The Spirit Leads as the Spirit Wills

September 14th, 2008

The leading of the Spirit seems to be a topic that’s inordinately difficult to articulate.   It is very easy to say too much, or to say too little, or to say things poorly.  And people have been hurt by poor guidance in this area.

Fortunately, the Holy Spirit is not an impersonal force, something we utilize by skill.  He works in us and teaches us and leads us in the midst of the immaturity from which he lifts us to wisdom.  Learning better from Scripture how to seek his help is vital.  But it’s comforting to know that he comes to where we are and helps us in our weakness.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” (James 1:5)

“I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might”. (Eph. 1:16-19)

“The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8)


3 Responses to “The Spirit Leads as the Spirit Wills”

  1. I was told that I was using James out of context when I used it in the context of gifts. Hmm…

    It is a wonderful thing to know that he distributes and operates and even encourages us to seek him for the wisdom to understand what he is doing. Usually, it comes in the encouragement to meditate upon his word. The word of the Lord is a strong tower, the wise flee to it and find safety. We are also given other counselors, pastors/teachers, brothers. In the multitude of counselors (good ones) there is safety also. In fleeing to the strong tower of the word, take a few faithful friends along.

  2. Tim says:

    Well… I suppose that verse doesn’t quite apply to gifts. Wisdom is a promise for everyone, but gifts are distributed as the Lord wills. (Of course, it’s OK to eagerly desire the higher gifts and pray for them.)

    Anyway, good summary.

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