As leaders, we want to be directed by the Lord and not distracted by the enemy. But when the pressure’s on, it can be hard to tell the difference. Let’s learn how.
Recently, I became increasingly uneasy regarding two different ministry situations. Initially, I wasn’t sure if the enemy was just piling on, wanting to add to the typical stress. But in both instances, as I spent time with the Lord, He revealed the reason behind my unrest.
In one situation, He put His finger on a shared grief that individuals coming to a ministry event were carrying. He led a few of us to engage in intercessory prayer, and He lifted the spirit of heaviness for the entire evening.
In the other instance, He raised a concern in my spirit about a “final” decision we had made. As we engaged in more prayer and discussion, He rounded out that decision with a missing and essential component.
So how do you discern the source of your uneasiness?
God directs leaders through His Word, His Spirit, prayer, confirmations from others, a sense of peace, and sometimes a sense of non-peace. Non-peace is a negative feeling and can inadvertently be chalked up to the enemy. But a discerning leader takes the time to distinguish the enemy’s distractions from the Lord’s direction, and follows His instruction.
“A discerning leader takes the time to distinguish the enemy’s distraction from the Lord’s direction, and follows His instruction.”- Lisa Hosler
And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asian. And when they had come up to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them (Acts 16:6-7, ESV).
Share about a leadership situation when God put a sense of unrest in your spirit, and then led you in a different direction. Feel free to share your thoughts in the Comment Section below.