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What is Being Led By The Spirit?

How Does it Work?

How do you know It's the Spirit?

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Why do I suddenly hear the Twilight Zone theme running through my head?
lol
Well lessee. When the Spirit baptizes us into the kingdom, we get all of Him that we are going to get. The question is how much of us does the Spirit have. To the extent that we surrender to the Spirit, to be controlled by the Spirit, to obey the Spirit, is to the extent that we are led by the Spirit.

This btw, I think is not what Paul is talking about in Romans 8:14, which in context is talking about our possession of the Spirit and and not necessarily the control we allow Him in our daily walk.
Lisa -

If one gets all the Spirit we are going to get at conversion then why would we read about people like Peter being continually filled with the Spirit in Acts (4:8, 31), as well as Paul encouraging us to go on being continually filled with the Spirit (Eph 5:18)?

Do we receive it all at conversion, but then might lose a little as going through life and need a refilling? Or is this more a refreshing than a refilling?

I am just wondering your thoughts.
Being led by the Spirit is hard to pen down in a few words. It seems the phrase 'led by the Spirit' only shows up three times in the NT:

Matt 4:1/Luke 4:1 - Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
Rom 8:14 - For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
Gal 5:18 - But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

Yet, I would not say that only these 3 passages give us insight into being led by the Spirit.

Lisa - I agree that Romans 8:12-17 is talking about our receiving of the Spirit, but the context also shows it is about being led/walking out life with Him. Vs13-14 show this - For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. This seems to be something that initially happens in Christ, but something we walk out every day. Just some thoughts to think about.

Anyways, back to Rey's question - Being led by the Spirit is walking in those things that have been given to us by the Spirit - walking in His fruit, walking in the giftings and ministries we are given to function in, being people of His Word since it was given by the Spirit, staying connected to the body of Christ since the Spirit baptized us into this body, being empowered by Him in our weaknesses (for Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted; as well as Paul and others being led by God's Spirit into some grave difficulties), and listening to Him in prayer, worship, and as we go about our day (or even when sleeping and receiving a dream). But being led by the Spirit is not only down to hearing Him speak or receiving a specific sensing of direction about something in particular or some ecstatic experience, but I think it is more about a holistic approach, yet desiring to hear Him as He does speak.

In all, I have always loved Jesus' words in John 5:19-20 - Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing.
Scott,
Interestingly enough, as I mentioned on the other thread, when we are seeking to follow the Spirit in the way He leads us (such as in conquering sin and being sanctified) our desires will become more and more the desires God would want us to have. That being so, we are free to do what we wish in many ways, and can be assured that it's the Spirit's leading. If we delight in Him, He gives us the desires of our hearts.
Not always that easy, unfortunately. Hard decisions come our way that are more difficult to deal with.

The Spirit renews our minds that we might discern the will of God. Rom 12

Whew! I'm glad I'm not left alone.
Can you imagine singing:
Thru many dangers toils and snares
I have already come.
'Tis grace that brought me safe thus far,
but now I'm on my own?

That would be terrible!

ScottL said:
Being led by the Spirit is hard to pen down in a few words. It seems the phrase 'led by the Spirit' only shows up three times in the NT:

Matt 4:1/Luke 4:1 - Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
Rom 8:14 - For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
Gal 5:18 - But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

Yet, I would not say that only these 3 passages give us insight into being led by the Spirit.

Lisa - I agree that Romans 8:12-17 is talking about our receiving of the Spirit, but the context also shows it is about being led/walking out life with Him. Vs13-14 show this - For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. This seems to be something that initially happens in Christ, but something we walk out every day. Just some thoughts to think about.

Anyways, back to Rey's question - Being led by the Spirit is walking in those things that have been given to us by the Spirit - walking in His fruit, walking in the giftings and ministries we are given to function in, being people of His Word since it was given by the Spirit, staying connected to the body of Christ since the Spirit baptized us into this body, being empowered by Him in our weaknesses (for Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted; as well as Paul and others being led by God's Spirit into some grave difficulties), and listening to Him in prayer, worship, and as we go about our day (or even when sleeping and receiving a dream). But being led by the Spirit is not only down to hearing Him speak or receiving a specific sensing of direction about something in particular or some ecstatic experience, but I think it is more about a holistic approach, yet desiring to hear Him as He does speak.

In all, I have always loved Jesus' words in John 5:19-20 - Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing.
Jason -

Yes, walking in the Spirit and being led by the Spirit is not supposed to be like walking on pins and needles. It is not to be stressful, though He will lead us into uncomfortable situations (so He can show He is the Comforter).

So, yes, we should not get stressed about walking in the Spirit. And yes, as we walk with Him and listen, and knowing we are new creations with new hearts, our desires are changed and are being changed.
Rey,

"Being led by the Spirit," is a phrase people use to justify their emotional need to run roughshod over everyone else. ( Jason here's your :)> )

What it should be is what Jason and Scott said. (Well maybe not Scott :)> He's one of those dats gots da Holy Ghost.) But that's not how the phrase is typically used in practice.

Blessings.
JL -

True it is abused, but it is still a healthy, Biblical practice, as I am sure you know.
I don't gots the Holy Ghost.
He gots me.


JL Vaughn said:
Rey,

"Being led by the Spirit," is a phrase people use to justify their emotional need to run roughshod over everyone else. ( Jason here's your :)> )

What it should be is what Jason and Scott said. (Well maybe not Scott :)> He's one of those dats gots da Holy Ghost.) But that's not how the phrase is typically used in practice.

Blessings.
The filling of the Spirit refers to the Spirit having more of us not visa versa.

ScottL said:
Lisa -

If one gets all the Spirit we are going to get at conversion then why would we read about people like Peter being continually filled with the Spirit in Acts (4:8, 31), as well as Paul encouraging us to go on being continually filled with the Spirit (Eph 5:18)?

Do we receive it all at conversion, but then might lose a little as going through life and need a refilling? Or is this more a refreshing than a refilling?

I am just wondering your thoughts.

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