The Holy Spirit, Our Senior Partner Part 2
Matthew 4:1 – Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
Acts 8:29-30a – The Holy Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot. Stay near it.” So Philip ran up to the chariot. He heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet…..
In today’s reading, we see that Jesus and the apostles were totally reliant and dependent on the leadership of the Holy Spirit. It surprises me when people tell me that they have tried everything and after all their efforts have failed, they are now seeking God’s face for direction. In the first instance, there is no reason for anyone to seek other sources before consulting the Holy Spirit, our approved teacher, guide, standby and senior partner. If you read each of the above passages in their entirety, you will see that they all ended in success. Please also note that the leading of the Holy Spirit does not always look colourful or reasonable at first.
For example, Philip was having a major revival in Samaria and the whole city was on fire for God. Then suddenly, he was led by the Holy Spirit to leave the city and go to a desert place. Who would have thought God would lead a successful revivalist to a deserted place? Nobody wants to go to a deserted place where nothing is happening. But God always has a plan and His plans always end in good. It was under this leading that an Ethiopian eunuch was ministered to and thereafter the gospel reached the continent of Africa. The direction did not look great and meaningful at the time but today the gospel is getting increasingly stronger and stronger in Africa.
I submit to you that some of the instructions that the Holy Spirit is giving you right now may not make full meaning to you but follow Him in sincerity and good conscience. Note, I did not say to follow Him blindly but with sincerity and good conscience. What I am trying to make clear here is that the Holy Spirit will not lead you against God’s Word, nor will He lead you in the path of unrighteousness. Furthermore, I discovered that God does not lead you into confusion because God is not the author of confusion. You may not have full understanding of the whole plan of God or the specific path that He is leading you on but He will not put you in total darkness or ignorance. Paul said, “I would not have you ignorant about the things of the Spirit.”
“So how do I follow the leading of the Spirit, in the midst of chaos and voices of this world?” The very first step is to honour the written Word. Jesus told the Pharisees, to their shame, to search the scriptures because in them they would find out about Him. Therefore, the fundamental way to know the voice of God is to know the Word of God. The Word of God is the voice of God in written form.
The next step is to decide to make the Word of God the final authority in your life. That is, take it to mean God is addressing you directly. After a period of time, the Word of God in you will take on a voice within you and begin to guide you. Suddenly, without much thinking, you are under the influence of the Holy Spirit through the written Word that now dwells richly within you. The Word of God carries the Spirit of God within it. As you commit to the Word, it begins to form within you and grows until you become so full of it that you begin to think and talk like God and eventually begin to command extraordinary results.
Jesus said, “The Word that I speak unto you, they are Spirit and they are life” (John 14:8). The value you place on the written Word will determine the value you receive from the spoken Word that is the leading of The Holy Spirit. I pray that the Word of God begins to take on the voice of God within you and turn you into the winner that God intended you to be. Amen.
For Further Study
Acts 13:1-4, Acts 8:29-30
Personal declaration for the day
I am reliant on the Holy Spirit as Jesus was; therefore my success is guaranteed.
Questions for you to reflect on
How often do you ask for the direction of the Holy Spirit?
How prompt are you to obey?