What is the leadership of the Holy Spirit?

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God (Romans 8:14 KJV)

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The leadership of the Spirit is the distinctive characteristic of sons of God — the mature children. It is therefore essential to understand the concept of being led by the Holy Spirit.

We need to get rid of three common misconceptions of this biblical truth. First, being led by the Spirit is not solely for ministers. Second, it is not for the super-spiritual. Third, you need not hear an audible voice in your ears or heart to know the Spirit leads you. The leadership of the Spirit is for every child of God and includes everything about our daily lives.   

Leadership implies the Spirit goes ahead, and we follow. He is the leader, and we are followers. The sphere of His leadership is the way we live; He influences our entire personality in how we think, feel, decide, speak, and act. And these activities can be in ministry. He works mysteriously in our personality, leading our character and behavior. He sometimes speaks to us in different ways, including an audible voice in our hearts, dreams, scriptures, or through other believers. However, most of His leadership activities will be in His influence of our entire being producing love, joy, gentleness, kindness, self-control, etc. — the fruit of the Spirit characteristic of mature children of God or sons.

Therefore the leadership of the Spirit is the influence of the Spirit that controls our entire manner of life, including ministry activities, as we grow to maturity to be sensitive to Him.

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What is the leadership of the Spirit? Do you have to be a minister to be led by the Spirit? 

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God is calling us, the body of Christ, to spiritual maturity. It is the season for sons, not of spiritual babes. Walk in the Spirit. Be sensitive to His moving in your heart(including when He speaks) and respond appropriately. 

Ask the Father to help you become sensitive to His Holy Spirit.

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