Following the Voice of the Holy Spirit

So Jesus explained, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does. - John 5:19 (NLT)

I don’t want to just obey the voice of the Holy Spirit from commitment to commitment. I want to obey His gentle leading from moment to moment. That’s exactly how Jesus did it.

Jesus did nothing unless He saw His Father doing the same. “Nothing” really means “nothing”. Jesus did not a single thing outside the will of God. Every thought He thought, every word He uttered, every act He made, every miracle He performed, every step He took – it was all part of the will of God.

Jesus walked in perfect obedience. He lived in the fine center of the will of God, and He did this by the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus was anointed with the Holy Spirit to carry out the will of the Father.

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released,
that the blind will see,
that the oppressed will be set free,
and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.”
– Luke 4:18-19 (NLT)

Can you imagine that? Jesus lived in the will of God right down to the millisecond! He missed not a single opportunity or appointment. He touched every life He was supposed to touch. He traveled every journey He was supposed to travel.

You read that Jesus wept, that Jesus taught, that Jesus fled, that Jesus ate, that Jesus slept, that Jesus prayed, and so forth. But not once will you read that Jesus hurried. Jesus never hurried. And Jesus never hurried, because Jesus was never late; He walked in the perfected will and timing of God.

You too can walk in the perfect will of God by simply daily obeying the voice of the Holy Spirit. Daily obedience to the voice of the Holy Spirit results in a life lived unto the glory of God. Aren’t you glad it’s so simple?

Of course, this does not mean that you should be carried away with fear, as many believers are. Often, believers will come to me and express their paranoid concerns about missing the perfect will of God. You need not worry, for the Holy Spirit will make sure that you stay within the will of God.

Don’t be overwhelmed with the constant fear of stepping outside of God’s will. And don’t be caught up in the emotional hype of superstition. Instead, be joyfully aware of the abiding Guide Who lives within you. Walk in the awareness of the Holy Spirit’s presence and be attentive to His instructions. Like Jesus, you too can walk in the will of God. You too can find divine appointments, godly opportunities, and sovereignly opened doors.

It’s so simple. You don’t need to rush. You don’t need to delay. You don’t need to fear. You simply need to yield. Do as the Holy Spirit instructs you. And if ever you stumble, don’t stay off track. Be quick to repent and slow to wander. Cling to the presence of the Holy Spirit. Listen for His voice and walk in the perfect will of God.