Those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. (Rom. 8:14)

IF I WERE TO TAKE A TREK through unfamiliar mountains, I would want a guide. Those who are so bold as to tackle Mount Everest depend on a guide to lead them. To live the Christian life, we, too, need a faithful guide.

Just prior to speaking about being led by the Spirit of God, Paul challenged us with this thought: “If by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live” (Rom. 8:13). Talk about an unfamiliar path, those who have been living a self-centered life have no experience with putting to death the misdeeds of the body. Obviously, we need a guide.

Fortunately, the Holy Spirit within us is prepared to lead us in the way we should go. Even so, putting to death our misdeeds is more difficult than it sounds.

When I became a believer as a teen, most sinful misbehavior dropped off immediately. I understood enough of Christianity to have a basic understanding of right and wrong. My desires changed so that I wanted to do what was right. But the finer points of learning to think like a Christian, talk like a Christian, behave like a Christian, and discipline myself like a Christian were another matter. I’m grateful that the Spirit led me. As His child, I needed guidance and He provided it.

Trust the Spirit today to lead you in His ways.

Ron McClung lives in Fishers, Indiana, with his wife Carol. He has written his weekly column, Positive Perspective, for more than twenty-nine years.

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