There are many “Religions” and everyone of them has a holy book. How many of them promise that the god they claim will speak to us? If a Christian claims that God speaks to them is that the truth? Does God speak to us today? The Old Testament shows God speaking to Elijah in 1 Kings 19:12 as a still small voice. In the New Testament it states that the Holy Spirit is going to speak what He hears. Who does He speak to? If you hear a voice How do you know it is the Holy Spirit? Is the voice of God something in your head that you make up?
How long has the Holy Spirit been around?
The short answer is always. In Genesis 1:2 it states that the Spirit of God was over the water.
Where is the Holy Spirit?
Where is the Holy Spirit? Since the Holy Spirit is a spirit, where is He? The answer depends on where you are with God. If you are a believer in Jesus (Romans 10:9), then the Holy Spirit is inside you. 1 Corinthians 6:19 states that our body is a temple for the Holy Spirit and we are not our own. If we put Romans 10:9 into practice the Holy Spirit lives inside of us. If we aren’t a believer of Jesus then the Holy Spirit is working outside of us. He is working outside of us according to John 16:8-11. The Holy Spirit is convicting us of sin, judgement, and righteousness. It is the Holy Spirit that helps us to be conscious of sin and want to be cleansed from it. It is the Holy Spirit that we will hear as the voice God. Psalms 46:10 states to be still and know that I am God. If we are still and treat God like someone who loves us and wants to communicate with us we will learn how to listen for His voice because we are listening. We learn by doing.
If We listen for a voice where will it come from?
I will admit that it is a crazy idea to listen supernaturally and try to hear from God the Spirit. So if we start to listen and hear something (eventually you will) how do you know it is God? 1 Samuel 3:8 Eli perceived that the Lord was calling Samuel and helped Samuel learn how to respond. In the Old Testament God is always speaking outside of the chosen recipient. It is in the New Testament that this changes. The Holy Spirit is dwelling inside of God’s people as a result of this we will hear the voice from inside.
How do we know it’s the Holy Spirit?
In my experience we don’t always know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Holy Spirit is speaking to us. There are times when we can be quite certain, but not always (faith pleases God after all Hebrews 11:1). One thing that I will mention is the Holy Spirit will never break scripture. Some people say that God told them to divorce, kill, or steal. The Holy Spirit will not ever tell us to break scripture. The Holy Spirit has told me to confess certain sins to certain people that were involved, I would never do that on my own. Since I confessed my sin I am glad that I did it because it taught me a very important lesson. The lesson was that sin is not nearly as good coming up as it is going down. I absolutely believe that it was the Holy Spirit because the way that I heard it and I would never do that on my own accord. The way it works for me is it is an idea that I won’t normally get and it doesn’t come the same that they normally do. The idea is usually one that brings about many other ideas. When it is experienced you will understand what I mean. I think the most important thing to do is to be obedient to the will of God. Sometimes the Lord will tell you to move to a place that is far from home. He may even get you to desire to sell most of your possessions. You may just load up a small trailer and head out to a totally new adventure. This might even scare you a little bit. You might be unsure because you left a job that you loved and don’t have one now. The Lord will take care of you. I believe He is going to take care of me. There have been other times that I stepped out on faith and He has taken care of me beyond what I can imagine. The cool thing about this blog is you can come with us just beyond the bend! We can see where everything leads together! Please keep us in your prayers.
In the next write up I will discuss the witnesses.