Leading of The Spirit-Part 8

Posted By on Sunday, February 21, 2016

And so I went to class.  I went along with my lesson.  I just came toward the end of the kenosis.  I expected his hand to go up at any moment. That was the signal that I was in trouble.  But before he got a chance to put up his hand, the Spirit put up His hand, so to speak.  One of the girls gave a beautiful utterance in tongues, and one of the fellows interpreted.  I still remember the interpretation.  I was so grateful, and it was short enough.
“Behold the words which you have heard are true, and I the Lord, bear witness to the truth.”  This came by means of tongues and interpretation. With those words, the Spirit of God fell on the class.  Hands went up praising the Lord.  After a little while, the bell rang meaning the end of the class.  When I heard the bell ring, I knew I was safe.  The Spirit of God bore witness to the truth.  I think He must have cut the boy off before he got his hands up.
This is what you have here - God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to His own will. I love the Spirit.  I owe the Spirit of God so much.  You will find that out before we get done.  I would like to point out to you that the Spirit also witnesses to us, by giving us a deep assurance.  What we have in Acts is this:
“And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavored to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the Gospel to them.”  Acts 16:10
If you have experiences in the way of the Spirit, and many of you doubtless do, you will have found there are times when He gives us a real assurance concerning a matter, an assurance in the heart that we know.
One year I was getting an air ticket in Rome to go to Tunisia.  I remember leaning over the desk watching the man write out the ticket, and deep within me (this is where our spirit is, and where the Holy Spirit lives), where the Spirit speaks, there was such a presence, such an assurance that I said to myself, “One thing I know, I am in the will of God going to Tunisia.”  Very slowly, it subsided, but I knew that I was to go.  This is a wonderful thing to know, especially if you get into difficulties.  And I got into them.
I was walking along a boulevard in the city of Tunis with my interpreter.  I was feeling a glow of His presence, the conscience awareness of His presence?  It was not strong, but noticeable.  We were walking along when all of a sudden, this “presence” turned to a very strong alarm.  This is the only way I can put it.  It changed to such an inner alarm that it frightened me.  Without knowing why, I jumped to my right.  I took a big leap. The presence made me jump, and as I jumped, a young Arab brushed my left shoulder with his right shoulder with an open knife in his hand. From all appearance, he sneaked up behind and was going to use his knife on me for what purpose, I do not know, but the Spirit of God saw him. My companion observed him, gave me a warning, and I jumped away from the knife.