Published on July 27th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
Pastor Creflo Dollar; Led by the Spirit
Remember as a child when you made a bad decision that later led to a guilty conscience? We’ve all been there and have had our own experiences—it’s part of growing up. As children, most of us were instilled with values that taught us to do our best and be honest and respectful. The world calls that internal moral compass our conscience, but when we study the Bible, we learn that it’s really the Holy Spirit at work.
When we ignore that little voice inside of us, we usually make a mistake or do something we later regret. The conscience that speaks to us loud and clear about what’s right and wrong is actually the voice of God! The Scriptures tell us what role He should play in our decision-making process. “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you” (John 14:26, NKJV).
Growing up, our parents did their best to teach us godly values, warning us not to follow the crowd or do something just because everyone else was doing it. Maybe it was the party that all the popular kids, along with some unsavory characters, were attending, or the temptation to experiment with something we knew we shouldn’t.
Some of us may have snuck out and done it anyway, and were racked with guilt later. That was the Holy Spirit in us, pointing out our mistake, just like parents do with their children. “And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: ‘My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.’ If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?” (Hebrews 12:5-7, NKJV). This is the type of correction that leads kids to “’fess up” to their parents and admit what they did.
As adults, it’s just as important to listen to the Holy Spirit’s prompting. With so many choices and so many paths in life we could choose, it’s tempting to let the world dazzle us and sweep us away. Whether it’s deciding what career path to choose, what friendships to forge, or how to handle everyday situations, it’s always wise to seek His counsel first.
Many times we fail to stop and listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying. We may be intent on doing things our own way, whether it’s in our personal relationships, in school, or on the job. Unfortunately, we are quick to listen to what the world says—it’s okay to lie, cheat, or steal, as long as no one is looking. But Someone is looking, and He has 20/20 vision. “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13, NIV).
There’s plenty of advice floating around in the world, but not all of it is good. Diligently studying the Scriptures helps us discern lies from truth, and we shouldn’t believe anything that does not line up with the Word. “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God” (1 John 4:1, 2). Let the Spirit lead the way!