Craig Groeschel on 4 Phases of God’s Leading

At Catalyst Conference 2012, Craig Groeschel of (Edmond, OK) discussed the four phases of God leading you.

Acts 20:22-24
22 And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by[c] the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there, 23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me. 24 But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God

Some of you may be in a transition where you are happy with where you are, but you feel a stirring inside for something else.

4 Phases of God Leading You

  1. The Spirit’s prompting.
    This is when you are compelled by the Spirit. God will often speak in the small ways throughout everyday life. Trust these subtle nudges from the Spirit. When God speaks to you and prompts you in those ways, pay attention to what God says.
  2. Certain uncertainty.
    If God showed you all the details, you might want to run and hide. To step towards your destiny, you have to step away from your security. You may not know all the details, but you must be faithful to take the next step of obedience. Without faith it is impossible to please God. If you are not leading with a little uncertainty every now and then, you are not leading by faith.
  3. Predictable Resistance
    If you are not ready to face opposition for your obedience for God, you are not ready to be used by God. Everything new and effective for the Kingdom of God will be met with resistance. Sometimes it is in the rough times that God does the most inside of you. God wants to do more in you before He does more through you. Don’t worry when you are being criticized; worry when you are not. If you aren’t being criticized, you aren’t doing squat.
  4. Uncommon Clarity
    Very few people achieve the state of uncommon clarity, yet this is where God wants people to be. Count your life as nothing except for serving Christ. When you have this type of clarity, you have the ability to say no to all the good things that come your way and focus on what is great.

3 Levels of Influence

  1. I want to make a name for myself.
    At this level, you have to think that you are good enough to do this.
  2. I want to make a difference in the world.
    This is a big step up that recognizes you can’t do it on your own. It uses teamwork and says, “We are good.” Whenever you think you are the best, you are full of pride, and you will not be blessed.
  3. I want to make history for the glory of God.
    This is what we were created to do. This attitude says, “I’m not good. We’re not good. Only God is good.” When you get to the place where you realize that it is not about us then, suddenly you realize that God can use you to do something where the lost are fed and the broken are healed.

We aren’t going to settle for making a name because it is not about us. Be radical enough to take a step of faith.

Special thanks to Skylark Audio Video for covering my travel expenses so that I can live blog the conference for you.