Keys To Increasing In Spiritual Awareness Part 7

And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.
John 14:16

We do not have to spend countless hours praying for an outpouring of God’s Spirit. He came on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2) and has not left. The Holy Spirit is dwelling in the spirit of every Christian and shows up when we do!

Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
John 14:17

There are only two reasons why unsaved people cannot be led by the Holy Spirit. These are the same that cause many Christians to struggle with being able to follow Him. First, they don’t see. This is not a seeing in the natural realm. It is a reference to someone not being aware of His presence. Second, they do not know Him.

We cannot be led by the Holy Spirit if we’re unaware of His presence and have not developed a relationship with Him. Developing this relationship will require us to progressively spend time with Him just as any natural relationship would require two people to spend time in order to be strong.

Our struggle lies in the carnal desire for spectacular manifestations. We want to see things with our eyes and ears. The Holy Spirit is spirit and not flesh. His presence is discerned in our spirit and if have not developed spiritually we will struggle with our awareness of His presence.

There are people who think God is void of emotion. They picture Him as being stoic and unable to experience any type of emotions.

I’ve seen pictures of God being portrayed as an ancient being with a long white beard. He is not old in the sense we think of an elderly person and He is not void of emotion. There are Scriptures which show us God being angry, grieved, or even happy. God has a soul which is the mind, will, and emotions. We are created in His image. Consider the following Scriptures.

  • Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with my whole soul.
    Jeremiah 32:41
  • I have forsaken mine house, I have left mine heritage; I have given the dearly beloved of my soul into the hand of her enemies.
    Jeremiah 12:7
  • And they put away the strange gods from among them, and served the Lord: and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.
    Judges 10:16
  • For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
    Hebrews 4:15

Jesus is not feeling led but He was touched “with the feeling of our infirmities”. Following His example does not mean we will be feelingless. It also does not mean that we will be feeling led.

Christians should be Spirit led. Far too many though allow themselves to be led by their feelings or emotions. How many of us have quit a job in anger or left a church because we did not like the way someone talked to us?

People will declare that they do not have to take what is being done to them and walk out of the will of God. I thank God that Jesus was not moved by His feelings when facing the cross! He was led by the Spirit and allowed Himself to be sacrificed on the cross. What are we willing to do in return for Him?

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