Mid Week Meditation pt. 25Submitted on: September 6, 2017
Based on Bible text: Romans 8:14 (KJV)
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”
Many times while on a trip we are in need of a tour guide. The tour guide plans the trip, plots the course and keeps us from getting lost in unfamiliar territory. In our text, taken from the Apostle Paul’s Epistle to the Romans, we find ourselves on a journey. We are venturing out into unknown territory and our tour guide is the Holy Spirit!
Our Christian walk is a journey. Often times we find that we have ventured into unfamiliar areas. Interestingly, prior to becoming a Christian, we seemed to know how to operate in the world, but now that we are saved, we find that there is so much that we have to re-learn. Our old ways and old habits have “passed away” and we find ourselves faced with the demanding task of “change.” Not only does it sometimes seem foreign to us, it can also be a little frightening. But God has made provision for a tour guide. The Holy Spirit leads us along the way of righteousness and truth carrying us through the trials of this life and over the corruptions of this world.
This power to lead us and to become involved in our life is only one of the great powers of the Holy Spirit. While we are on our journey, the fact that we are with the “tour guide” is a sure sign that we are one of the group. There should be evidence that the tour guide is somewhere near. In other words, the evidence or proof that a person is a son of God and a member of the body of Christ is that he or she is being led by the Spirit of God! We may not be able to see Him with the natural eye, but we can see evidence. There are signs that He is present.
Believers guided by the Holy Spirit are living for God and talking about the things of God. If we are truly led by the Spirit we are wrapped up in the things of God, for we are “sons of God”. We rejoice in our Father and seek to please Him in all that we do. The Psalmist says, “For this God is our God forever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death” (Psalm 48:14).
The Holy Spirit is no ordinary tour guide, because He does not just lead us He actually adopts us! In the adoption process, the Spirit delivers us “from” and He delivers us “to”. He is responsible for our well-being and our spiritual health. While we are on this Christian journey, the Spirit delivers us “from”, “the spirit of bondage.” Bondage is fear.
We are all familiar with the spirit of fear. When it grips us, it causes apprehension, anxiety, tension, dread, alarm, danger, and terror. Fear can paralyze us and enslave us. However, the Holy Spirit delivers us from the bondage of fear through the process of adoption. Once we are a member of the family of God we will fear no evil, for He is with us. David testified of the Holy Spirit’s power saying, “thou preparest a table before me, in the presence of mine enemies.” David knew this, because he would regularly feast in the face of fear.
The Holy Spirit delivers us “from” our fears, but He does not leave us there. He also gives us access “to” God. Through the Holy Spirit, we have access to God because we have been adopted as “sons of God”. We are “sons of God” with all the privileges of son-ship, especially the privilege of entering God’s presence anytime and anyplace. It is this wonderful privilege that enables us to break the bondage of fear and to conquer the spirit of fear.
In those trying moments, when it feels like we are dealing with our situations alone, that is when it is time to summon our “tour guide” who will remind us that we are an adopted son of the Living God who has access to the Father through Jesus, His resurrected Son. Romans 5:1-2 says, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God”.
We know what it feels like to fear in this life, but we also know what it is to experience God delivering us through that fear. No matter what we are facing we are able to enter the presence of God, lay our fear before Him and cry out, “Father, Father—help me!” God is in control and He looks after us. God will help us because He loves us as His adopted. God’s love for His adopted child is as great as His sovereign power. God will do anything for the believer who is His adopted son.
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