By Evans Adetokunbo
When Jesus Christ was about to go to the cross, He spent time talking to the disciples, preparing them for His departure.
He told them not to depart but to remain so that the fruit of all He has done and would be doing might show forth through them. He as the Vine and we as the branches which shows the fruits.
He told them He would be leaving with them four entities to replace His companionship with them and to help them. His name, His word, His peace and His Holy Spirit.
When speaking to them about the new birth, He had spoken about the Holy Spirit, His movement and His relationship with those who believe. The believer would be born again by the Holy Spirit and so the believer will move like the wind. People would hear the sound as they move where they like, but won’t be able to determine where they may be coming from or where they may be going.
Christ didn’t want to leave us without a comforting companion in His absence, He didn’t want to leave us as orphans, He promised to come to us by His Spirit. John chapters 3, and chapters 13-16.
Apostle Paul tied our being born of God as His sons to the working of the Holy Spirit in the believer. They shouldn’t be separated, in order to get the best benefits embedded, just as the Lord didn’t separate them in John 3. Jesus Christ must have taught Paul that, for us, called the Gentiles, to be able to comprehend.
As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. Romans 8:14
In the prophecies of Ezekiel and Jeremiah that spoke about the new creation, the new covenant and the new kingdom, God had promised that the pathway to knowing Him and walking in His will would be by His Spirit living in the people of God.
Today, we are the temple of the Holy Spirit individually when we are alone and collectively when we gather together in the name of Jesus Christ. He lives within us, what a blessing!
We can’t travel this maze of a life with its complexity without the understanding of what is right and what’s wrong. And we won’t only need the knowledge and the understanding of what’s wrong and what’s right at the general communal level of the pleasers of God, but at the individual level of the believer’s personal destiny management.
We know for instance at the general level, how we should not be unequally yoked together with an unbeliever, which applies in marriage and in many other scenarios beyond marriage. But we don’t have it written in the Bible who exactly that person we should be yoked together with among believers should be say in marriage for instance. Only the Holy Spirit knows who is so written in the volume written concerning each of us.
We know from Scriptures, on the general level, how we all should go into all the world to make disciples of all nations but its not written in the Scriptures where exactly each of us should go to operate.
This is one reason why the new covenant wouldn’t run by the Law which is limited in scope and runs only on the outside. God intends for the believer to be led by the Holy Spirit from within, who is the custodian of all the knowledge of God and all the knowledge about us, who also is the revealer of God and of all the deep things of God.
1Cor 2:9 But as it is written:
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.
11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
This is very profound following what Jesus Christ said about the Holy Spirit. It requires a deep meditation by every child of God.
John 16: 12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.
13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.
15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.
Jesus Christ said the Holy Spirit will SHOW us things to come and declare or reveal to us things concerning Him.
In all, the believer will not be able to live a day successfully in pleasing God here in this world without the Holy Spirit. Of course, human beings live here on the earth successfully to their standards with the faculties God has given them to operate here on the earth without the Holy Spirit. But as amphibious supernatural beings that we are, being born of God, with our success defined by our obedience to God, we won’t achieve our supernatural potentials and ability to obey God and live like Him without the workings of the Holy Spirit from within us.
I understand that we somehow define the role of the Holy Spirit with power, supernatural manifestations and His fiery nature, but His primary workings are more in the area of leading us in the path of righteousness than the display of power to witness, helping us as we testify of Christ.
Therefore, He seeks our being yielded and malleable to Him from within us. He is fluid, flowing as the wind, fire, water, and flying like a dove, if we would be led or moved by Him into the people, places, events and timings of divine pleasures and will, we must be as fluid as He is. When we become rigid, in our ideas, pleasures, understanding, and every other thing that fuel our decisions, we become less yielding to His pressures and we experience less of His leadings. Mark 1:12, Romans 6:16-22
Meanwhile, there’s a way that seems right to a man but the end is destruction. Our understanding and wisdom can be powerful, but they are only informed by our past and are limited to our ability to properly interpret history and not by the knowledge and the understanding of the future.
The leading of the Spirit is powered by the omniscience of God and the omnipotence of God to break into our routine and make us go in the direction that suits our future and destiny in God even unconsciously once we are totally yielded.
All we have to do is to trust Him. Trusting that He indwells us in real time. We need to trust Him that He who indwells us isn’t inferior to the one who works in any other believer, no matter how ‘anointed’. We need to believe beyond what we hear, dream or see in any vision or revelation, which are compromisable, that He is at work in us both to will and to do of His own good pleasure. We must believe in the leading of the Spirit as sons and children of God.
When we lose confidence in His leading and workings within us, we devise our own ways which at best may work for a while but which end in destruction.
When we lose faith in His leading from within us, we begin to seek mediums and are open to falling prey to false prophets and familiar spirits to deceive and take advantage of us, and may lead to man-worship, as we deify men and trigger divine jealousy through our inadvertent idolatry.
When we lose faith in the leading of the Spirit from within us as children of God, we work against our own spiritual development, mortgaging and outsourcing our spiritual growth and personal relationship with God.
We can be led by the Spirit of God, we should be led by the Spirit of God, this is our default setting. This is what God wants to do in us, this is the New Covenant, and every believer in Christ Jesus should explore this grace in the place of prayer and total yieldedness to the Holy Spirit as the leader.
This is the only way the believer can successfully maneuver through the complexity of this perverse world system and the constraints of pleasing God daily and in every situation within it as we await the coming of Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
Pray this prayer consistently for yourself…
Hebrews 13: 20 Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
21 make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen
Rev. Evans Adetokunbo Emmanuel is a prolific writer and ordained minister of the gospel. He is the president of Grace Missions International Ministries based in Lagos, Nigeria, an inter-denominational ministry that focuses on ministering to ministers. The ministry holds a bible class every Wednesday (The Bible Class) where topical issues relating to Christianity today are freely discussed in the light of the bible under the auspices of the Holy Spirit. You can access more of his materials at http://evansademanuel.blogspot.com.