Holy Spirit Guides the Church

Daily God Walk for Monday, July 25, 2011

 The Holy Spirit not only gives guidance to individuals but he also gives guidance to the corporate body of the church. Just as in our personal lives Holy Spirit will not interfere with those who do not invite him. Holy Spirit will guide any person or group if they invite him and submit to his leadership.

Take a look at how the Scripture gives evidence of this:

  •  Holy Spirit directs in the selection of Christian leaders: The believers were gathered in prayer and the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them” (Acts 13:2).
  • Holy Spirit directs where to preach God’s Word: “Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia” (Acts 16:6)
  • Holy Spirit calls specific people and people groups: Acts chapter 10 deals with this idea and specifically when the Holy Spirit inspired Cornelius to send his men to find God’s man. Verses 19-20, “The Spirit said to him, ‘Simon, three men are looking for you. So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them’.”
  • Holy Spirit gives instructions for believers lifestyle: “It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements: You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality” (Acts 15:28-29).

There is ample evidence of the Holy Spirit guiding the church and that places an awesome responsibility upon church leaders, and upon all of us to seek God for Holy Spirit wisdom and direction.

 Prayer: Holy Spirit, grant me the grace to listen to you and to follow your leading. In Jesus name, amen.

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