Free to Follow the Spirit
The Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (emancipation from bondage, freedom). (2 CORINTHIANS 3:17)
Although I have already mentioned the subject of legalism as a deterrent to a Spirit-led life in this book, I want to elaborate on it more because I believe it is a tremendous hindrance to hearing from God.
I donít believe we can experience joy unless we are led by Godís Spirit, and we cannot be led by the Spirit and live under the law simultaneously. A legalistic mentality says that everyone has to do everything the same way, all the time. But Godís Spirit leads us individually and often in unique, creative ways.
Godís written Word says the same thing to everyone and it is not a matter of private interpretation (see 2 Peter 1:20). This means Godís Word does not say one thing to one person and something else to others. However, the direct leadership of the Holy Spirit is a personal issue.
God may lead one person not to eat sugar because of a health issue in that personís life. That doesnít mean no one can eat sugar. People who are legalistic try to take Godís Word to others and make it a law for them.
I once heard that by the time Jesus was born, the scribes and Pharisees had turned the Ten Commandments into two thousand rules for people to follow. Imagine trying to live under that kind of law. Thatís bondage!
Jesus came to set captives free. We are not free to do whatever we feel like doing, but we have been set free from legalism and are now free to follow the Holy Spirit in all the creative, personal ways in which He leads us.
Godís word for you today: Trust the Holy Spirit to speak to you and lead you as you go through life.