I have dedicated myself to being sensitive and obedient to the Spirit for years now. I want to be led by the Spirit in the sermons I preach, in what I say to people when I am witnessing and generally, in everything I do. One of the foundational scriptures for my life and ministry says that they who are led by the Spirit, they are the children of God.1
A good friend of mine helps me by sending out birthday cards to the preachers’ kids here in Spain. We started a preachers’ kids’ association several years ago. She is a preacher’s kid and the mother of preacher’s kids. She told me that she tries to be sensitive to the Spirit so that every card that she sends out to the different children of the ministers here in Spain has a specific prophetic word for that kid. Every card, without exception.
Kevin Prevost, one of my best friends, made me watch a DVD several years ago of a movie entitled “In Search of Bobby Fisher”. In those years, the U.S. was looking for a chess prodigy to compete with the Russians who were the world chess champions.
They found a boy, about 10 years old, playing speed chess in Central Park in New York City. Speed chess and tournament chess are almost two different games. They are incompatible. So they gave this prodigy a coach to teach him how to compete in tournaments and to get rid of the bad habits he had picked up playing in Central Park.
It worked. At the age of 12, the boy got to the finals of the national championships for his age group. For the first time, he was going to play chess in front of TV cameras. He was nervous.
The coach gave him some advice, very valuable advice, not only for playing chess. This same advice can be applied to those of us who desire to walk in the Spirit. The coach told the boy, “Don’t move until you see it.”
I have applied this wisdom to my life. I might feel pressured to just do something…anything. I might be feeling the heat of the bright lights. But if you move a pawn without seeing where you want to go, you can wreck everything. Don’t just do something…stand.2
There have been times in my life when I was doing something “good”, then I would suddenly realize that God had something else in mind for that moment. I couldn’t do His will because I was already committed to what I was doing. Very sad. Like the old saying affirms, ”The good is the enemy of the best.”
So I wait on God and I wait for God. Like the eyes of the servants look to their master to see what he wants, my eyes look to You, oh God, until you are gracious to me.3
This is the only way I know to avoid the trap of legalism; we need to know what He wants, when He wants it, and how He wants it done. He knows what He is doing. He has years of experience. I trust Him implicitly.
1- Romans 8:14 2- Ephesians 6:13 3- Psalms 123:2