Here is how the Spirit of God leads His people. He leads us, not by some mysterious perceptions or emotions. He always leads His people by the same means, in the same direction: Towards love. Towards joy. God’s Spirit always leads in the direction of peace and patience. He leads us to be kind and good and faithful and gentle with others. He leads always in the direction of self-control. If we’re going in any other direction, it is not the shepherding Spirit of Christ that is leading us. When we pursue these things, we can be assured that we are walking in the Spirit, being led by Him.
As Christians, we have been set free from that slavery. God the Holy Spirit dwells within us. So, . . . don’t do that stuff. It’s that simple. You don’t have to do it, you have the indwelling Spirit’s power, so don’t do it. We must discipline ourselves to live in obedience to the leading of the Spirit of God within us. Whenever we are loving and joyful and peaceful and patient and kind and good and faithful and gentle and self-controlled, THEN we are walking in the Spirit. It is then that we are being led away from what our flesh desires, and toward what the Spirit desires. So walk in the Spirit.
If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Gal. 5:25