What Does It Mean to be Spirit-Led?

Have you gotten to the point in life where you realize how dangerous and self-defeating it is to direct your own steps (Jer 10:23)? On my own, I have wandered far from God into the slavery of sin and the fear of judgment. But in Christ Jesus, victory can be found. Growth can be experienced. A vibrant, purposeful, joy-filled walk with God can be reality… if we “set our minds” in the right direction.

Our aim at Laurel Canyon in 2014 is to be God-shaped–as individuals, families, and a congregation. To be God-shaped is to be Father-defined, Christ-centered, and Spirit-led. To be led is to be shown the way; to be influenced or guided in direction, action, or thinking.

If I am Spirit-led:

  • I am a child of God (Rom 8:14)
  • I am free from the law of sin and death (Rom 8:1-4)
  • I must walk according to the Spirit (Rom 8:4)
  • I must set my mind on the things of the Spirit (Rom 8:5)
  • I will be led in pathways of life and peace (Rom 8:6-8)
  • These pathways will lead me away from gratifying the desires of the flesh (Gal 5:16-17)
  • I will recognize the authority of Jesus (Gal 5:18; 3:10-14,19-29; Rom 7:4; James 2:12)
  • It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me (Gal 2:20; 5:19-21, 24)
  • I will bear the fruit of the Spirit (John 15:5; Gal 5:22-23)
  • I must resolve to keep in step with the Spirit (Gal 5:25)
  • I will passionately dedicate myself to being filled with the Spirit (Eph 5:15-21)
  • I will be armed with God-shaped perspective (Eph 6:10,17)

So here’s the question: “Whose voice will hold the most sway in my life?”

  • My own heart? (Jer 17:9-10)
  • Popular culture? (1 John 2:15-17)
  • Another human being? (Matt 15:14)
  • My heavenly Father? (Rom 8:12-17,26-27,31-39)

This sermon was delivered on February 9, 2014.

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About Jason Hardin

Jason lives in southern Indiana with his wife Shelly and their three daughters. He works with the Charlestown Road church of Christ. Jason has written three books and a variety of workbooks. He's a fan of photography, baseball, mountains, wildlife, BBQ, banana pudding, and coffee. You can contact him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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