John 16:7-14, (KJV)
7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;
10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
Christ did not leave us alone when He died on the cross. He sent the Holy Spirit to dwell within us. The Holy Spirit is who convicts hearts of sin. It is through the workings of the Holy Spirit that we realize we are sinful creatures in need of a savior.
Every believer has the Holy Spirit living within them. The Holy Spirit’s job is to reveal to us what Christ and the Father want us to know. The Holy Spirit speaks to us God’s truth for He is a “Spirit of truth.”
The Holy Spirit will not guide us to anything outside the will of God or contrary to God’s Word. He can only honor and support what will glorify Christ.
Charles Spurgeon once said,
The Holy Spirit still exists, works, and teaches in the Church. And we have a test by which to know whether what people claim to be revelation is revelation or not-‘he shall receive of mine’ (Joh 16:14). The Holy Spirit will never go farther than the Cross and the coming of the Lord. He will go no farther than that which concerns Christ. ‘He shall receive of mine.’ When, therefore, anybody whispers in mine ear that there has been revealed to him this or that, which I do not find in the teachings of Christ and His Apostles, I tell him that we must be taught by the Holy Spirit. His one vocation is to deal with the things of Christ! If we do not remember this, we may be carried away by quirks, as many as have been. Those who will have to do with the other things, let them–but as for us, we shall be satisfied to confine our thoughts and our teaching within these limitless limits: ‘He shall receive of mine and shall shew it unto you.'” ~ 1891, Sermon 2213
May we always remember that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God and that we need to use that as our standard of living. As Christians, we are to live like Christ and to do so properly, we should not go against His teachings. The Holy Spirit will convict us to live according to God’s will. If it goes against what the Bible teaches, then it must not be the Holy Spirit’s leading. Remember that satan is the father of lies.
Lord, help us to look to Your word for how to live our lives. May we always check any leading we feel against Your word to verify it is the Holy Spirit’s leading. Guide us in Your truths and open our eyes to any lies we may believe.