Christian, Do You Listen When the Holy Spirit Speaks?
Learning to Hone Your Spiritual Ears – and Then Obey God
by Veritas Vita 777
Trust me, I’m asking myself the same question even as I write this article. It’s one thing to hear the Holy Spirit. It’s quite another thing to actually obey Him. I admit that there are many times that I hear the Holy Spirit, but I don’t obey what He’s asked me to do. At times, I obey Him later on, but not readily. Why? Mostly, because He’s asked me to change something, give something up, or obey Scripture – all for my own good spiritually.
Yet, I don’t always listen!
Honing Your Spiritual Ears
As a new believer, I didn’t completely understand how the Holy Spirit worked and how He would manifest God’s power in my life. Through the years as I’ve grown closer in my walk with the Lord, I’ve begun to understand the Holy Spirit more – and that’s been such a beautiful part of my life as a Christian. You can begin to hone your spiritual hearing by fully embracing the following three things in your life.
1. The bible
26 But the [a]Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. (John 14:26, NKJV)
God has given believers a most beautiful gift – salvation and eternal life – and a guidebook (the Bible) to shine a light in our lives. If you want to hear more from the Holy Spirit, you need to be studying the Bible. That’s a vital factor in growing as a Christian. You must read the Word and mediate on it. That’s only the beginning. Then you need to apply God’s directives to your life. As you memorize Scripture, the Holy Spirit will bring it to your remembrance as you have need of it.
2. Through People
4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of [a]human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. (I Cor. 2:4-5, NKJV)
God can use other spirit-filled believers to speak to you. Maybe heard a sermon that particularly resonated with your heart. You might have listened to a podcast that spoke about a truth in God’s Word. Someone from church may have given you a word of encouragement. The Holy Spirit can speak to you in these ways as well. Just remember that if the Holy Spirit is speaking through people, you must always check to ensure that it is in line with God’s Word. If someone told you something that contradicts the Word of God, that is not a message from the Holy Spirit.
3. By Prayer
3 Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus [a]accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit. (I Cor. 12:3, NKJV)
Praying is a powerful tool that can grow your walk with the Lord. Yes, you should be sharing prayer requests for yourself and praying for others. However, that’s not the only way that you should think about prayer. You must spend time before the Lord in silence. If all you’re doing is talking to God throughout the day – and never listening – then you won’t be able to hear Him when He’s speaking to you through that form of communication.
“Many people feel so pressured by the expectations of others that it causes them to be frustrated, miserable, and confused about what they should do. But there is a way to live a simple, joy-filled, peaceful life, and the key is learning how to be led by the Holy Spirit, not the traditions or expectations of man.” – Joyce Meyer
Do you listen when the Holy Spirit speaks?
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
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