Romans 8:14

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.
Romans 8:14
The Bible is full of dichotomies. In the book of Proverbs we hear a lot about wisdom and folly. Throughout the Old Testament and the New Testament we hear about life and death. In the New Testament we hear about this concept of life in the Spirit and life in the flesh. The flesh and Spirit represent opposing desires. Essentially, the things of the Spirit are eternal and of God, while the things of the flesh are earthly and sinful. In Romans 8:14, we read that those of us who are being led by the Spirit are children of God. So, if we desire to be led by the Spirit instead of being led by the flesh, naturally the question arises of how? How do we live a life led by the Spirit?
 
For starters, it means for those of us who are followers of Jesus, we need to acknowledge the Spirit in our life. Acknowledging the Spirit in your life can happen in a number of ways. I acknowledge the Spirit most in my life when I take a moment to pause, be still, and just take a deep breath. Certainly if we have time set aside to meditate on God that is the best, but sometimes certain seasons of life don’t allow for that very well. Yet, in those seasons we can still acknowledge God for a couple seconds by praying to him before a meeting, a test, sporting event, or pulling into your driveway at the end of a stressful day.
 
After we acknowledge God, being led by the Spirit means we are yielding to ourselves. The Scriptures talk about yielding our lives in the flesh and submitting them to the Spirit. Often times this looks for me like praying two word prayers throughout my day. Help me. Guide me. Give me. Lord help me in my temptation. Help me not lose my temper. Father, guide me to make the right choice. Jesus, give me strength, patience, peace or whatever else I may need. When I pray this simple two word prayers, I begin to yield my fleshly desires, emotions, and inadequacies to God, and begin to be led by the Spirit. By praying these two word prayers I don’t stop sinning entirely, but the trajectory of my life definitely begins to point towards Jesus rather than my own flesh. Slowly but surely, by acknowledging God and yielding to Him, I allow myself to be led by the Spirit.

Questions for reflection:

1. How and when can you acknowledge God today?
 
2. What areas of your life can you yield to God this week?
Jay Quick | Student Ministries Director

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