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April 15 – I Must Be Led By The Spirit

April 15, 2012

“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” – John 14:26 

The Holy Spirit guided the Apostles, this much is true.  What I need to understand is that He speaks to me today through the Apostles’ writings.

“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 16:13

Jesus sent the Holy Ghost to fulfill this very act within the Apostles as they set about to do the work of God.  The work of the Holy Spirit continues to be accomplished by what was revealed to the Apostles through the written Word of God.

My life is about my service to Christ.  If I adhere to the Bible, I too will be led into all truth.  The Bible contains and IS the Truth!  I am never led into “all truth” for purely my benefit. I am to use the truth to reach out to others.

Since the Bible is the source of “Truth,” I must pursue my study of it in order to ensure spiritual growth in Christ.  Spiritual growth only takes place when I listen to and follow the Holy Spirit as He leads me in accordance to the Word of God.  NOTE: He always leads me according to the Word!  I will never get a feeling to do something or not do something that violates the very words of the Holy Spirit in the Bible.  Here is where things get confusing to Christians sometimes… We rely on our feelings, and sometimes we are right, but not always.  Our feelings must be guided by the Truth of the Bible.  We must rely upon the Truth of God’s Word as revealed through the Holy Spirit; then as we perceive a thing to be this way, or that, it will be because of our knowledge of the will of God through the sword of the Spirit.

“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.  And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.” Ephesians 5:15-21

In Colossians 3:15-17 Paul adds,

“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.  And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”

J. O. Sanders, in a book called Enjoying Intimacy with God, wrote “A walk in the Spirit will of necessity be a walk in accordance with the Word the Spirit has inspired.  The parallel between Eph 5:18-21 and Col 3:15-17 is significant.  The same results are said to flow from being filled with the Spirit in the first cast, and being filled with the Word in the second. To remain filled with the Spirit, and thus enjoy His continuing sanctifying work, will mean continuing to be filled with the Word.  The relationship is obvious.”

Stay with me as we look closer at this in the several days…

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