If you’re a Christian, it’s essential that you know how to let the Holy Spirit lead your life.
If you’ve accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior, amazing things happened at the moment of your conversion. You were saved and forgiven from your sins. Your eternity in heaven was guaranteed. You were justified – made right with Him – and He’s continually sanctifying you – working out the refining process to make you like Him.
The Holy Spirit also has sealed you as a deposit – He vouches for you and your salvation. (Read more about this in Ephesians 1:13 and 2 Corinthians 1:22.) You’re filled with His Spirit.
But just because you’re filled with the Holy Spirit, it doesn’t mean you automatically live like it. Each day, you have a choice to walk by the Spirit – or walk by your own will.
If you want to let the Holy Spirit lead your life and walk by the Spirit, it’s a conscious choice you need to make each and every day. Pray that the Lord will fill you with His Spirit. Pray that you would walk by the Spirit.
Then throughout your day, watch and listen for opportunities to obey the Spirit’s promptings. When you can sense in your spirit what you need to do (and it lines up with Scripture), then do it. It may not always seem comfortable or be easy, but it’s important to obey. Obedience is the key in walking closer and closer step with the Holy Spirit.
By choosing obedience when you sense His leading, you will be walking in the Spirit – and He’ll lead your life. I’ve found that the more I pray, listen and obey, the closer He is. Just like James 4:8, draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
As much as an independent, self-centered life is touted today, that approach is so worldly. An obedient, selfless life truly is a Christian’s calling. That selfless life truly involves less of yourself and more of Christ.
Instead of being laborious, that sort of Christ-centric life brings joy and peace. And it’s refreshing, not burdensome. As Christ promised, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
It includes a power to do the seemingly impossible as God works through you – in His power, not yours.
As you let the Holy Spirit lead your life, you’ll notice the fruit of the Spirit – the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control you’ll never have in your own attempts. In the process, you’ll reflect the beauty of a life that’s surrendered to Him and empowered by Him.
What has helped you as you let the Holy Spirit lead your life?
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