How to be Led by the Spirit of God (and a personal testimony) by Dona Williams
Last Saturday we had a Women’s Luncheon at church. Besides sharing good food, we were also fed the Word of God by Dona Williams from Good Ground Family Church in Cohoes, New York.
First we read Psalm 23, then Dona spoke.
She told us to take all that God wants to give to us. God is good all the time. All the time God is good. Dona then shared part of her testimony with us.
In January a tumor started growing on the base of her brain, one that she had an issue with 27 years ago. She went to see her neurologist and he was suggesting radiation treatments because her numbers were escalating.
She then said, “God is GOOD.”
At the same time she was struggling with another issue. She asked us if we too asked questions to God. God gave her a spiritual itch, and she was wondering, “What’s next for me?” She knew that a change was coming, and expected it was a career change. So she started checking out the field to see what it was God wanted her to do. She went on a trip with her husband Pastor Wendell Williams (see his teachings in the categories column) and sitting on the beach, reading a Rick Renner magazine, God gave her an answer she didn’t like, one that didn’t work. Her husband tried to tease the answer out of her and for a while she didn’t tell him, but eventually she did. What God told her was STEP OUT AND FIND OUT.
She said, that didn’t tell me anything, that’s not fair. (Heather’s note, I wish you could have heard her teach this lesson for her vivacious presentation of this had us laughing, as she shared the important truths with us).
Dona then told us God will let us know, but as women we like details. We want to know the why, who, how, where and when.
The next step in the unveiling was when she attended a conference in Ohio led by Lafayette Scales (see his teachings by clicking on his name in the categories column). who will be teaching at our church this Monday and Tuesday. Every session she attended spoke to her, sessions on commitment, the leading of the Holy Spirit, steps in faith, obeying God, and walking by faith were a few she mentioned. One session was called, “Interruptions in your life.” She said that she cried through that session. What God was dealing with her was for her to resign her position in the college she works at and go into full time ministry. She will do this, and this Sunday she will be ordained.
Dona then told us the sickness that was coming on her was a MAJOR interruption. She asked God, “Lord, what’s up with this tumor?” She talked with God about how can she go into ministry AND deal with illness. She really needed a heavenly thought about this. She was dealing with issues about treatment, the time it takes to have the treatments, because she wanted to live and couldn’t see how treatments and ministry could coincide. So she went to God in prayer, God took care of her and she RECEIVED her healing.
The neurologist told her to keep an open mind. In the past she has had four brain scans and surgery to have her adrenal glands removed to arrest the disease. She is not in agreement with having radiation that will infiltrate the brain to hit the pituitary gland because that could compromise the functions of her body. She said that she did not need anything more to compromise her body, she does a good enough job on her own (she said laughing), like getting up late, getting to places on time, forgetting her Bible, etc. She was going to believe that the numbers have gone down. So she took the tests her doctors recommended, and….
Her numbers were down dramatically!!! They hadn’t been in the normal range for two years, but now they are below the normal range. The Doctors are amazed! And she doesn’t have to go back until January for another monitoring. PRAISE GOD!
Dona then told us that she is so happy to minister as the healed of the Lord. God is a healer! His promises are new every time. He does what He says in His word on things as long as we do our part, are obedient to God, and step out in faith.
She resigned her position that day. Her boss was supportive, and doors of opportunity at the college opened up for her. She said that God favors you when you are obedient to God.
BUT GOD….God knows all our needs, he knows what we need before we ask Him. We need to trust Him, be obedient to Him, pray, and obey.
Before she began her message, she read us a cute story called Sunday clothes. This has to do with a little boy who went to one denomination and a little girl who went to another denomination. On their way home from church, dressed in their Sunday clothes, they met at a place where there was water to be crossed. Both had been told not to mess their Sunday clothes, so they decided to cross the water after taking off their good clothes. They then stood talking to each other, drying off. And the little girl looked at the little boy and said, “Methodists really ARE different from Baptists.”
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.
Dona told us that we are three parts – Spirit, soul, and body. We are a Spirit that has a soul and lives in a body. We also have an enemy (satan) who wants to kill, steal and destroy. The enemy works on our outer man, the body and soul. The enemy has to work from the outside to try and affect the inner man (Spirit). He is not a creative enemy, satan keeps harassing us with what used to work in the past. When we are worn down or our guard is down, he pulls up something from our past that used to bring us down and attacks us with that. The enemy (satan) is shooting for our heart, but has to attack from the outside.
The Spirit of God works from the inside out. We must renew our mind. I must decrease and He (God) must increase. We have to put down the fleshly man. Reminding ourselves that we can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens us. As we grow spiritually we will be more aware of the enemy and how he seeks to attack us through the eye gate, the ear gate, the senses and our thoughts.
When the devil is harassing us we have to keep seeking God, keep asking God. When Dona was asking about the things that God wanted her to do, the enemy felt this was a time to harass her. He heard her speaking to God, asking questions of God, and at a moment of weakness wanted to cause her discouragement so that she would not feel she had the strength to do God’s will for her life. She started having doubts for she would have to give up her benefits, she had credit cards she was still working on paying and she has kids in college. And with her health issues, satan was shooting for her heart, attacking her Spirit through her body and soul.
For some of us it isn’t a physical health issue, it could be an addiction, alcohol, relational problems, adultery or anything that pulls us away from God’s best for us. We all are human and have weaknesses. The enemy will use those weaknesses against us. He wants us to fall and feel frustration, feel like we are no good. To think that we are not good enough to be used by God.
But GOD IS GREATER than any test the enemy can throw at us.
1 Corinthians 10:12-13 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
Every time we are tempted, the enemy shoots for the heart, wanting to change our heart from a soft, pliable, Jesus-filled heart to a hard, mean, resentful and bitter heart. But God HAS made a way. When the enemy puts bitterness, envy, jealousy in our path, we have an opportunity to say, “NO, no more!” God has made a way out for me. I am taking the HIGH ROAD. Lust (or whatever temptation), I am going to listen to the Word of God.
1 Corinthians 9:24-26 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.
When you train for a marathon you are temperate in what you do. You watch what you eat, get enough sleep, take care of your physical and mental man. You exercise and build your endurance. It is similar with spiritual things, we train ourselves spiritually to run the race God has placed in front of us, seeking after an imperishable crown, a reward that is eternal.
But what is cool about our spiritual race is that we run it knowing Jesus Christ has already run the race for us, and our job is to do what He tells us to do. The race was already won by Jesus, we are just walking out our part. I do my part, and He does what I can’t do. I can’t do it all.
God is so faithful. Dona told us one Wednesday night Bible study at her church, Pastor Wendell was late. The singers were done singing, and Dona had no idea what she would teach for the Bible study if Pastor Wendell did not show up, so she prayed to God for help. She kept singing and praising God. When the time for the teaching happened, God gave her the passage where Peter had denied Jesus three times, and Jesus restored him, then Peter led 3,000 people to the Lord. When Pastor Wendell came in, he sat there staring at Dona. When he got up to continue teaching the Bible study, he opened up his Bible and pulled out the notes to begin teaching – and it was the same subject that God gave Dona to teach. When we do what we are supposed to do, God does what we can’t.
God has already won the race. We are not to strive, but God calls us to be temperate. He wants a prepared bride.
1 Corinthians 9:26-27 Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
If I don’t do it the way God wants me to, I can disqualify myself. To not disqualify, we have to study, be prepared, be ready, pray and obey.
Romans 8:5-6 For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords), yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom all all things, and through whom we live.
If we always think about what is coming against us all the time we can become so bogged down we get paralyzed. If Dona had kept her mind focused on blood counts, etc, she would have been paralyzed and not make a choice that God wanted her to make. God is in control. No illness, temptation, oppression, depression or scheme of the devil can interfere with God’s plan.
Live for God with all your heart no matter which way your life is going, just place your life into God’s hands. We do not have to succumb to what satan is trying to do. Put first the Kingdom of God, and His Righteousness and the rest will fall in place. When you live according to the Spirit you have life and peace. Live with the same excitement as when we were first saved, and see everything as new, wondering, “What’s God got for me today?”
When you don’t want to do something ask yourself, “What’s God got for me today?”
You don’t have to be under harassment from the enemy, God gives us a way out. We have to make a choice to be obedient to God. He has a way out, so make good choices.
Then Dona told us the story of the 2 wolves that a little boy’s grandfather told him. About a battle that was going on inside between the wolves. One wolf was evil and the other was good. The wolves were fighting. And the child asked his grandfather which wolf would win. The grandfather answered, “The one that you feed.”
The choice is ours. Be obedient to the Word and Know God already has a way out. Don’t let the enemy harass you.
Have a blessed day!
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