The Holy Spirit – Hearing The Voice Of God

The Holy Spirit – Hearing The Voice Of God

Jesus puts it in plain terms, if you belong to Him, you can hear Him.  If you believe the Bible then God speaks to you.

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me…”  John 10:27-28

This is a skill that you need to develop over time with practice.  The fundamental truth is God loves you, He longs to reach out and talk to you.  Even before you received the Holy Spirit, it’s likely that God would have tried talking to you. Most of the time people can’t differentiate or reject it out right, when God speaks.  People often think it’s their own mind or they think thoughts like it’s impossible for someone as great as the God of the universe to be interested in talking to them.

God thinks you are important enough to talk to you, He loves you enough to care about the tiny details of your life.  The problem most of the time is that we are too busy and have no time for God.  Many times even when we hear God, we use logic and reason Him out saying this is not possible.

At times, your sins and your guilt make you feel dirty and unclean, you feel like you are undeserving of this privilege.  Keep in mind, God is willing to forgive you and clean you up.  Jesus came to earth and died on the cross for you just so that your sins can be forgiven and you can have a relationship with God.

Many people  do what they want to do, even when they know it is wrong and only when they run into trouble do they think of God.  They look at God as a troubleshooter and not a guide.  Others ask God for advice but they end up doing what they wanted to anyway.

“You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”  Jeremiah 29:13

God looks at your heart, if you sincerely long for Him and want to hear Him, he will most certainly answer.  Remember for every one step you take towards God, He takes five steps to get closer to you.  Throughout the Bible, God has spoken to numerous people in different ways and even today God speaks to millions of people and guides them.  God is the same then, now and forever and He is willing to speak to you.  Are you willing to listen?

The focus of you spiritual life should be to answer yes to both these questions:

  • Am I looking forward to hearing God with all my heart?
  • Am I willing to obey Him when He speaks to me and guides me?

Life Application

  • God speaks personally to all His children, it is up to you to put in efforts to discern His voice.
  • Don’t look around you into the world for answers, most of the time God speaks to you from within in a still small voice.

3 Ways the Holy Spirit Speaks:

  1. GOD’S WORD: I have hidden your word in my heart
    that I might not sin against you.”  Psalm 119:11 (NIV)

  2. THROUGH GODLY MEN AND WOMEN: The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.”  Proverbs 12:15 (NIV)
  3.  THROUGH THE STILL, SMALL VOICE:  The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”

    Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. I Kings 19:11-12 (NIV)

    Source: Blue Flame

† May the peace of God be with you, Susan Osten

The Purpose Of The Holy Spirit On Earth

The primary purpose of the Holy Spirit is to strengthen each believer and endow them with power and boldness so that they become witnesses for Christ.  The Holy Spirit lovingly watches over, encourages, nourishes and grows the church.

“I am sending the promise of my Father upon you.  But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”  Luke 24:29

This is what Jesus tells his disciples, he first asks them to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth, but asks them to wait till they receive the promise (Holy Spirit) which will give them power which they need to spread the Gospel.  It is dangerous and ineffective trying to preach Jesus to people when you yourself do not have the Holy Spirit.

“And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment:”  John 16:8

Jesus also says that the Holy Spirit will show the world what sin is, how to lead righteous lives and share knowledge about the judgement of God.  This is important as without knowing what sin is, people see the need to repent.  Without sin there is no meaning for what Jesus did on the cross for us.  The next step after repentance is righteousness, once you know you are wrong and sorry, you begin to wonder what is the right way to do things.  The Word of God is the authority when it comes to righteousness.  Finally, the Spirit will also warn men of the final judgement of God.

Biblical Inspiration

The Apostles John and Peter were walking into a synagogue to preach the Gospel to the Jews there.  As they were entering they saw a man who was lame from birth.  This man was carried and put by the gates to the synagogue every day so that he may beg and survive on alms that the people offered him.  He was well known in the temple circles as he was a regular there.  When this man saw Peter and John he immediately asked them for alms.

Peter observed this man and saw that he had faith, he told this man that he does not have silver or gold but what he has he is willing to share.  He then told the man “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.”  As Peter spoke these words this man felt strength flow into his limbs, for the first time he was able to stand up.

He went into the temple with Peter and John and was jumping around praising God, along the way.  All the people who were at the temple were shocked and amazed.  They knew who the man was, but could not believe their eyes when they saw him healed.

This gave Peter and John an opportunity to preach the Gospel to the masses.  That day alone, five thousand people started believing in Jesus and were saved.  The next day the two Apostles were given another chance to preach the Gospel before the religious leaders of the time and once again the Holy Spirit gave them the exact words to speak.  The council was surprised with how two illiterate men, could know so much about the scriptures.

This is an example of how the Holy Spirit reached so many people and grew the church through two men who were willing to be led.

Life Application

  • You will not be successful if you try to influence the world without the Holy Spirit.
  • The Holy Spirit teaches you the importance of a church and the value God places on the souls of other people.
  • He shows people what sin is and why they need the Gospel.

Source: Blue Flame

In Christ’s Love and † Grace, Susan Osten