I’m typically grateful for the auto correction on my phone and computer. It often saves me from making mistakes with spelling, punctuation, and grammar. When my technology corrects me before I make a permanent mistake I am truly grateful. Once I make the mistake and others witness my failure, there isn’t much I can do. If only there was auto correction for the rest of my life.
The Bible tells us to be filled with the Holy Spirit. When He is controlling us He will control our behavior. According to Ephesians 5:19, being filled with the Holy Spirit will keep us on a path of worship and thanksgiving. He will steer us away from self-destructive behavior.
The Holy Spirit provides us with powerful guidance through individual prayer and our reading of the scriptures. But we’re also helped in receiving the Spirit’s direction while meeting in a Bible study, Sunday School class or small group. Groups provide Biblical insight, a measure of accountability, along with support in prayer. We’re helped even more when a spiritual mentor listens to our heart and provides guidance in choices we make. God is speaking to us through many instruments if we will just listen.
But sometimes we only want to listen to ourselves. Left to our own sense of direction potentially puts us on the wrong road. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all you ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes.” (Proverbs 3:5-7) Auto correction may keep us from making mistakes, but God keeps us moving in the right direction – His direction. The Spirit sets us free. As Oswald Chambers says, “Freedom is the ability not to insist on my own rights, but to see that God gets his.” That’s getting it right!
Pastor Ken Atchison
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