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Being Led By The Spirit Is Exciting

Updated on June 30, 2017

As Christians we have the opportunity of being led by the Holy Spirit in our day-to-day lives. God planned it this way. It is this aspect of our Christian lives that can make all the difference. It can make the difference between nominal and mundane Christianity and a dynamic Christian life. It may not always be easy but it will be exciting. We need to be ready to obey whatever we feel the Holy Spirit is telling us to do.

Being Led By The Spirit

Look at what the Bible says on this matter.

Romans 8:14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons (the grown up sons) of God.

As we progress on our Christian walk, one of the aspects that need to develop is this aspect of ‘being led by God’s Spirit’. We need to note two things:

1. It is possible to live this way.

2. Being led by the Spirit of God is a sign of maturity.

We need to get to know the Holy Spirit, learn to hear Him leading and speaking to us and responding by obeying whatever He tells us to do. This is the lifestyle that God wants to make available to us.

The Story Of Philip

There is a story in the New Testament about a person by the name of Philip. In this story we see how He was led by God’s Spirit and the awesome results that followed.

In the story, Philip was led to go to a certain place. It was at this place that he met a specific man and the result was that the Man’s life was changed forever. In this story we see how when one man obeyed the Spirit, God began to orchestrate affairs so that circumstances came together to bring about a wonderful result.

I can guarantee that it must have been a challenging time for Philip, but at the same time it must have been awesomely exciting.

It All Started When God Spoke To Philip

This is where this whole story begins. As God speaks to Philip and gives Him an instruction.

Acts 8:26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip. “Go south to the road-the desert road-that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.”

What an instruction! God just tells him to go. God does not tell him what will happen or why he needs to go there.

Sometimes in our lives we want the full picture. We want to see every aspect and every detail before we will obey. God seldom works like this. His Spirit usually leads us step by step. This is the challenging part of being led by God’s Spirit. At the same time it is also exciting.

Have you ever felt prompted to do something and then thought it was a bit silly and as a result you did nothing? When it comes to obeying the Spirit, most times we will only see a portion of the picture. The question is will we still obey?

Our Response Should Be One Of Obedience

God is looking for obedience. In the story of Philip we see how his immediate and heart response was to obey what He felt the Spirit of God was saying.

Acts 8:26-27 But as for Philip, an angel of the Lord said to him, “Go over to the road that runs from Jerusalem through the Gaza Desert, arriving around noon”. So he did.

Some versions say: “So he arose and went….” He did not first ask a couple of questions, although I am sure he must have had a few that were going through his heart and mind. The issue is that he obeyed. He simply did what he felt God was saying that he should do. It is a simple childlike obedience. God is looking for this response of obedience in our lives.

The Result

This is the truly exciting part. As a result of Philip’s obedience, God begins to orchestrate affairs to bring about a miracle.

Acts 8:27-28 and who should be coming down the road but the Treasurer of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen. He had gone to Jerusalem to worship and was now returning in his chariot, reading aloud from the book of the prophet Isaiah.

Timing was everything. If Philip had not obeyed in that moment he would never have been at that point in the road to meet up with this important individual in a chariot. The heart of the story was as follows:

1. God had an important task that He wanted to accomplish through someone.

2. Philip was a man who was available to respond to the Holy Spirit.

3. God then orchestrated the circumstances, bringing the two parties together.

4. As a result the stage was set for a miracle.

Ready To Obey Again

More would be expected of Philip’s obedience. Now that the stage was sent for God to move it was time to obey God again.

Acts 8:29-30 The Holy Spirit was to Philip, “Go over and walk along beside the chariot.” Philip ran over.

Again we see the instruction and the corresponding obedience. This instruction had called for a little physical effort. Philip had to run and catch up with this chariot. Sometimes obedience calls for a little effort on our part. It may not always be easy but it will be exciting.

Have you ever felt you should do something for someone, but because it involved some effort on your part you ended up doing nothing? I want to encourage you to do and obey what you feel the Holy Spirit is saying to you.

THE MIRACLE

As all these circumstances came together a miracle was about to happen.

Acts 8:35 So Philip began with the same Scripture and then used many others to tell him about Jesus.

In that moment this powerful and influential man was able to hear about Jesus. What is even more interesting was that he appears to be the first African convert that we know about. What an awesome privilege to be able to play such an important role, just by obeying what the Spirit of God had told Philip to do. Nothing has changed. God wants to use you and me in the same way today. The key will be if we will obey.

Acts 8:37 Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

Philip's Reward

As a result of this whole process we see something very unusual happen. It is called translocation. It is a strange thing that we do not see happening often.

Acts 8:39-40 The Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, and the eunuch never saw him again, but went on his way rejoicing. Meanwhile, Philip found himself at Azotus!

Azotus was about 32 kilometers from Gaza. In those days when the average individual traveled on foot, it would have taken days to get there. But God rewarded Philip with an instantaneous translocation. It must have been exceedingly exciting. This entire dramatic experience hinged on the fact that Philip was willing to be led by the Spirit of God.

What About Us?

God also wants to use us. He also wants us to obey His Holy Spirit. If we will do this, then God will orchestrate circumstances and situations and set us up for a miracle. I want to be a ‘grown-up son of God’. I want to be used in this way. How about you?

Romans 8:14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons (the grown up sons) of God.

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