For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. (ESV)
Have you ever played, "Follow the leader?" For the believer in Jesus Christ that is a daily experience and far more than a game. One of the most distinguishing characteristics of a true Christian is that they are no longer trying to lead their own life according to the flesh, but rather they have now submitted to the leadership of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
In verse 13 Paul made it clear that one of the things that a believer is to do is to put to death the deeds of the flesh. How are we to do that? By the Spirit. The Holy Spirit empowers us to put sin to death. As you can clearly see the Holy Spirit wants to be in charge. Our victory as a believer in Jesus Christ depends on our dependence on the Spirit.
So, how are we led by the Spirit? There are some who are waiting for emotional promptings. We do not find that kind of Spirit leading in Scripture. Rather, the primary way that the Spirit leads is through the written Word of God. God's Word is authoritative. It is always true. Our emotions will lead us into all kinds of trouble.
Consider how Scriptures were written. The Apostle Peter tells us: "For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. (2 Peter 1:21)" The Holy Spirit is the one who has led men and women through every generation by the authority of the written Word of God.
Are you a son of God? A believer? You are to be led by the Holy Spirit. How are you led by the Holy Spirit? Primarily by your obedience to the written Word of God. Devote yourself to the Word of God. You will find the Holy Spirit to lead you into God's perfect will.