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needed to take a group of scriptures and stand on them, but they had no
               specific word from God relating to their circumstance? This does not lend
               itself  to  faith,  for  there  is  no  clear  revelation  from  God  regarding  the
               circumstance or situation in question...

               The saint of God is to be led of the Spirit of God as he walks out his life. God
               doesn’t want the saints to be led of their own reason and intellect. This will not
               lead to the will of God. God knows man’s tendency toward independence and
               self initiative. He has therefore devised things to keep man from walking apart
               from Him. He wants His children to know His mind and this takes diligent
               searching and great obedience to what is revealed...

               God determined that the saints should always be in tune with Him so they
               would avoid deception and they would not get into lawlessness. The saint that
               takes the word of God and develops principles of living and ministry and then
               goes  out  and  applies  them  as  he  sees  fit,  according  to  his  reason  and
               understanding, is walking in lawlessness. This is not God’s will. He wants us
               to hear His voice. We need to develop an ear that is sensitive to the Spirit of
               God. Only in this way will we be kept from error and preserved in a day of
               much deception. Knowing the voice of God is critical to being preserved from
               following after that which does not originate with God.

               John 10:3-5
               "To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his
               own sheep by name, and leads them out. When he puts forth all his own, he
               goes before them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. And
               a stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do
               not know the voice of strangers."

               The saint that is versed in the word of God, but does not know the voice of the
               Spirit, is a prime candidate for following the voice of another...

               God knows that we are beset with many weaknesses and that we do not always
               hear very clearly. God seems more than willing to confirm His word to us
               when we ask Him to do so. Gideon's experiences provide a clear example of

               Judges 6:36-40
               Then Gideon said to God, "If Thou wilt deliver Israel through me, as Thou hast
               spoken, behold, I will put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor. If there is
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