How to Be Led by the Holy Spirit

A Christian led by God

God sent the Holy Spirit to lead his people after Christ left the earth. The leading of the Holy Spirit is important. The Holy Spirit gives control over the desires of the flesh that can lead to sin (Galatians 5:16).

To be led by the Holy Spirit, we must first repent of our sins. The Holy Spirit cannot lead anyone still living in sin.

Peter, in Acts 2:38, preached repentance to his audience before they could receive the Holy Spirit. 

At repentance, we receive Christ into our lives. We gain the right of sonship when we do (John 1:12). Paul in Romans 8:14 said that those led by the spirit of God are the sons of God. That is, we are led by the Spirit when we repent and receive Christ into our lives to obtain the right of sonship. 

It's the sons of God that are led by the Spirit of God. An unbeliever can't be led by him. 

The Holy Spirit can be quenched after receiving him (1 Thessalonians 5:19). Quenching of the Holy Spirit means to put off his activities in a person by disobedience or prayerlessness. 

We can be refilled with the Holy Spirit and led by him by prayer. The apostles prayed, they were filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spoke the word of God with boldness (Acts 4:31).

We are also led by the Holy Spirit when we live in holiness. “Holy” men of God in 2 Peter 1:21 spoke and were led as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. A holy lifestyle attracts the Spirit to work in us.

We are also led and filled with the Holy Spirit when we avoid wine and strong drinks. Paul admonished the Ephesians to avoid drunkenness and be filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18).

Wine and strong drinks hurt the flow of the works of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

Some advice on drinking little but abstinence is better because it's addictive and an initial little might lead to a permanent habit of drunkenness.

We are also filled and led by the Holy Spirit by avoiding sin. The Spirit gives life because of righteousness (Romans 8:10).

The Holy Spirit is grieved when a person sins. Through the conscience, he urges repentance for a prompt response, or his activities are quenched in the person.
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