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Guidance is Essential

Life is not a walk in the park.  There are times when life seems like a stroll through a minefield, and the only way to get through is to have a guide.

The Bible teaches that Christians are to be guided by the Holy Spirit.  In Christian circles we talk about having Spirit guided lives, but what that means or what it looks like is never really explained.  It is one of those concepts that we know is important, but it remains shadowed in mystery.

Today I at Paul's Ponderings I posted part one of a four part series that will lay a foundation for what it means to have the Holy Spirit guide our lives.


{Galatians 5:16; NLT}
So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.

I love to hike. For me hiking is one of those simple joys in life as I am able to spend time in God’s creation. There are few activities I like to do more than hiking.

A month ago I was able to take a week long hiking trip with three friends. We went to the mountains of Colorado and were able to log a little more than 40 miles in six days. Which wasn’t too bad given the fact that we were all lowlanders from the Midwest.

Most of the trails we hiked were well marked and there was no doubt about which direction we were supposed to go. We did run into one big exception to this and it happened on the very first hike of the week. We were hiking up to one of the 14,000 foot peaks and it was a struggle for us. We had just finished the steepest climb of the day and in the distance we could see our destination. The problem was that in the thick brush we could not find the trail. We had already hiked for six hours and we knew that we didn’t have too much longer before we had to turn around and hike back to the truck.


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