Martha Wing Robinson
How to be Led by The Spirit
To know the mind of God we must be free from our own mind.
He literally has to think through us. In order to get the
mind of God, we must get our thoughts off everything else
that would influence. Conditions, advice, opinions, impressions,
inclinations, desires, feelings, all laid down, emptied out;
then with a worshipful mind get into a stillness before God
and let Him either positively speak, which He does sometimes,
or drive home a definite, steady, positive, clear-cut conviction.
One must be very wary of strong impressions. They may be
from God; but when we have them we should stand still, get
still before God, empty out before Him, get His mind. If the
impression is from God, it will deepen, strengthen, and grow
into a clear, steady, unmistakable conviction. With such a
leading, one can stand fast in the face of all opposition.
One must stand fast. To deny a leading, falter, waver, or
question, after having seen a thing clearly and positively,
serves to throw us into confusion and doubt that hinders from
getting God’s will next time. He will not waste His
blessing. If we receive clear leadings from Him, He will have
us obey them, or He will not give them.
It takes great patience. God isn’t in a hurry. Eternity’s
years are His. He will not let us hurry Him. The very first
requisite for getting His voice is to get quiet, to be patient.
All restlessness, anxiety, haste, and uneasiness stand in
the way. God moves in a great calm. He doesn’t speak
to the inner ear of man by whirlwinds and earthquakes. He
has His messages in these. But to the child of God He speaks
gently, in a still, small voice. There must be stillness—stillness
of the soul—to meet Him and hear that voice; there must
be faithfulness, and obedient faithfulness, to get still and
stand until God does speak.
Our God is a jealous God. If we don’t give Him all
of our obedience, He will not give us of the priceless, deeper
treasures that come to a perfectly surrendered life. And if
there is an inclination on our part to run away from His presence
and get weary of waiting for His voice, He withholds the blessing.
Or rather, it is only by that patience and by the waiting
that our spirit gets in that touch with God that tunes the
inner ear to His voice. God moves in great harmonies. This
stillness and waiting and patience and submission tunes every
discordant chord of our being into harmony with His; and when
He touches us with His divine knowledge, the tuned chords
respond, and we have His mind in us.
Sometimes in so waiting upon God, perhaps for days, for some
clear leading as to our path of duty, we are confused by many
impressions and even by doors opening in such an unexpected
manner we take them to be of God. But this is our testing.
Satan is always busy seeking whom he may devour and never
more so perhaps than when a child of God is at the feet of
Jesus asking for direction. God never works aimlessly. And
Satan knows, no matter how simple or personal a matter it
is, God’s decision will be one that will hurt the kingdom
of darkness. To deflect the child of God by any possible means
from entering upon that path, therefore, is Satan’s
aim. And knowing he cannot tempt to disobedience, he will,
if possible, coming as an angel of light, draw the child of
God by deceptive leadings, impressions, or conditions into
the wrong paths.
God Most High permits this testing. In His great eternal
calm He, looking at the troubled soul, sees further than the
present emergency. He knows if He is too merciful one will
never learn the lesson of hearing His voice, that the battle
will strengthen, not weaken. And even if there should be failure
and temporary victory on the part of Satan, experience—painful
though it may be—will be the teacher to bring that impatient
soul to a better understanding of God’s dealing with
His children. The lesson once learned, then God has an instrument
in His hand to whom He can communicate His will—to be
worked out in the obedience of an absolutely, yielded human
Oh, better to stand the testings and suffer the failure,
even, than to give up and stand on the lower plane of a servant,
walking in ignorance. As His friends we have a right to know
what He doeth, and only to His friends, those who are in intimate,
personal relation to Himself, can He give this knowledge.