"For as many as are led of the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God."
What are you led by? Every born again believe would like to proclaim that they are led by the Spirit, but are we?
First of all we should consider where the Spirit of God would lead us. The Spirit would definitely not lead us into things that are not of God. In fact, I would imagine that the Spirit of God would probably lead us into more prayer time, more of the Word, and more church.
I would also imagine that if we were truly led of the Spirit none of us would be eating some of the things we eat, I doubt we would be overweight, we would not say half the things we say, and we would probably give more to the work of the kingdom. I think I will stop here as I believe that you get my point.
However, this brings up and interesting point. If we are doing things that the Spirit of God would not lead us into then what are we being led by?
If you are honest with yourself then you know that you are not being led of the Spirit 100% of the time because there is a natural side of you and that natural side of you does impact your life.
Depending on your personality style you could be led in several different ways. Those logical types out there (I'm one of them) try to logically think through facts and figures and make a decision on what you can or cannot, should or should not do. Then there are those whose carnal appetites lead them into destructive behaviors. This person does whatever seems expedient at the time. The thing they desire at the moment is what they do. Then of course there are the emotional types who are led by how they feel at the moment.
We were not created to be led by any of these methods. We are to be led by the Spirit. For those logical types out there you must step over into the realm of faith on the Word. Instead of looking at facts and figures you need to just take the Lord at His Word and accept His instructions as the real fact! The person who has no control and just does what he feels at the moment has never learned how to crucify his flesh. To bring under control the desires that are not of God. This is a rather difficult one to tackle as discipline is a dirty word in most people's vocabulary. But there is even a harder one to tackle and that is when you are led by your emotions.
I personally believe that emotionally based people will have the most difficult time being led by the Spirit. There is a lot of power in the realm of the emotions. This makes it difficult for people to distinguish between the Spirit and their personal feelings.
In fact, I have seen many minister from the emotional realm. They can get people crying and experiencing other emotions and then proclaim that the power of God is present. But God doesn't operate in the realm of emotions. He operates in the realm of the Spirit.
The reason that people like the emotional realm is because they like what they feel. The problem with this is that real freedom is never found. Yes, it does feel good to have a good cry or laugh. There is something refreshing about that. We were created with emotions and emotions play a big part in our life. However, we were not created to be led by emotions.
The Bible is very clear that we are to be led by the Spirit. The Spirit that we are led by is God Himself which means that everything the Spirit will lead us into will be God pleasing, God glorifying, God exalting, and leading humanity into the Presence of the Lord.
Learn to distinguish between the Spirit and emotions so that you can fully walk in the freedom of the Lord.