Led By The Spirit Of God
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Romans 8:14
Most of us don’t seriously contemplate every action we take well before we take it. Most actions are instantaneous with the thought that prompted them. If we sense we are thirsty we drink water, if we’re uncomfortable in our chair we shift our position. When we’re driving we’re not thinking or meditating on the idea of where we should look next. Of course not! We’re keeping our eyes on things all around us that could affect our safety. In all these things our actions are led by a predetermined set of experiences and rules that we know make for safe driving.
But of the things we say and the actions we take when matters of good and evil are concerned we need to be led by wise and proven council. Just about every other decision in life, except those such as mentioned above, require of us serious contemplation before we act. Certainly the most common is our need for a governor over our mouths, for the things we say, for when and how we say them. Words are powerful forces.
We are capable of receiving and responding to myriads of mental stimuli. And we can process several thoughts almost simultaneously. What we cannot do is contemplate two opposing thoughts at the same time. We can quickly switch between them but we cannot hold both at the same time especially when we are receiving one of them audibly. When we are speaking the Word of God we block the entrance for the voice of the devil into our hearts. When we are meditating on the Word of God we give no place for the devil and he must then flee from us. [James 4:7]
Our actions, likewise, need to be considered carefully. We need to count the costs before embarking on any enterprise that we hope to complete. We certainly need to contemplate the results of actions that affect our health and our mental, physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
The current social climate seems to be overwhelmed by people particularly using social media and the broadcast news programing to say anything no matter how false the witness, do anything no matter how outrageous or harmful it may be to others. There seems to be an overwhelming number of those who lack all sense of self-control, propriety, restraint, modesty or respect for themselves and others.
The worst purveyors of this behavior are those who spew their evil in phrases of well-crafted speech, in dulcet tones of pseudo-intellectual superiority intended to mask their sinister and destructive motivation and intent. They are like those the apostle referred to when He contrasted the church with those in the world.
“...That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation...” Philippians 2:14-16
We who are the sons of God are being led by the Spirit of God. And all who hear and yield themselves to the leading of the Holy Spirit are the sons, the children of God. And we know the voice of the Holy Spirit because we hear Him in The Word of God. Every promise in Him is yes and amen. Every commandment is for our benefit and blessing. Every prohibition is for our protection, safety and preservation.
When we hear the still small voice of the Spirit of God we should heed it immediately, don’t hesitate or put it off for another day. Yes. Test the spirits. Does it align with the nature, character and ways of God? If yes, then do it. If it does not, then flee from it, say no to it, and quickly seek the Lord for His will and what your response should be.
In the heat of the moment and without discerning thought we can make hasty and costly decisions that can result in many undesired consequences. But, if we take time to consider the source of our thought, feeling, or first impression, and by the Spirit of the Lord we become aware of the source of the thought, feeling or first impression, we will never fail when we choose God’s way instead. We always triumph when we are led by His Spirit all the time.
Be of a humble spirit, submit your way to the Lord and let Him direct your steps.
Meditate on these and know the will of God for you.
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7
“Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.” Psalm 37:4-6
“A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9