The Holy Spirit Is Present To Direct

Think of Psalm 37:23 says, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.” The Hebrew word for ordered means: to be firm, be stable, be established, be secure, be enduring, to be fixed.

It reminds me of Ephesians 1:4-5 which says, “Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.”

The word ‘predestined’ means to foreordain, predetermine, mark out beforehand. John 15:16 says, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever  you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”

Our course was charted before the beginning of time. When the Lord created us, He did so with all that would take place in our lives. Jeremiah 1:5 says that He knew us before He formed us in the womb.

Our progressive sanctification is a journey to be made holy. That is achieved as we allow the Holy Spirit to direct us. Anything that we do in our flesh is futile, empty, worthless, unproductive, ineffectual, and absolutely void of results. That is the way of the world. We are called out of the world system.

Romans 12:2 says, “And do not be conformed to this world…” The rest of the verse is the opposite. It requires diligence on our part. It says, “…but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

Our trials conform us to His image. They help us to walk in the prescribed path as we look to the leading of the Holy Spirit. He gives us revelational insight to navigate through our hardships, trials, and adversities. They are designed to bring out and develop the character of Christ in us.

Everything in our life works together. Our fruit is two-fold. First, it glorifies the Lord. Second, it is for others to eat. What is your fruit like? Is it succulent and delicious? Does it exude words that come from your relationship with the Lord?

2 Corinthians 1:4 says, “Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” That ‘comfort’ comes when we abide with the Lord in intimate communion.

It is unique to you. They are His words that sustained you in your trial. They were worked deeply into your heart, like a tapestry is woven. The beauty is on the outside, whereas underneath the threads are crisscrossed, knotted, and there seems to be no distinguishable pleasing pattern.

Colossians 2:6-7 says, “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.” Thanksgiving keeps us from bearing bitter fruit that no one would want to eat.

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