“Lord, I know that our lives don’t really belong to us. We can’t control our own lives. Lord, correct me, but be fair. Don’t punish me in your anger, or you will destroy me” Jeremiah 10:23-24
I am so thankful that the Lord is a Lord of patience, of love and covers us in His peace. That He desires us to long for Him and to come in-step with His Spirit. Just as Jesus was fully God and fully man, He chose to walk in the Spirit of God rather than His flesh. I am continually learning obedience in walking in-step with His Holy Spirit, and how to put my “flesh to death” daily. For when we walk in the Spirit-each step we are bringing forth the Kingdom of God.
What does “dying to my flesh” look like? I am beginning to see the fruit of that process. Such as, the more I permit to the Lord to work in my life, the more He is stripping me of the ability to walk on my own. That I am no longer being moved by emotions or reaction but rather through His wisdom and discernment. He is destroying my self-dependance to teach me how to depend on His ways. The more we submit to the Lord’s teachings and principals-asking the Lord to lead us by His Holy Spirit, the more sensitive our Spirit will become when out of step with His Spirit.
For the more we are desiring to be lead by the Holy Spirit, the more faith we need to be walking through as well. For faith is when we are walking in what we know about the nature of the Lord and His will rather than our own dependancy on feelings, emotions and nature. For unless we are willing to be stripped of our dependance on outward signs and manifestations of God, will we be able to grow in maturity of knowing the Lord through every aspect of who He is. For learning to walk in His Spirit comes with discipline and a willingness to put our life down to take on the life of Christ. It takes going through the growing pains of learning to walk again with new feet, and moments of walking alone within His will whether you consistently hear or feel Him but having faith that He has guided you and is still leading you through your His wisdom and discernment imparted within you through His word. For walking in the Spirit comes through knowing the Word of God, allowing His Spirit to speak truth to you. For we can discern the Spirit through the fruit that we bear, the peace which comes through Him and the truth that He imparts within us.
“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” John 16:13
“But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” John 14:26
Coming to the Lord in child-like faith is not in a childish way for that is immaturity but in maturity of coming to a realization that we are in great need for dependance on Him for guiding us if we are willing to be made in the image and likeness of Christ. (Matthew 16:25) For immaturity is going where we want to go-maturity is going where God wants us to go. We must come to a place where the initative in our life passes from ourselves to God.
Being led by the Spirit is a maturing process of continually being guided by the Spirit rather than our own desires, emotions or selfish ways. That we pray for a sensitive ear to the voice and guidance of his Holy Spirit. That we would come into the will of God by living through the power of His Holy Spirit and no longer our own self.
be blessed and may you continue to seek knowledge and understanding of who God is and His Will!