Sunday, May 06, 2007

WHAT LEADS YOU?

"For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power, love, and discipline." 2 Tim. 1:7
The Christian life is mostly, if not all, the result or fruit of the Spirit we have received and the Spirit that we follow. The fruit of the Spirit of God is "love, joy, peace, . . ." and so forth (Gal. 5). When we are being led by the Spirit of God, instead of the spirit that is in the world, then His fruit is manifested in our lives. And our life becomes evidence of His presence, of His goodness, and of His wisdom. This is why Paul could admonish the young evangelist because he was not bearing the fruit of the Spirit of God. Had he been yielding to God, then the spirit of fear would not have been evident. But as it was, Timothy was fearful to take a stand and fearlessly defend the Gospel. Only when we yield to God in faith, do we bear the fruit of "power, love, and discipline". This means that we will stand up for the Gospel we have received.

To the Romans, Paul said there are two basic ways that we can go. He says we are either led by the Spirit, which is life. Or we can be led by the flesh which brings death (Rom. 8:6-14). The question then for us is what spirit is leading us? Are we succumbing to the spirit of fear and are we being deceived by Satan "who disguises himself as an angel of light"? We can be ld by right or wrong, but the choice is ours.

To be led by the Spirit of God is to be led by His truth. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father but by Me" (Jn 14:6). Is the spirit that leads us bringing us closer to the truth or is it leading us to something else? What spirit have you received? Is your life guided mostly by fear: fear of rejection, of death, of being accepted by men? If so, then you have not received the Spirit of God. But if are strengthened by God "in the inner man" to live a holy life, and if you find that more and more your greatest concern is to give love and kindness to your neighbor to win their souls to Christ, then you are likely are led by the Spirit of God.

Today, if you would yield to the Spirit of God, then believe in His Son Jesus Christ and obey His Gospel (1 Pt. 4:16,17; 2 Thess. 1:6-9; Rom. 10:16). And you obey the Gospel by turning from sin to Jesus Christ, and then by being Baptized into His death, burial, and resurrection. After you have been washed of your sins, God will seal you with the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13,14) and will add you to the body of Christ (Acts 2:41-47). May God bless you.

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