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Being Led by the Holy Spirit
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God , they are the sons of God. (Rom 8:14)
We know that during Jesus’ earthly ministry He was led by the
Holy Spirit. Luke records that, “Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost
returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness”
(Luke 4:1). How can we be led by the Holy Spirit?
We read in Paul’s writings that, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of
God, they are the sons of God” (Rom 8:14). Obviously, we must learn
to be directed by the spirit, “For to be carnally minded is death; but to
be spiritually minded is life and peace” (Rom 8:6).
Jesus lived his entire life with the benefit of revelation knowledge, “And the
spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and
understanding , the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and
of the fear of the LORD” (Isa 11:2). Nevertheless, John the Baptist
witnessed the Holy Spirit descending upon Jesus, “I saw the Spirit
descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him” (John 1:32).
Jesus received revelation as the Holy Spirit germinated the word of God that
was sown in His heart.
Indeed, one of the jobs of the Holy Spirit is to germinate the word of God in our
hearts! Without the Holy Spirit we become like the people over which Isaiah
prophesied, “But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept,
precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little;
that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken
(Isa 28:13). This is a picture of religious people much like the Pharisees who
merely had an intellectual understanding of what the word said; nevertheless, they
lived without the spirit, which would give them revelation of that word!
Peter teaches that we have “exceeding great and precious promises” which come “though
the knowledge of Christ!” Jesus said, “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye
cannot bear them now.” Jesus meant that without the Holy Spirit the disciples were
incapable of hearing Him! He continued, “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 ” (John 16:12-13). Notice
that he said, “whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak. ” Let’s break down that
important passage into each of its various component parts:
(1) the Holy Spirit of Truth will come to us;
(2) the Holy Spirit of Truth will guide us in to truth;
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Being Led by the Holy Spirit
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God , they are the sons of God. (Rom 8:14)
(3) the Holy Spirit of Truth will not speak of himself;
(4) the Holy Spirit of Truth will hear from God;
(5) the Holy Spirit of Truth will speak what He hears ;
(6) and, the Holy Spirit of Truth will show us things to come.
Notice the fifth item above; how does the Holy Spirit speak? The Holy Spirit does the
speaking and gives the revelation! The job of the Holy Sprit is to reveal things to us!
The process is not one of, “getting things deep down into our hearts.” For example, one
might say, “I know the Gettysburg Address by heart.” We can humanly place things in
our heart; however, these natural things do not compare to the germination of the word of
God in our hearts. In fact, the opposite is true; the Holy Spirit brings things up out of our
spirits and into the world!
We are going to research Biblical examples of individuals who clearly have been “led by
the spirit.” Our effort will be to learn the Biblical secrets concerning how to be “led by
the spirit!” We can easily find individuals during the early New Testament period who
were clearly led by the Spirit! Let’s observe just eight unmistakable passages, all from the
book of Acts, that verifies this special leading:
1.
Acts 8:29 “Then the Spirit said unto Philip , Go near, and join thyself to this
chariot”
2.
Acts 10:19 Regarding Peter,“ the Spirit said unto him , Behold, three men seek
thee”
3.
Acts 11:11-12 “And, behold, immediately there were three men already come unto
the house where I was, sent from Caesarea unto me. And the spirit bade me go
with them
4.
Acts 16:7 “They assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not
5.
Acts 18:5 “ Paul was pressed in the spirit , and testified to the Jews that Jesus was
Christ”
6.
Acts 19:21 “ Paul purposed in the spirit , when he had passed through Macedonia
and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem”
7.
Acts 20:22 Paul said, “ I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem”
8.
Acts 21:4 “finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said to Paul
through the Spirit , that he should not go up to Jerusalem.”
We live in the age of technology and as a result we somehow feel superior to ancient
societies. However, we must understand that we are not far advanced especially in the
area of spiritual understanding in comparison to that original New Testament church;
instead, we have a long way to go just to catch up to them! The leading of the Holy Spirit
as expressed in the passages above is unmistakable. Therefore, these verses should leave
us asking introspective questions, “Have we been led in that same fashion in our Christian
Walk? Maybe the better question is, “Have I always followed the Holy Spirit in my
Christian walk?” Don’t be too quick to judge yourself as entirely “carnal.” Notice items
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Being Led by the Holy Spirit
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God , they are the sons of God. (Rom 8:14)
6, 7, and 8 ( the last three examples above .) Those three examples contain two different
instructions for Paul. Was he supposed to go to Jerusalem or not? This specific question
has been studied and discussed throughout the millennia. Some claim that the
capitalization of the word “Spirit” in example number 8 above gives that specific
command the precedence. Others claim that all three verses use the definite article “the”
meaning that the Holy Spirit was clearly the author of all three commands. Still others say
that the Holy Spirit will never give conflicting instructions.
So what is the answer? Were there two Holy Spirit commands? How did Paul know
which command to follow? One of the goals of this study is to discover the answers to
this and other leadership issues of the Holy Spirit.
Being “led by the Spirit” is not always simply making choices. Sometimes there are other
factors in play. Have you ever gotten upset at some delay in your plans or your daily
routine? How do you know whether or not the Holy Spirit fostered your delays? He
might have held you up on purpose! Some of you have shared personal accounts of how
you drove upon an accident that had recently taken place on the highway; however, that
morning you were delayed before you left your home because your lunch spilled and you
resentfully had to prepare another luncheon delight!
But how do you know when you are following God’s leadership? Have you ever placed
something in your mouth and just knew that it was spoiled; so you spit it out?
In the same fashion, we must test the spirits, “Beloved, believe not every spirit (John 6:63
quotes Jesus who said, “the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit” – words are
spirit! ), but try the spirits (Job 34:3 teaches us, “For the ear trieth words, as the mouth
tasteth meat”) whether they (the spirits or the words) are of God: because many false
prophets (Here John uses a word composed of two Greek words , pseudo–false combined
with prophetes–inspired speaker ) are gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1). We must
train our human spirit to meditate on the scripture then when we hear something (the
spirits or the words) we can test the thing that we have heard against the actual Word of
God. Through this process we prove or try the thought or the spirit not the person who
brought the idea.
How do we test the spirits? We can start with the “truth test,” “Finally, brethren,
whatsoever things are true . . . think on these things” (Phil 4:8). Yet we must be careful
that we are using spiritual eyes and not merely those physical eyes. For example, let’s
assume for a moment that we have just broken our finger and it is twisted and obviously
looks rather crooked. Immediately we cry out to God in our pain and pray, “Lord I accept
your healing for by your stripes I am healed!” Yet, when we look down we may still see
with our physical eyes the twisted finger! But what is the truth in that instance? The truth
is, “(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)” (2 Cor 5:7).
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Being Led by the Holy Spirit
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God , they are the sons of God. (Rom 8:14)
Beyond “testing the spirits” we can measure things by an inward witness. The Holy Spirit
often acts as that inward witness. The very existence of the Holy Spirit in us is a witness,
“And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness , giving them the Holy Ghost ,
even as he did unto us” (Acts 15:8). The Apostle John probably made the most clearly
expressed statement about this witness, “He that believeth on the Son of God hath the
witness in himself ” (1 John 5:10).
Solomon had some genuine insight regarding the witness within man. He realized that
God employs unknown methods: “The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD , searching
all the inward parts of the belly” (Prov 20:27). The belly from the Hebrew word, beten
(beh'-ten); means to be hollow such as the belly and especially the womb. Therefore, the
proverb expresses that there is a hollow part within every man. That hollow locality is
where man’s spirit resides, “For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of
man which is in him ? ” (1 Cor 2:11). That entity identified as the “spirit of man” gives
every person his private thoughts and his individual being. The spirit of man should be
related to your mind. Right now you are experiencing thoughts that no one knows but you
and God. It is important that you realize that those thoughts are not coming from your
physical brain! Your brain is merely a storage location of past memories and impressions.
The thoughts come from, “The spirit of man , which the proverb describes as the candle
of the LORD , searching all the inward parts of the belly (hollow) ” (Prov 20:27). Our
thoughts emanate from the spirit of man which dwells within us! All human beings are
spirit directed; that is, we are all accustomed to experiencing the direction of a spiritual
entity within! However, that verse from First Corinthians continues with the notion that
that even though every person has a spirit within, their human spirit is limited in its
abilities, “even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.” This means
that there are things of God that the spirit of man cannot comprehend! Now, don’t miss
the concept that every believer is different from every natural man! Jesus Christ (the
Anointed One) has anointed every believer. Lets notice how the Apostle John expresses
this anointing, “But ye have an unction (anointing) from the Holy One, and ye know all
things ” (1 John 2:20). Did you notice the difference as a result of that anointing, ye
know all things ” (1 John 2:20).
Now wait a minute, do you really know all things? If I were to ask you if you had all
knowledge, you would most likely answer, “Absolutely not!” You could even prove to
me that you do not know all things! Why then did the Apostle John write, “But ye have
an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things ” (1 John 2:20)? Was John just
stretching the truth? Was John merely using a metaphorical expression or some figure of
speech? We have already read John’s statement three chapters forward which states, “He
that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself ” (1 John 5:10). The point is,
John is not just writing meaningless words to fill the page!
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Being Led by the Holy Spirit
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God , they are the sons of God. (Rom 8:14)
When John plainly wrote, “ye know all things” (1 John 2:20), John meant exactly what he
wrote, “you know all things!” You might ask, “How can we know all things?” The
answer is given by the Apostle Paul, “But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit:
for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God” (1 Cor 2:10). We actually
have an inner teacher as Titus expresses in 2:11-12, “For the grace of God that bringeth
salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us . . . ” Notice that the same grace which
brought salvation is the entity that teaches us! In his Gospel John writes, “But the
Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall
teach you all things.
Yes there are other ways that God speaks to us such as dreams, visions, and voices! But
the number one method that God instructs and advises us is through the “inward witness!”
Jesus Christ Himself is that witness in our very flesh, “And from Jesus Christ, who is the
faithful witness (Rev 1:5). Our physical bodies are the actual flesh of Jesus. He walks in
us and leads and directs our very steps, “For as the body is one, and hath many members,
and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ ” (1
Cor 12:12). Paul develops this concept more clearly, “Now ye are the body of Christ , and
members in particular” (1 Cor 12:27). The Church is the body of Christ, “For the
perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of
Christ ” (Eph 4:12). So what does the Spirit of Christ do for us? Notice the following:
Ezek 36:27 “And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my
statutes , and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them”
Rom 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ
Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit
Rom 8:4 “That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not
after the flesh, but after the Spirit
Gal 5:16 “ Walk in the Spirit , and ye shall not fulful the lust of the flesh”
Gal 5:25 “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit
Every single child of God should expect to be led by the spirit! This should not be the
exception; instead it should be the rule. You and I who are in Christ have become
something new. Jeremiah speaks of God doing some new thing, “for the LORD hath
created a new thing in the earth ” (Jer 31:22). The Apostle Paul expands the concept,
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature : old things are passed away;
behold, all things are become new” (2 Cor 5:17). Paul teaches us that we need to put on
this new man, “put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of
him that created him” (Col 3:10).
We must function in the spirit in order to even communicate with God, “God is a Spirit:
and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). We
cannot contact God any other way than in the spirit, “For we are the circumcision, which
worship God in the spirit (Phil 3:3)!
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Being Led by the Holy Spirit
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God , they are the sons of God. (Rom 8:14)
God leads in the spirit! David wrote, “ he leadeth me beside the still waters” (Ps 23:2).
This concept of God’s leadership was not just an Old Testament idea espoused by David,
Isaiah also wrote of this leading, “he that hath mercy on them shall lead them , even by the
springs of water shall he guide them ” (Isa 49:10).
So, let’s begin to tie these concepts together here. The Book of Proverbs teaches us that,
“the spirit of man is the candle of the LORD” and that the spirit of man “searching all
the inward parts of the belly (hollow – empty place) .” We established that the bible
teaches that our mind (the hollow – empty place which is the center of our thoughts)
originates from the spirit of man which dwells within us. It is natural therefore to
conclude that all human beings are accustomed to experiencing leadership originating
from a spiritual entity from within! Christians failing to recognize the voice of God are
simply not in their right mind!
Because we have lived for (___) years prior to our conversion, living and experiencing
exclusively our own private thoughts, we experience difficulty at first listening to the
direction of God! When Christ came to live in our physical bodies, He brought His mind
right along with Him! When Christ moved in, we actually got a new mind “But we have
the mind of Christ ” (1 Cor 2:16). Therefore we must yield to the thoughts of the new
mind! Paul writes, “ Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus,” (Phil 2:5).
“For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him?” as Paul asked in 1
Cor 2:16. The answer to His question is simple; the Christian has known the mind of the
Lord!
Your very thoughts are filtered through Christ’s mind! Do you truly get the concept? We
have become one with God the Father and Christ. We studied last week what John
specifically expressed, “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee,
that they also may be one in us” (John 17:21)! After conversion, we become one with
God!
Once we comprehend and appreciate that we are one with God we naturally begin to
realize that our very thoughts are God directed! Our biggest problem usually lies in the
question, “Did that thought come from my own thinking or from the Holy Spirit?” We
will study the Biblical teaching concerning how to discern a little bit later. However, for
now, here is a real breakthrough key of Christian living: the more that we move toward
holiness (Becoming pure in every aspect of our lives as we grow in the revelation that we
are the righteousness of God in Christ! ), the more that we activate the inner trust that our
thoughts have originated in Christ! Then once that we have that inner conscience (inner
witness) agreeing with our human mind, we supernaturally grasp that God has directed a
specific thought! When we seek God’s holiness with all of our being Jesus reveals
Himself to us, “and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and
will manifest myself to him ” (John 14:21). This revelation of Jesus Christ in our lives
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Being Led by the Holy Spirit
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God , they are the sons of God. (Rom 8:14)
gives us tremendous confidence that we can do whatever Jesus has told us because we
know that He is behind us!
We must develop the realization that God wants to direct us! In fact, we should boldly
realize that we have the right to be led of God! We should outwardly anticipate and
actively pursue His leadership! After all, Jesus said, “ My sheep hear my voice , and I
know them, and they follow me .” If you are a lamb in the sheepfold of Jesus, you need to
expect to hear from the Shepherd! In fact it should be your comfort for it is written, “thy
rod and thy staff they comfort me ” (Ps 23:4). After all He sent us the Comforter! He
promised, “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you ” (John 14:18). Both the
Father and Jesus will take up their abode within us, “If a man love me he will keep my
words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode
with him. ” If God living in your flesh does not comfort you, nothing will!
Now the big question that may be in your mind, “Did that thought come from my own
thinking or from the Holy Spirit?” That is a good question and the Bible does give us a
specific answer regarding how to make the distinction. First we must be walking in love;
only then can we let God’s peace make the ruling, “And above all these things put on
charity (love) , which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule (brabeuo)
in your hearts ” (Col 3:15). The word translated into the English word “rule” is from the
Hebrew word brabeuo (brab-yoo'-o); meaning to arbitrate, or to govern; the concept is that
it makes a decision! Just like an umpire makes a snap decision on a baseball pitch so the
Peace of God must govern or make decisions in our heart! Jesus did not have peace in the
classical sense; on the contrary, He was crucified! Yet He told us, “Peace I leave with
you, my peace I give unto you” (John 14:27). In case we don’t completely believe that,
we can read further, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have
peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation ” (John 16:33). The peace of God goes far
beyond human comprehension, “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:7).
The peace of God is absolutely essential! For example, just because a door is open does
not mean that we are supposed to walk through it! God must lead us! We must seek the
will of God. Satan can and does set-up circumstances! He provides false doors for us in
an attempt to lead us into a trap. Let me share with you an experience I went through last
year when I was not carefully paying attention to the inward witness of the Holy Spirit!
When we walk through a door where God has not led we expose ourselves to unknown
evils! We literally “open a door” for problems! Given this information we ought to
pattern at least a portion of our morning prayers after Jesus’ example, “and lead us not
into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” Notice that we are to be wise and understand
God’s will, “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is
(Eph 5:17). How do we understand what the will of the Lord is? In this very context of
understanding, the next verse astonishingly gives us the simple answer! Let’s read it,
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Being Led by the Holy Spirit
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God , they are the sons of God. (Rom 8:14)
“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled (continual process or an on-
going process) with the Spirit ” (Eph 5:18)! The context of understanding and being filled
with the spirit is unmistakable! As if to place a Biblical exclamation point on the concept
Paul choose to relate the idea of being filled with the spirit to the state of drunkenness!
How does the Bible relate that concept? Let’s go to the example of the initial giving of
the Holy Spirit to men. The Apostle Peter stood up and said, “For these are not drunken,
as ye suppose” (Acts 2:15).
Why do you think that they supposed that the new Christians were drunk? Next week we
will focus upon the answer to that question. We are also going to learn that in order to
receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit, we must first be thirsty, “ If any man thirst , let him
come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his
belly shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7:37-38). This does not mean that they
haven’t had a drink of water for the last hour; instead, a man that has been in the desert for
a week without water can perhaps best describe this thirst. We see this man in a delirious
state and his lips are parched for lack of fluid! When we thirst in this fashion for God’s
spirit; then all we need to do is ask , “how much more shall your heavenly Father give the
Holy Spirit to them that ask him ?” (Luke 11:13).
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