How do you know what is right and wrong? How do we really know? Well, we have that inner voice, that feeling inside us, that helps us know. You know what I am talking about. When you do something that isn’t right, or react in a way that isn’t kind and loving, you know, you feel it in your gut. Yes? You know exactly what I am thinking about right? The truth is, the feeling you get is the presence of the Holy Spirit inside of you guiding you in the way of righteousness…
But when He, the Spirit of truth, shall come, He will guide you into the truth. For He will not speak from Himself, but whatever He may hear, He will speak. And He will declare to you the things coming. John 16:13 (NASB)
So, let’s sort this out. When we have the Holy Spirit in us, He guides us in the ways that are right, doing good instead of bad. Well, in order to have the Holy Sprirt inside of us, we must have accepted Jesus. If you haven’t done that, you might not know how or even understand it. Well to begin with, God the Father sent His son, Jesus, to the earth so that we could be forgiven of our sins, all of them… Even the ones we would commit!
For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NASB)
Why did the Father do that? Because of His amazing love for us…all of us. The Father provided grace and forgiveness for His people and a chance at a relationship with Him, not only now on earth but also eternally in Heaven.
For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins. Colossians 1:13-14 (NLT)
The key is that we have to choose to accept this awesome gift the Father has made available to us to be able to receive this hope and promise of a life with Him, forever. I love how the Message Bible explains this gift of forgiveness and grace…
But in our time something new has been added. What Moses and the prophets witnessed to all those years has happened. The God-setting-things-right that we read about has become Jesus-setting-things-right for us. And not only for us, but for everyone who believes in him. For there is no difference between us and them in this. Since we’ve compiled this long and sorry record as sinners (both us and them) and proved that we are utterly incapable of living the glorious lives God wills for us, God did it for us. Out of sheer generosity he put us in right standing with himself. A pure gift. He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ. Romans 3:21-24 (MSG)
It is our choice, though it is inately inside of us. Because the Father created us, we will ultimately desire Him, even if we don’t fully understand that. Thus, our also inate desire to do good over evil. People might call it being moral, which is true. Morality consists of choosing right over wrong. But it’s much more than that… The Father created us to be righteous, though satan and the world distracts us with sin. We have to choose to do right and to follow Jesus. In that, God gives us strength and even provides a way out.
No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 (MSG)
Ultimately, though, each person has to choose to have a relationship with the Father through Jesus. It is the only way to the Father…
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. John 14:6 (NASB)
To do this, one must confess their sins before God and ask for forgiveness. Once that is done, God the Father, who loves us so much, will cover you with new life in Christ Jesus.
This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us. 1 John 1:5-10 (NASB)
As we receive Jesus, we also receive the Holy Sprit who then will help guide us in the way of righteousness. All we have to do is listen for what to do. We will know in our spirit the way to go. As we grow closer to God the Father, the more we will feel the prompting of the Holy Spirit in the right ways to go. I wouldn’t want it any other way. This world and this life is too hard. Why try to go it alone, we have help… Utilize it.
Inspiration originates with the Holy Spirit in man’s spirit. Watchman Née
Bible verses taken from the New American Standard version, The Message Bible and the New Living Translation version on Bible Gateway online
The Watchman Née quote is taken from http://www.christainquotes.info