I wish I could type God’s will as my destination in Google Maps and print the turn-by-turn directions so I can study them before pressing go. But wisdom (skill for living and applying God’s word) is not about trying to make sense of everything before stepping out in faithful obedience.
Spiritual wisdom learns to discern the Holy Spirit leading us, one turn at a time, as we pray and seek God’s Word for guidance. Wisdom grows the more we recognize and obey the leading of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
The more I seek God, the more I hear his still small voice guiding me. I am so glad God did not leave me to my own devices to figure out my way in life. The Lord is my Good Shepherd who gently leads me every day.
3. The Holy Spirit Guides and Directs God’s People
“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God” (Romans 8:14).
If you are a child of God, you are led by the Spirit of God. A child of God is someone who confesses that Jesus is God’s son and died for your sins and rose again. When you become a Christian, you desire to know God in a personal way. We get to know God by studying the Bible and talking to God in prayer. The more you do this, the more you’ll be able to recognize when God is guiding you.
The Bible tells us how we can walk in tune with the desires of the Spirit instead of the desires of our flesh.
“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want” (Galatians 5:15-17 NIV).
Have you felt the battle of your sinful nature and the Holy Spirit at war in your life? I sure have. But even though these two forces are fighting for our attention, the Holy Spirit is stronger.
4. The Holy Spirit Provides a Godlike Atmosphere when he Manifests his Presence
The Holy Spirit is fully God. Whenever he manifests his presence among believers, he brings the attributes of God.
“God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Romans 5:5).
Have you ever sensed the presence of the Holy Spirit in a worship service? Sometimes I like to look around and see all my brothers and sisters in Christ praising the Lord. Love, joy, and peace are palpable when God manifests his presence through the Holy Spirit in our lives.
How has the Holy Spirit guided you? Have you felt the love, joy, and peace of the Holy Spirit? I would love for you to share in the comments.