Romans 8:14 (NASB95) 14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
According to the Apostle Paul, one of the marks of a believer is that we are to be “led” by the Spirit of God who lives in us, but are we really? After 30 years of ministry, I have come to the conclusion that many Christians have no idea what that means.Oh we say, “the Spirit led me” or “the Spirit told me” or “the Spirit is leading me to this or that”, but after hearing the rest of their completed sentence, it is obvious they are not. How do I know that? It’s because the Holy Spirit would never tell a person to do anything that isn’t biblical, holy, or not in accordance with the general or specific will of God for their lives.
Here is what I have found:
- Many Christians are led by their emotions, rather than the Holy Spirit.
- Many Christians are led by their own desires, rather that the Holy Spirit.
- Many Christians are led by the crowd, rather than by the Holy Spirit.
- Many Christians are led by what’s the easiest path to take, rather than by the Holy Spirit.
What many Christians don’t understand is that when you say,”The Holy Spirit led me.” and it was not the Holy Spirit, you are bearing false witness against Him.
How then do I know I am being led of the Spirit?
- The primary emphasis of being led of the Spirit is to be led by Him in accordance with the principles and precepts of the written Word of God.
- The primary emphasis of being led of the Spirit is to be led by Him into all truth, and for you and I to be willing to walk in that truth as He reveals it to us.
- The Holy Spirit may speak to us, move us with an unction, or bear witness to us through our spirit (I call it our “knower”.) or through others in confirming words, yet we must understand these are subjective and must be submitted to both the Word and other mature Christians for discernment.
The problem for some Christians is in the phrase, “led of the Spirit”. Knowing what is the truth of the Spirit and FOLLOWING the Spirit into that truth are two entirely different things! Why? Because knowing the truth and walking in the truth are not the same. Knowing the truth and not walking in it will not set you free…it will put you in the precarious position of disobeying God.
So what do some do? They say, “The Spirit led me in another direction.” Really? The Holy Spirit revealed a truth, a direction, a way to you and then you say, “The Spirit led me in another direction.” No, the Holy Spirit didn’t lead you another direction after giving you the truth you were seeking. What happened was we realized being truly led of the Holy Spirit was going to cost us. Our emotions and our will came in conflict with His. We then begin to play mental and religious gymnastics with what we know, our emotions get in turmoil because it is no longer “fun” to be truly led of the Spirit, and we bow out with, “the Spirit lead me another direction”.