Obeying God and Not Man
Acts 5:29 (KJV)
29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
Obeying Gods instructions and Authority’s and not the ways of man, Be always Spirit Led. We must follow the guidance and lead of the Holy Spirit. Through out God’s word he has instructed to do so. Every time we follow our own understanding or listen to what someone else is telling us do we not get ourselves into a situation that was not what God wanted? Why? Because we did not listen to God and the all we did was hurt our own spirit and fall into a state of depression, regret, pain and other emotions. God always knows what is best for us.
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Colossians 2:8 KJV
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
Romans 13:1 KJV
*Read more details in Romans 13 of God’s instructions and the warning on leaders of churches leading the flock astray. We really have to study and know our word because event in todays churches many are being led astray and are falling away. Study to show thyself approved and once you know your word, you should be able to know the difference if man is leading you astray by with the help of the Holy Spirit. I know a lot of churches, a lot of Pastors and leaders but I will not attend all of them, because I have to go where God is leading me to regardless of what anybody tells me, I have to follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit, my salvation is far too valuable to me to be sitting in a church that I was not led to spiritually just to make a good appearance to please man. And that my dear friend is not what God wants at all, he does not want us to be sitting in a church just so we can look good to man for appearances sake if we are not spiritually led to be in that church. God wants us in a place where we can grow deeper spiritually in him, a place where he sends us to that he knows that will be specifically for our needs, a place that truly worships him in Spirit and Truth, a place where there is true biblical teachings and studies and not just a social gathering 3 days a week. A place where the anointing flows so heavy that the Holy Spirit takes over the building and true healing takes place, where God’s prophetic word is teached directly as it is written, a place where our souls and salvation are the main concern, this is a place that God wants us in.
That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Romans 8:4 KJV
This is why God has always instructed this throughout his word to be spirit led, follow God’s instructions which is led by the Holy Spirit, however one may not hear those instructions if they are not listening for several reasons, one is because they are following man’s I instructions, ” Oh, but Pastor said I had to do this” or ” my sister or brother in Christ said I need to do this because the Lord told her/him to tell me”, be very cautious with that!!!! Because man can lead you wrong every time.
It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.
Psalms 118:8 KJV
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
2 Timothy 4:3 KJV
What did God tell you??!!!! This is why you must be in constant consecration with the Lord, that intimate relationship with him, to have an open heart and spirit to hear God’s voice, to be able to hear God’s instructions. Because my brother and sister, I am telling you from experience man will let you down and lead you in the wrong direction every time especially when it wasn’t the direction God told you to go. There are a lot of Carnal Social Club churches out there today leading the saints down a wrong worldly path. They look like a church. Mostly function like a church but there is no anointing, the Holy Spirit doesn’t even move in these types of churches, they are run by mans traditions, standards, protocols, organizations and corporations. They are not Spirit led and so many people like these types of churches just for their fun activities and social gatherings. That is not a true Book of Acts biblical Holy Spirit led church. If you’re in a church like that, I suggest you run! Find a good, intimate, straight from the word bible teaching, bible believing, Holy Spirit, Anointed, Slayed in the Spirit Prophetic church! Where they care about your spirit, your salvation and soul and not just about appearances and social standing but let the Holy Spirit lead you there!!!!! And don’t worry if you don’t find a church right away; give it time, be patient the Holy Spirit will lead you to the right church that God will want you at in his timing. Do not just take man’s word on joining a church, everyone wants to get you into their church, they want to fill their pews and the collection plate, and may not be concerned about your soul and salvation, but is it a church God is instructing you to go to? To often we will listen to what man tell us “Oh you need to go to this church, or you will like that church, or you need to be at that church because of this reason or that reason” because man told you so, and often times is it not where the Holy Spirit has led you and you hinder your spiritual growth then become unhappy, dissatisfied, disappointed and then even may get church hurt. Then you stop going and you are lost without a church once again seeking to find that church your spirit desires and hungers for. This is why it is so important to wait on God and follow the Holy Spirit! Because God does not want that for you! That is why so many today there are so lost and many falling away from the church because they seek the wrong church for the wrong purpose or the wrong reasons and without the guidance of the Holy Spirit. That’s the question… This is why it’s extremely imperative we follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit and obey God’s instructions!!!! God’s authority trumps man’s authority!…. Read 1st Timothy 1-20
The Holy Spirit is God’s right hand person! Sent to help us on a daily basis in our lives, teaching us, protecting us, guiding us and so forth. Without the guidance of the Holy Spirit we will always get ourselves caught up in a mess.
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
John 14:26 KJV
God’s word can’t be more clear regarding the authority of the Holy Spirit, as well as keeping God’s commands. God honors our obedience to him more than you can imagine.
If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
John 14:15-17 KJV
Read Acts 13 as to how it was the Holy Spirit who spoke and sent Barnabas
and Saul out to do the work in ministry in which they were called to do, it was the Holy Spirit by God’s authority that guided them and led them and gave them their instructions.
We must follow God’s instructions…
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John 8:31-32 KJV
Keep in mind who we are to please… We are to please God, not man. I know as for myself, I follow God’s instructions guided by the Holy Spirit because I want to please my Father in Heaven not man. My destination is Heaven, man may or may not have good intentions or motives however when it comes to my soul and salvation I answer to the father and obey his instructions. And when the Holy Spirit speaks, I listen and obey. I had learned the hard way in my past through disobedience to the Lord and I paid a hefty price for it, and made it very clear to myself never to disobey God’s instructions again. Since I have allowed the Holy Spirit full control of my life I have gained so much more biblical knowledge and wisdom, greater insight and discernment. I am incredibly blessed. It’s almost like having your eyes wide open for the first time, and the Holy Spirit just reveals so much to you it’s amazing. I have learned to stand on Spiritual ground, I know my place in Christ, and know where he’s taking me and no man on earth can say different because I know who I serve.
For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
Galatians 1:10 KJV
Obeying Gods instructions over man’s is crucial to your spiritual growth and your salvation. So many people will tell you well God wants you to do this, the word says to do that which is all well and good but the bottom line is what is God saying to you directly, personally. Because what God’s instructions to you is FOR YOU! Now God may speak something to you and send someone else who will say something that will be a confirmation of what God had already told you. God is awesome and works in that way. God is more concerned about your eternal soul and not what people think about your doing or not doing. But man is always more concerned about what you are doing and not doing than your eternal soul and many may not even understand where God has you at and will always have something to say about it but you have to stay strong and stay in God’s will.
We must learn how to lean on the Holy Spirit for instruction and guidance. Consecrate ourselves with the Lord; talk with him daily in prayer. And trust me; if you’re listening he will speak to you because the Holy Spirit is in you! You may be surprise at some of the things God will say!
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
1 Corinthians 6:19 KJV
And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
Ezekiel 36:27 KJV
So my friends, by through the Holy Spirit we are to obey God’s instructions, he is our governing authority, through Christ and Christ alone will we make that destination to Heaven. Get into a deep intimate relationship with the Lord, study his word deeply and daily, pray daily, get into a worship session just you and God and just cry out to him and let the Holy Spirit move. Let God direct and lead your path, stay in God’s will for your life, because if you listen to man’s direction and instructions it may cost you a lot more than you bargained for and then you will have regrets.
And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
Acts 5:32 KJV
I pray that you are blessed and stay in the arms of the comforter.
-Mrs Cindy Schwartz-Jones