This message was preached by Wellington Gomes ( of River of Life Church Panjim )at Word of Grace Church Pune, on the 17th Of November 2013.
How do we live the christian life led by the Holy Spirit?
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Walking in step with the Holy Spirit. Many people ask how does one hear God ?
Often we are the cross roads and wonder how to hear the voice of God. God has an exciting future for each one of us. We don’t have to go through life aimlessly.
In the Old Testament God poured out his Spirit on a particular people for a particular task and time.
Num. 27:18 Joshua - anointing for leadership skills and wisdom
1 Sam 26: Saul when in battle
Is 16:30 David equipped for the task of kingship
Joel 28 I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh- Pentecost was the fulfillment of this. After that it was unusual – the hiding cowardly disciples become bold and courageous. The unschooled teach the wise. It worked because the power of God was upon them. We want to see the same power upon every Christian. M Eaton “It was an expression of God’s spirit that immediately led to God’s power and boldness… joy and great generosity” The Spirit transformed their lives. May it be so that we will make an impact on the city? Let’s believe God for it.
The Spirit of god comes to empower, lead and unify us.
What is it like to be led by the Holy Spirit ?
Rom8:14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.
We have to be led by the Spirit
Gal 5:25 Keep in step with the Spirit
When you walk like this:
1 )We will be directed by God in everything we do. We will be spirit led. If we don’t we can miss out of God given opportunities.
Act 16:6-10 he Spirit kept them preaching the gospel.
V7 Paul hears God saying in a vision to go to Macedonia. He went there and he got beaten up and thrown into jail. So was it God? God’s leading does not always lead to you physical comfort and a fat salary. So the answer is “Yes”. Sometimes the ways of God are not “logical” our minds. God uses ordinary folk.
Acts 29:30 Philip in Samaria – people saved and healed .Philip was successful there and then the Spirit of god asked him to go to Gaza.
Acts 13:2.choosing the leaders. The Holy Spirit set apart Paul and Barnabas.
2) To stand against every demonic harassment. Paul ( Acts 13:6) met people like this. Empowered by the Holy Spirit you will have courage to do what God wants us to do.
3) Trust God no matter what . Acts 16:25 they were beaten and put in jail. But they praised God. They walked in the Holy Spirit and they saw a release. In difficult times find out what God wants of you.
4) Gal 5:16 Walk in the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. Even when we are counseling people we need the Holy Spirit to illuminate us and give us wisdom.
How do we develop this? Keep asking for more of the Holy Spirit’s guidance. Focus on knowing and hearing the voice of God. Fellowship with the Holy Spirit, and give quality time to this relationship.
( Song " Let it rain", at the end of this message was written and composed by Simon Brading and Kate Simmonds. )
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