There are benefits to being Spirit-led and Spirit-fed. It will lead to victorious living.
STM Bible Lesson
Live a Spirit-led life
If we live by the [guidance of the] Holy Spirit, we should also walk in [the ways of] the Holy Spirit. (AUV)
Do you live a Spirit-led and Spirit-fed life? In other words, a life led by the Holy Spirit in all things. A life like Jesus Christ the perfect example. You do realize, that you must have the Holy Spirit living in you! Otherwise, it is not possible.
How do you benefit?
If you do what your sinful old selves want you to do, you will die in sin. But if, through the power of the Holy Spirit, you destroy those actions to which the body can be led, you will have life. 14 All those who are led by the Holy Spirit are sons of God [Romans 8:13-14 (NLV)].
Did you know Jesus, like the Children of Israel (COI), had a wilderness experience*. He spent 40 days in the wilderness led by the Holy Spirit. Their wilderness experience lasted 40 years**.
It is the task of Spirit-led ministers to feed/look after God’s children. For this reason, Jesus told Peter to “feed my lambs and sheep” [read John 21:15-19 (15-17)].
Peter later tells the elders (bishops or overseers) to “Feed the flock of God which is among you” [1 Peter 5:1-4 (2)]. It is important to realize this is about spiritual feeding, not physical. A good example can be found in Acts 6:1-7 (1-4).
It is not right that we should neglect preaching the word of God in order to serve meals [to people] [Acts 6:2b (AUV)].
So you might ask, “With what were they to feed the children of God?” The simple answer is the word of God, your spiritual food. In fact, Jesus made this point clear in His response to the devil in the wilderness.
Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.‘” (WEB)
The spiritual-you needs food as well as the physical-you. If you want to have eternal life, you need the word of God. A final point, Jesus said:
The words I have spoken to you are [from the] Holy Spirit and [they give] life [John 6:63b (AUV)].
The old sinful life is now dead
Those of us who belong to Christ have nailed our sinful old selves on His cross. Our sinful desires are now dead [Galatians 5:24 (NLV)].
We know that our old life died with Christ on the cross. This was so that our sinful selves would have no power over us, and we would not be slaves to sin. 7 Anyone who has died is made free from sin’s control [Romans 6:6-7 (ICB)].
Finally, if you have the Holy Spirit living in you. Allow yourself to be led by the Holy Spirit. Feed on God’s word for proper spiritual development. Then you can be dead to that old sinful life and sinful ways. So, be Spirit-led my friends in all things!
Blessings to you and your loved ones—♥ Tim.
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- Note: parenthesis encloses the key verse(s).
Footnotes: * Jesus in the wilderness: Luke 4:1-13 [(1 and 4); compare: Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12,13] || ** COI wilderness experience: Exodus 12:37-18:27.