I warmly welcome you to this edition of the program, Building on the Rock with Pastor Murphy. This program is designed to empower you achieve your dreams in God through His word. It is an honor to share the all powerful Word of God with you today. My name is am Murphy Okpala. Today we are continuing our series on fellowshipping with God by discussing the topic “Fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit”. Before we go on with the discussion lets listen to this lovely song.
Artist: Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
Song Title: Lead me Lord
Scripture: Romans 8:14
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We will be discussing the topic how the Holy Spirit leads Believers. This is a very important topic of discussion. Many Christians are not benefiting from the full blessing of the Holy Spirit, because we do not understand or trust His leadership.
Many Christians seem to have various misconceptions about the Holy Spirit and how He leads us in this new covenant. Some of us find it difficult to identify when the Holy Spirit leads us; several others depend on other people to lead them. This has led many Christians in dangerous paths.
I remember back as a teenager I had a friend who got born again and loved serving God. Unfortunately, in the bid to hear from God, he started following voices he thought were the Holy Spirit. These voices lead him to do things that were contrary to Scripture. He turned out worse than he was before he got born again. This is a sad but it’s a true story and it made me a little skeptical of being born again.
Our inability to be lead by the Spirit limits the expression of God through us. In these times and season, it is very pertinent for us Christians to develop our relationship with the Holy Spirit in order to be led by Him.
Dear friend, hear these words: As a Christian, you are a child of God! So it is built into your spiritual DNA to be led by the Holy Spirit.
Jesus said that His sheep (which includes you and me) hear His voice. We have the ability to hear His voice and obey Him. In this dispensation of the Church the voice of Jesus is spoken through the Holy Spirit. This is a critical thing to note.
The Holy Spirit never and I repeat, NEVER says anything that contradicts the Bible. As a matter of fact the Holy Spirit speaks to us by interpreting the Word of God in a way that fits our present context or circumstance i.e. at our present situation.
As a rule of thumb, every voice you feel is the Holy Spirit must be confirmed by two or three scriptures.
This means that for you to be effectively led by the Spirit you have to get the Word of God to abound in you richly. The more you have the word of God living in your heart, the more effectively the Holy Spirit can lead you.
Just like a baby grows through interaction to Identify and distinguish the voice of his mother, so also we as Christians grow to identify the leading of the Holy Spirit. And we know that our growth as Christians is by the Word of God.
Saint Peter in his first letter to the Church said that as babies we should desire the milk of the word, that we may grow thereby (1 Peter 2:2). As we take in the Word of God and obey it, and spend time praying we develop our sensitivity to the voice of the Holy Spirit.
Now let us look at how the Holy Spirit leads us. According to the Bible, there are several ways the Holy Spirit leads us believers. He leads us through visions, dreams, an audible voice, our conscience and the inward witness. However the primary way the Holy Spirit leads the Christians is through the inward witness & the conscience.
THE INWARD WITNESS was captured in the Romans 8:16 which we read earlier. It says the Spirit bears witness with our spirits that we are the sons of God. As Christians, we must be confident of this fact that we are the children of God. This is very important. So If the Holy Spirit confirms our status as Children through this inward witness, it would be in order to say that the inward witness is the primary way the Spirit communicates with us.
Proverbs 20:27 says that the spirit of man is the candle of the Lord. In other words, it says that our spirit is what God lights up through His Spirit to give us light. This light is what gives us direction.
It is important to note that you are a spirit, you have a soul and live in the body. You are not your body & neither are you your soul. When we grow as Christians, it is our spirit man that grows not our bodies.
In the simplest terms this is how the inward witness works. The Holy Spirit places information in our human spirit, our spirit then sends that information to our consciousness i.e. our minds. This typically manifests in our consciousness either as a strong urge on the inside; or a recurring thought that just drops in your mind.
However I must warn you that even the devil can drop thoughts in your mind, hence it is very important that you always confirm the thought or urge by ensuring that it lines up with at least two (2) scriptures. Without the Word, you have a high risk of missing the voice of the Holy Spirit.
OUR CONSCIENCE: The second basic way the Holy Spirit leads us is through our conscience. You see, as Christians Jesus through His blood has cleansed our conscience in order to help us serve Him. Hebrews 9:14 says our consciences have been purge by the blood of Jesus from dead works in order that we should serve the living God. A person who has not accepted Jesus has a Defective conscience. But once you become a Christian your conscience has been cleansed by the blood, so it can function correctly.
These are the basic way the Holy Spirit leads every believer. It is the right of every Christians to be led by the Holy Spirit. You don’t have to be a pastor or prophet to be led by the Spirit of God in your daily activities because He lives in every believer. So start developing your relationship with Him and you will become a Champion.
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