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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Led by the Spirit, #21
Now when I had returned, behold, at the bank of the river were very many trees on the one side and on the other. Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed. And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh. (Ezekiel 47:7-9)
The above is a picture of the Spirit of God flowing from the personalities of the saints and bringing eternal life to the nations of the earth.
There is another picture of the nations of the earth coming to the Spirit-filled saints.
And the Gentiles [nations] shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. (Isaiah 60:3)
The sons of God who return with the Lord Jesus will have been trained during their life on the earth to live in the Spirit of God. When the Lord returns these victorious saints will be filled to overflowing with Divine Life. It will be the power of the Holy Spirit in them and with them that will enable them to bring the nations of the earth under subjection to the Lord Jesus.
The overcomers will receive the crown of life, that is, the power and authority to govern by eternal, incorruptible resurrection life. This is how the Lord Jesus lives and governs.
We have seen that if we would gain victory over our own personality we must be led by the Spirit of God to do so.
We have seen further that gifts and ministries are given by the Holy Spirit and the believer is to be led by the Spirit in the use of gifts and ministries. It is not enough to receive gifts and a ministry. We must learn to follow the Spirit in the use of them in every instance.
The saint must come to understand that life is to be lived not by might nor by power but by the Spirit of God. Everything we think, everything we say, and everything we do is to be under the guidance and enablement of the Spirit of God.
Learning to be led by the Spirit of God is an art that must be practiced every day. Speaking in tongues helps us move into life lived in the Spirit. There is a multitude of voices in the spirit realm that would counsel us. We must look to the Lord constantly, always testing every spirit that would guide us.
Do not ever be afraid to test a spirit. You will never displease the Lord or the Holy Spirit by questioning a voice that attempts to guide you. God's Word commands you to try the spirits and you must do so if you wish to avoid being deceived.
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. (I John 4:1)
The Holy Spirit is always willing to be tested. The wisdom that comes from above is always willing to be questioned, always willing to give you time to use your judgment and the Word of God to determine if what you are hearing is really the Spirit of God.
Whenever there is a feeling of fear or haste, a driving spirit accompanying a voice that speaks to you, this is not the Spirit of God. The Spirit of God is always gentle and patient and will wait until you are certain it is God who is directing you.
It is God's will that all saved people learn to live in the Spirit. This will be much easier in the ages to come than it is now. Today we have to fight the world, our flesh, the demons, and our own pride and self-will in order to enter the rest of God, the place where we are at rest in the Spirit and will of God.
We are a firstfruits of God's creatures. We are a warlike remnant determined to press into our land of promise, into life lived in every area under the guidance and enablement of the Holy Spirit of God. (from Led by the Spirit)