MARANATHA LIFE

SERMON OUTLINE

"BEING LED BY THE SPIRIT"

1. We are in a covenant relationship with God.
  a) People enter into convenant because of weaknesses, not strengths.
    i) God has a weakness. He has created a law that says “ you must have a living body to have authority on the earth.” He doesn’t have that. He needs us.
  b) As covenant partners, we have certain rights and responsibilities.
    i) Rights
      a) Expect God to give us all the blessings mentioned in the Bible.

b) All God’s power

c) All God’s provision

d) All God’s wisdom & knowledge

    ii) Responsibilities
      a) Just as we expect God to respond to what we ask of Him, He has the right to expect us to respond to what He asks of us.

b) When God tells you to do something, it isn’t for your benefit.

        (1) To ask “what’s in it for me” is an insult to the covenant, or to Jesus’ blood, the seal of that covenant.
  c) We must be faithful with what He gives to us.
2. Romans 8:14 - For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
  a) Luke 4:1 - And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,
3. The Spirit of God is practical in His leading of us.
  a) Don’t just expect the Lord to lead you in “spiritual” things. To Him, there is no separation of spiritual and temporal things.
    i) Everything that happens in the physical world also happens in the spiritual one.

ii) Debbie used to be led to garage sales. Doesn’t that sound spiritual?

  b) The Spirit leads us for His purpose to be accomplished. Not ours.
    i) Some of His purposes are to our benefit.

ii) Some of His purposes are to help us grow in Him.

iii) Some of His purposes are for other’s benefit.

iv) Some of His purposes we will never see the result of.