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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Vantage Point: Guidance from the Holy Spirit

By Ken Horn
June 8, 2014

“It seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us ... ” These words from the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15:28 (NKJV) should be a pattern for all Christians. This principle helped the Early Church make important decisions. It should be where we turn first.

Too mystical?

Not according to the Bible. The Holy Spirit is not a distant third in the Trinity. He is the other Helper that Jesus promised — the One given specifically to the Church when Jesus ascended into heaven. Our relationship with the Spirit should be close and intense. Cultivate this relationship and expect a new level of spiritual and practical clarity in your life.

Guidance from the Holy Spirit is not reserved for some super-spiritual class of believers. The Spirit’s guidance is available to every Christian. “When he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth” (John 16:13, NIV).

The Spirit has come. So let Him help.

The Holy Spirit’s guidance is available for large things and for small, for things expected or unexpected, for longstanding difficulties and spontaneous needs.

It is common today to see people walking about wearing earbuds connected to an iPod, smartphone or similar device. They are stepping to a tune only they hear. Christians can walk in this realm spiritually, with spiritual ears attuned to the Holy Spirit’s voice, giving personalized direction. It’s called “walking in the Spirit.” Doing this provides not only positive direction, but also protection against sin. “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16, NKJV).

Walt Hanson, an Assemblies of God layman who won many people to Christ, shared the secret to his soul-winning success with the Pentecostal Evangel in 1997: “All Christians should start the day with a prayer that the Lord will lead us to someone who needs salvation — and then, anticipate the appointments the Holy Spirit will arrange.”

That’s why being filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) is so important. (Please see the article “Filled” by George Holmes offering straightforward reasons every Christian should seek the infilling of the Spirit.)

If you are prepared and looking, the Holy Spirit will bring the opportunities your way. And He will guide you into the truth you need to make every important decision you face.

Then you can say with confidence, “It seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to me.”

Ken Horn

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