The guidance of the Holy Spirit is vital to the life of the believer. “When he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth,” Jesus said to His disciples (John 16:13). The Holy Spirit and the Word of God go hand in hand. The Word of God is truth (John 17:17). And the Holy Spirit is the one who guides us to walk in the truth.
These two, the Word of God and the Holy Spirit, always agree. One never leads where the other does not.
Someone may argue that as long as he knows the Word of God, he has all he needs to walk in truth. In other words, why do we also need the Holy Spirit to guide us in the truth? Well, consider this. Have you ever been faced with a situation and several Scriptures seemed to give appropriate guidance on how you should respond? You know as long as you stand on the Word you are standing on good ground. But what is the most relevant guidance to apply for the situation at hand? This is just one example of why we need the Holy Spirit to help guide us.
I am convinced that oftentimes, the Holy Spirit is “speaking” to us and guiding us, but we fail to perceive it. This suggests the need for us to become more sensitive to the Holy Spirit.
Consider Paul the apostle and Timothy during one of Paul’s missionary journeys. At the time they wanted to, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the Word in Asia (Acts 16:6). They also wanted to go to Bithynia but the Holy Spirit would not allow it (verse 7). Accordingly, they did not go to those places at that time.
This account underscores another reason we need the guidance of the Holy Spirit. All of us may know God’s general will for our life. But we don’t always know His specific will. It was the general will of God, for instance, for Paul to preach to the Gentiles. But it was not His will for him to preach in Asia and Bithynia at the time. Hence, the need for us to always be sensitive to the Holy Spirit.
The question is how do we accomplish this essential end? In short, we must live on the same wavelength of the Holy Spirit. That means we must focus on things above, not on things on the earth (Col. 3:2). We can’t accomplish this end if we walk as mere men. As Christ was in the world, so we can become. “They that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit” (Romans 8:5).
God is regularly speaking to us through the Holy Spirit. So what can/will you do to become more sensitive to the Holy Spirit in your life?
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