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When we accepted Christ as our Savior, we became indwelt by His Spirit who lives in us. There is a practical reason why this is important. We can’t effectively live for Christ without the help of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit performs many important roles in our life. One is to “guide you into all truth” (John 16:13a). When we fail to walk in truth or we fail to speak according to truth, He reveals those things to us.
Jesus says, regarding the Holy Spirit, “He shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak….” (John 16:13b). This is an amazing truth about the Holy Spirit. First, it confirms that He is a person who can hear and speak. Secondly, He guides us into truth by hearing the will of the Lord and conveying the same to us.
The Holy Spirit does not make us do what’s right. His role is to guide us accordingly. The decision to walk in truth rests with us. So what is the Spirit saying to you about your life, and what are you doing about what the Spirit is saying?
Challenges to Obeying What the Holy Spirit is Saying to You
To say that the Spirit guides us into all truth sounds great. But realizing this vital work of the Spirit in our life is often easier said than done. Here are three common challenges to that:
1. The Ability to Hear the Voice of the Spirit. We can’t do what the Spirit is saying to us if we don’t know what He is saying. We must have ears to hear the “voice” of the Spirit. To become more attuned to what He is saying to us, we must set our mind on things above and not on the things of this earth (Colossians 3:2).
2. A Willingness to Obey the Voice of the Spirit. Sometimes, when we know what the Spirit is saying to us, we may not be willing to obey Him. This may be due to what it will cost us to obey Him. Like Jonah, we may run but we can’t hide from God. Or perhaps, we are just not willing to part with the temporal pleasures we currently enjoy.
Is there something you hear the Spirit saying to you that you are not willing to receive at this point in your life?
3. Your Doctrinal Beliefs about the Holy Spirit. I hereby acknowledge that within Christendom, we disagree on many things regarding the Scriptures. Perhaps, you belong to a local church where the only thing you believe about the Spirit today is that we are born of the Spirit through faith in Christ. Accordingly, you reject the idea that the Holy Spirit can speak to you and show you things to come as Jesus taught His disciples (John 16:13).
The point is that your doctrinal beliefs about the Holy Spirit determine the degree to which He can speak to you and guide your life, which is a main purpose of the Spirit in the life of a believer.
Let me close with what I said at the beginning of this post: We can’t effectively live for Christ without the help of the Spirit. Even after accepting Christ, we don’t intuitively know how to walk in truth. The role of the Holy Spirit is to help us in that regard.
That is the role the Holy Spirit is playing in your life, if you are a Christian, even as you read these words. The question is, what is the Spirit saying to you about your life, and what are you doing about what the Spirit is saying to you?
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