What does it mean for the Christian to be led by the Spirit?
Romans 8:14, "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God."
Context: After having contrasted those who walk in the flesh [unsaved] with those who walk in the Spirit [saved], Paul now states that believers (those who walk after the Spirit), have the marvelous privilege and responsibility of being a child of God and adopted as an adult Son in God’s family.
Exposition: “Are being lead” is in the present passive indicative which means “those that are being led.” This means that the believer’s life is characterized by righteousness, but also the Spirit’s leading, guiding, and directing. “Those who walk after the Spirit.”
One of the assurances of our salvation is to ask ourselves, “Do I feel God’s leading in my life?” Leading authenticates Christianity.
Doubts come from neglect of Bible study, prayer, fellowship with the church, and disobedience. Doubts can be placed in our mind in times of weakness.
We know that those who see their sinful desires and practices decreasing see evidence of the Spirit’s convicting work in leading their lives.
How does God lead his children?
1. He leads by giving us understanding of His Word. We have the “Anointed one” in us to teach us.
John 14:26, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever Ihave said unto you.”
Eph. 1:17-18a, “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened.”
2. He leads us to obey His Word. It is thru our faithful obedience that that we experience the working of the Spirit in our lives.