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The Holy Spirit Leads Me

My good friend Chila wrote an article this week. She has a knack for snagging up topics that ignite people’s passions, either in agreement or disagreement of what she says. What better thing for a writer than to evoke emotion and pondering? You may read her post HERE. And the post at Rachel Held Evans that inspired Chila HERE.

In her post, Chila ponders whether or not a person can be called or led by God into doing something, be that writing, ministry, acting, charity…you get the idea. I’ve heard a thousand different times someone say, “God called me to__,” or “I feel led by God to__,”–fill in the blank. Chila calls it “pulling the God card.” She is a publisher, I imagine she hears hundreds of people swear that their book is ordained from on high and God told them to write it.

I have to say that some of those callings and leads touted by people have had me scratching my head. Especially when they go completely against scripture. And I also must ponder how many times God’s will is called to accountability for brutality and heinous crimes against humanity. Or in the case of some writers, poor craftsmanship. It’s easy to justify falling prey to temptation or your own fleshly desires by calling it “God’s will” or saying “God called me to do it.” God does not call or lead to mediocrity or sin. So please, be careful.

What do I believe? I’ve chewed this over until my jaw was tired and ached.  Personally, I have seen the effects of God’s will in my life. I have heard Him whisper to me in the silence of prayer on more than one occasion. Not because I’m special or better than anyone else. I’m actually weak and have realized I simply can’t do it without His help. I asked and He answered. I have experienced Him leading me down a path I would have never chosen for myself, sometimes kicking and screaming like a rotten child. But it was offered up when I surrendered fully to His care. I have been saved by His mercy from those that wished my family and me harm, both physical and emotional.

I have come to the conclusion that what I “think” is irrelevant. Because I can twist anything to make it suit me. So I decided I needed to go to the Bible for a valid answer.

Romans 8:9-12

But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.

What does this mean? It means we are Christians from the moment we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. It means we are indwelt with the Holy Spirit of God.  It means our flesh is dead but our spirit lives. We are quickened (brought to life) with the Spirit.

But how can people who have the Spirit of God inside of them do awful things, things of vanity or lust or death? The answer is simple. We choose to be “filled” with fleshy desires and push the Spirit to the side. The only way to remedy this problem is to constantly seek the Spirit to “fill” us.

Now you may be asking what the Spirit of God has to do with callings and being led. I will now answer. If you submit yourself to being “filled” with God Almighty’s Spirit, you have chosen to be influenced by the Spirit and therefore led by choice. And the Spirit calls. It convicts. It lays things on your heart. If you seek Him in prayer and all things, you will be called and led.

Examples in scripture:

1. Luke 4:1– Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,

2.  Acts 6:5 This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism.

3.  Acts 7:55But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God

4. Acts 11:24 He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.

5.  Acts 4:8He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.

Why would God the Father send God the Son who in turn sent God the Spirit to live inside all that asked if not to give assistance?The whole purpose of the Spirit is to guide us. To give us as believers a direct line of communication with our Creator.

We are His herd. He is our shepherd. What does a shepherd do with his herd? That’s right, he leads them.

And if none of those references to scripture have you convinced, how about this one?

Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

If He knows the plans He has for us and He has plans to prosper us, logic dictates He has laid a path for us to have hope and a future. If that be the case, how do you reckon we will get on that path? Is it happenstance? I do not believe in such a thing. Even things that seem random have a cause.

I am a child of God, heir to heaven. I have been called to serve Him. I accepted the challenge, and humbled myself at the foot of the cross. He leads me and I follow. Currently, He has led me to write. I am not qualified on my own merit to do so. I dropped out of school. I have an 11th grade education and couldn’t read by sound until I was 9. I have no degree, no formal training, and no job. By all standards of this world, I am a failure.

Yet…as my friend Kat said…He designed some of us to write. In spite of all that is against me, none are as powerful as the One that is with me.

Does that mean I have no work to do? Oh no, that means I had better work my tail off and make the most of the talent the good Lord gave me. I must praise Him for all the many Saints He has sent along the way to help mold me. I should seek Him in all I do. I will fall frequently and get back up with His strength alone. All credit goes to Him. I am a writer called by an Almighty God that truly and deeply loves me in way I will never be able to pen. I am led daily.

Do you feel you are called or led by God’s Spirit? Or do you feel all we do is attributed to ourselves?

Peace, love, and God’s will.

About Diane Graham

Diane Graham lives in the mountains of eastern Oklahoma with her husband, children and many dogs. She is an avid reader and lover of all art forms that encapsulate imagination and goodness. Her debut novel I Am Ocilla was released in March 2012.

20 comments on “The Holy Spirit Leads Me

  1. My Dearest youngest daughter,

    Was blind but now I see! Praise the Lord for His almighty plan! Sometimes we have to wait for God to do His work in us and not rush. For He is the director and we are the actors who portray His will for all to see. We are the instrument,He is the creator!

  2. I love this.

    Nothing I do is meaningful, to me, unless I do it as unto God.

    To add to Jeremiah, remember in Romans 11:29-“For the gifts and calling of God cannot be revoked.” They simply cannot be taken away. Although some never reach their potential. Some never shut-up and listen to His beautiful whisper.

    Furthermore, I know I am called. I know in His will. My bio states pretty much “when” I heard that whisper the loudest. That time in my life where I was without sleep and so much was coming against me. But I never cursed anyone. I never blamed God.

    And He said…remember all those things you’ve written. Remember when you would sing in church? Remember when you wrote those songs for that band you were in? Yeah–you are a writer. Give Me the honor and glory, listen and follow Me and all this will be added.

    and so I stepped out in faith. Now things are happening. I’ve written a novel. WHAT? A few years ago if someone were to come up to me and say you are going to write a book. It’s the first of many. It’s going to be just under 100, 000 words. Wait…

    …someone did come up to me and tell me that! It was the Spirit. No he didn’t say the word count but you get the gist. And I listened.

    Then I lost my job.

    Today is 7/27/11.

    …and He promised.

    • I believe when life beats you up the most (had my fair share of beatings) you are doing something satan is mad at. It sure makes going through a whole lot easier.

  3. Have mercy…
    I do believe we’re in the deep end of the pool now. Got to be treading some serious water just to keep up.

    Seriously…most excellent. Man has his standards of education and intellect, and God has HIs. I prefer God’s. It allows you to find wisdom in the most delightful places.

  4. What a wonderful post, Di. I LOVED it. I totally feel that we can be called by/led by God via the Holy Spirit. I also believe that many people mix in their own feelings/ambitions and call that God’s will. Not so. But if you seek Him with all your heart, the Lord will reveal His will (possibly not all at once and that could be a whole different post). Sometimes it’s what we hoped for, sometimes not. It’s up to us to be obedient to that call.

  5. Amen, Ralene.

    Diane — this is a fabulous post. In June, I was teaching from William Barclay’s book “The Promise of The Spirit.” Your post reminded me of that book.

    Barclay said the Spirit is the unfolder of truth, but he warns against arrogance. We mustn’t believe we have full understanding and have nothing left to learn. He also warns against intolerance, or the belief that the truth we have so far grasped is the only correct interpretation.

    I think what he means by this is that we are only feeble people and can only see a piece of the picture at once. God has the big picture; he’s the only one who does. So he gives each of us a piece, and we need to share with others what we see. You mentioned those who claim to be led by the Spirit but whose actions are unscriptural. They need a fellow Christian to shine a light on them and illuminate their understanding. They may be misinterpreting their call because they can’t see the big picture.

    Ultimately, we need each other. And that’s one of Barclay’s other main points: the Spirit is what unifies the body of Christ.

  6. How do you always know what we need? Must be the Lord. I have been in prayer most of the day. Yesterday was sort of mindboggling. My two jobs, well the door was slammed shut on both of them all in one day! I slammed one of the shut. My writing gig, I resigned from AGAPE at it’s peak and at a successful state. More and more readers every day. The President of AGAPE posted an original article with an article underneath yesterday. He rarely writes. In fact, I believe it is about the third time. The articles yesterday were slamming pastors and those in the ministry and calling them “radical heretics”. I could not believe what I was reading! I knew at that very moment that I was through. It is not up to us to say who is a “false prophet” or a heretic. In fact, I believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that every one of these people are true Christians. But obviously , the President of the organization does not. So after writing every day of the week, at least two articles a day and hours of research for almost a year, I knew and had peace that once I resigned there was no looking in the rearview mirror. The other job, at the computer lab , well that one was “phased out”…These two actions happened back to back but I didn’t bat an eyelash. I marveled about how much I felt the strength and presense of God and an excitement. Really, truly excited as to the next move of God, the next chapter , the steps of the righteous are ordered of the Lord.

    There is no doubt in my mind, Lady Di, that you were created for many things and with many gifts, The gift of being a mother. The gift of being motivated and equipped to be Quinton’s wife. The gift of dimensional wisdom beyond your young years. But your strongest gift is your writing. AS I have told you many times, you opened up a whole new world to me, not just in gendre, or writing style but in the visual. For the first time , more than any other writer, I see a movie when I read your book. I have determined not to finish it until hard copy is in my hand, but I didn’t promise I would not reread the parts that I have already read. And I just can’t believe that the rest of the world has not met you, your characters too, ones that are family to me now.

    Did we ever talk about the book entitled “Knight In Shining Armor”? Something like that. I will look it up. There was a girl I worked with that had bought a king sized bed and a wedding dress “in faith”. God had shown her that she was going to marry a guy we went to church with.

    The strange part was that other women heard that exact same thing from God. I went to Mardel’s to try and find just the right book for her. And I picked up that one, flipped open to the first chapter and that exact scenario was on the first couple of pages. Two women hearing from God about the same man. And he did not know either of them.

    When I write, I have learned that sometimes it is just me writing because I had to get something going on the website but other times, most times, I feel the anointing. Or like in the case of writing about Zac, that was more for my healing…I didn’t care about sentence structure, content…my heart was broken.

    Yes, you are called to write, you are one of my favorite writers, not speculative so much but your Wednesday articles. You have a prophecy gift and hear the very heartbeat of God.

    • I’ll be praying God sends you the perfect job, Eagle. And as always thank you for your love and support, my friend. It means so much to me. *hugs*

  7. I don’t mean this in a snarky way, but every way I’ve tried to phrase this comes out sounding snarky. My question is: if God hasn’t given me a clear “call” to write, and yet I’m writing anyway, am I in rebellion?

    Is it possible that even though God HAS a plan and HE knows the plan, can it be that He chooses NOT to share His plan with some sheep? Or maybe just the stupidest of His sheep (of which I assume I am one)?

    I’m not leaving the sheep pen of Biblical commandments. I stay inside the boundaries He has clearly designated in Scripture. But if the Shepherd doesn’t forbid a particular blade of grass, am I sinning to simply say thanks and eat it, or should I wait until I hear a definite “leading” to eat it, and starve in the meantime?

    Are any of my sheep metaphors making sense?

    • First, STOP SCREAMING. 😛

      God speaks to us all in different ways, Caprice. My questions to you are these: Do you have a deep desire to write? Do you glorify God in doing so? Does it give you joy to write? Has it filled you in a way nothing else can?

      You don’t have to answer, my friend. You have talent. You have desire. You have God. How can you possibly think God hasn’t given you a clear response? He may not make you a NY Times Best Selling Author, but He has blessed your work, even if only hundreds ever read it. I know because I am one who has read your work.

      God calls us and leads us for His purpose, His will and His time. That’s not always what we want but it is always what we need.

      • Didn’t mean to “scream” or sound snarky. Would rather have italics for emphasis, but they don’t give us that capability. Sorry if any kind of attitude came through that I didn’t intend.

        I don’t think I’m expressing myself clearly, so I’ll just bow out.

      • I was playing with you, Caprice. You don’t sound snarky and I don’t think you have an attitude. You sound frustrated. Don’t bow out. I like having you around.

    • I don’t think it’s “rebellion” at all to write despite not hearing a “clear calling” to do so. I don’t think God micromanages us. He does let us have choice, and do things simply because we want to. And if you go read the comment I left on Chila’s blog you’ll see that to me I don’t see it always as being “called” but being “designed” by God to do something. That fact that you have the gift of writing–and Caprice you so do–is from God. So, using it IS following his “call.” Just the way a bird does what God has set out for it to do simply by unfolding its wings and flying.

      • Thanks, Kat. I guess the trouble comes in that I don’t hear Christians say “Birds are called to fly” or “The Holy Spirit leads birds to fly”. Yet, Christians do say they themselves are called and led. I can fully accept that some are “called” and some are not, and I’m just one who isn’t. But it seems to be implied in many circles that if you’re not hearing some sort of special, specific call, then it’s because you’re not listening or not spiritual enough to “get it”. If I am missing God’s “call” or the Holy Spirit’s “leading”, then that, to me, is something serious.

  8. For many are called, but few are chosen
    —Matthew 22:14, KJV

    The Word says many are called but few are chosen. This is one of the most misunderstood scriptures in my opinion. Why?

    It doesn’t mean He chooses us from a line-up. He doesn’t sift us-not in the way that OTHER scripture says.

    No, God calls EVERYONE. He does. The parable of “many called, few chosen” means that God calls everyone and gives them power and the choice to respond. To be the “chosen” means we either respond to that call, using the power He gave us us for that purpose, or we don’t.

  9. The Lord works in mysterious ways!

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