I’m going to share something that will be hard to swallow.
I know, because I struggle with it on a daily basis. I’m even reading up on it these days to grow into it
It’s impossible to faithfully follow God unless we are led by the Holy Spirit.
Many well-meaning Christians don’t understand what it means, and like I said… I’m one of them. We all are. There is no way an imperfect human can perfectly know the mind of God at all times and on all things.
That means there will be times that you “righteously” go in the wrong direction without realizing it. You’ll assume because you “prayed about it” and are doing something you presume to be God-honoring that you’re actually doing what God wants you to do..
As a matter of perspective, the Bible compares being filled with the Spirit with being drunk.
Think about it. A person who’s had too much alcohol is willing to defy their personal filters and give into emotions. In contrast, a person who’s drunk on the Holy Spirit will defy personal filters to step into a larger life. Both stand against personal thoughts, emotions, understanding and reason. Both can anger your family and friends who don’t like what you’re up to. You just might be looked at as an oddball, even in your church.
How does that sound? Like I said, it’s hard to swallow… isn’t it?
The Good News? The Holy Spirit entered you when you decided to give your life to Christ.
The bad news? You may be under-utilizing Him.
Even if you regularly ask Him to lead you, guide you and help you it won’t mean anything if you aren’t willing to do the things He wants you to do. It’ll often show up in things that don’t make any logical sense, like working something out yet again or challenging your own living/thinking on something you currently feel good about.
I’m a real guy who needs your prayers on this. I know you’re a real man or woman who needs the same. So think ahead with me and imagine what the next chapter of our lives (and the eternity of others we affect for Jesus) will be if we get this right today. Jesus said the Spirit will help us recall Truth and give us the power to speak to others about our faith.
Isn’t that worth it?