Summary: the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express... in accordance with God’s will."

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How the Holy Spirit Helps You Improve Your Teaching

Illustration:Do not hastily ascribe things to God. Do not easily suppose dreams, voices, impressions, visions or revelations to be from God. They may be from Him. They may be from nature. They may be from the Devil.

J.K. Johnston, John Wesley Why Christians Sin, Discovery House, 1992, p. 102.

1. Paul wrote, "In the same way the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for; but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express... in accordance with God’s will." (Rom. 8:26,27)

The Holy Spirit improves your ability to teach effectively by facilitating the following factors:

A. Greater wisdom is given to those who are led by the Spirit of God. (James 1:5)

B. Greater love is given for the all the students of the teachers who are led by the Holy Spirit.

C. Greater understanding of student’s genuine problems, needs & goals is given to Spirit led teachers

D. Greater power is given to Spirit led teachers as a way of demonstrating God’s authority

E. Greater insight into the truth of God’s word is given to teachers who are directed by the Spirit.

Illustration:A lady once asked John Wesley if he knew that he would die at midnight the next day, how would he spend the intervening time. He replied, "Why, madam, just as I intend to spend it now. I would preach this evening at Gloucester, and again at five tomorrow morning; after that I would ride to Tewkesbury, preach in the afternoon, and meet the societies in the evening. I would then go to Martin’s and pray with the family as usual, retire myself to my room at 10 o’clock, commend myself to my Heavenly Father, lie down to rest, and wake up in glory."

Today in the Word, March 1989, p. 40.

F. Greater encouragement is given to Spirit led teachers so that they know their work has eternal value.

G. Greater competence is given to Spirit led teachers so they can produce disciples who are simultaneously growing socially, mentally, emotionally, physically, behaviorally, and spiritually.

Illustration:If we want God to guide us, our attitude needs to be right. Here are some guidelines as to how we can play our part in arriving at right decisions.

First, we must be willing to think. It is false piety, super-supernaturalism of an unhealthy pernicious sort that demands inward impressions with no rational base, and declines to heed the constant biblical summons to consider. God made us thinking beings, and he guides our minds as we think things out in his presence.

Second, we must be willing to think ahead and weigh the long-term consequences of alternative courses of action. Often we can only see what is wise and right, and what is foolish and wrong, as we dwell on the long-term issues.

Third, we must be willing to take advice. It is a sign of conceit and immaturity to dispense with taking advice in major decisions. There are always people who know the Bible, human nature, and our own gifts and limitations better than we do, and even if we cannot finally accept their advice, nothing but good will come to us from carefully weighing what they say.

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