Who Is Leading You
Proverbs 3:5: Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Jeremiah 10:23: O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
Isaiah 53:6: All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Since we have all gone astray it is obvious that we are not capable of leading ourselves. So who is?
Romans 8:14: For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Wherever that phrase as many as appears in the Bible, it is an exact number. We don*t know what the number is but God knows. It means not one more and it means not one less. It means that if you are not led by the Spirit of God you are not a child of God. Unbelievers never follow Him. The Holy Spirit does not force His leadership upon us. Believers must be willing to follow Him.
Some believers are only willing to follow Him intermittently. They will follow Him by receiving Him and they are willing to follow Him to Heaven but not very often in between. They most often prefer to walk in the flesh. When we are willing to follow Him He will lead us, even when we are too dense to notice His leadership. He wants to lead us. Are we willing to follow?
Isaiah 48:17: Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.
Psalms 32:8: I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
Psalms 37:23: The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
It is one step at a time but it should not be just one step. It should be all of them.
Psalms 23: The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name*s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
He wants to lead us into good places all the days of our lives, through the valley of the shadow of death and finally to the house of the Lord where we will dwell forever.
He restoreth my soul: He leads us back into His paths when we go astray and when we are again willing to follow Him. His leadership begins when we receive Jesus.
Mark 10:21b: . . . come, take up the cross, and follow me.
Luke 9:23: And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
Dear one, please make certain that you are following Him every day and every step of the way. King David, the man after God*s own heart, was often wise enough to ask the Lord to lead Him. Are we?
Psalms 139:23-24: Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: 24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.