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Guided by the Spirit

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If you are guided by the Spirit, you won't obey your selfish desires.

Galatians 5:16

Our worldly nature is to be self-reliant and to try to serve the Lord without seeking the Spirit’s guidance. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. (John 16:13)  Christ guides us through the Spirit because we are motivated to serve Him.

Satan’s goal is to stop Christians from being Light for Christ in this world. Satan tries to kill God’s love in our hearts because love is what motivates us to serve the Lord.  Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58) We always give ourselves fully to the work of the Lord and this requires motivation.

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. (Colossians 3:2) Whatever we are doing today, our thoughts are on serving the Lord.  If our thoughts are taken away for worldly tasks, the Spirit maintains our serving heart. This is true because we are servants of Christ and the desire to serve dwells in our hearts.

We are true servants of Christ because we are guided by Christ through the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. (Romans 8:5 ESV) If we live by the Spirit, the Spirit will change our hearts from things of the world to things of God. Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. (Psalm 34:8) The Spirit connects us to the Lord and fills our hearts with his love, motivating us to serve the Lord. The more we serve the Lord, the more love we have in our hearts and the more we can taste the Lord’s goodness. If we are guided by the Spirit, we will be motivated to bring Christ to lost souls because our hearts are filled with anguish for the lost.

Today, seek to follow the Spirit. The more we seek and pray for the Spirit’s guidance, the more the Spirit will lead our thoughts and the desires of our hearts.  One of the greatest things in life is to be guided by the Lord through our thoughts and our hearts.

Prayer: Lord, help me to know your Word and to hear Christ’s guidance through the Spirit.  Guide me to remain in Christ to bear fruit because bearing fruit is the desire of my heart.  In Jesus’ name, Amen