Romans 8:14 (KJV) 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
1 Corinthians 8:2 (KJV) 2 And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.
How many times have you done something only to realize that you missed the Lord? And then the thought comes to you, “I had a feeling I shouldn’t do that!” And why is that?
You see, the Holy Spirit was prompting you to do the right thing or not to do the wrong thing but you just overrode it and proceeded with your own way. Learn from that!
God loves us so much that He has provided a way for us to always stay on track but it’s not automatic. We have our part to do.
Let’s go back to the beginning. We are made in the image of God and as you know, God is a Spirit [John 4:24]. Therefore, we can conclude that we too are spirits. Yes, the real us is a spirit! Paul calls if our inner man.
Ephesians 3:16 (KJV) 16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
1 Thessalonians 5:23 (KJV) 23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
So what about our soul and body? Good question. We have a soul, which is our intellect – mind, our will, and our emotions. And it also includes our personality and character.
Then there’s our body, which is called our earth suit, and includes our five physical senses by which we contact our surroundings.
So, let’s summarize: we are a spirit, we have a soul, and we live in a body. With our spirit, we contact God; with our soul, we contact our intellectual, reasoning side, and with our bodies, we contact the physical side of things.
Having said all that, leads me to how we are to be led by the Spirit of God: by your spirit – the real you. You see, faith is the only way we can please God and faith is not of the mind or body, it’s a heart issue – from your spirit. Therefore, it behooves us to learn how to hear form God – spirit to Spirit.
There are three basic ways we are led:
1 – The inward witness: this is the way we most often are led. It’s that “knowing” on the inside of you – in your spirit – which way to go or not to go. Remember, we are to be led by peace and that peace is in our re-born spirit. Do you have a peace about what you are inquiring about or endeavoring to do? Or do you have check—a scratchiness – in your spirit as if something just doesn’t set right with you? That’s the inner witness.
2 – Then there’s the voice of your spirit when you get a word about what you’re to do or not to do. That comes from the inside of you – from your spirit. This is your conscience.
3 – And then there’s the voice of the Holy Spirit, which is more authoritative but still comes from inside you because that’s where the Holy Spirit resides – in your re-born spirit. Sometimes it will even seem like an audible voice speaking to you but no one else will hear it but you.
I want to note that your body has a voice – your feelings. They are not the way to be led. Feelings are to be the caboose, not the engine. When you follow the Holy Spirit’s leading, your feelings will eventually line up and fly right, but they are not to lead you!
Having said all that, which is really short and to the point because this is blog and not a whole book, the main way the Lord leads us is by the inward witness – that still, small voice that gives us a thumbs up or thumbs down about what we about to do. We need to hone this skill by practicing hearing on the inside so that we can trust what we think we are hearing. I know that’s a mouthful but so very important, if you want to be led by the Lord. It’s not about doing “our thing” but doing the Lord’s things!
And – just how do we do that? By getting into God’s Word and getting to know His ways and how He does things. Then when you hear something, you can check it against His Word. Everything must agree with God’s Word because His Word must be the benchmark for all that we do. The only way we can do that is to know His Word. Yes, it takes effort but you will avoid a lot of pain, aggravation, and backtracking by doing things right the first time!
Too many times people are looking for the spectacular and miss the supernatural! Anything to do with God and His ways is the supernatural even though it might not be spectacular or sensational. And actually, since our true self is a spirit, we should be at home operating in the supernatural!
Sad to say, in my observation of Christians, I have found that most people don’t really know God’s Word. Sure, they know some scriptures, but if it comes to life or death, how much do they know that would change the situation? And as if that wasn’t bad enough, they don’t even want to know His Word. They don’t let the Bible get in the way of what they believe! So sad! This is not the way to live a life worth living on planet earth!
Brothers and sisters, we need, more than ever before, to be led by God’s Spirit. If things are going to change in this world for the better, we are the ones who are going to do it. It certainly won’t be the devil and his gang!
John 4:24 (KJV) 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV) 5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Jeremiah 10:23 (KJV) 23 O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
John 16:13 (KJV) 13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
Hebrews 4:12 (KJV) 12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12 (AMP) 12 For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.
1 Kings 19:11-12 (KJV) 11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:
12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
Hebrews 11:6 (KJV) 6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Isaiah 55:12 (KJV) 12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
Philippians 4:6-7 (KJV) 6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.