This is PART 3 of the 5 PART Series titled “Lessons on Finding and Fulfilling God’s Will”.
Lessons on Finding & Fulfilling God’s Will (I Corinthians 2:12) – PART 3
The Bible is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. There are times when we need the specifics. There are times when we need to know the direction where to take the next step. There are times when we need the exact name of the place to go. There are some things in life that we will not discover any other way than the Holy Spirit teaching them to us through personal study of and the preaching of God’s Word. The Lord uses the Scriptures and His Spirit to guide, fill, and accomplish the Father’s will in the believer’s life. This is where the Holy Spirit of God illuminates a specific Scripture and makes it speak directly to the need of the moment and He gives us peace concerning the matter.
2. God uses His Spirit to instruct us. “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.” (I Corinthians 2:12).
We are instructed to follow the Spirit of God (Romans 8:14; John 16:13). Jesus didn’t leave us here as orphans. He gave us the Holy Spirit to be with us forever (John 14:16–18, 26). The Holy Spirit is always present to give guidance in our lives. The Holy Spirit not only influences us to seek God’s way, but He leads us into all truth, and teaches us the things we ought to know (I John 2:27). John is not saying that we do not need a teacher. One of the gifts of the Spirit is the “gift of teaching”. He is saying the Holy Spirit will give you an anointing whereby you will be able to understand all truth. God will never tell you to do something contrary to His Word.
Sometimes God, in His grace, uses results to give us an undeserved second chance. At times we run ahead of God in a decision and bypass the will of God due to our impatience. Results have a way of bringing us up short, informing us abruptly that we have lost our way. They are like the rude awakening experienced by the driver who suddenly discovers that the unfinished expressway has ended. Immediately he realizes how foolish he has been to drive around that warning sign encountered earlier. This can be a manifestation of God's grace, for in many cases, we can return to the point where the wrong decision was made and begin again. We still lose time, but God mercifully allows us to return to the right road of His will.
God may also show His grace by closing a door in our face which otherwise would have led to disaster. Although, we often get frustrated when this occurs, we should give thanks. God does not continually run around slamming doors to protect us from our own foolishness or disobedience. God knows that often a burn on the hand or a good spanking teaches a mischievous child far more effectively than a thousand artificial roadblocks. Of course, such roadblocks will not be needed if we are sincere and obedient before God.
Many people claim to want the Holy Spirit’s guidance, but they fail to be obedient to His Word and follow the Holy Spirits leading. Yet these are the very tools the Spirit of God uses to guide us. If you’re not willing to follow the leading of the Scriptures, then you’re not giving the Spirit much to work with. A park ranger at Yellowstone National Park was leading a group of hikers to a fire lookout. The ranger was so intent on telling the hikers about the flowers and animals that he considered the messages on his two-way radio distracting, so he switched it off. As the group neared the tower, the ranger was met by a nearly breathless lookout, who asked why he hadn’t responded to the messages on his radio. A grizzly bear had been seen stalking the group, and the authorities were trying to warn them of the danger. Any time we tune out the Holy Spirit or ignore the warnings of the Bible, we put ourselves and those around us in danger. If you insist on deciding against God’s Word and wise counsel, then the results will be entirely your own fault. God desires to speak to you through His Word and by His Spirit. The Holy Spirit seeks to guide us to greater blessings if we will listen to His leading. If you aren't in tune with God and daily walking in His Spirit, you can miss His leading. As a Christian, your life is guided by the Holy Spirit's work in your life, but if you aren't careful, you can often tune out God's leading.
Questions to Consider:
Are you daily listening to the Spirit's leading?
Are you reading God's Word and attentively listening to it being preached?
Points to Ponder:
Keep a tender heart to God's work and follow whatever direction He leads you.
You'll never go wrong by following the Holy Spirit.
PRAYER: Lord God, Your Spirit leads me. Help me to rely on Your Spirit, Who is always with me. May Your will be done on earth and in my life, I pray in the name of Jesus, the light of the world, amen.
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