By Kenneth E. Hagin
In a time when people are searching for answers, children of God can rest assured that they will receive the right ones. While others turn to false religions, psychics, or friends for guidance, the Spirit of God will lead us. But in order to be led by the Spirit, we must learn to be more spirit-conscious. To understand this more fully, let’s examine these scriptures:
"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God."
"The Spirit itself [Himself] beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God."
"The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly."
According to these scriptures, we Christians can expect God to enlighten us—to guide us—by our spirit. Many times, though, we seek guidance by some means other than the way God said we should. When we do, we get into trouble.
For instance, sometimes we judge God’s leading by being conscious of what our physical senses tell us. But God doesn’t say that He will guide us through our physical senses. The Bible does not say that the body of man is the candle of the Lord.
We judge things going on around us from a mental standpoint, too. We endeavor to use only our human reasoning as guidance. But God does not say He will guide us through our mentality. The Bible does not say that human reasoning is the candle of the Lord.
No, the Word says that the spirit of man is the candle of the Lord. God will guide us and enlighten us through our spirit.
I’m sorry to say this, but most people are more body-conscious than spirit-conscious. And some are more mental-conscious, because they live more in the mental realm. But I encourage you to put your spirit first. Yes, you possess a mind and you live in a body. But realize that you are a spirit being, and when you were born again you became a new creation, created by God in Christ Jesus. Then as you become more spirit-conscious (more conscious of the inward man), you will find it much easier to be led by the Spirit of God.