What do you think of when you hear somebody say that the Holy Spirit has led them to do something? In Acts 16:7-8, the Bible says that the Spirit did not permit Paul and his company to speak the word in Asia or to go into Bithynia. Romans 8:14 says that “All who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.” Therefore, it should be perfectly normal for a child of God to say that the Holy Spirit has led him to do, or not do, a thing.
This begs the question of how the Holy Spirit leads? The answer is that God is able, through the power of the Spirit, to speak to us at the deepest level of our being. It is more than natural, mental understanding, and it is more than a gut feeling. I have found it to be somewhat of an inner knowing that creates an inner pressure, that I know to be consistent with the word and character of God.
There is an Old Testament account of the prophet Eligah, who heard the voice of God, not in the earthquake or the whirlwind, but in the still small voice. It may be that we would hear God more if we would get quiet before Him more often.
There is also a principle of being faithful over little things in order to be given more. It seems reasonable to me that one of the ground rules for being able to hear God’s leading is that we go ahead and determine that when we do, we will obey.
Have you been led of the Holy Spirit to do anything, lately?