You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit! Acts 7:51
Following the guidance of someone is often difficult for many people to do. Most people feel as if they know what is best and can accomplish everything on their own.
Pride is what often gets in the way. One is given some guidance, but it is rejected, because it makes the person feel as though he is inferior or a failure. With this mind-set, many reject any guidance or help.
As the people were getting ready to stone Stephen, he recounts to them the history of Israel. He finishes with telling them that they are just like their ancestors, resisting God’s Holy Spirit.
Many people will claim to have a belief in God and are willing to follow Jesus. They have prayed the sinner’s prayer and made a proclamation to believe in Jesus. This is a good thing to do, but it is only the beginning of walking with God as a believer.
Once Jesus left the earth, He sent His Holy Spirit to teach, empower, lead and guide each believer in how to really live for God. Over the many centuries this has not changed. The Holy Spirit still guides people, however, many reject His leading.
Many believers are in church today who continue to walk purposefully in sinful ways. It is common to hear a person say that is just who he is and cannot change. They are rejecting the leading of the Holy Spirit to live a righteous and holy life before God and man. They are choosing to continue to live with sin just as the Israelites did in the wilderness.
Every believer needs to heed the leading and teaching of the Holy Spirit to live as God desires them to live.
As you follow Jesus, are you being led by His Holy Spirit? God wants to show you the best way to live your lives. He is there to guide you on how to turn away from sin and live in obedience and love towards God.
Instead of rejecting or ignoring God’s Holy Spirit’s guidance, accept it and be willing to change. Do not resist the Holy Spirit as the Israelites did and were killed by God.
Hear what God is telling you to do and then do it.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear God’s Holy Spirit speaking to you; that you will obey God’s directions; that you will live the holy life that the Holy Spirit is directing you in; and that you will not resist God’s leading.