For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. [Romans 8:14 KJV]
16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. [Galatians 5:16-18 KJV]
How are Christians led by the Holy Spirit according to Cessationism?
For instance, when a Christian has to make an important life decision in which he/she would really like to hear God's opinion on the matter through the direct lead of the Holy Spirit, what should such a Christian do and possibly expect to receive according to the Cessationist view?
Some concrete real life situations that come to mind where the lead of the Holy Spirit would be quite helpful include:
- Knowing one's calling (should I be a pastor, teacher, evangelist, missionary, etc.?)
- Deciding what career to pursue.
- Choosing one's spouse (or whether to remain celibate for the sake of the gospel).
- In the case of a pastor or another church leader, the discernment to decide who will join them in positions of leadership in the church (ideally, one would like that these people were directly chosen by the Holy Spirit Himself, because He has the perfect discernment).
- Avoiding dangerous situations, especially when they are unpredictable (not for the Holy Spirit, of course).
- Being led by the Holy Spirit, possibly in supernatural ways, to approach and share the gospel with specific individuals, especially at the right place and time when they are ready to receive it.
- How do Cessationists view "being filled with the Holy Spirit"?
- Do Cessationists believe that the Holy Spirit still speaks specific messages or instructions to Christians today?
- What is an overview of how contemporary Christians discern that God is giving them instructions to follow a very specific course of action?
- How do Christians discern if they are being called by God to ministry, and what ministry specifically?