The Leading of the Spirit

12 At once the Spirit forced Jesus out into the wilderness. 13 He was in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among the wild animals, and the angels took care of him. (Mark 1:12-13, CEB)

The Spirit did not lead very softly. The same Greek word for “force” is the same word used to talk about Jesus casting out demons.

We may not always understand that “force.” I have met many who do, and the stories they tell are amazing. When there is a compelling of the Spirit they know it.

One missionary I knew was under the direction of the Spirit to go to a village hostile to the gospel for several days. Every day he went they would physically harass him in some way. He would often come home bloody. The next day the Spirit would compel him to return to that village and stay at the task.

In so many ways we are just too soft in our culture. It is so hard to rise up and sense a compelling Spirit leading us into hard areas to go through something so necessary. Jesus was “forced” into a wilderness experience that empowered him for ministry.

Where are those areas in our own lives where the Spirit is truly compelling us… driving us… to move into a whole new realm of spiritual depth and insight?

5 thoughts on “The Leading of the Spirit

  1. There are times that you just know in your ‘knowah’ that the Spirit of God is compelling you to do something, say something, or give something. It’s nearly impossible to explain to someone who hasn’t experienced it as to how you know: All you can say is that you do know.

    1. I know that I know… 😉

      There is the phrase from the Book of Acts: “It seemed good to us and the Holy Spirit.” So I say, “I felt it in my seemer.” 😉

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