- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Bible Questions and Answers about the Holy Spirit
- Published on Thursday, 19 November 2009 13:01
A highly respected elder once responded to this question by saying that the Spirit’s leading is the application of scriptural sense. As large a subject as this is, a few scriptural principles will cover most situations. Every one has an obligation to prepare to contribute as guided by the Spirit (1Co 14:26) and in keeping with his Spirit-given capabilities (1Co 12:11). A servant mind (Phi 2:5) recognizes that this functioning is not about self (1Co 13:4, 5), but to glorify the Lord (1Co 1:29, 31) and to help others (1Co 12:7). We function as part of a priesthood (1Pe 2:5) and therefore all that we do must coordinate with others (1Co 14:29a). We recognize the value of the discernment of others whom the Spirit has gifted (1Co 14:29b). All is done with courtesy and consideration for others (1Co 14:32). We act in response to a touched spirit that is genuine (John 4:23), an overflowing heart (Psa 45:1).
Observing these principles with a prayerful and submissive heart will cover most of the circumstances. The mystical prompting of the Spirit will handle the rest.