BIBLE MEDITATION: “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Romans 8:14 (NKJV)
DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT: When your journey of faith begins, you may not have all the answers you would like to have before you take your first steps of faith. For instance, when my family moved from Augusta, GA to Southern California in 1992, we sincerely thought it would be a three year military assignment. But when we took the first step and arrived on the west coast, God gave us the next step. When we obeyed that step, He then gave us the next, and the next, and the next.
That's the way it is for all of us when we walk with the Lord. As wonderful as it would be to see the whole picture before we get started, He usually leads us one step at a time after we get started. This has certainly been true in my life. God had given me a vision for my life, but His instructions for moving toward that goal came one step at a time.
Romans 8:14 says, "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." The word "led" is the Greek word ago, which described the act of leading about an animal, such as a cow or a goat, at the end of a rope. The owner would wrap a rope around the animal's neck and then "tug" and "pull" until the animal started to follow him. When the animal decided to cooperate and follow that gentle tug, it could then be gently "led" to where its owner wanted it to go.
ACTION POINT: Today I want to encourage you to pay careful attention to the "tugging" and "pulling" of the Holy Spirit in your heart. He is a Gentleman and does not force you to obey Him. He prompts you, tugs on your heart, and pulls on your spirit to get your attention. Sometimes His "tugs" may be so gentle that you almost miss them. But if you'll develop your sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, He will gently "lead" you exactly where He wants you to go with your life.
Also, don't demand that the Holy Spirit tell you the whole story first! Trust Him! Remember that Jesus called Him the "Spirit of Truth" (John 16:13) to help you understand that the Holy Spirit and His leading can be trusted! He is the "Spirit of Truth," so if He is leading you to do something, you can know He has a good reason for it. He sees and knows what you cannot see. If you will follow Him, the Holy Spirit will take you exactly where you need to go and help you reach your maximum potential in life.
As my wife and I reflect on all that has happened throughout our years of ministry, I realize that our testimony is one of being "led" by the Holy Spirit. We give Him all the glory for leading us. We weren't smart enough to accomplish everything that has been done, but the Leader we were following knew exactly how to lead us. Because we were following Him one step at a time, He led us to a high place of victory in so many areas. And we're not the only ones who have been led. Our congregations have also been led by the Spirit in their giving and praying. Because they have had a heart to cooperate with God, we have seen Him do the impossible again and again and again.
As you look at your own life today, I urge you to make the decision to let the Spirit be your Leader in every area of your life. Let Him take you by the heart and give you a little "tug" and "pull" in the right direction. Then say, "Lord, I sense that You are tugging on my heart, and I'm ready to let You lead me where You want me to go."
You may not see the full picture from the onset of your journey. Certainly my wife and I could never have conceived how God would mightily use us in Southern California when we were first getting started. But part of the excitement is letting God be in control! Watching where He leads and seeing what He does through you will later give you cause for great rejoicing. You'll be so thankful that you allowed Him to be the undisputed Leader in your life!
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