Today I want to talk to you about graduating to the next level. Every May students are graduating – my daughter is graduating high school this year. At the graduation there are speeches given about the new opportunities facing the graduates. You can become anything. The world is an oyster. For college graduates, they have been studying for a particular career; new information has been preparing them to be released into purpose – engineer, microbiologist, accountant. The definition of graduating is to pass from one stage of experience to a higher one. Promotion to a higher place resulting from study, preparation, and testing to determine readiness.
The Holy Spirit is our teacher. We are called to understanding. The Spirit leads us by revealing to us, through the Word, moving us along in our purpose.
Today I want to talk to you about desire’s gate. We are discussing being led by the Spirit, and looking specifically at the Spirit of God as the wind of God. Exodus 14:21 (NKJV) says, “Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided.” God implants His desire in our life, so that we want to do what He wants us to do. He fills us up to the full so that as we run our race, regardless of the resistance, tough days, obstacles, we enjoy what we are doing. “What can I do for you, God?” He says, “What do you want to do for me?”
Certainly you have wrong desires, well you always have, but now you have some right ones, so that serving God is anything but a chore. I love what I do. Romans 8 says that the Spirit nature desires to do certain things, this is burning in you, it’s your desire now. There is a problem, though. Many Christians are skipping through desire’s gate, leaving too soon. They want to be spirit-led, but they forget that means that God’s Spirit goes before them, and they follow. They feel that desire and run ahead early. It’s like wanting to eat some steak, man you want it, you desire it so bad, you’re so hungry, but you gotta wait till it’s done cooking. There is a timing to pay attention to. The desire hits, but it is in the waiting that we grow on the inside, grow so that we can succeed in the race. You feel that burning to get started on a business, so you run into a partnership that is wrong. You get wrecked and you wonder where God is. You want to get married so bad that you take the first one instead of the right one. You feel the wind pushing you to a new position, a new company, but you quit early, and the new job isn’t ready yet, and quite frankly, neither are you. You feel so passionate about starting that ministry, and God has called you to it, but you start early, you weren’t ready, and everyone involved ends up hurt. Where was God? He was in it, but not yet.
Today I want to talk to you about being led by the Spirit – the wind of God. The Holy Spirit in the Bible is often described as wind. Like wind, the Spirit is invisible, and yet we can feel it. Wind opens the sails and powers the boat to distant lands, and we want our ships to go where the wind of God sends. So many Christians desire to hear God’s voice, “Just tell me where to go God! I’ll go.” Or we say, “Just tell me what I’m supposed to be doing and I will do it.” Can I surprise you? This is not how the Spirit leads. The Spirit leads in a much deeper and more effective way than this. In fact, the Spirit is leading you right now, you were led here today. And so here’s the problem, so many Christians are feeling completely unled, like they’re the only ones not being led, searching for direction, destiny, “God just tell me what to do and I’ll do it.” I just want to hear your voice, turn here, turn there, marry him, what do I do?
Over the next few weeks we are really going to look at the Spirit of God with a fresh perspective. Today I want to bring you peace when it comes to being led by the spirit. I want to get us into rest, to know you actually are already being led. God knows how to work this thing, and He isn’t making His will some unimaginable hard to find mystery. There isn’t a treasure map. In fact, you were led many times last week. You are led by the Spirit, you may just not have known it, let me reveal it to you today. We start here: Romans 8:9 (NLT) “But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit (pneuma) if you have the Spirit of God living in you.” You see, you are being led by the Spirit, let me show you what God has done.