Apostle Paul teaches us in Romans 8:14, that the real sign of sonship in Christ is to recognize the leading of the Holy Spirit and to follow Him. As believers follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we reach a level of maturity in the faith, which entitles us to be called sons of God. This 3-day devotional will teach us how to recognize the leadership of the Holy Spirit.
- Romans 8:14
- John 16:13
AGREEMENT WITH THE WORD OF GOD
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God (Romans 8:14 KJV).”
As we grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we learn how to recognize the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Jesus told His disciples that the Holy Spirit does not speak of Himself, but that which He hears from the Father. The direction of the Holy Spirit is always in agreement with God’s Word. Any thought or word that comes to us must be in alignment with what God has said, or it is not the Spirit’s leading.
QUESTION: Have you been in a place of indecision and questioned if it was the will of God for your life? Were your thoughts and actions in agreement with His Word?
“Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts (James 4:3 KJV).”
James, the brother of our Lord, chastised the Church because some failed to seek God for answers. And when they did so, it was with the wrong motives. The word “amiss” (kakos) means “evil; physically or morally wrong.” When the Holy Spirit leads us, the outcome has Kingdom benefit. Our motives will not be selfish, vindictive, or prideful. As Spirit-led believers, the result of our prayers and actions will honor God and bless His people.
QUESTION: When you pray, and serve others, are your motives self-serving, or do they have Kingdom benefit?
- 1 John 4:7
- Hebrews 12:6
- Romans 13:10
- Ephesians 4
ROOTED IN LOVE
Everything the Lord God does concerning us is the result of His love. His thoughts, His interventions on our behalf, and even His chastisements are because of His unfailing love. If His Holy Spirit leads us, our thoughts, attitudes, and actions are rooted in love also. We will work no ill toward others (Romans 13:10), and will always speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:14-15).
QUESTION: Do you love others the way the Father loves you.? When you feel “led” to do or say something to someone, does it reflect God’s loving Spirit?