If a man chooses to be led of the Spirit, he will need to hear the voice of the Lord. I never seek the voice of God just for the sake of hearing His voice. I seek Him because I want to please Him and I don’t want to get off into the weeds.
Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
This is what this Scripture is saying: if you choose to be led of the Spirit, God will deal with you as if you are His son because you are. A good son listens to his Father and he does what the Father tells him. I don’t hear God’s voice as much as I sense His inward witness. Let me explain how the inward witness manifests, I just suddenly know something or I just know what to do. It’s kind of like a well trained horse, the horse knows what the rider wants before he tugs on the reigns. The closer we draw to our Lord and the more will we are to be led, the quicker we hear Him.
Psalm 26:2 Examine me O Lord, and prove me, try my reins and my heart.
In this Psalm, David is praying to the Lord and telling Him that he is ready and available to be instructed. I believe we should officially ask the Lord to lead us, don’t just assume that He will. We must give the Lord permission to lead and correct us, this is the prayer of submission David prayed. I think some Christians are afraid to let God lead them, they think He will lead them to do something that will make them uncomfortable.
Psalm 9:10 They that know your Name will put their trust in You, for you, Lord have not forsaken them that seek you.
David proved that we can trust the Lord, so he is encouraging us to allow Him to lead us through this life. If God tells you to do something you will benefit. God can see into the spirit realm, He can see what the devil is plotting and He can see the angels He dispatched to watch over us. When someone loves you as much as Jesus does you can put all your trust in Him.
Jeremiah 29:11 I know the thoughts that I think toward you saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not evil, to give you an expected end.
God knows what He thinks of us and He is making those thoughts known to us. He has already planned out our future and knows how it will end, with a peaceful settlement. Based on His promise we must not be moved by circumstances because they are all subject to change. Like Yogi Berra use to say, “it aint over till it’s over!” Jerry Savelle calls being led of the Spirit an adventure in faith. The more you commit to the Lord the more success you see, and the more success you see the more confident you become. After awhile you can’t imagine being led any other way, you crave it, you can’t live without Him. When God led Israel out of Egypt, He led them into a place where they had to trust Him for their sustenance. They never did trust Him, that whole generation wandered around in the wilderness until they died.