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Being Led by the Spirit

Bayless Conley

Course Overview

Being Led by the Holy Spirit covers various important aspects of decision-making and guidance for leaders in the body of Christ. Bayless Conley emphasizes being led by God’s Spirit, His written Word, integrity, His peace, and seeking counsel from others. Additionally, the course highlights the significance of recognizing our spiritual nature and how God guides us through our spirits. Proper priorities are emphasized, focusing on a personal relationship with God, family, ministry, and rest and recreation. Bayless Conley also cautions against seeking signs or personal prophecies for guidance and encourages reliance on the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, and developing a close relationship with Him for direction.

What You’ll Learn

  • How God guides us
  • The differences between spirit, body, and soul
  • How to deal with difficult times
  • How to prioritize your life
  • How to seek out guidance


1. Spirit Directed and Spirit Power

This session emphasizes that as leaders in the body of Christ, it is essential to be guided by God’s Spirit, His written Word, integrity, His peace, and the counsel of others. Making decisions in ministry must be rooted in obedience to God’s Word, living with integrity, seeking His peace, and being open to the guidance and support of fellow believers.

2. How God Leads Us Through Our Spirits

This session discusses how God leads and communicates with us through our spirits. It highlights that man is a spirit being, and after the Fall, God’s plan of redemption through Jesus Christ changed man’s nature, enabling us to contact and be guided by God through our spirits. By spending time in God’s Word and prayer, especially praying in tongues, we can become more sensitive to how God deals with our spirits and receive His guidance.

3. How to Receive Direction in Difficult Times

Bayless Conley highlights principles for receiving direction from God in challenging times, using Elijah’s experience on Mount Horeb as an example. He emphasizes not giving up, cutting away distractions, resting in God, engaging in prayer and studying the Word, and recognizing God’s guidance through His still small voice.

4. The Priorities of Life

Bayless Conley emphasizes the importance of having proper priorities in life and ministry. He outlines four main priorities:

  1. Personal Relationship with God
  2. Family
  3. Ministry
  4. Rest and Recreation.

He highlights the need to prioritize fellowship with God, family responsibilities, effective ministry, and self-care, while making decisions based on these priorities.

5. Pitfalls and Dangers When Seeking Guidance

This session focuses on practical wisdom for making wise decisions and avoiding deception. Bayless Conley emphasizes the importance of listening to the inward witness of the spirit, being cautious about seeking outward signs or personal prophecies for guidance, and instead relying on the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, and developing a close relationship with the Lord.

Course Preview

Being Led by the Spirit

Brad Andrews sits down with Dr. to discuss how God guides us. 

About the Instructor

Bayless Conley

Bayless Conley hosts Answers with Bayless Conley on television, a weekly program that airs globally with over 250,000 viewers weekly. As a recovering drug addict and alcoholic, Bayless found God through a 12-year-old Christian boy. Bayless is the founder and senior pastor of Cottonwood Church, based in Southern California, with a weekly attendance of over 9,500. His son and daughter-in-law, Harrison and Bethany Conley are lead pastors of Cottonwood Church.

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