Church of the Living Word

Be Filled and Be Led
By Jeremiah Gruenberg   September 3rd, 2017

Many of us have a deep connection with the Lord and want to be pleasing to Him, but there is a missing piece—His enabling. He wants to give you everything you need to do His will. We come to church and listen and take the Word seriously. But then we continue on, and if we are honest, we often work out that Word in our own strength.

“He who abides in Me and I in Him, he bears much fruit for apart from Me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5b). There is no other way to interpret this, except that you can do nothing without Him. The vine is the main trunk rooted in the ground, while the branches bear the fruit. But the branches can only provide fruit when connected to the vine. In the same way, we are fruitless unless we are connected to the Lord. Where does the life come from? It comes from the main vine, because anything fruitful comes from the Lord. The Lord isn’t asking something of us that He Himself wasn’t willing to do. This is how Jesus related to the Father. Here is what Jesus is saying: you know it works because you saw it work in Me, now you can open up to receive His enabling.

Being led by the Spirit has the sense of impelling and pushing you. The Holy Spirit is right next to you driving you where you need to go, and at the same time, He’s giving you the energy to do the will of the Lord. You’re not doing it alone and it is not a drudgery. The Father is not withholding anything. He is willing to give you everything you need to accomplish His will. He doesn’t violate our will, but if we ask Him, He will give us everything that we need.

When Jesus was baptized, afterward He was immediately impelled by the Spirit into the wilderness (Mark 1:12). We think of the Holy Spirit as the still small voice, but this can’t be the only way to be led. If you open your heart, you will be impelled. The Holy Spirit will take you by the hand and pull you. The Spirit both led Jesus and drove Him with an energy to do the Father’s will. You can’t work this up. Only God gets the glory. He wants you to walk it out with Him. If you try to do this without a connection with Him, it is dead works with no life or joy in it.

From Me comes your fruit (Hosea 14:8). Human desire is to take credit for all the good things that are done, but only God gets the glory. We ask, “What are you creating in my life, what are you doing day to day?” Anything good that we do comes from the Father. Here are some practical steps you can take: open your heart to receive Him, ask Him to fill you, repent of your reluctance, be aware of Him in everything and be thankful. These are simple things we can do that keep us thinking about Him and connecting with Him every day.

Today we pray, “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I ask that you continually fill me as I walk out your will. I am determined to be obedient, but I refuse to do anything without You. Lord, give me a drive that impels me to walk in your Word over my life. I commit to seek you throughout every day. Help me Father, to keep an awareness of You in every moment. I recognize that I can do nothing without You. Lord Jesus, my heart is open to receive your love, your power, and your enabling.”

Scriptures: John 15:5; John 4:32; Romans 8:42; Mark 1:9-12; Ephesians 3:14-16; Isaiah 58:11; Hosea 14:8

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