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The Spirit is Leading Me to . . . Part 4 (finale)

posted Feb 21, 2017, 10:14 AM by First Baptist

  

In this series, we’ve been considering & analyzing the practice of attributing what we think, feel or do to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Almost all Christians do this to some degree.

 

Most Christians also ask the Holy Spirit to reveal HIS WILL on various matters of life, usually through circumstances or our feelings. It is assumed then, that once He does so, we will follow or obey it.

 

The question is:

 

Is this what the Bible teaches us to do? Are we to ask and then expect the Holy Spirit to reveal to us what He wants us to do in a particular matter or situation?

 

Of course, we can always ask the Holy Spirit to do something, but it is exceedingly rare for Him to reveal to us HIS WILL on a particular matter. Instead, the Bible says we are to make our own decisions and choices ACCORDING TO WISDOM (see especially Ephesians 5:15-16).

 

JI Packer defines wisdom as . . .

 

“The power to see, and the inclination to choose, the best and highest goal, together with the surest means of attaining it.”

 

I Corinthians 7 provides the clearest instruction on how Christians are to go about making decisions.

 

The instruction comes in the context of a discussion about marriage and what is noteworthy is the apostle Paul’s use of the words “good” and “better.” Instead of encouraging a single Christian to pray for God’s will (or the leading of the Holy Spirit) on a decision about marriage, he speaks in terms of doing what is “good” or “better.” He even mentions making a decision based upon what will make you “happier” (7:39-40).

 

Bottom line: What we are to seek in non-commanded decisions is not the revelation of God’s will, but for God-given wisdom. (“Non-commanded decisions” are those that Scripture does not explicitly require or prohibit. For example, Scripture neither requires nor prohibits marriage; we are free to make our own decision, so long as the person we marry is a fellow believer.)

 

Sources of Wisdom

 

There are four main sources of wisdom:

 

1.      Scripture

2.      Outside research

3.      Wise counselors

4.      Experience

 

Pastor Dan

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