Son of God
Imagine John’s dismay when He saw the sinless Son of God on Whom the Spirit was to rest coming to him to be baptised in water. “I need to be baptised by You,” he protested. But God always has His reasons and all that Christ did was under the guidance of the Spirit of God and in perfect harmony with the will of the Father – and for God’s glory. Jesus reassuring His humble herald said to the faithful John, “Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfil all righteousness,” and so He was baptised.
Created to Rule
God created Adam to rule the earth through the guidance of God in heaven: let us make man in Our image to have dominion over the works of our hands.
Genesis 1:26 God created Adam to govern the earth through the guidance of the most-high God.
Adam was to govern the earthly realm through God’s guidance in the heavenly realm. Later Israel was created to teach the nations the goodness of God. Israel was to demonstrate man living in submission to God – a son obedient to his Father, but Adam failed and Israel failed so God sent His anointed Son into the world. God sent His Son to live and die in obedience to the Father as an example to man – an example of how man is to live in willing submissive obedience to the Father.
God will do wondrous things if we learn the mystery of His silences.. and praise Him every time He withdraws His gifts, that we may better know the Giver. There are many times when God reveals nothing when God commands nothing.. when God gives no guidance – when God just does not seem to be there.
In this way the new life in Christ will have a chance to grow and mature, and gradually be conformed into the image and likeness of the Lord Jesus. If we ignore the clear guidance in scripture on how to live a spiritual life, that’s pleasing to God, and submit to the old sin nature, we place ourselves back under the bondage of law.
You can become mediumistic in your very psychical nature and open all the avenues of your being to supernatural guidance and come under the power, the sway, dominion, of deceiving spirits operating in a multitude of ways.
I blunder, until I start to see with spiritual eyes of His understanding/ (as did Job). So I must seek His reason, His judgments, His divine guidance – not my own. I must be humble of heart; teachable in spirit; gentle in my dealings. I must seek to have my emotions; desires; thoughts and reason aligned to Him.
Let us not only be guided by Him, in the crisis of life, but in the daily duties of life. Let us listen to His voice in those small decisions that we are so apt to take… decisions we make without seeking His skilful loving guidance… decisions we are prone to take without listening to His gentle promptings.
But God no longer leads His people with fire and cloudy pillars. Today we have fuller revelation and such signs and wonders have been replaced. Today there is no need for such visible tokens of guidance – for we have the indwelling Spirit.
He is indeed our hope, and faith develops through patient endurance. His guidance however is often through the barred doors. Love often slams shut doors, firmly fast – as well as opening them wide.
The Lord Jesus Christ demonstrated the way God designed us to live our lives. He maintained close fellowship with God – His food was to do His Father’s will. He listened to the guidance of the Spirit – and laid aside His glory for a season – the Lord Jesus Christ learned obedience through the things that He suffered.
We can look back into the corridors of past history and see God’s plan unfolding. We can peer into the pages of the future and see His purposes reaching fulfilment. We can live in a Christ-rejecting sinful world and confidently trust our lives to Him..
When a life is submitted to His leading He can produce the impossible. When a believer submits to His guidance He conforms us into the perfect likeness of His dear Son. The perfect God-Man lived a perfect life. He lived the life God wants for each of us – here and now. He lived a life where the cruelty and brokenness of sin could never permeate. He came to address the ruinous nature of sin in the lives of His children. He came to heal and bind up so that we could truly be perfect as He is perfect.
Remember, in Christ’s economy it is only believers who are called to be disciples and forsake all for Christ’s sake – but it is a free-will choice to live as unto the Lord and to submit to His guidance – but never a requirement of salvation as widely taught today.
All sanctification and spiritual growth in our lives is by God’s grace alone, and all we have to do is to submit to the guidance of the Holy Spirit in our lives. But not all believers are being sanctified in a practical, progressive manner – for being “set apart unto God,” is a free-will choice – a decision of the will, we all have to make.
Old Testament Examples
The lives of the Old Testament saints exemplify many reactions to His guidance:- some resisted; some grieved; some quenched; some neglected; some missed Him – and some just simply trusted. But each came through, by believing His word and by communing with Him, even when the heavens seems shut and His voice seemed silent – sometimes for decades.
but He has stipulated that His servants must be faithful and obedient. But the keyword here is faithful servants – obedient sons. Only faithful servants willingly submit to the leading and guiding of His Spirit. Only obedient sons choose to surrender to the guidance and leading of the Spirit.
His way is the best way for His way is the way of the cross. Settle the matter in your mind, dear child of God, that He directs your path. Resolve in your heart that His leadings are for your greater joy and eternal glory. Such a man is one who fears the Lord – he is one who trusts in His love. Such a woman is one that submits to His guidance – in gentleness of spirit.
The light of His Word is the lamp to direct you feet and illumine your way. His Word of direction gives gentle guidance towards a rest in your soul.
Their new discovery, or light, or guidance, as they speak of it, by reason of the let-up of some tension, solution to some problem, promise of release into self-realization, and escape from pressure, when the novelty and glamor have worn off is found to have been deceitful waters, producing Jericho's fruit which fall before they are ripe....
In this verse, we are reminded that.. when there is no guidance the people fall - however, in abundance of counsellors there is victory.
The word, 'guidance' in this verse, is a term that is used in nautical navigation or piloting a plane, for without wise advice and informed counsel, there is likely to be a great disaster - for as we read, where there is no guidance the people fall.
or rulings have reflected informed guidance - for in the abundance of counsellors there is victory.
Such guidance is often welcome, but can at times be confusing..
However, we do need to be willing to LISTEN to His voice, whether it is internal or external - and we do need to respond when we receive prompting from His written word, so that we do not fall, for where there is no guidance the people fall, but in abundance of counsellors there is victory.
We are to separate ourselves from the egotistical and anti-biblical ways of the wicked, and rather we are to rest in utter dependence on the Lord, Himself, as we submit to the leading and guidance of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
Should not we who are His children, made in His image and born of the Spirit, humble our hearts before Him and bow our ear to listen to the whisper of His still small voice... as He speaks to us His words of comfort and guidance?
Every common task to which we place our shoulder and each Christian duty, to which we are called, can only be successfully discharged as we rely on the Lord Jesus Christ for guidance and strength.
This is not a one-time strengthening, but a moment by moment reliance upon Him, until we are increasingly able to act upon His guidance, as we learn to listen to His voice saying, this is the way - walk in it.
As we offer our requests to the Lord, may we pray into His will and continue to seek His counsel and guidance in all the decisions and duties of everyday life, so that we will finish the challenges in our own life-race, to the honour of God's holy name and for our eternal benefit.
Children are indeed a heritage and gift from the Lord, and there is much in Scripture that gives parental guidance on the godly upbringing of their offspring.May those who have been entrusted with the heritage and gift of children, take their parental responsibilities seriously, and bring them up in the way they should go, for God has promised that when they are old they will not depart from the way of truth.May we who have been entrusted by the Lord to be parents, recognise the awesome responsibility, with which we have been entrusted.
May the elders of our churches in this generation, husbands in their home and the men of today recognise the responsibilities they have in giving guidance to the younger generation and influencing a right attitude towards the things of God.
Jesus demonstrated throughout His earthly walk, a life that was well-pleasing to the Father, for He walked in spirit and truth, depending on the guidance of the Spirit and entrusting His life into God's keeping, moment by moment - but He had to do this in a fallen world..
May we, who have been saved by grace through faith, make ourselves available to the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit, so that lost sinners may be given the opportunity to hear the gospel and believe, through us.
His message and his preaching was delivered by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit as Paul submitted to God's leading and guidance in the words he said, the message he spoke, the acts he carried out and a heart that rested in Christ.
Their earnest plea for guidance may have come from truly sincere people, who wanted to do what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as some biblical expositors suggest... or their request may have been rooted in a proud and rebellions mind-set, which was only prepared to say MY will, not Thine be done, which is the viewpoint of others.
Like this remnant in Israel we are also living in volatile times, but we are instructed to trust the Lord in all things and seek His heavenly guidance in spirit and in truth.
Let us never forget that in the same way that we were justified by faith when we first believed we are to spend the rest of our lives being sanctified by faith - in the power of the Spirit as we abide in Christ and submit to the leading and guidance of the indwelling Holy Spirit
May we with spiritual discernment read, mark, learn, inwardly digest and rightly divide the Scriptures, through the guidance of the indwelling Holy Spirit, so that we do not fall into any presumptive practices or lean towards any form of legalism.
Paul knew that the most effective cure for a loss of peace and a lack of joy is a mind that is focused on Christ - a mind that is submissive to the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit - a humble mind that seeks to esteem others as more important than themselves - and so we are called upon to be of one mind, having the same love for one another and living in perfect harmony - with a singular focus..
Peace WITH God is our permanent possession when we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, but the peace OF God is conditional upon a believer being in a relationship with the Lord Jesus - as we abide in Christ, trust His Word, depend on His guidance, die to self and live for Him.
The beauty of the inner abiding in Christ as we surrender to His will, reflect on His word and hearken to the inner guidance of His Holy Spirit is that we will walk in His way - and receive the power to live as He lived.
The last we hear of these born-again believers was that some continued to revert back to the influence of the old sinful nature instead of submitting to the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit in their heart..
Just as we are reminded that there is a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace, we also have to be aware that there may be a time to plead for God to avenge us of a terrible wrong - but that we should always approach 'imprecatory' prayer with godly wisdom; under His guidance and for His greater glory.
And so empowered; filled; led and supported by the Holy Spirit, we discover Jesus to be the only Man Who from the beginning to the end of His life, freely chose to walk in spirit and truth, and freely chose to fully submit to the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
He equips us to carry out His perfect will in each of our lives – if and when we are willing to submit to His guidance, as we walk in spirit and truth – as we abide in Christ and let Him live His perfect new life-in-Christ, in us.
Paul is not only urging these believers to pray for their own needs and to maintain holy fellowship with the Lord, but gives them guidance on topics for prayer, and asks them to pray for him and his ministry..
There are also many experiential ministries of which a Christian may be aware, such as the filling and giftings of the Spirit; His comfort and teaching ministries; His guidance and convicting work and His intercessory office... where He helps us in our weakness, and His chastening work... where we are being conformed into the image and likeness of Christ
Paul described the qualifications, qualities and duties of an elder in the Church and then he warned of the dangers of false teachers and also gave him guidance on their characteristics and how to identify these wolves in sheep's clothing.
Although Christ was the eternal Son of God... we discover Him to be the humble servant of God, Who walked in spirit and truth, lived in humble submission to the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit and became servant of all - so that by His death, burial and resurrection, all who believe on Him should not perish but be saved by grace through faith in HIM.
We have the indwelling Spirt of God, and under His guidance should be in a position to examine; investigate; inquire into difficult questions and discern all things... because we are spiritual men and women.
As church-age believers, we are not under law but under grace, which means that we are called to live by a supernatural standard, which is only achieved, when we live for Christ, die to self, walk in spirit and truth and submit to the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Godliness is the spiritual fruit of a life that is lived in willing submission to the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit. May the great and glorious mystery of godliness, which had been kept hidden for ages and generations be evident in our lives - so that the life of Christ may we seen in us - to His praise and glory.
Let us seek after righteousness, handing over every circumstance of life to Him as we take every thought captive to His guidance so that we too may have lips that praise the Lord and a mouth that sends forth words that rise like sweet incense to our Father in heaven.
What a lesson for us to learn that when we try to work the works of God in our own strength or without the leading and guidance of the indwelling Spirit, we may find that there is barrenness in our soul and we may forgo the comfort and joy that comes from doing His will.
Despite his humble confession to God and his magnificent prayer at the dedication of the Temple, Solomon set out to discover the meaning of life, using his own reasoning power, and without the leading and guidance of God.
Like Joshua and the Israelites of old, if we stand firm on the word of God, and are careful to follow all that God has said, we will prosper; have good success and defeat every opposition we encounter - but when we refuse His leading and guidance, God will correct and chasten us, until we are ready to submit to His leading and put Him first in our lives.
When the godly attribute of mercy, or any other spiritual characteristic is manifest in a life, it is through the enabling power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, in the life of a believer - who has died to self, and has submitted their life to the Spirit's leading and guidance - so that the beauty of Christ may be seen within.
Paul not only outlined the necessary qualifications and qualities for a church elder - but he also detailed the main characteristics of false teachers, and gave guidance on how to expose and remove them from leading the flock of God astray.
There is much guidance to believers who live in the Church age on how to conduct our lives, in a way that is pleasing to God - and a brief look at the gracious life of the Lord Jesus, Whose prayer was always: Thy will not mine be done, together with a study of the directives of Paul in his church epistles, tells us very plainly how God expects each of His children to conduct their lives.
But the gracious qualities of virtue and strength, excellence, dignity and honour that are displayed in the life of a believer, are simply the fruit of the Spirit being shown forth in the woman or man who is humbly submitted to the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit and is prepared to say He must increase and I must decrease.
We are to walk in the Spirit and be led by the Holy Spirit of God, for when we submit to His leading and guidance we are delivered from a life of bondage to all sorts of fleshly inclinations and set free from legalistic practices, laid down by law.
And having laid out the most comprehensive presentation of the gospel of Jesus Christ, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Paul finally reaches his joyful conclusion with the most astonishing and wonderful truth - that nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord - nothing visible or invisible; nothing in the physical realm or in the spiritual sphere; nothing in the heavens above or the earth beneath or in the waters under the earth can separate us from God's love.
While Paul’s epistles were written to specific people or church communities to teach doctrine, give reproof, provide correction, deliver encouragement, impart instruction in righteousness and give guidance in Christian living, the book of Acts could more accurately be described as an historical document.
Like many wonderful promises throughout scripture these beautiful words, which have comforted countless millions, assures us that restoration, guidance, protection and peace is His promise to us, for HE restores our soul and HE leads all His children in paths of righteousness for our eternal benefit and for the honour and glory of His holy name.
How important that we should put a guard over our lips and tongue and set our heart to look to the Lord by pouring out our heart to Him and seeking His guidance in all things, so that we walk and talk in spirit and truth.
And as I submit to His gracious leading and gentle guidance, sin is mortified, and grace is quickened.
The more I respond to His gracious leading and gentle guidance the more I can say: I live, and yet not I, but Christ lives in me- for it is His Spirit that is the Source that is leading and guiding my new-life in Christ in the things that I say and the way that I behave.
We are also reminded that Jesus is the perfect example of how to live godly lives - as we die to self, live for God, seek His will, surrender our lives to His guidance and do only those things that we hear from our Father in heaven.
How important when reading the book of Acts to recognise that those formative days of Christianity was a time of transition from the pre-cross period to a post-cross era, and that the Scriptures, which have become our plumb-line for truth, needed to revealed and agreed upon by holy men of God – through the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Scripture must remain the benchmark for the practical outflow of godly living and spiritual maturity and its purpose is to produce Christlikeness in all God's children - as we present our bodies as a living sacrifice unto the Lord and yield our lives over to His leading and guidance.
Not only was it the Spirit that prompted and inspired holy men of God to script His message to humankind, but He continues to prompt and inspire all who search its pages diligently - with a desire to discover the truth within its pages and an ear that is submitted to the Spirit's leading and guidance.
Indeed, the Scriptures cannot be correctly interpreted without the Holy Spirit's guidance - although there are many that twist and distort the Word of God for their own gain and to the detriment of many in the Body of Christ
As children of God we are exhorted in many passages to resist temptation and to choose the path of righteousness - indeed the Scriptures give step by step guidance on how to live godly in Christ Jesus.
Lead me, O Lord in Your righteousness because of my foes, was his oft repeated plea, make Your way straight before my path. And in the difficulties and dangers he faced, David prayed for guidance and justice..
The consequences of living in a sinful world are pain and sorrow, but from the time that we wake, until the moment our head touches the pillow in the night time hours, we have a choice to seek the Lord in all things and to submit to the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Let us choose to walk in spirit and truth all the days of our life; to depend on the Lord from morning 'til night - to submit our lives to the guidance of the Spirit of God, and to pray:- lead me in Your righteousness; make Your way straight before my face.
The identifying mark of a man or woman who is submitted to the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit is the one who walks and works and lives and prays in spirit and in truth - until it can be said that it is not I that live - but Christ Who lives within.
Christian love seeks to encourage one another towards godly living and spiritual growth, and Paul gives us biblical guidance on what to do when a brother or sister in Christ is caught up in any trespass or sin.
We are to ensure that we are submitted to the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit, by faith - and living our life in total dependence upon the Lord - in truth and in grace.
They would search for the truth, but they would not find it., for their ears had become blocked to His voice, their eyes had become blind to His guidance and their heart had become frozen against the God of their salvation.
To pray in the Spirit is only possible when we are living in unbroken fellowship with the Father, for a life that is living, walking and praying in spirit and truth is one is submitted to His leading and guidance – for the one that lives in helpless submission and dependent upon the Holy Spirit, is the one that truly prays in the spirit. Further we are not to limit our prayers to those things that we consider appropriate, but we are to pray about all things, with every kind of prayer - in the same helpless dependence upon God, knowing that He is not only willing and powerful enough to answer all our pleadings but are trusting Him, in His wisdom to do only that which is best for us…
It is only as we willingly choose to be submitted to the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit in our lives that we can truly walk worthy of our Lord, in spirit and in truth - it is only as we received from Him can we can walk in Him.
Christ came to earth as the sinless Son of God to live life as God intended man to live - perfect in God's sight, fulfilling every aspect of God's Law, submitting to guidance of God's Spirit, depending entirely upon God the Father and desiring to do His will.
through the leading and guidance of God the Holy Spirit - so that God the Son could make Himself known to a wretched woman who was shunned by her community.. minster to a group of lost sinners who were despised by the rest of humanity..
As members of Christ's body we too have been given the responsibility to continue Christ's ministry of reconciliation to a world of lost sinners - as directed by God the Father, through the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit - for the praise and glory of His holy name.
Some of the last words of help, encouragement, advice and guidance that Christ gave His eleven disciples, shortly before He became the sin sacrifice for humanity, were that He did exactly as the Father commanded Him - so that the world would know that He loved the Father.
Jesus knew that total dependence on His heavenly Father's instructions, listening to the guidance of the indwelling Holy Spirit, standing on every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God and praying without ceasing..
The surrendered believer, who is walking in spirit and truth, is yielded to the guidance of the indwelling Holy Spirit, Who works through our new life in Christ - and over time we discover an inner discipline at work.
Jesus became the perfect example of how every-man had been created to live - in complete dependence upon the Father, willingly submitted to His perfect guidance and in utter obedience to His perfect will.
We are to stand firm in the faith and submit to the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit day by day, and we are to live our lives looking to Jesus and learning to say, in all things, THY will, not mine be done.
He started a good work in us and planted an eternal seed of grace within each of our hearts, which will mature and produce fruit, more fruit and much fruit to His praise and glory, if we humbly submit to His leading and guidance in our lives.
Walk in the spirit and you shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh, the Scriptures say, for it is by the leading, guidance and power of the indwelling Spirit's that we are enabled to abide in Christ and live for Him - as we put to death the deeds of the flesh.
The sort of man that is qualified and equipped to become an elder, is one that sees his role as humbly overseeing God's people through the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit - and not in order to further his career..
The book of Titus gives brief but thorough guidance on living a consecrated and virtuous Christian life, that is holy to the Lord and displays grace and love to others.
Titus is the man who was entrusted to teach, correct and give guidance to the Christians in Crete - but Paul was the person who was entrusted by the Lord to reveal the truth of the gospel of grace to Titus - and to many in the early Gentile church.
And there is nothing more important than to live our lives in a way that honours the Lord and displays grace and love to others - and the little book of Titus gives much guidance to pastors and people alike on the godly qualities and characteristics that should be manifest in the lives of all God's people.
It is only a man who walks in spirit and truth and in utter dependence on the leading, guidance, training and correction of the indwelling Holy Spirit that bring forth this spiritual fruit of godly love.
Guidance for godly living can be found throughout these Proverbs, and it is attributed to Solomon - but salvation comes by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone, for there is no other name given among men whereby we must be saved.
Never should we compromise the truth, dilute our faith or become involved in lawless behaviour, but by prayer and supplication, through the guidance of the indwelling Holy Spirit, we should be prepared to give an answer for the hope we have in Christ, no matter what the cost.