Bible and Theology
By the Spirit of God
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
May 15, 2019
Counting Stars in an Empty Sky

FOR YOUR GIFT OF ANY AMOUNT

Read Romans 8:5-17.

We can be active in our churches and exhibit many commendable traits, but still be operating from our flesh if we are not allowing ourselves to be led by the Spirit. Being led by the Holy Spirit means He is at work in your life in three distinct ways:

Though you may not see the fruit of your surrender immediately, trust that the Spirit is at work.

  1. He is revealing to you the Truth of the Scriptures, illuminating your mind and allowing you to submit to God's law.
  2. He is helping you obey God's Word. It is one thing to read and even memorize the Word of God. But it is a whole different ballgame to actually obey the Word of God.
  3. He is confirming your adoption into God's family, freeing you from fear and assuring you that you are His child.

 
There are times when I have fervently prayed and sought the Holy Spirit's guidance, but still could not discern His leading. Only later did I realize He was guiding me all along.

So, though you may not see the fruit of your surrender immediately, trust that the Spirit is at work. If you are actively yielding to Him, you will bear fruit. But He will not beat down the door of your life; you must welcome Him in. So, pray with me now, "Holy Spirit, let Your will dominate my will."

Prayer: God, I thank You for the gift of Your Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, open my eyes to the beauty of Scripture and so work in my heart that I delight to submit to its Truth. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

"For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God" (Romans 8:13-14).