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You Lead-I'll Follow

You Lead - I'll Follow
Knowing When To Follow

 "If you love Me, keep My commandments.  And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever - the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.  I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. John 14:15-18 (NKJV)

There is nothing better than a good set of written directions to guide you to your desired destination - that is, unless you have a GPS.  And so it is with the Word of God - it is our written directions to get us to our desired destination - as long as our living a God-honoring life is the path, and spending eternity with God is our goal.  And if the Bible is the written direction by which we can reach our goal, then the Holy Spirit is our GPS - helping us pinpoint our every move to perfection.

We are told in 2Timothy 3:16-17 that, "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work" (Our written directions). And John 14:16 is our proof text that the Holy Spirit is our GPS.  Jesus tells us that the Holy Spirit will always be with His disciples (Followers of Jesus), and He goes on to share how The Holy Spirit will guide us in "All truth," a few chapters later.

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. John 16:13 (NKJV)

It is the job of the Holy Spirit to make us "Jesus Conscious," instead of being, "Self Conscious" as the world teaches us to be. When we are "Jesus Conscious," we have a strong desire to live a life that is "Christ-centered," and therefore it is "Christ-like," rather than simply being "'Self-centered" and following after the things that our flesh desires.  

There is an old phrase that says, "Lead, follow, or get out of the way," and I believe to truly be able to follow, we need to also get out of the way.  One need only think of a "Backseat driver," to understand the principle we're speaking of here - they can willingly turn over the controls of the vehicle, but they still attempt to operate the vehicle "their" way.

Following the Holy Spirit is not about simply following our feelings - it is the act of praying earnestly about a decision - having a desire and then laying that desire at God's feet, and then asking for God's will to be done.  Once this has been done, the Holy Spirit can now freely move in leading us in the proper direction for our decision-making. Another good indicator as to whether or not we are allowing the Holy Spirit to guide and lead us is that we will have a strong desire to have fellowship with God, just as Jesus did when He walked the earth.

It is very important for us to be in the Word of God (The Bible) each and every day, as the Holy Spirit will help us to remember those things that we have read.  And once He has reminded us of the scriptures that will guide us, He will then empower us to put them together to help direct our choices (Wisdom).

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. John 14:26 (NKJV)

One thing that we have to be aware of is that even though we are to think about our choices before making them, we have to be careful not to attempt to think things so thoroughly through, that we leave no room for the Holy Spirit to lead us in a direction that He wants.  I call that a "Paralysis of the analysis."

A good example would be when we make an intellectual analysis of a situation, and we then make plans based on what we physically see and think - plans that are based solely on our limited reasoning.   We may even ask God to bless these plans - thinking that they are definitely in His Will - but that may not be the case at all; we can actually be going in a direction that is in opposition to the will of God. Chances are, we may have just closed the door for God to do something spectacular in that particular situation as we chose to not continue to walk in faith. When this happens, we've just blocked the Holy Spirits leading in our lives.  

All too often we limit what God can do, and wants to do, by taking the role of leader.  It may sound funny, but we're not to be the leader of our lives - God is to be that leader - and He has chosen to live within our bodies in the form of the Holy Spirit and He wants to be a part of every decision we make.  Our lives could be immeasurably blessed if we'd only get out of His way and allow Him to flow through us and guide us in His perfect ways.  

Hey Christian, I know that you can relate to this devotional because we all can - we've all assumed the lead role in our own autobiography.   It's not too late though - we can change the way we think and operate today.  The choice is yours alone - or is it?

STUDY QUESTION: What promises have we been given by Jesus regarding the Holy Spirit as contained within the scriptures in this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to allow the Holy Spirit to lead you in every decision?  Are you willing to submit to God's ways of doing things?

APPLICATION: Take time when making your choices this week - stop and ask God to show you how He would want you to handle that problem, that potential, or even that purchase.

Father, Thank You for giving me the Holy Spirit to guide and direct me in all my ways.  I am sorry for those times that I chose not to seek or listen to His leading, but instead, I foolishly chose to do things my way.  I confess that I need You to guide me Lord, and I do want to follow You this day.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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