How to be Led by the Holy Spirit?
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Sisters, meet Lala, is a former SSU with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration .
Our discussion of the day is on being led by the Holy Spirit. The Lord Jesus said that apart from Him we can do nothing; yet, many of us still try to live holy lives by our own efforts. No wonder we get discouraged, overwhelmed, and defeated along the way. Today, we’ll hear a testimony on being a child of God and walking by the Holy Spirit.
First things first, what does it mean to be led by the Holy Spirit?
Usually, people are in charge of their own lives, they make their decisions/choices, they have, to some extent, control over their agendas. Now, when you are led by the Holy Spirit, He is the one who orders your steps, guides your decisions, and leads the way.
Why would anyone want to be led by the Spirit?
We are only humans, we don’t know everything if I can say it that way, however, there is One who has existed before time and knows how things work. For example, every president needs to have advisors by his side to help him make wise decisions; these advisors have the experience and the knowledge that the president does not entirely have. The same thing goes with being led by the Spirit.
What major differences are there between the one who is led by the Spirit and the one who isn’t?
It is the difference between peace and anxiety, stressed and stress-free, joy and sadness. The person who calls the shots in his/her own life, like I mentioned earlier, doesn’t know everything; and even if you rely on friends or family for advice, they themselves don’t know everything. When you are in charge of your own life, it gets very stressful because there are times in life when you have so many things to handle that you become overwhelmed, depressed, fearful, and the rest. Trust me I have experienced those days when you feel like you can’t take it anymore and the whole world is falling on your shoulders, you want to give up on life. On the other hand, the person who seeks to be constantly led by the Spirit lives at peace, knowing that God is in control no matter what comes his way. When you are obedient to the Spirit, He takes care of you, and helps you navigate over the worries of this world. It’s the confidence that Psalm 16:7-9,11 speaks about “I will bless the Lord who guides me…I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me. No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety. You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of Your presence and the pleasures of living with You forever.”
How can one be led and remain led by the Holy Spirit?
‘Being led by the Spirit’ is the by-product of being filled with the Spirit. Therefore, you need to first receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and that can happen by a Spirit-filled person laying hands and praying for you according to Acts 19:6. Personally, I became Spirit-filled by earnestly praying to receive Him, I claimed Luke 11:13. The consequence of being led by the Spirit is that He will direct your path via Scripture and a prompting in your spirit about how to live a holy life or make wise decisions. In order to remain led by the Holy Spirit, you need to continuously listen to the Spirit through God’s Word, pray to remain filled, and most importantly obey the Spirit. Frequent disobedience to the Holy Spirit, which happens when we do not walk according to the Word of God, will grieve and quench Him.
Is it possible to be a Christian and not led by the Holy Spirit?
Absolutely. Being a Christian just means that we have been saved by Christ, He is our Savior. On the other hand, being led by the Spirit means that Christ is now our Lord. A lot of people think that because they were baptised at some point in their life that the story ended there; you need to totally surrender your life, goals, and the rest to the Lord in order to be led by the Spirit.
What challenges do you face when you’re led by the Holy Spirit?
Being led by the Spirit entails total surrender, and that’s something hard at times for a human being, especially when the Spirit calls us to walk by faith. There are moments when you personally have to wrestle with doubt and fear of the unknown when deciding to leave it all to the Spirit. Other moments, you have family, friends, and society, running with the wind but the Spirit is telling you to run against it, so it becomes humiliating when all criticize and mock you for taking a particular stand.
So when family members and friends take a stand on a particular issue, and you know that the Holy Spirit is totally against it, how do you handle these types of situations?
I have gone through many of those situations in my life, and to be honest I always pray for strength, faith, and courage to stand firm. Isaiah 40:31 says that ‘those who wait/trust upon the Lord will renew their strength’ and that’s what I seek to do by the power of the Spirit. If possible, I try to stay away from discouraging voices or keep my peace when people bring up the topic to dissuade me. I am very much comforted when after some time, the people who criticize come and admit their wrong because it reassures me that it’s wisest to trust in the Spirit’s leading than in men or common sense.
Any words for SSU?
As human beings, we make a lot of mistakes in life, some that are minor, others that cost us. When we are led by the Spirit, He is our wisdom to make good choices and avoid these costly mistakes. A lot of us have been hurt, bruised, or destroyed just because we chose not to follow the Lord’s counsel; my question to you ladies is why do you want to take that path? Even if being led by the Spirit means running against the wind, being unpopular, or the laughing stock, but at the end, I guarantee that you will have the last laugh if you remain obedient to the Lord. God’s plan is to prosper us; at times, His ways don’t look too promising, however, it’s not about common sense, but rather trusting that He knows better than us and that He will bless us. I leave you with this verse in James 1:12 “God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.”