We were meant to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit. In the plans and purposes of God, it is the Holy Spirit who is with us and guiding us in all we should do. By the words of Christ Jesus, we are to be comforted and taught by the Holy Spirit. We are not alone.
There are some things that only the Holy Spirit can teach you. Jesus promised, “But the 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).
Several years ago, I met a man for breakfast to discuss ways in which I could search for a job. He belonged to a conservative church that I went to at the time. By this time in my faith journey I had been immersed in the Holy Spirit and walking in various gifts. We were meant to filled with the Spirit of God.
You can accomplish more in one day filled with the Holy Spirit than a lifetime full of yourself. “Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and strong in faith. And many people were brought to the Lord” (Acts 11:24 NLT).
This man was telling me he had grown up in a spirit-filled church. My spirit man leaped with joy that perhaps I found another spirit-filled believer. But then this man told me this about the people he knew from his old church, “it’s so cute that they think they can hear God.” It saddens me to see Christians mocking Christians. Sometimes it seems the pagans treat their own better.
The more you criticize others, the more it says about you. “Why do you criticize or despise other Christians? Everyone will stand in front of God to be judged” (Romans 14:10 NOG).
Intellectualism makes a mockery of spiritual gifts and spiritual understanding because it doesn’t have them. One can have knowledge of God but not know who He really is. Intimacy is not established in the mind but the heart. Prideful intellectualism always tries to discredit humble spirituality.
If you want to teach about being Spirit-led, then you must be Spirit-led in your teaching. “We don’t speak about these things with words taught us by human wisdom, but with words taught by the Spirit, as we explain spiritual things to spiritual people.” (1 Corinthians 2:13 ISV).
This last week I sat down for lunch with my earthly father. He just turned 90 last year. He walked in the calling and gift of hospitality, serving everyone from prostitutes to widows over decades of service. Now he has graduated to being an intercessor. We won’t be rewarded by what we know but by what we did.
What you do matters eternally. Jesus tells us, “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to everyone according to his work” (Revelation 22:12 NKJV).
My father was telling me of a time the Holy Spirit spoke to him. He had heard the Holy Spirit as if He were talking out loud. The Holy Spirit told him to paint the house of a couple who went to his church, though he barely knew them. God calls us out of our comfort zone that we would rely on Him.
You won’t reach new heights sitting in your comfort zone. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9 NKJV).
My father resisted this word from the Holy Spirit for a few weeks. He was unsure if it was from the Lord as it was something outside what he had experienced before. But the Holy Spirit persisted, and he finally yielded to God. He approached this couple and told them what God had told him to do.
My father believes that this couple agreed to it because he had told them he was directed to do it by God. This couple had no money for the paint, so my father paid for it all, which was about five-hundred dollars. It took him a few weeks to finish the project. The works we do matter.
Your life is bigger than yourself, because it touches everyone around you. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16 NKJV).
At the end of the project, my father received a letter in the mail. He opened the letter and inside found a check he was not expecting. The check amount was about five-hundred dollars. This was the same amount it had cost him to buy the paint for the house that God told him to paint.
What pours out of your heart fills the cup you will drink from. “The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever” (Isaiah 32:17 NKJV).
Child of God, the Holy Spirit is speaking. If only you would believe, then you will hear Him. We were meant to live with the Holy Spirit in us forever. In however you have been taught that the Holy Spirit cannot speak, that teaching was wrong. God is not mute, but will you hear Him?
You never have to pray for the Lord to speak to you, but only that you would have ears to hear Him. “Yet the Lord has not given you a heart to perceive and eyes to see and ears to hear, to this very day” (Deuteronomy 29:4 NKJV). You can never take what can only be received as a gift.
Pray for those in the Church who do not believe that God can speak to us. Pray for our pastors and our leaders that they would all come to believe in the power of God and the truth of His Word. The promises in the Word are true if we would just believe them.
There are more promises in the Word than we have accepted. “For every word God speaks is sure and every promise pure. His truth is tested, found to be flawless, and ever faithful” (Psalm 12:6 TPT).
Blessings to you,