Breakfast With Jesus: ROMANS 8:14

For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God

Who is leading you?

Are you being led by the powerful, positive Spirit of the Living God or are you being led by your own spirit or some other spirit? Leadership is causing others to act consistent with your expectations. The question is, then, whose expectations are you acting consistent with? Does God prompt you and you respond with righteous actions or does temptation prompt you and you respond with sin and selfishness?

Does God prompt you to meet the needs of people and you enter into the loving act He has prompted? Or do you demure, ignore, or rebel and do what you want instead?

If you want to really be a son of God, you must allow yourself to be led by His expectations for your life. Does your life grow out of His expectations or your own expectations? It is a wondrous thing to be led by the Spirit of the Living God. He has twists and blessings and opportunities that we would never be able to develop. But if we insist only upon what our expectations are, then we will miss His little opportunities.

I know that I have been the richer every time I take His detour. My going to junior college and the lessons I learned there was a God-directed detour. My involvement in the college I went to was a detour from what I wanted to do.  My going to the seminary I went to was a God-directed detour. My going on my first date with the young lady who became my wife was a God-directed detour. There are so many positive aspects of my life that are truly unexpected detours. God knows what He is doing and where He is taking us and He rarely tells us ahead of time. He just wants us to go with the opportunity when it comes up.

If you are a Christian, then right now God is trying to lead you. He is trying to get you to move down a particular path with particular steps, particular actions. If you take this path, there are significant benefits even though you have to say no to the more tempting, immediate gratification of temptation. The path of righteousness is like the rising sun – getting brighter and brighter until it blazes.

Drop out of the “aint it awful club.” Stop being so negative. The Spirit of God is not negative but instead positive, grateful, and helpful instead of critical. It is possible to become the mouthpiece for the wrong impulses.

*  This material is copyrighted © by Gil Stieglitz who retains all rights to the material.   The verses quoted are taken from the NASB Bible 1995 edition.

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