John 10:27 "My sheep know My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me."
Romans 8:14 "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God."
John 14:17 "He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive Him, because it isn't looking for Him and doesn't recognize Him. BUT YOU KNOW HIM, because He LIVES with you now and later WILL BE IN YOU."
John 16:13 "Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come."
I love the Word, don't you? It is so very clear in the Word that not only can we know the will of God but that the Holy Spirit will lead us if we will just follow Him!
Isn't that great news? The world around us is loud and loves to proclaim the facts in our faces. What we can know, however, is that we have the Spirt of Truth living inside of us that will lead us in ALL truth. Circumstances can and will say one thing but I want to encourage you that the Holy Spirit is inside of you, leading you into all truth--just listen!
I could share so many more scriptures with you than I did above and maybe I should have done that because the Word is so much more profitable anyway! However, as I was meditating on what to share this week on the CFM blog, the Holy Spirit reminded me of the above scriptures and had a few things to share with me. I'd like to share with you what He said.
1. He WILL guide you and you CAN follow His lead! If you are a believer, the Spirit of God lives inside of you and leads you. Just listen to Him!
2. You know His voice! Jesus said that His sheep (that's you and me) KNOW His voice. If you hear that peaceful leading inside of you, just know that is Him leading you!
3. He will lead you by peace. It's pretty simple: anytime the Spirit of God is leading you, there is peace accompanying that leading. If there is no peace, it's not the Spirit of God leading you! "If it's not quite, it's not right!" If something isn't quite right about a matter, it's not God leading you into it!
4. God leads with His goodness! Everything that God does for you, through you, and with you will be GOOD! He's a good God and can not/will not operate ANY other way! James 1:17 is a good point of reference here.
So I trust that you are encouraged today by the Spirit of truth! Instead of saying "I don't know" about a thing, say instead, "God is leading me! God is showing me! I'm going to walk in the truth because I am led by the Spirit of God!" Make that your confession today and every day moving forward and you will see the goodness of God manifesting EVERYWHERE in your life!
David Steinberg, July 7th, 2017