For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Many Christians are focusing their efforts on becoming “experts” in the realm of faith. The problem is that it is possible to learn faith principles and still fail in our Christian walk. It does not matter what Christian subject is under discussion. Just as it is possible to fail with a focus on faith, is it also possible to fail to focus on the believer’s authority or prayer.
You must learn first to be led by the Holy Spirit to succeed in your Christian walk. It is impossible to exercise faith or authority without a familiarity with His leadings. People in the “charismatic” and “faith” have gotten into trouble by attempting to “believe” to receive from God without first developing a relationship with the Spirit of God.
I have observed a tendency in Christian circles to develop canned answers to questions. It is easy to say you were in faith but is this true? Walking by faith requires us first to become acquainted with the Holy Spirit. The reason is that you cannot exercise faith and, at the same time, ignore His leadings.
Therefore David enquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I go and smite these Philistines? And the Lord said unto David, Go, and smite the Philistines, and save Keilah. (1 Samuel 23:2)
The accounts of David contain many references like this one that show him “inquiring” of the Lord. David never assumed that he knew what the Lord wanted him to do.
I have heard people ask how they can know what to do and how to deal with their problems or apply their faith. You have the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of your spirit if you have made Jesus the Lord of your life. He will guide you through every problem and direct you just as He led David.
I spoke earlier about how aware of the early Church’s Holy Spirit was. We see continuous references to Him speaking to and leading believers throughout the book of Acts. He is the same Spirit dwelling with us, so we should have an equal awareness of Him as early Christians did.
I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. (John 14:18)
Jesus did not leave us to fend for ourselves. He sent the Holy Spirit to be with us just as He had been with the disciples.
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
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 14:16 – 17)
Jesus was the first Comforter. The Holy Spirit is the second and He is dwelling inside your spirit!
But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. (Romans 8:9)
The Holy Spirit is dwelling in the spirit of every Christian but does not help each one equally. Some people rely on the Spirit to guide them while combing their hair, selecting what to wear each day, and in every other daily task. Other people have no awareness of His presence and so do not look to Him for help.
Some Christians have learned to lean on the Holy Spirit while most have not. You can experience His fellowship throughout the day if you take the time to develop your relationship with Him.
Then wrought Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in whom the LORD put wisdom and understanding to know how to work all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary, according to all that the LORD had commanded. (Exodus 36:1)
Bezaleel and Aholiab were not prophets, priests, or teachers of the Word. They worked with their hands, and God anointed them to work with the materials required to build the tabernacle.
Many Christians do not believe God would anoint them because they are not in the “ministry.” We see in this Old Testament example that this mindset is wrong. The Holy Spirit will anoint you regardless of whether you are driving a street sweeper or the CEO of a company! He knows the best way to accomplish your daily tasks at work, but you must train yourself to look to Him and ask for His help.
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)
We see the three persons who are God in this verse. They are God the Father, God the Holy Spirit, and God the Son.
- The grace of our Lord Jesus
- The love of God (the Father)
- The communion (fellowship) of the Holy Spirit.
We have seen that the Holy Spirit is not an impersonal “it.” Jesus referred to Him repeatedly using masculine pronouns such as “Him” and “He.” It is incorrect to refer to the Holy Spirit using “it,” just as it is incorrect to refer to you using “it.” You are a person, and so is He!
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