A couple weeks ago at the youth Alpha course where I’ve been speaking the topic was “How does God guide us?” This was a fun one overall–it led me to reflect on all the ways God has guided us over the years and how faithful he’s been in the midst of a lot of unknown.
The hardest part of the talk was trying to explain how the Holy Spirit guides us–and I believe this is an absolutely essential part of following Christ. In Galatians Paul goes so far as to say if we live by the Spirit we are not under the law. One of the most damaging things a Christ follower can do is replace walking with the Spirit with rules to follow–that’s what leads directly to legalism. But how do you tell someone to listen to and respond to the Spirit? I feel like this is something I’ve learned by experience. It’s something I know is real–very real in fact–but I can’t explain it to you well.
With the students I gave it a go. Talked about responding when we think the Spirit is speaking to us and it doesn’t disagree with Scripture or godly counsel. How we will learn to listen to the Spirit better as we are obedient to him. I guess I just hadn’t thought through how this essential part of our faith contains such a mysterious element before.