I’m a dreamer, which means that many times when God has a message He wants to get across to me – a warning, a promise, a prophetic word – He delivers it in a dream, while I’m sleeping. Even now, as I look back at some of the things God has revealed to me concerning my own life long before they happened, and how He’s protected me from great harm time and time again, I am overwhelmed with gratitude.
You see, many people confuse the idea of living by the Spirit as living legalistically, bound to a religious code of do’s and don’ts. They consider themselves ‘spiritual’ because they are good, and so they walk around donning an air of superiority. But the Spirit of God isn’t interested in legalistic righteousness; instead, what matters most to God is us growing in deep relationship with Him through obedience.
In Galatians 5:25, Paul says “Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.” There’s no profit in God speaking to us if we refuse to listen, and there’s no benefit in Him guiding us if we do not follow His directions. So it is that there’s a tremendous difference between simply hearing God`s voice and actually listening to His voice; for listening, being led, and ultimately living by the Spirit means to live in obedience to what He says.
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