I had already dressed up to go to church on a particular sunday and was actually on the way there when I suddenly felt “led” to go to a different church.I didn’t know why but I just followed anyway.
A friend asked why I wasn’t in church and when I told her the above experience, she said “It’s a lie jare,the Spirit of the prophet is subject to the prophet”.
And I was sad…
(1)Because she has quoted Apostle Paul out of context.That verse in 1Corinthians 14:32 was referring to prophesies in the Church.
(2)Because I personally long for the day when I would have absolute clarity/feel led from God on where to go/not go and also for days when this would seem like a normal part of the life of all Christians because we all experience this from the Holy Spirit.
But that aside though, my conversation with her gave me a hunger to indeed know what it means to be led by the Spirit of God.
And yes the Spirit can lead us on places to go-He led Jesus into the wilderness remember? But I felt like it was more. So I decided to study on what the Bible was indeed referring to in Romans 8:14. (So whip out your Bibles dears, this is a Bible study!)
Now, for us all to fully get what this is, you’ll have to read from Romans Chapter 7, yeah, don’t just pull out a verse out of the Bible and focus on only that.
As I also read this Romans chapter 7 and 8 though, I felt “led” to also study Galatians 5. (side note,its amazing what happens when you ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand whatever you study in the Bible.your eyes will be open like never before)
I have never seen the correlation with both chapters(Galatians 5 and Romans 8) before. I mean, what does the fruit of the Spirit have to do with “being led by the Spirit of God”?
But follow me on this trail sweeties…
So Romans 7 talks about life of sin under the law and Paul(and our) struggles with sin… How the law though good and spiritual, could not save him from the power of sin but Halleluyah! The power of the life giving Spirit did what the law could not do.
Romans 8:5 says that those who are controlled by the flesh think about things that gratify the flesh.
What are these things?
Enter Galatians 5:19…
Now, the sinful nature is still under obligation to do those things that gratify the flesh in that picture above and worse still, has no power to free itself from the power of those sins that lead to death.
And what does this have to do with being led by the Spirit?
This is it… Those who are led by the Spirit are led to put to death the works of the sinful nature and to do what pleases God.
So first, the Spirit leads those who follow Him to please God – Romans 8:8
This in no way denies the fact that the Spirit can lead us on places to go and all that but how do we REALLY know one who is led by God’s Spirit?
It’s the fact that that person isn’t controlled by His sinful nature anymore.
Now don’t get me wrong, Galatians 5:17 says that the sinful nature may still want to do evil/tempt that person but Halleluyah! Because the person is directed by the Spirit He is not under obligation to the law-to the law that does not free him from the burden of sin.
So this person being led by the Holy Spirit is not short circuited by the works of the flesh, He can live above them. His sinful nature may fight with the desires with the Spirit but He let’s the Spirit win this war because He is led by the Spirit of God!
Who is excited by this good news like me? You should see my face as I type this, this knowledge is powerful to me.
Meaning that these terrible addictions we have… the urge to envy/be jealous of one another… selfish ambition…all can be overcome just by being led by the Spirit!
But that’s where the deal is. For one to be led by someone, one has to follow and the Holy Spirit won’t force you to follow Him. He can lead you out of this sinful nature but you have to follow Him.
So how do you know that you are following/being led by the Spirit?
Galatians 5:22 to the rescue. It contrasts the deeds of the flesh with that of the Spirit…
“But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness, (benevolence), faithfulness…
So I guess we can see clearly what shines through when someone is led by the Spirit of God now? He produces the fruit that the Holy Spirit gives and not the deeds of the flesh.
It is however important to note again, that just like Galatians 5:17-18 says, the sinful nature might rear it’s head up, so don’t damn a person who’s being tempted as a “fake Spirit filled person”… The sinful nature may wrestle with the Spirit, but we don’t have an obligation to fufill the desires of the flesh anymore. We can live above it.
I think that this is a daily battle we actually fight. You rebel and go your own way even for a day and all sorts of stuff that shouldn’t have their way in your life starts coming in.
But if we follow the Holy Spirit and let Him have His way in our lives..let Him lead us, then we can experience the same freedom that Apostle Paul found from the bondage of sin.
Oh how sweet life would be? That we don’t have to please satan anymore by living in sin/acting on every sinful thought we have… that our addictions can all leave if we crucify our sinful nature to the cross and leave it there.
Prayer – Lord help me to indeed nail my sinful desires to the cross and crucify them there. Help me to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in my life ALWAYS in Jesus Name, amen.
Hope today’s Rhema for today made sense?
Do leave a comment behind, I’d love to learn from you. It’s a Bible study so let’s discuss.
PS: I had Hillsong’s “I surrender” plugged in as I edited this and I couldn’t help but think that there’s more than I’m getting now, there’s more to know of God, there’s more, more to learn in the word of God… Like Tessa said in one of her comment, the above are just snacks. To get the main meal of today’s gist in the word, get into the word for yourself…study the Bible also… There’s more.
God help us all.