I decided to write this article on being led by the spirit, because I feel many wonder how they can be spirit led.
The spirit I speak of is the Holy Spirit, of course. Many bible scriptures speak of being spirit led with my favorite found in
Romans: "It is those who are led by the Spirit of God, who are the sons of God." Now, that is an important verse that is
grossly overlooked by the christian religious system, today. A son of God is one who is inwardly (not outwardly; not by your
bible or pastor) led by the Holy Spirit. Jesus, we are told was led by the Spirit.
We are also told that he is a son of God.
So, what is it like to be spirit led? Well, I can only speak from my own personal experience. Let me tell you how it works for me. I view the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Truth. In other words, it bears witness to truth. Whenever I get a thought in my mind (especially a thought I don't believe I was thinking!) and I recognize it as an inner knowing, I will at the same time recieve witness of the Holy Spirit with it. I also will recieve the witness of the Spirit on thoughts that are from people on the other side, messages from those around us (both sides of the grave), if they are messages of truth .This presence of God or Holy Spirit witness flows from within my innermost being like waves of love; even physically feeling it at times. Sometimes, I can feel goosebumps or my hair stand up on end. And as I rethink the thought or thoughts that had this witness upon it, I can usually feel it again. It is a feeling of spirit power!
Christians today are taught to fear what many call psychic power or psychic ability. I believe we are trying to split hairs. If I am a christian and I follow the Holy Spirit, then I am on sound doctrine (so say some). If I say that I am psychic, then I am lost (so say fundamentalist christians). I believe that the ability to be led by the Holy Spirit, is the same as what others call psychic ability. Did not Jesus speak to Moses and Elijah at the "mount of transfiguration?" Wait a minute! I thought as christians we are going to hell if we speak to those on the other side of the grave! I have even heard it taught that we cannot hear those on the other side and they cannot hear us. Then, how did they speak with one another at the mount of transfiguration?
We are told in scripture to desire spiritual gifts. Many teach the "baptism of the Holy Spirit." When I became "baptized" in the spirit, I believe for me that it was simply an opening up to the awareness of spirit. Since then, I have had dreams and premonitions. I have had what some christians call "words of knowledge" and "words of wisdom." Psychics may call it "foreknowledge" or "premonitions." Again, I believe they are one in the same. I think we need to be looking for that inner witness to confirm the thoughts we have. Personally, I know I have recieved thoughts that were not my own and had no witness of the spirit on them. It is possible for those on the other side to give messages of both truth and error; be in tune for the witness before calling a message or thought truth. I have had foreknowledge of job changes, church leadership changes, persecution, personal information of others and more. Now, I have learned not to throw away those thoughts I usually cast off as "crazy." I examine them for "the witness." And if I feel the "witness," then I pay attention!
I believe all have the ability to be led by the spirit. Here's how to get started:
1) Begin to look for it. Begin to expect it. It is already there within you. You have it; you just don't know you have it.
2) Learn to "feel" it. If you currently don't feel it, then seek the filling of God's Spirit (Some call it the baptism of the Spirit). When you are Spirit filled (aware of the tangible presence of God) for the first time, you will know it. When you know it, keep asking for more of it. The more you recieve it, the more you will know it. The Spirit I speak of is God's love. It is peace. It is truth. It flows within your inner being and even outward. It is easily recognizable and comes when earnestly desired. It is healing.
3) Begin to test it. Test the witness within. Then, begin to trust it. The more you test it, the more you will trust it, as you know the witness of Spirit is true.
4)Once you trust it, do not doubt it. Follow it.
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