When you’re led by the Spirit, you’re on God’s fieldtrip. Jesus takes you to special places and guides you to amazing encounters. When Christians gather to all be Spirit-led, Jesus finally has the opportunity to be the literal Head of His body, not just the figurehead.
Modern Christianity is full of “idle notions” (ideas without implementation). It often produces religious pride that masquerades as “false humility” by trying to prove its closeness to God through theological knowledge, religious titles, church attendance, and/or special experiences. However, hearing about Jesus without actually doing what He says is disobedience. It breaks our connection with Him as the Head and quenches the Spirit. Thus, it undermines His literal Headship and control of His body and makes Him a mere figurehead (like the Queen of the United Kingdom).
The Bible defines the children of God as “all who are led by the Spirit of God,” not as “all who claim to be led by the Spirit of God.” Those led by the Spirit will live in ways that are humbly aligned with the Bible. They will obey the Head, the living Jesus, instead of their own desires, feelings, and opinions. There’s no good reason for any Christian not to be continually thrilled about the risen Jesus!
When you resist your conscience, you resist the living God who is reaching out to you through it. View ungodly desires as challenges to overcome, not as something to cater to. Every day go experience, interact with, & obey the living Jesus throughout the day.
i can identify with that field-trip idea. Reading this post makes me want to share some of my experiences. Below are a few accounts, and you can find more similar stories on my website at https://marcushurstauthor.com/the-finger-of-god.
In June 2017, my boss at the bike shop told me my days of work would come to a close around the end of the month. Shortly afterward, a friend requested driving help for a four-week trip to the West Coast. They wanted to leave the end of the month. So, I jumped along.
When we got back from the trip, I had three other out-of-state weekend trips in the next month—all for which I got paid to drive. Otherwise, I was unemployed, which freed me to work on this book.
Now I had no job, and my payments kept coming due. Then, an expected payment failed to show on my credit card statement. Some research revealed that the amount I paid was only two-thirds of the total price listed on the invoice. Upon inquiry, I was told, “Congratulations, it is all paid for!” I was not about to argue.
When I was running out of money, I started working for a local framing contractor. But, in February 2018, we ran out of work and I again took up the “no work” status. I noted that if income did not turn up, I would have credit card debt within a month unless I borrowed more money from my dad. (It has been my policy to avoid credit card debt if possible.)
A day later, the bike I had on consignment at the bike shop sold. The next week when I stopped in at my workplace to get some paperwork, I was handed an unexpected profit-sharing check for the previous year. I figured with this, I now have enough money to make it through to my next paycheck―if I keep my spending minimized.
Then, as if I had the money, I made another large business-related purchase. But then, doesn’t God provide me with money when it gets tight? And He did once more. We got work again, and I sold one hundred books to a local grocery peddler.
About three months later, in May, I had less than $500 in my name. On top of that, my boss had forgotten to do paychecks, which rendered them a day late. But it was a warm day, so on the way back from our job I swung the truck in at McDonald’s to purchase milkshakes for our crew. After placing the order inside, we waited a long time. I finally asked them what was going on. They had dropped our order by accident; so, they refunded my money and gave us our shakes as an apology.
These experiences have greatly aided me in trusting God with the details of my life.