THE GUIDANCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD
By Synthia Esther
One cannot think of God's salvation plan without remembering the conviction felt upon our soul and spirit when we first received Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. It is a fact, without God's Holy Spirit convicting us we would not be saved. I recall reading Watchman Nee's book, "The Spiritual Man", (In three volumes), by Christian Fellowship Publishers Inc. , New York, combined edition, 1977, which confirmed the importance of God's Holy conviction (page 140):
"Real conviction from the Holy Spirit leads us to holiness while the aim of Satan is solely to accuse. He indicts us to make us indict ourselves. His motive is nothing other than to make Christians suffer. Sometimes after one has accepted the enemy's imputation and confessed accordingly, Satan may next fill him with a false peace. This is no small danger for it deprives the believer of any real contrition over defeat. The reproach of conscience ceases once the sin is confessed and cleansed by the precious blood, but the accusation of the enemy continues even after what is accused has been dealt with. The former leads us to the precious blood; the latter drives us to despair, causing us to reckon ourselves irredeemable. The purpose of Satan is to engineer our fall through accusations: "Since we cannot be perfect," sighs the believer resignedly, "then what is the use?" This is indeed the lament of many addicts in the stronghold of Satanic attacks and sins temptation snare.
WHAT'S THE USE?
When we give in to Satan's evil agenda for our life we forfeit God's planned destiny for our life. We exchange a life of hope in eternal glory, for one of doom, gloom, Hell and damnation. Heaven and Hell are real concepts outlined within the Holy Bible (Luke 16:23, 26: Matt. 13:41,42; Rev. 20:1; Psalms 55:23). On a life course perspective, we in Christ realize we cannot go on sinning and expect God to bless us. Eventually, because of His mercy, love, and grace. He is going to draw His hedge hand of providence away and allow us to suffer the consequences of our chosen sin vice to wit's end in order to encourage and lead us back to Him. God never usurps our freewill. And He "disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness" (Hebrew 12:10).
Watchman Nee contends and I agree, "It is therefore a matter of utmost concern that we preserve an uncompromising attitude towards sin: not merely yielding no ground to the enemy to indict but also learning how to differentiate between the reprimand of the Holy Spirit and the accusation of the evil enemy's charge from what is his charge mixed in with the reproach of conscience. We must realize most assuredly that the Holy Spirit never reproves further if the sin is cleansed by the precious blood and forsaken."
THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB OF SACRIFICE, JESUS CHRIST
Once a person confesses their sin in sincere repentance to our Holy Father, they strive in righteous obedience to "go and sin no more." When this process is done, God forgives. All sin is covered and redeemed by His shed blood on the Cross of Calvary. Satan doesn't want us to ever believe we can be forgiven and whispers dark guilt, shame thoughts into our mind that we will never change, can never do or be of any good, and God just expects too much.
In part this is true, as we humans can never really be good, holy, and righteous, as is Christ Jesus our Lord. That is why God sent His only begotten son, Jesus Christ, as the lamb of sacrifice for our sins (John 3:16-17). Jesus shed his blood on the Cross of Calvary so that we are made perfect (1 Cor. 1:18, 1:23, 2:2). We are to strive to live in accordance with holy righteousness as new creations who seek to glorify Him (2 Cor. 5:17). We believe by faith and the power of His shed blood that He alone will help us do so by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and the intuition we receive from Him and know to be true. "Where He leads me by His word and Spirit I will follow", should be our mind's course. Our life course can yield both blessings and curses (Ex. 7, Deut. 28, 29). God's expectations and destiny for our life are filled with blessings, hope, and a future (Jere. 29:11).
THE GUIDANCE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD
Everything we do with our life is recorded by our Holy Father (Rev. 20:12). Every one of us shall give an account of himself to God (Rom. 14:12). Our words (Matt. 12:36), thoughts (Rom. 2:15-16), deeds (2 Cor. 5:10), intents (1 Cor. 4:5), prove who we are in spirit and in truth. As Christians, God leads us through the convicting power of His Holy Spirit in order to guide us towards spiritual growth. Never does God control our body and soul (mind, will, emotions), directly. God does not on a continual basis through audio voice tell or command us in what to do. We work in cooperation with His Holy Biblical word and Holy Spirit who guides us by intuition which at times can be felt as a still small voice from within (John 16:13).
We seek His will not our own knowing He is sovereign, good, and wants what is best for us. God's ways are higher than our ways. If one is hearing voices commanding them in what to do, it is not of God. Satan manipulates and controls, which is why addiction strongholds such as sex and pornography are so consuming. God loves us as He guides us to stay on course (1 Corinthians 9:24-27). We are the masters of our own body, soul, and God desires we control ourselves in order for our spirit to prosper. Our spiritual intuition bares witness with His Holy Spirit. When we seek God's face, word, will, and ways, our intuition shouts a warning when the enemy's sin darts of destruction are ever near. Heed the warning and be blessed. Our spiritual walk with God is that simple. When we submit to God and resist the Devil he flees (James 4:7).
I like the way Watchmen Nee (page 142), explains this process: "The leading and discipline we receive therein is His leading and discipline. In stressing the significance of the Holy Spirit we are at the same time emphasizing our own spirit since the latter constitutes His base of operation. Our danger, upon apprehending the work and function of man's spirit, is to rely entirely on it, forgetting that it is merely the servant of the Holy Spirit."
So true, we must always remember it is God's spirit that gives us strength, not our own, by which the enemy is defeated. In servitude, we are to listen and obey God's spirit within us, not Satan's lies. We must be quick to follow God's guidance when met with the conviction our soul (mind, will, emotions), and spirit feels. As soon as we realize we are on a detour away from God, taking a wrong course. We are immediately urged by God's spirit to turn around, change course, in order to avoid defeat. Faith without works is dead. For if one's spirit ignores God's operational spirit from within our body we are useless to overcome Satan's sin temptation plans.
When discussing the flesh body one must not ignore the entire body of Christ as well as members one to another (Romans 12:5). In turn, our brothers and sisters in Christ can be a blessing of encouragement, help, and strength of unity in prayer in time of need. For God works by His spirit in a corporate nature as well (1 Cor. 12:12-13). Walking in accordance with God's Holy Spirit is often a daily battle as many obstacles, hindrances, and pleasures, seek to detour us. When we give our battles to Jesus, by His Spirit, we gain strength to discard flesh desires and live for Him. Each victory in overcoming temptation not only defeats the enemy but grows us up in faith.
We come to know that minding the spiritual man yields forth a life filled with peace, joy, and contentment. A satisfaction within one's mind that all is well with my soul and God. Nothing else in life compares with first hand knowledge of God's blessings and favor in life. His love, mercy, and grace, go before us. Supernaturally, we will receive the intervention by which to defeat the temptation snares that come our way. For the Lord knows how to deliver the Godly from temptation (2nd Peter 2:9). Lean on Jesus. Trust in Jesus. Hope in Jesus. When we fix our eyes on Jesus so we increase our connection to Him (John 14:6), learning to stay on course and finish the race He has set before us achieving the ultimate victory. For God is both our guide and our destination.
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