Friday, September 15, 2023

The Holy Spirit Book: Recognizing the Voice of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit Book: Recognizing the Voice of the Holy Spirit
-Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow

When the Holy Spirit speaks, He will speak to us with words and in ways that we will understand. If He wants us to know something, we will know it. If He wants us to go somewhere, He will show us how to get there. If He wants us to do something, He will equip us to do it, in His strength!

Because each member of the Trinity is a divine person, each One has a voice and is a communicator.

God the Father has a voice, and He speaks. (Genesis 24:7)
Jesus Christ has a voice, and He speaks. (John 10:27)
The Holy Spirit has a voice, and He speaks. (Revelation 2:29)

Each person of the Trinity communicates with each other, and They communicate with us.

“All that belongs to the Father is Mine; this is why I said, “The Spirit will tell you whatever He receives from Me.” John 16:15

The voice of the Lord in our lives is like the sound of no other voice. When we learn to recognize His voice, it will be as familiar as our own mother’s voice. Jesus said that when He speaks to His sheep, the sheep recognize His voice and follow Him, because they will not follow the voice of a stranger. Because God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are good communicators, we need to be good listeners.

The voice of the Holy Spirit in our lives is an inner voice. His voice is closer and more intimate than any audible human voice, for He speaks to us in the deepest part of our beings.

“The person who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with Him.” 1 Corinthians 6:17

We need to be wise and discerning as we listen for God’s voice. There are many voices trying to get our attention. The voice of the enemy tries to deceive us to follow his voice, the voice of the world tries to pressure us to follow its demands, and the voice of others tries to persuade us to follow their point of view. Our desire and prayer should focus on pleasing the Lord in our responses and not hardening our hearts when we hear His voice (Hebrews 3:15). Here are several important truths to help us hear and identify God’s voice in our lives.

WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT SPEAKS TO US, He is clear and specific. (Acts 11:12)

WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT SPEAKS TO US, His voice will most often be a still small voice that is calm and gently in tone. He will often nudge us or prompt us. (1 Kings 19:12)

WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT SPEAKS TO US, it will be in agreement with Christ’s heart, will, and ways, and will be consistent with God’s divine nature and character. (John 19:4-5)

WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT SPEAKS TO US, we will have peace and we will walk in peace as we obey. (Psalm 85:8)

WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT SPEAKS TO US, He will always be in agreement with the Truth of God’s Word. (John 16:13)

WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT SPEAKS TO US, we need to be good listeners who desire to obey. (1 Samuel 3:7-10)

God will speak to us through the Scriptures, through His Son, and through the witness of the Holy Spirit. We also discover in the Scriptures that God can speak to us through circumstances, through dreams and visions, through the voice of His people, through spiritual gifts, or through His angelic messengers.

The question we should be asking is not whether God speaks to us, but whether or not we are good listeners and are willing to do His will from the heart once He reveals it to us.

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©2023, 2017 Roy Lessin, The Holy Spirit Book, Meeting in the Meadow. Used with permission, all rights reserved. 

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