Led by the Spirit

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”

Romans 8:14 

          As I have been studying what it means to be filled with the Holy Spirit I came across some great teaching concerning how the Holy Spirit works and the error we sometimes make from a lack of understanding this subject.  My hope is that it will help guide us. This excerpt is taken from the book “The Spirit of Christ” by Andrew Murray, it is as follows:

Many Christians think the leading of the Spirit is just the suggestion of thoughts in their mind for our guidance. In their daily lives, they would like to have some indication from the Spirit of the right choice when making a decision or when need of direction.  However, they long and ask for such guidance in vain.  When they think they have attained it, there is no assurance, comfort, or success which they thought should be the seal of the Spirit.  And so the precious truth of the Spirit’s leading, instead of being a source of comfort and strength, becomes cause for perplexity.

The error in this matter comes from not accepting that the teaching and the leading of the Spirit are first given in the life, not in the mind.  The life is stirred and strengthened.  The life becomes the light. As conformity to the world is crucified and dies, as we deliberately deny the will of the flesh, we are renewed in the spirit of our mind.

           I hope this has enlightened your heart and spirit and that the Holy Spirit will make it much clearer and acceptable to our minds. I know it is deep, but then so is God’s amazing Word!

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

Romans 12:2