Friend in Jesus
But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.
In the day and hour we are living it will be impossible to always triumph without being led by the Spirit of God. But the good news is that every born again believer can be led. (If you are not sure if you are born again go to the home page and read "Meet my friend Jesus") For Romans 8:14 says "For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God." Being led is part of being in the family of God. So I want to talk to you how to follow the Spirit in every area of life. Just like everything in life it's a learning process. We must learn to follow the leading of the Spirit. If you continue to practice following His leading it will be become more clear. Just like when you spend a lot of time with someone you learn their voice, how they communicate and their likes and dislikes, in the same way when you start spending time with the Spirit and reading His Word you will begin to learn His leading and His ways.
In the most important area of life the way God leads He gives us a knowing in our inner man that we are children of God. Romans 8:16 says
"The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God," . Every person is a three part being, spirit, soul and body, 1 Thessalonians 5:23 mentions this "Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." It is the spirit, our human spirit, that fellowships with the Holy Spirit. The human spirit is the part that is born again 2 Corinthians 5:17
"Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come." The heart the bible calls it sometimes or the spirit of man is we're God speaks to us.
"He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive:for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified." when you are born again the Holy Spirit will speak to you its coming from your innermost being or the area where your belly is and floats up to your mind but it isn't coming from your head but from your spirit which hears from the Holy Spirit.
"But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come."
For us to be successful in the day we live we must hear from the Spirit of truth. Things do not always seem like they are so it is important to hear from the Spirit of God who knows the future and everything that is going on in the world. Jesus says he will "reveal to us the things to come" . The Spirit of God will show us the way to go to stay out of trouble or to be successful in whatever we do.God is interested in every area of our life.
"For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God."
If you are born again you are a child of God and God will led you. Many a time the Spirit of God has led me in life and when I follow that leading it always works out for the best even though I might not understand it when he is leading me. Once I had an impression on the inside just a knowing that I needed to go visit a friend in a town about 100 miles away but not to tell him I was coming. So I drove to my friends house and pulled up in the drive way getting ready to go in when he came out of the house. when he saw me he was surprised to see me. After speaking with him he said that he was discouraged and had just said that he didn't want to have anything to do with God and walked out of the house and saw me in the driveway. I was able to talk to him about how much God loved him and that he sent me to encourage him. I didn't understand why the Spirit didn't want me to tell him I was coming until I did what he said. It had a far greater impact on him when he walked out of the house not knowing I was coming. Many times we don't understand why the Spirit tells us to do things or not to do things until afterward sometime we may never understand but It always is to help us or someone else.
Another time I had an impression not to do something but I reasoned it away "what could a couple of hours a week hurt" which was the time it would take to do what I was wanting to do. It wasn't bad thing actually it looked like a good thing helping people. When I started doing it I had a bad feeling about it but I over rode it.
I did it several years seemingly helping a person. But ten years later it created a legal nightmare when this person began lying. If I had followed that leading I would have been spared all the trouble. I would have never known why I shouldn't have done it but the Holy Spirit knew and was trying to protect me.
Never say that you can't hear from God, because what you say is so important as I have spoke about in other articles.
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;
Just say what God's word says about you no matter if you feel like you can't hear from God at all begin saying "Jesus is my good shepherd and I hear his voice and a stranger I will not follow."
"I'm a child of God and I hear his voice" . Also begin praying in the Spirit in other tongues ( if you don't know what that is or never have been filled with the Spirit after you were born again read my article on the website called "Filled with the Spirit" ) because praying in the Spirit will build you up and make you more sensitivity to hear from God. 1 Corinthians 14:4 says "One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself"
By praying in the spirit you become more aware of spiritual things. During the time of the legal problems the attorney I had, I knew on the inside that he was not the right one for me but I told the Lord I need to know who to go to if I left him so I determined to set a few days and just pray in the spirit I still did things throughout the day but while I was driving and alone I prayed and under my breath when I was in public and decided to go on a partial fast. By the end of the first day I was leaving a stores parking lot praying in tongues when I started praying out a last name of a person in English. When I heard the name I thought I think that's an attorneys name. Sure enough it was and when I changed to him it was the best decision I could have made he was an outstanding attorney. My point is that I got direction by praying in tongues and out of the same place that I was speaking in tongues
When the Spirit leads he will give you steps and when you do the step He will give you the next step to do.
The Spirit of God lives inside of us if we are born again and it's His desire to lead us in every area of life big or small and if we will follow those leadings we will keep from being taken advantage of from people and know what we need to do in every situation to succeed.