For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
We are examining what Scripture tells us about the Holy Spirit. In previous posts we’ve seen that He is a knowable person. He wants to have fellowship with us. Paul tells us in Romans 8 that He is leading the “sons of God”.
The Holy Spirit is standing by to help us in our life journey. We must learn to look to Him. There is no way that any of us will ever accomplish all that God has called us to do if we do not lean on the Holy Spirit.
It is a fact that some people receive more help from the Holy Spirit than others. He does not play favorites so how can this be?
Some people have trained themselves to look to the Holy Spirit more than others. There are many reasons for this. I think the biggest one is that Christians are taught He is some impersonal force that mysteriously manifests in our services.
If we do not recognize His presence in our daily lives we will not look to Him. Some people do though and these are the ones who seem to receive His help more than anyone else.
We should not make plans or take any steps without His help. He lives in the spirit of every Christian and is standing by to help if we will look to Him.
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.
We have seen that this verse should us “Himself” instead of “itself”. He is that one who leads us starting with the moment we gave our heart to the Lord.
As we progress in this study I recommend you spend time reading the book of Acts. We’ve looked at a few examples of how the book shows the early Church’s reliance on the Holy Spirit. The same Holy Spirit that led and empowered them is with us today.
He was obviously very real to the early Church. They were led by Him in all of their decisions and would not take any step in ministry without His leading. We must ask ourselves if He is just as real to us today.
One problem I’ve observed is that people have a tendency to water down Scripture with their experiences. The leader of our church encourages us to believe God to elevate our experience to the level of Scripture. This is a lesson every Christian should take to heart.
“So and so was a good person but God did not heal them so it is not always His will to heal people.”
Have you ever heard someone say something like this? They are basing on God’s will on the experience of a person who did not receive healing. The fact that people are not always healed does not mean it is not God’s will for them to be.
People will argue about healing and whether it is for today or not. Let’s step back and think about salvation. Do you agree that it is God’s will for every man, woman, and child to be saved and escape hell? The Bible is absolutely clear on this. I believe every Christian agrees on this.
So if it is God’s will for all to receive salvation why do some die without receiving it? Following the argument regarding healing would infer it is not always God’s will to save. We know this is not true! It is always God’s will to save but not all will receive. It is also always God’s will for all to be healed but not all will be.
The Holy Spirit is standing by to reveal the truth of Scripture to us. We must train ourselves to recognize His leading and guidance. This will require us to spend time giving careful and considerate thought to God’s Word on a daily basis. It will also require us to be willing to forgo our religious traditions when He reveals something in Scripture that is contrary to what we’ve been taught.
There are all sorts of theories and traditions that water down Scripture. These will provide us an excuse for not having what the early Church had.
Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
It is not okay for us to not walk in the power of God. We should have everything that the early Church had. This will require us to learn to look to the Holy Spirit and develop a relationship with Him.
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