"Have You Been Led?" (Psalm 23:1-3; Romans 8:1-14)

“HAVE YOU BEEN LED?”

Psalm 23:1-3; Rom.8:1-14

Introduction:

A.  Have you ever been a part of an initiation?

            ILL:  My FFA initiation in 9th grade

 

            1.  I was blindfolded and led around.

            2.  Made to experience many things.  EX:  Jumping

            3.  Made to touch many things.  EX:  grape “eyeballs”

                        spaghetti “intestines”, cottage cheese “brains”

            4.  Made to smell many things.  EX:  Absorbine Jr.

 

B.  In a very real sense today I am being led around by someone

            I cannot see.  That person is the Holy Spirit.

 

            1.  He resides in the heart of every believer.

            2.  He leads and guides every believer.

 

C.  However, I hear many people attribute things to the leading of

            the Spirit that He would never do.

 

            1.  He would never lead us to do anything sinful.

                        EX:  murder, divorce, theft, skipping church

            2.  He would never lead us to do anything stupid.

                        EX:  Bad financial decisions, bad relationships

            3.  He would never lead us to do anything silly.

                        EX:  Laughing revival

 

D.  Many say they are led by the Spirit when they are simply

            led by their own emotions, desires, and will.

 

E.  There are some definite things the Spirit leads us to do.

 

            1.  We see some of these things mentioned in the first

                        paragraph of our church covenant.

            2.  Let us look at three things we can definitely say

                        the Spirit leads every Christian to do.

 

 

I.  The Spirit Lead Us to the Cross of Christ.

 

A.  The Spirit is intensely involved in our Salvation.

 

            1.  He witnesses.

 

“But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me”  (Jn.15:26)

 

            2.  He enlightens.

 

“That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.”  (Jn.1:9)

 

            3.  He draws.

 

“No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.”  (Jn.6:44)

“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”

(Jn.12:32)

 

            4.  He convicts.

 

“And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment”  (Jn.16:8)

 

B.  The only thing the Spirit doesn’t do is force you

to accept Christ.  You can resist the Holy Spirit.

 

“Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.”  (Acts 7:51)

 

C.  If the Spirit is leading you today to accept Christ as your Savior

            and Lord, don’t resist or turn away.  You may not have

another opportunity.

 

 

 

II.  The Spirit Leads Us to the Confession of Christ.

 

A.  Can you ever think of the Holy Spirit denying Christ?  NO!

            (see I John 4:1-3)

 

B.  Can you ever think of the Holy Spirit being silent about Christ?

            NO! 

 

            “He shall testify of Me [Jesus]”  (Jn.15:26)

            “He shall glorify Me [Jesus]”  (Jn.16:14)

 

C.  Can you ever think of the Holy Spirit leading us to deny Christ

            or be silent about Christ?  NO!

 

            EX:  The Holy Spirit emboldened Peter to speak.

                        The Holy Spirit emboldened Paul to speak.

 

D.  The Holy Spirit leads every believer to Confess Christ.

 

            1.  To confess him before friends.

            2.  To confess him before foes.

            3.  To confess him before the fellowship in baptism.

 

E.  If you don’t feel the Spirit leading you to make a public

            profession of your faith and be baptized, something

            is wrong.

 

            ILL:  Can you imagine a man wanting to marry a woman

                        but not wanting to claim she is his wife?

                        “Let’s don’t have a wedding where people see.”

                        “Let’s don’t wear rings for people to notice.”

                        “Let’s don’t be seen together in front of people.”

 

F.  People who are truly saved, truly have faith, and truly love God

            should want to confess Him before others.

 

G.  The Spirit leads you to confess Christ and be baptized.

 

 

III.  The Spirit Leads Us to the Church of Christ.

(not the denomination, but the body)

 

A.  The Spirit unites all believers in the body of Christ.

“For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.”  (I Cor.12:13)

 

B.  The Spirit strives to unite believers in a local body.

 

            1.  The Spirit leads men to establish a local church.

                        EX:  Paul the missionary

 

            2.  The Spirit calls men to work in the local church.

                        And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets;

and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers” 

(Eph.4:11)

 

            3.  The Spirit gifts believers to work in the local church.

                        But all these worketh that one and the selfsame

Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.”

 (I Cor.12:11)

 

C.  Don’t you think the Spirit has done a lot to establish a local

            church?  Wouldn’t the Spirit then lead believers to become

            a part of the local church?

 

            EX:  The Spirit wants your membership more than the

pastor, the deacons, the SS teacher, the Finance Comm.

 

D.  Don’t think it doesn’t matter to God if you are not a member

            of a local church—it does.

 

Conclusion: 

I don’t know everything the Spirit is leading you to do,

but I do know the Spirit leads everyone to the cross of Christ to be saved, the confession of Christ to be baptized, and the church of Christ to be a member.

Are you being led?

 

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