Led by the Holy Spirit
“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God,” (Romans 8:14, NIV). In John 3, Jesus teaches Nicodemus the importance of being “born of the Spirit.” Jesus uses the wind as an analogy to the work of the Spirit. Though wind is invisible to us, we experience its effects. It is the same with the work of the Spirit in the life of the believer. Though the Spirit is somewhat mysterious to us, we experience the Spirit’s work in our life.
It is important for believers to evaluate who is guiding our steps. Are we walking by our own wisdom, or allowing the Spirit to guide us. As I’ve said before, there are so many things in our life that can stand in the way of our being led by the Holy Spirit. Sometimes it’s the “noise” and busy-ness of this life that drowns out the Spirit’s “still, small voice.” Sometimes it’s our own pride and our reliance on our own wisdom and our own strength. Sometimes it’s the competing directions of other people. How are we being led?
We continue to trust God’s guidance for our congregation. I encourage you to continue to spend time in prayer and silence, not only talking to God, but listening for his direction. I also believe it’s absolutely essential for us to evaluate if our direction is leading us to demonstrate the Spirit’s “fruit” in our life. Are we becoming more Christ-like in our actions because of the path we are on?
There are many who are in need of our prayers and our encouragement in the midst of this winter. It’s a time of isolation and loneliness. As I’ve been encouraging all along, reach out this week to someone you wouldn’t normally speak to in order to check on them.
I’m praying in hope for God’s guidance in the weeks and months to come. I hope you’ll join with me in this prayer.
God bless, Brian
Scriptures for this week:
John 4:1-26—What do you notice about Jesus’ response to this woman? What does that teach us?
John 4:27-42—What do you think Jesus means when he says his food is to “do the will of the one who sent me”?
Nehemiah 1:4-11—What does Nehemiah’s prayer teach us about obeying God?