FACEBOOK COMMENTS ON BEING LED BY THE SPIRIT
Below are some great thoughts that some of my friends shared with me on Facebook this week. I asked the question: How do you know when the Spirit of God is leading you? Here are their responses.
Paul has his own response to my question. He points the Church of Corinth toward The Spirit of God, the only source of true wisdom. He knows that the divisions they face can only be overcome through the empowering of the Holy Spirit. Paul longs for the people to fix their eyes on Christ and learn from his Spirit. He knows that the Spirit’s leadership is key to a life that lives in harmony. Lets read through Chapter 2 of 1 Corinthians and take some time to evaluate what Paul says that can help us understand what Paul is saying to the Church in Corinth and how that applies to us thousands of years later.
And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. 2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, 4 and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
6 Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. 7 But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— 10 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. 13 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.
14 The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. 15 The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. 16 “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
- Who was this written too?
- How was this important to the readers at the time?
- Is what is written prescriptive or descriptive?
- Is it prescriptive – does it apply directly to us and to all believers for all time
- Is it descriptive – unique to the time and simply describing events that have no connection to us specifically?
- Are there timeless truths/principles in the passage or passages?
- How does the truth revealed here affect my relationship with God?
- How does this truth affect me?
- How does this truth affect my relationship with others?
If there is a command to be obeyed, we obey it. If there is a promise to be embraced, we claim it. If there is a warning to be followed, we heed it. (Taken from John MacArthur’s work)
This is the ultimate step: submit to Scripture and let it transform our lives.