, they would know down in their spirit, or
in their “gut” as the world says, that there is something seriously
wrong with such flaky demonic guidance.
Peace Vs. Relief in the Flesh
We studied how baby
Christians often make wrong, unscriptural decisions thinking they are
actually being led by the Holy Spirit. By the way, you can be saved
and sixty and still be a baby Christian. We gave you the illustration
of the individual who becomes convicted by the Pastor preaching the strong
meat of God’s Word, so they bail out looking for another Church where the
Pastor is serving up stone soup.
They use the excuse “I had peace
about leaving that Church,” when really they should be saying, “I come
under such strong conviction by that Pastor’s preaching against sin that I
couldn’t stand it because I didn’t want to change. He makes my
disobedient flesh crawl. As soon as I left that Holy man's presence
my flesh stopped bothering me and I feel good again.”
There is a major
difference between the peace of the Holy Spirit guiding you and relief in
the flesh guiding you. The Holy Spirit always leads us out of
trouble. The flesh always leads us into trouble. (Galatians
This completes our review.
So let us now move on to some
personal illustrations that will bring further clarity to how the inner
How the Inner Witness Literally Saved My Life
I could give
endless illustrations of the Holy Spirit guiding me through inner
perceptions from within my human spirit.
One such illustration
is as follows.
I have a younger brother who is an avid
motorcycle enthusiast. I would often borrow a motorcycle from him for
the express purpose of riding and praying in tongues to keep my spirit-man
built up. I always figured if someone can serve the devil on a motorcycle,
why couldn't they serve God on one even better?
One day after a rainfall in Southern
California, I took one of his motorcycles up into the Santa Ynez Mountain Range in Santa Barbara. As I got to
the top of the mountain range, the road severely twisted and turned. There
were some mudslides to traverse as a result of the recent rain, yet the
road was mostly dry and safe.
forty-five minutes of smooth sailing, suddenly I began to
have complete unrest about continuing any further on my drive.
Deep down inside,
almost behind my belly button for lack of a better description, I began to
feel a knot being tied.
gut was telling me something was not right.
It was the inner Umpire, the Holy Spirit
telling me something was wrong. I had “unrest” about continuing
with my ride through the dangerous mountain pass.
On the inside I suddenly went from a green light to a red
light about continuing, and I knew I was to pull the motorcycle over immediately.
Outwardly there were no indications of any danger or problem. The sun
was shining. The road was reasonably dry but there was a mudslide
caused by the recent rain just ahead of
me. It was blocking my side of the road as I approached.
The mudslide did not go all the way
across the road and my intention was to carefully drive on the opposite side of the
road to avoid the mudslide.
As I approached the mudslide my
inner perception of impending danger increased to the point where I realized
I must immediately pull over.
There was a recess
cut into the mudslide just big enough for me to pull into and abruptly stop.
At the very same
moment that I stopped, an oncoming vehicle came speeding
around the front of the mudslide where seconds earlier I was headed. The driver had his head
tilted back, guzzling a can of
beer. He was obviously intoxicated, judging by his rate of speed on the
treacherous mountain road.
He sped past me never even noticing that I was
sitting there safely tucked into the mudslide.
Had I overridden
the Holy Spirit's red light, continuing with my plan to
carefully drive around the mudslide on the wrong side of the road, I would
not be sharing this testimony with you today.
Had I continued
in spite of the Holy Spirit's strong inner warning, what I often call His
"red light," telling me not to do so, I would have literally had a
head-on collision within a matter of a few seconds with a drunk driver.
There is no doubt in
my mind whatsoever that the collision would have killed me instantly and my
motorcycle riding days would be over.
I would have been
jet-skiing across the Jordan.
This is how serious
a matter it is to always listen to the inner perceptions of the Holy Spirit,
no matter how perfect things appear to be outwardly.
Holy Spirit knows things
we simply do not know.
when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for
He shall not speak of Himself: but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He
speak: and He will show you things to come." (John 16:13)
Body of Christ must have so much more confidence in the inner
witness of the Holy Spirit than we have had in the past. He
will never lead us into trouble. He will only lead us out of trouble and
into the perfect will of God.
We have all watched
many “big name” Ministries collapse in past years.
As a result,
untold thousands have wrongly quit on God and stopped supporting all Ministry
outreaches, crying, “You just can’t trust anyone anymore.”
You can trust the inner witness of the Holy Spirit.
You can trust His green light and His red light if only you will obey it.
were three very prominent
television Ministries that collapsed during the
1980’s and 1990’s.
In all three cases, prior to any outward hint of a
problem with any one of them, the Holy Spirit began to bear witness with my
spirit that I was to separate myself from each of these Ministries.
Initially, He never did tell me why. He only continued to bear witness with my
spirit that something was very wrong.
Every time I listened to
one of these Ministers or
moved to support them, I knew to not do so.
I had continual unrest,
the Holy Spirit's red light, about involvement with each of them. Every time one of them came on
the television, I would experience unrest down in my belly.
Only once I shut
the television off would peace return.
I knew the Holy
Spirit was telling me something was very wrong with each of them.
Sure enough, one at
a time, each of them fell as a result of financial, sexual or pride
did not experience unrest concerning all three of these Ministries because I am some sort of spiritual
giant, for I am not.
I began to pick this up in my spirit simply
because I have disciplined myself for decades to pray in the Spirit
regularly. This has kept my spirit sensitized and it will keep your
spirit sensitized, as well.
The Christian people who turned away from God and
from supporting all Ministries as a result of the fall of these three
have only revealed their insensitivity to the Holy Spirit and their
ignorance of God’s primary form of supernatural guidance.
you put on the television, a DVD, turn on the radio, go to the Internet or
pick up a book, magazine, tape or CD and anxiety or unrest comes into your spirit,
mild or strong, shut it off or put it down.
1999 I began to once again experience an inner knowing to be very careful
with a certain Minister. This time it was concerning a notable,
national Word of Faith television Preacher from Texas.
inner prompting of the Holy Spirit was not as sharp and distinct as the day
the Holy Spirit was urgently pressing upon me to pull my motorcycle off the
was it even as strong as it was in the 80's and early 90's when the Holy
Spirit began to bear witness with my spirit to separate myself from each of
those three Ministries.
did not have to be quite so strong this time.
now I was much more experienced at picking up even the gentlest inner
prompting of the Holy Spirit that something might be wrong.
twelve years this gentle inward prompting continued in my spirit concerning
knew to be very careful with this television Minister in whom I once had
great confidence, particularly when I was a baby Christian.
obeyed the Holy Spirit and stopped listening to the Minister
use a popular expression, "Lo and behold."
nearly twelve years of the Holy Spirit bearing witness with my spirit to be
very careful with this individual, I discovered the following.
1999, at the same time the Holy Spirit had begun to inwardly warn me about
him, this Minister had been corrected by his spiritual father along with
nearly two dozen other popular prosperity Preachers.
discovered that Dr. Kenneth E. Hagin had called them all to Broken Arrow,
Oklahoma, to correct them and to encourage them to repent and to make
adjustments concerning their un-Biblical prosperity
the most part, none of those present, including this specific Minister from
Texas, received Dr. Hagin's correction. They all continued preaching
and teaching their false prosperity doctrines. There was too much to
lose financially for them to receive Dr. Hagin's correction and pull their
Ministries back in line with the Bible.
many of them began to experience decrease, hardship, loss of respect and in
some cases even tragedies occurred.
one notable Minister from Texas, considered to be the key Ministry leader,
began to be deceived by seducing spirits and doctrines of demons. He
caused great division amongst Protestants, in the world of Faith Ministry,
by trying to force a unity issue between the Catholic and Protestant
Churches. As a result, he not only lost respect, but his close friend
of many years who served as a liaison between the notable Minister and Pope
Francis, lost his life through the allowed judgment
of God concerning the matter.
as a result the popular Minister from Texas lost the support of many,
disgraced himself and continues to bear the mark of his rebellion stemming
from the 1999 rejection of his spiritual father's Biblical counsel.
Minister who was once held in such high esteem by so very many in the world
of Faith teaching had now fallen into shame and disgrace. All because he was
unwilling to accept correction
from his spiritual father, humble
himself, correct his doctrine and simply move on with the true things of
years earlier, at the same time of his rejecting correction from his
spiritual father, the Holy Spirit began to gently bear witness with my
spirit that I was to no longer listen to this Minister.
of my past experiences with the inward witness of the Holy Spirit, I knew to
listen. I obeyed that inner knowing.
for a 12-year period, there seemed to be no reason to follow that inward
witness. However, I remained faithful to it and stayed clear of this
soon discovered that twelve years earlier this once trusted man of God had
disobeyed his spiritual father and the Bible and chose to remain in sin.
again the Holy Spirit had kept me from following a compromised Minister into
the Holy Spirit's Inner Promptings Always - No Matter What
September 11, 2001, Shenksville, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C. and New York
City came under a devastating attack of Muslim terrorists. The terrorists
hijacked four commercial airliners filled with passengers. They flew
them into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., the Twin Towers of the World
Trade Center in New York City and into the ground in Pennsylvania. Over
three thousand human beings lost their lives that day, including eleven
unborn children, either on one of four hijacked planes, on the ground or in
the morning of those Muslim terrorist attacks a Spirit-filled Believer in
the Lord Jesus Christ was engineering one of the underground subway trains
that made regular stops directly beneath the World Trade Center. The
World Trade Center had already come under attack as he was driving his train
there as his next stop. He had no knowledge whatsoever of what was
happening above ground.
train engineer reports that for some reason he had a big knowing in his gut
to stop the train immediately. He had a big "red light" in his
spirit about proceeding any further towards his Twin Tower's
first thought was if he stopped the train without being signaled to do so
from his above ground dispatcher, he would lose his job. It is an
extremely dangerous thing to stop an underground train without being
signaled to do so because other trains could come along and slam into it in
this Spirit-filled engineer was so overwhelmed with the inner knowing to
stop the train and to stop the train immediately, he obeyed that inner
train engineer applied the brakes, stopping the train which was headed for
the Twin Towers underground station and just sat there.
later realized had he overridden the inner prompting of the Holy Spirit, the
strong "red light" of the Holy Spirit and continued on, he would
have driven himself and his trainload of passengers directly under one of
the Twin Towers at precisely the same time it was collapsing into
Spirit-filled engineer's prompt obedience to the Inner Witness of the Holy
Spirit - the lack of a "green light" and the strong presence of a
"red light" within - not only saved his life but hundreds of other
lives that fateful morning in 2001.
For whatever reason
the Holy Spirit might be guiding you through the inner witness, we want to
encourage you to obey Him at all times - no matter what.
Maybe He is trying to protect
your life. Maybe He is trying to keep you from marrying the wrong
person. Maybe He is trying to lead you into prosperity.
Possibly He is guiding you into a major change of direction in your
Do not allow outward
circumstances to keep you from obeying Him.
Possibly He has been impressing you for months or
even years that something specific is coming into your life. Just rest
and let Him work out the details.
He is giving you His "green light" to proceed with something, by
all means proceed.
He is giving you His inner "red light" about proceeding, apply the
Presently I am
trusting God to work out something that He began to impress upon my spirit
well over two decades ago as of the time of this writing. Outwardly
it seems that it will never happen. The obstacles appear to be
insurmountable. But I have learned from past experiences with the
inner witness of the Holy Spirit that as I continue to seek Him for wisdom, obeying Him every step of the way,
obstacles will be removed and I will soon be rejoicing that I
I am going to continue to pray out the will
of God in other Tongues in this matter. (Romans 8:26-28) I refuse to
ignore the Holy Spirit’s promptings no matter how impossible the situation
appears, no matter how many millions of dollars it is going to take.
If I do that I will grieve Him and He will stop dealing with me about the
matter. Then I really will miss the will of God for my life and that
is never a good thing.
Let me say in
closing, before moving on to some of the more spectacular forms of
guidance, that we must never tell the Holy Spirit how to guide us. We
must never insist on a cloud by day and a fire by night just because that
is how Israel was led
in the wilderness. They did not have the Holy Spirit dwelling within
them.This is why the Holy Spirit
appeared to them as a cloud by day and as fire by night.
If you are Born
Again, the Holy Spirit lives within you to a degree.
The cloud and the fire now live on the inside
of you. (1Corinthians ; 2Corinthians ; John )
If you perceive the
Holy Spirit is telling you to do something, put Him in position to where He
only has to answer you “Yes” or “No.” You do this by making a
decision and not moving out on it until He tells you that you have made a
Keep in mind “peace,”
the Holy Spirit's green light, is His “Yes,” and “unrest,” the Holy
spirit's red light, is
“That’s just too simple.”
To which I say, “Simple indeed, yet very
profound. Not very spectacular, yet very supernatural."
Remember, Adam and Eve got into trouble by overriding the simplicity of
God’s instruction and here we all are today.
let this happen to you.
I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety,
so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in
Christ." (2 Corinthians 11:3)