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Bible Study: Learning to Be Led By the Spirit
How to be led by the Spirit of God: Part 2
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Does God Speak
to Us Today?
These are the questions that so many Christians are asking? And, the answer is found in the Word of God.
As discussed in Part 1 - We learned that there are two significant problems that the average Christian encounters when attempting to do this:
They do not recognize WHEN it is the SPIRIT that it leading them and when it is
BEING LED BY THE SPIRIT:
The problem is that just like many natural children, Christians fail to FOLLOW after the leading of the Spirit.
There are 2 main reasons why this is so:
Consequently they don't realize that it is in reality - the Spirit of God that is attempting to LEAD them.
IT SEEMS SIMPLE:
However, if you watch a child learning to walk, you will notice that he/she doesn't find it simple at all! As a matter of fact - they find it extremely difficult.
Another thing that you may have noticed is that the child doesn't KNOW that they don't know HOW to walk! They just try to get up again and again, but they will continually fall down. Yet, they are fully convinced that they know how to walk just like an adult.
They don't - but they THINK they do!
And, once the child has acquired, thru PRACTICE , the skill of placing one foot in front of the other, balancing them self, gauging the length of their stride, etc - he/she finds it much simpler.
SO IT IS WITH CHRISTIANS:
The way that we as natural children grew by learning the natural things - is the SAME way that we as spiritual children learn the things of God.
We learn by PRACTICING those things that we are taught.
But notice carefully in verse 9: It is only those who are "weaned from the milk" and "drawn from the breast" that GROW properly. In other words, in order for us to mature in the things of God, it is necessary that we GROW UP.
We do this by putting down those childish thoughts, attitudes, ideas, and the natural things that stunt our growth spiritually.
ABOUT THE BABY CHRISTIAN
But what they don't realize is that this is exactly the attitude that:
Anyone who has ever been a teenager can remember our teenage attitudes. We were NOT adults, but we THOUGHT we were! We didn't know much about life at all - but we sure thought we did!
We were wrong!
Notice something else: Somewhere along the line, as we went thru life, we realized that:
And, most important: If we hadn't admitted these things to ourselves - we would not have matured properly and we would have remained children: psychologically and emotionally.
LEARNING HOW TO BE LED:
"For every one that uses milk is UNSKILLFUL in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe "... but strong meat belongs to them that are of a full age (mature), those who by PRACTICE (reason of use) have their trained (exercised) their senses to be able to judge (discern) what is God (good) and what is not (evil). [Heb: 5:13-14]
Notice in verse 13: that it is possible to BE a Christian - and yet NOT be skillful in the things of God (Word of Righteousness).
You can be born again and never learn the basic truths of healing, prosperity, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, or even the triune nature of God. And, like most Christians, you may never have learned HOW to be led by the Spirit of God.
HOW CAN THIS BE?
If you were never TAUGHT properly - OR - if YOU never took the time to seek GOD by asking for revelation of His Word on this subject - OR - if you (like so many have done) have REJECTED the truth when it was offered - then you would not have obtained the knowledge necessary to recognize WHEN the Spirit is attempting to lead you - and HOW to respond when He does.
HOW BAD CAN IT BE?
Then, they go off and try to do what they THOUGHT was God - THINKING that they are "being led" - but it ALWAYS seemed to end in failure and defeat. Why? Because it wasn't the Lord!
They never completed the FIRST task they thought was God - yet they really believe that they NOW have the REAL task. (I guess God changed His mind about the first task - and the second - and the third - etc).
Didn't Jesus say:
But here they go again - and - they end up with the same result!
And what's worse - they continue to believe that they DO know when it the Lord - and that they DO know how to respond. Yet the evidence of their error is staring them right in their face:
LOOK TO THE WORD FOR INSTRUCTION:
He is a God that brings Victory - not defeat!
Anything less than accomplishing the task or vision that one BELIEVES that the Spirit of God directed them to do - brings nothing to the name of the Lord but: SHAME .
THAT'S NOT GOD!
Notice that when the Spirit of GOD leads us; it is to GLORIFY Jesus. Defeat, and failure does NOT glorify Jesus?
ARE THERE CONSEQUENCES?
"You are snared with the words of your mouth, you are taken captive with your words" [Prov: 6:2]
"So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God." [Rom:14:12]
"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad." [2Cor:5:10]
"But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment." [Mt:12:36]
"Out of your own mouth will I judge you, you wicked servant." [Lk: 19:22]
Why? Because they declared it with their mouth as God SPEAKING to them! And, if they believed that it was GOD - then they were required to FINISH the task!
A FRESH START:
Take baby Steps:
As long as you refuse to admit that you just don't know how, then you will remain where you are and never learn the truth - because God RESISTS the proud!
However, if you simply go before God and admit that you have missed it - and that you want to LEARN how - then He will give you the GRACE to do so!
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