How To Be Led By The Spirit!


May 1999

Dear Ministry Friends,

At the end of July in 1980, I was driving west on Highway 380 passing an E-Z Check convenience store when I prayed, "Lord, I will do whatever you want me to do. I will go wherever you want me to go and I will say whatever you want me to say." At that moment, a hand came on my right shoulder and God spoke audibly to me in my car. My life was forever changed as I was called into the ministry by "the hand of the Lord."

Immediately I had an overwhelming desire to stay in God's will. I knew the Bible well enough that I could adjust my life to the "do and don'ts" of written scripture. But, there were so many decisions I had to make that were not covered by the written Word. In fact, there were hundreds of decisions in the various areas of my life every month that were not covered by God's written Word, and it seemed like there were only a handful of decisions that were!

I knew the answer was "to be led by the Holy Spirit." But I was not hearing the audible voice of God on a regular basis, and certainly not hundreds of times per month. So I began studying diligently to know how to be led by God's Spirit. The principles I found have made a tremendous difference in my life, family, and ministry. I have practiced the principles God gave me in many arenas of life from jobs, to raising children, to Bible smuggling. And when I was in Russia and Communist Eastern Europe and my physical well being was at stake, I definitely wanted to be led by God's Spirit. And I saw these principles of guidance deliver me several times.

The years of study I put into this topic resulted in a six tape teaching series I have offered for a number of years. People have told me these teachings have really helped them. I also have had a desire to turn all of my tapes into book form, and the first teaching in this series is now available in print. It is the most important of the six teachings.

I am offering this first book to my ministry friends at no charge for a limited time to give you the chance to glean from my experiences and the insights God has given me. If you can send an offering, it could help pay to print the other five books in the series. But even if this is not an ideal moment to send an offering, please feel free to order the book. The decision will change your life for the better.

And on the topic of decisions, someone once said, "We make our decisions, then our decisions make us." That is why it is so important to be led by the Spirit in our decision making. Everything we say and do has consequences — it is just a matter of when and how those consequences occur. "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap." (Galatians 6:7 NKJ). The only question is when we will reap.

Unsaved people often think they are getting away with some things, when in reality they are simply waiting for their appointment with the Judge! He is a very patient Judge (see 2nd Peter 3:9), and He doesn't mind giving people 70 or 80 years before their "court date."

I ministered in two different state prisons last week and talked to the men there about the law of consequences. A person's life today is a result of the decisions he or she made in days gone by. But the good news is that a person's life tomorrow can be better because of the good decisions he or she starts making today.

But what about the things we have already done or said that have produced negative consequences in our lives? Is there anything we can do about them? This was another area I began to study diligently in the early 1980's. And the Lord showed me dramatically and clearly in scripture the answers to the questions I had.

Christians also eventually experience the consequences of our decisions in one form or another (just more slowly under grace). But one tremendous truth God showed me is that we can sow mercy towards others — and reap mercy back when we need it most. I've experienced this effect many times, but one example from my life illustrates this in a unique way.

I was driving back from a prayer meeting I led one night in 1991. I was not able to get across a very large boulevard intersection before the light turned red. I got a traffic ticket, and subsequently showed up for my court date. The judge was a "hanging judge" and was giving maximum punishments to the various individuals in front of me. Being on an associate pastor's salary at the time, I really dreaded the almost $100 fine and increases in my car insurance rates.

When the bailiff called my name, I walked to the front. The judge, whom I had never seen before in my life, was looking at the top copy of my ticket. After a few moments of silence, the judge declared, "I can't find a date on this ticket. Case dismissed." I mumbled something respectful and walked out of the courtroom. Then, I quickly pulled out of my pocket my copy of the ticket — to discover a date was on the ticket in three places! (I still have my copy of the ticket.) My only conclusion was that God "blinded" the judge's eyes. As I drove away, the Lord spoke to me and said it was because I had sowed a lot of mercy towards people who didn't deserve it — and therefore He caused me to reap mercy even though I was guilty, too.

James 2:13 NAS says, "For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy, (but), mercy triumphs over judgment." Now we have to be careful not to sow injustice thinking it is mercy, but this principle from scripture can be a powerful force to help our lives. I cannot fully explain everything that relates to this principle in a short newsletter format, so I am offering a teaching tape titled The Law of Consequences at no charge. God has given me tremendous insights into many spiritual principles from His Word. Let me share them with you.

You are important to God and to us. Your life has great potential. And we appreciate your relationship with our ministry. Your prayers and financial offerings are greatly appreciated.


Dale Leander

P.S. — Life is a spiritual battle. The Law of Consequences tape I just mentioned is from my ten tape series, Winning at Spiritual Warfare. People have told me it has powerfully changed their lives and others.


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