There is a wonderful benefit to being filled with the Spirit; our subject yesterday. As we are under His control and power, He has the freedom to lead us in the path of God’s will. This is perhaps a rare experience for most believers because it is rare that we are completely under His control. That does not mean it’s impossible. It simply means we have not completely yielded to His control.
These two actions of the Spirit are beautifully expressed in the person of Jesus. “And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness” (Luke 4:1; see also Matthew 4:1). He was led into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil (4:2). When we are faced with temptation, we want to know that we are entering a time of testing “full of the Holy Spirit” so He can lead me through the temptation in His power.
Paul says the same thing in another way. “If you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law” (Galatians 5:18). This truth is followed by a list of sins that are the “works of the flesh” (5:19-20). All true believers in the Lord Jesus are free from the condemnation of the Law, but in another way, if they are led by the Spirit, He resists the temptation of the flesh through His presence and power in us. Those who look to Him for leadership will always be pointed to Christ as our victory (Romans 7:25; 1 Corinthians 15:57; 1 John 5:4).
Finally, the leading of the Spirit in us is a proof that we are “sons of God” (Romans 8:14). Those who doubt their salvation have not known the Spirit’s leading. With His leading, we have the confirmation of who we are in Christ. Do you have that confirmation?
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