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Your Personal Guidance Counselor -- The Holy Spirit (4 of 8)
THE AWESOME POWER OF LISTENING TO GOD
Last week, we talked about how to tell whether or not an impression was from the Holy Spirit and seven ways to test an impression because it is through the Holy Spirit that God speaks to us.
Today we want to pursue that thought and talk about the Holy Spirit as our personal guidance counselor.
John 16:7, 13 -- "But I tell you the truth: it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. (13) But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come."
Jesus said, "I'm going to send the comforter (counselor) to you, the Holy Spirit whose truth will come and he will guide you."
Then, in Psalm 32:8 we read, "I will instruct you and guide you along the best pathway for your life. I'll advise you and watch your progress."
Notice all these terms about guidance -- "I will instruct you. I'll guide you, I'll counsel you, I'll advise you."
Then in Galatians 5:16, Paul said, "Live by following the Spirit."
Now, if you were to land today in a remote jungle in Africa, what would you rather have to find your way out? If you were given your choice of three things to help you find your way, which one would you choose -- a compass, a map of Texas or a personal guide who knew the terrain very well?
Well, if you are very smart, you are going to take the third of the three. You know, in our life there are many uncharted courses. In fact, every thing ahead of us is uncharted. Everything beyond this moment is territory that we've not explored before.
The Bible teaches us that if we're wise, we'll take advantage of a personal guide that God has given to each one of us.
You know, when I've gone to Israel, one of the things I've enjoyed ...
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