"For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God."
LED BY THE SPIRIT
I want to begin today with some questions.
Where do you need leadership in your life?
What challenge, decision, or circumstance is weighing on you?
Where do you need a word from God today?
We have available to us the most perfect guide to lead us throughout the twists, turns, and challenges of life. The Bible says in Romans 8:14, “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” As God’s People, we are given full access to the leadership of the Holy Spirit, who dwells within us. As we noted in our Sunday talk the Holy Spirit is given to ALL believers as a “gift” from God. God has given us all the gift of the Holy Spirit because he loves us. Our God has filled us with his Spirit because he longs to lead us into the abundant life, he has planned for us.
It is crucial to acknowledge that the Holy Spirit and the word work perfectly together. One does not contradict the other. Both the Holy Spirit and the word that the Spirit of God inspired are essential in living the life God has for us. The Bible says in Galatians 5:16-18, “I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.” The Holy Spirit’s desire is always to lead us away from the consequences of actions and choices that can entangle us in the perspectives and pressures of the world and points us toward an existence of peace, joy, and intimacy with our God and his Son Jesus, and lead us to the goal of abundant life in God.
Galatians 5:25 says, “If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.” How do we “keep in step with the Spirit” ? Just like any relationship in life, it all starts with spending time getting to know what the Holy Spirit is like. The Bible reveals that the Holy Spirit has a personality. The Holy Spirit has a voice. The Holy Spirit’s leadership feels a certain way. The Holy Spirit is like Jesus and continues Jesus’ ministry.
The best way to learn about Holy Spirit is one-on-one. Often, we wait until we are in a highly stressful situation, to ask for the guidance of the Spirit. Yet, I really believe that it is in the secret place, (times of Prayer and Meditation) that we learn what the Spirits voice and leading sounds and feels like so that we can discern his guidance in the rush and stress of the living.
John 16:13 says, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.” We need to realize that the Holy Spirit is eager to speak to us what he hears from God. The Spirit reveals to us God’s plans to love us, provide for us, heal us, transform us, and deliver us. The Holy Spirit longs to lead us into the fullness of life available to us in Christ. So let us spend time getting to know the Holy Spirit in the secret place today. As you pray ask God to reveal himself to you. Spend time in prayer resting in the presence of the God who dwells within you, who is nearer to you than the very ground beneath your feet.
1. Meditate on God’s desire to lead you into abundant life.
“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.”
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
2. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal himself to you. Spend time learning about who he is. Ask him to speak to you and to reveal the way his leadership feels.
“The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.”
“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.”
“While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.'”
“For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay on you no greater burden than these requirements.”
3. Open up your life to the Holy Spirit. Ask him to reveal to you things he wants to lead you away from. Ask him to show you the life he wants to lead you to. And commit to following his leadership today.
“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.”