Be Led by Peace



…because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
—Romans 8:14


If you want to be a mature son of God, you must learn to be led by His Spirit. Once you’re born again, there are things that are expected of you. God has a perfected plan ready for your life. In order to live out this plan, you must know how He leads today’s believers.

We were all messed up when we were born. Because of Adam’s sin in the garden, we came into this world with an internal compass always pointing us away from God and toward evil. When we were recreated by the new birth, we were recalled. Our old internal compass was replaced with a new one that points toward God and His ways. The problem is that we’ve spent so many years being led by the old device that the new one often confuses us.

It’s not like you can take the thing out of your belly to handle it and study it. This new guidance system is spirit. So, how do we learn to follow it? We begin to walk out this new life with a new found consciousness of the Spirit within us. Since there will always be some trial and error involved, you must combine faith with this Christian discipline. Here are a few rules that will help you in being led by God’s Spirit.

First, always remember that the Spirit and the Word agree. In other words, the Spirit of God will always lead you in ways that are in line with what the Bible teaches. For example, the Spirit won’t ever lead you to take something that doesn’t belong to you because the Word plainly tells us that stealing is a sin. The Spirit and the Word are inseparable, so the two will always line up with each other.

Second, the Holy Spirit will always lead you into righteousness. The Word of God tells us that righteousness is to be our ruler. If you are being led into something that has the appearance of evil, could confuse those around you about their faith, or might even lead others astray, you’re not being led by the Spirit of God. As a litmus test, you can always compare what you’re contemplating to Jesus’ life and actions. He is our example of righteousness. If it doesn’t line up with His life, toss it out.

Third, the Holy Spirit will lead you into peace. If you find yourself walking in a new direction and you start to get irritable or edgy, that is a good time to step back and reevaluate the steps you took. When God leads you, He will always take you into places of peace. If you loose your peace, the best thing to do is to go back to the last place you remember you had it, get centered with God through prayer, and slowly head out again, being more aware of your new compass.

Being led by the Spirit of God isn’t tricky or difficult; it’s just new for many of us. It’s true that you’ll make some mistakes, but if you keep these three rules in mind, you’ll get the hang of it in no time. Remember, God leads His sons by His Spirit. Make a fresh commitment today to be led by the Spirit and you’ll find the path that He created for you before the foundation of the world!

Scriptural Context
Romans 8:1-15

Concept Reinforcement
I will make peace your governor and righteousness your ruler.
—Isaiah 60:17

The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace…
—Romans 8:6

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
—2 Corinthians 3:17