Being led by the Holy Spirit – PART 1
Who is the Holy Spirit? By Chris Dicks
Hi all, as promised; my teaching notes on Being led by the Holy Spirit. I tried to keep it as simple as possible. Blessings!
Before we can answer this question, we need to see who God was from the beginning because there are many teachings and understandings that can confuse us. So let’s look at who or what God was in the beginning which should give us an idea of how the Holy Spirit fits into everything.
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
It is clear, in this verse God has and is Spirit. There are many other scriptures that reveal that God is Spirit and these are some of them:
1. Romans 8:16
2. John 4:24
Pneumatikos – it can mean three things, so we need to look at the original text for context purposes, in simple terms it can mean:
1. Man with a spirit
2. Man being led by the Holy Spirit
3. Spiritual Man/Being
Who is the Holy Spirit?
There are many traditional teachings in the church environment that teaches everything from God being three persons to each of the persons of God having their own intellect and soul. The best way to see what is correct is to refer to the scriptures and not take the scriptures out of context. Remember, there is not three God’s that make up one God but One God that has three parts to Himself. In the same way you have three parts to yourself such as your flesh, soul and spirit. In like manner is God, but God is one being and His true nature is a Spirit being. So the Holy Spirit is God.
Let’s use two scriptures confirming that God is one:
Let’s look at Acts 13:1-3 first:
1 Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2 As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.
Here the Holy Spirit said He has called Barnabas and Saul – now let’s look at another scripture speaking about who called Saul
15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. 16 For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.”
In this text, Jesus is peaking. We can confirm by looking at these two scriptures that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are one.
The word “God” is the collective noun for Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God is a Spirit being which can project Himself as either Father, Son or Holy Spirit.
There is a good description given by Jesse DuPlantis and it goes like this:
• The heart of God is the Father
• The face of God is Jesus
• The Voice of God is the Holy Spirit
• and the Hands of God is the Church
The scriptures are clear that God is one, Jesus does not have His own will but moves only according to the will of the Father and so does the Holy Spirit. If the Father, Son and Holy Spirit had their own will and intellect, they would not be One. All three parts of God have one objective and that is to reveal the Heart of the Father.
Being Led by the Holy Spirit – PART 2
The soul of Man
One of the major areas of a person that needs attention when hearing the Spirit is your Soul. The soul and heart is in essence the gateway to the spirit, it can either prevent you from hearing Him or it can miss-lead you.
What is the soul? Romans 14:17-18
1. Mind – At Peace/ peaceful thoughts
2. Will – Right standing/submitted will
3. Emotions – Subdued or balanced by Joy
The things that can miss-lead you:
1. Mind – analyzing, logic thinking, meditation on the negative or your understanding
2. Will – Submitting to your frustrations, your ways, submitting to suggestions of others or natural reason
3. Emotions – making decisions from a place of anxiousness, fear, anger, sadness, sympathy
This is listening to yourself or the devil. The devil cannot give you peace, joy or righteousness. He will give you logic/reasoning thinking for your mind, ecstasy/fear/anger for your emotions and convince you its good without you realising the evil behind it to move your will. Satan’s sole objective is to get you to focus on yourself instead of God.
In essence, the things of the flesh are not God’s voice it’s satans or your voice. 1 Corinthians 6:9
When we look at the soul, we need to use the following principles in order to bring your soul into submission first to the Spirit.
How do we do this?
1. Separation for clarification – which is soul and Spirit?
2. Unification for revelation – soul then submits to the Spirit
3. Revelation for manifestation – Doing the Will of God
The Word of God is an amazing plumb-line which we can use alongside the leading of the Spirit of God, to know and do His Will.
Being Led by the Holy Spirit – PART 3
The Inner man
27 The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord,
Searching all the inner depths of his heart.
This means that your reborn Spirit (Your inward man) is led by the Holy Spirit always but it’s up to us to listen to it.
The Outward Man
9 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
This scripture describes the outward man and this part of you is moved to do wrong, we call it our flesh. Remember Jesus said the Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.
The Flesh or body will demand to be satisfied and in most cases will lead us away from the essential spiritual things that we need to feed on.
The inward man is the real you – the new creature in Christ, where old things have passed away and all things become new. The inward person possesses the LIFE and NATURE OF GOD. The real you is the HOME and Dwelling Place of God the Holy Spirit in all His fullness.
1 John 3:7-9
Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. 8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 9 Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.
Until you renew your mind with the Word of God, your soul and body will dominate your spirit.
1 Corinthians 3:1-3
And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; 3 for you are still carnal.
This means, although they have been saved, they still succumb to the needs or desires of their flesh.
A renewed mind will side with the reborn Spirit and together they will then dominate the body.
2 Peter 1:2-4
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
He clearly said that His people perish for the lack of knowledge and that knowledge is about Him and His ways. The more we seek Him the more our soul comes in line with His Spirit. The more we repent and meditate on things of God, the more we begin to do the things of God. The body will then submit.
Your inward man has:
1. the nature of God
2. Life of God
3. Love of God
4. Spirit God
The biggest key here is to repent of our sin and to live a life of repentance. To always seek His leading and not our own.