“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." Romans 8:14 (KJV)
When I was a kid, we loved being outside and active in fun that did not cost a lot of money. The fun we enjoyed also would not have cost our innocence, reputation or witness for the Lord. Our fun was fueled by an imagination that reinforced respect and positivity as well as enhanced our experience of entertainment and recreation. There was nothing like a good game of Cops and Robbers or morphing into Marvel comic heroes at the drop of a hat. We did not need a shuttle to travel to outer space nor did we need a plane or train to transport us to the deepest jungles, rain forests, Antarctica or any place in the world no soul has ever seen. To get our heart rate up and our sweat on we had a blast with games like Red-Rover-Come-on-Over, Red Light, Hide and Seek, Hop Scotch and we balled with every ball in existence. What powered our cars and mode of transportation for play were not batteries but good old body power (our legs).
Usually, any activity that we chose to play in a group setting was established and directed by a leader. Someone had to provide direction and administrate the activity, thereby leading the process. They even decided on the rules and sometimes changed the rules in the middle of the activity. The leader was either self-elected or chosen.
Consider the game Follow the Leader. The leader directed everyone to mimic and follow what the leader did or told us to do. A leader cannot lead without others who are willing to be directed. This is also true with our faith. If you want to enjoy a real and rewarding relationship with God, the Lord Jesus Christ, you must determine to be divinely directed by the Holy Spirit in your life.
It is eternally established in the Word of God that the Holy Spirit is not a force like electricity or even an exercise of emotional influences. He is God and enjoys the right to direct your life.
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” Matthew 28:19 (KJV)
“But Peter said, ‘Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.’” Acts 5:3-4 (KJV)
“Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 (KJV)
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.” 2 Corinthians 13:14 (KJV)
Our culture consistently cancels out the leadership of the Holy Spirit and courts us to join a Christ-less conscience held captive by confusion, conflict, chaos and catastrophe. Consider with me a spiritual contest enormously and eternally more superior than any contest of mortals. In the account of the temptation of Jesus Christ, we see God clothed in humanity being confronted by the god of the world (Read Luke 4:2-13). Consider with me the matchless modeling of how to get it done by the Lord Jesus Christ. He determined to be divinely directed and thereby submitted to the leadership of the Holy Spirit when He was confronted with an unfriendly environment. He was isolated, starving, and deeply deficient of water, with His mind and soul being ravaged by physical and emotional pressures that no soul has ever faced.
Our Lord was indeed in uncharted territory. Being buffeted by a barren and harsh environment was not His only peril. An opponent who is matchless in manipulation, malignant and evil sought to suspend the Lord’s ministry and deter Him from His mission of saving humanity from eternal separation from God (eternal death) by getting Him to sin. I submit to you that the Lord determined in His heart and soul to not succumb or surrender to Satan’s seductions.
Did you notice how the Lord overcame the temptation and stepped on and silenced the screams of selfishness and the storm of satanic pressure? He determined to be divinely directed and submitted to the Holy Spirit. Before you decide on a mate, ministry or march to a career path I encourage you to determine to be divinely directed. Before you drink the bitter cup of divorcing your spouse, or as a single, surrender to an over-sexed society and thereby surrender your purity or capitulate to the call of the culture; make a decision! Whatever the voice or the vice, determine to be divinely directed and you will not yield or be yoked to destruction.
For the Glory of God,