Led By the Spirit of God
Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
Last week, I discussed the Path of Salvation and how it’s not only knowing and believing in God, but becoming a part of God. God is life. When we are a part of Him, we have eternal life. Becoming a part of God involves seeking, hearing, and obeying for to be a part of Him is to become as He is. 1 John 3:2 This journey is working out our salvation with fear and trembling. Phil 2:12-13
Working out our salvation is walking the narrow way of truth. Matthew 7:13-14 It’s learning from God, then obeying as we are taught. When our thoughts, will, and desires are one with God, we are His sons and daughters because we are a part of Him. We reflect His nature, as a true son or daughter would. We mirror the result of His ways; His holiness, love, truth, mercy, compassion, and righteousness. If we are truly fellowshipping with God, we will see these characteristics expanding in our lives, as light expands to fill the darkness.
To be led by God means we are no longer led by our self will. It means learning God’s ways, then acting according to His ways and no longer our own. It means setting aside our judgments and letting Him judge. It means letting Him rule our lives. It means abiding in rest as God moves through us. It means seeking and listening; for how else will we know His will to live it?
This turning from our ways to follow His ways is repentance. Repentance occurs when we learn that God’s ways are better, thus they become our desire and passion. For example, God tells us to honor all people. 1 Peter 2:17 To each one of us, He will specifically direct us to what that looks like. He will teach us through our circumstances and in accordance with the Bible. As we listen and obey to His specific counsel to us, we experience the positive effects of walking in God’s truth. We each learn first hand His ways are far superior and in response our souls start to long for His precepts as we see the perfection and righteous love they possess. Psalm 63:1
John 14:21 “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”
Obedience, the core of repentance, is born out of love. His words are righteous love, thus as we know His words, we desire to walk in them. In repentance, our core passion changes from following self to following God, thus we have a love for the truth of God and our lives reflect that love.
It’s essential to understand the power of God as THE Teacher in our lives and the necessity for us to TRUST Him to be. Matthew 23:8 As we fellowship with God each day, He transforms us so that we are crafted in His truth. 2 Corin 5:17 This doesn’t happen when we listen to others talk about Him. In learning from God, we aren’t simply gaining knowledge of His ways; He transforms us by the power of His spirit moving in us as we commune with Him. This power is how we are able to walk as He leads. The power is available to us through His abundant grace. 2 Corin 9:8 Without His power working in us we couldn’t walk as He commands. Therefore, His commands aren’t burdensome. We desire them and live them by His power.
1 John 5:.3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.
As God teaches us, He transforms us, which enables us to walk as He leads. Ephesians 1:19
Through this process of seeking, listening and obeying, our lives start to manifest the qualities of God (His holiness, righteous love, peace, rest, power) because we are becoming a part of Him. As the kingdom of heaven matures within us, we experience abundant life. John 10:10 If we aren’t experiencing increasing abundant life, we are following the wrong shepherd.
1 Peter 1:22 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart,
Each of us has to walk our own narrow path. No one can do it for us. We each have to be taught, led and shepherded by God for those are the ones who become a part of Christ, the Word. John 6:45 Those are the ones who lay down their self will and ways and are transformed by the Truth. This is the path of salvation, thus eternal life, because it leads to a point of desiring to be completely consumed by God, who is life.
This narrow way of seeking, listening and obeying to a point of holy rest where God governs all is why many are called but few are chosen. Matthew 22:14 Most are governed by mankind’s doctrines, thoughts, opinions and ways and not God’s. Only God’s ways lead to eternal life. His words in accordance with His power purify us to a point of becoming one with Him. What Christ did was beyond powerful. He gave us the ability to possess the spirit of God that we might live in truth because His perfection can abide within us.
1 John 1:6-7 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
March 27, 2012 at 6:05 pm
Thanks for this article.
Whilst I wish not to contend with your assertion that we should honor all people I am wondering if the verse used to back it up is the appropriate one? :”1 Peter 1:22 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart,”
… “sincere love of the brethren” referred to brothers (and sisters) in Christ – true Christians. No?
March 28, 2012 at 10:14 am
Hi Gerhard – there are various verses about honoring others … perhaps the difference is in how you define honor …
1 Peter 2:17 Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
March 28, 2012 at 12:47 am
Thank you, Rachel, for ever strengthening us and giving us encouragement that we can have a deep relationship with Him, be obedient to Him and have an abundant life. God bless you as you stay close to Him!
April 13, 2012 at 3:47 am
You said.”Each of us has to walk our own narrow path. No one can do it for us. We each have to be taught, led and shepherded by God for those are the ones who become a part of Christ, the Word.”
This statement confirmed a thought I had as I was listening to a sermon the other day. We have all these denominations, which is okay. But the pastors from all these denominations teach generally something different. As I was listening to this pastor, I thought how do I know what he is teaching is is agreement with scripture? He made a statement how is position on a verse or chapter has changed, His reply was, ” I said that, I believed that!” I think we all can say that, but would we expect that from a shepherd of Gods people? How do I know if I am sitting under a pastor or teacher is he correct? They are all different yet hold to the conclusion that there teaching is right. Perplexing! This pastor I was listening to is a messianic believer, his teaching is pretty good, but his beliefs are different than the protestant pastor.
Its sort of frightening in a way, if you think about it, You can sit under one person then listen to another teacher and have two different opinions…now what? I know I have relied to much in the past of what other teachers taught on. I have been influenced to much from them and not truly studying for myself.
I wonder if you compare the rabbinical teaching back then to how pastors teach I wonder how far off the scope are they? It seems like to much of a profession now, its hard to determine if a person has been truly called to shepherd the people. This is one reason why it is hard for me to be in a church now. I want to know the scriptures for myself and not be spoon fed. Until I feel mature enough to distinguish between false and true doctrine, I can’t see myself in a church building. Suppose I am still on milk! Just a long winded thought!
April 13, 2012 at 11:54 am
Hi Mike – You mention a reason of why it is so important to learn about God from God, for this is why we have the Holy Spirit. Most just don’t know, trust or take the time to engage and learn from Him – but His teaching is unlike any other. Only by sitting at God’s feet each day to be taught by Him can we truly “test” the words of another. We were never meant to be dependent on other’s opinions about God, but only to share.