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How can you be led by the Spirit? Photo: PEXELS/Pixabay

IT IS WRITTEN: Being led by the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is our main teacher and companion. Our forever comforter and discrete confidant. What joy is it, to be led by Him.

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How can you be led by the Spirit? Photo: PEXELS/Pixabay

In the Gospels, we see how Jesus predicted his betrayal to the disciples (John 13:8-27), saying that He would only be with them for a little while. He then comforted them by saying that He was going to prepare a place for them in His Father’s house and that He would return to fetch them (John 14:1- 4).

However, he promised: 

“And I will pray to the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he  may abide with you forever.”

John 14:16 (NIV)

“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto  you.”

John 14:26 (NIV)

THE FULLNESS OF THE GODHEAD

As a new believer, I felt that I was missing something. I had put my faith in God and had accepted Jesus as my savior, but I didn’t experience His fullness as others described.

Then it dawned on me: There is a third person in the trinity…the Holy Spirit!

“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. “

Romans 8:14 (NIV)

“The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 7 Now if  we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”

Romans 8:16-17 (NIV)

You and I have been chosen by God to partake of His divine inheritance as co-heirs with Christ! What a magnificent promise! However, that does not mean that we won’t suffer in this life.

Types of suffering

  1. Self-imposed suffering (through our own bad decisions/poor choices) 
  2. Innocent suffering (through the sins of others/no fault of our own) 
  3. Redemptive suffering (for the good of others e.g. Jesus Christ) 

However, God never wastes pain! He can use all kinds of suffering for good (ours and/or others), and for His glory!

HOW TO WALK IN HIS PROMISES

God promises that He has given us everything we needed for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3), but why do we sometimes not live in the abundance of that promise?

Sometimes it is just ignorance (my people perish for lack of knowledge -Hosea 4:6). Sometimes it is un-repented sin, or even just a lack of faith. But always, if we turn to the Holy Spirit for guidance, He is both willing and able to lead us into the fullness of all that Christ died to freely give us.

DO NOT BE DECEIVED

We tend to judge ourselves and others by outward behaviours and lifestyle, but God judges by the  heart: 

“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? “

Jeremiah 17:9 (NIV)

Only when we recognize the true condition of our hearts, can we come to the place of true repentance. Through His tender mercy, we get to realize that both our mind and soul (our entire emotional nature and understanding) need renewing!

7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the  Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”

Galatians 6:7-9 (NIV)

Let us eagerly seek the conviction of the Holy Spirit, rejoicing in the fact that His gracious forgiveness is just a “communion” step away.

PRAYER

Oh Abba, your word says that by humbling ourselves under you mighty hand, you will lift us up (1 Peter 5:6).

We come humbly before you today, asking your Holy Spirit to convict us, so that we would turn away from anything that grieves you and instead, rejoice and rest in your finished work on the Cross.

You are so worthy of all the praise and Glory.

Amen

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