To succeed in this life as a Believer, we must learn how to hear God in our spirit. To do that We must learn how to strengthen our spirit so that it is sensitive to the voice of the Lord. How do we do that?
As we spend time praying, putting our attention onto spiritual things, it becomes easier for us to hear the direction of the Holy Spirit as He reveals His will to our spirit. Below are 3 keys or hints, that help discern the voice of the Lord.
STEP #1 – Recognize God’s Prompting
“So now we serve not under [obedience to] the old code of written regulations, but [under obedience to the promptings] of the Spirit in newness [of life]” (Romans 7:6, The Amplified Bible). We are no longer bound to obey written regulations but are called to obey the promptings of our reborn spirit, which is taught and guided by the Holy Spirit.
This can be an area of confusion as we learn to walk in the spirit. After the airplane crash, when I began to spend more time in God’s Word and in prayer, I would receive direction and understanding from the Holy Spirit into my spirit. Then my spirit (the real me) would communicate with my soul — which is my mind or intellect. Almost every leading you and I will receive in everyday life will be a prompting, an impression, a thought, an inward witness or a leading from the Holy Spirit to our spirit. The audible voice of the Lord is rare in most people’s lives and not be expected as a way the Lord will lead us generally.
When the Holy Spirit speaks or prompts our spirit with understanding, it is our own mind that will receive this message from our spirit. Therefore it becomes a message from our own mind that we hear. “But the person who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with Him” (1 Corinthians 6:17, The Amplified Bible). The key word “united” in Greek means “to glue or cement together.” Jesus said, “If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him” (John 14:23). This describes being joined, or united, to the Lord.
Just as the light we enjoy from electricity had to travel through wiring to illuminate a room, the Holy Spirit sends His communication through our spirit into our mind to illuminate us. It is up to us to train our spirits to discern.
When we start our day by praying for the will of God and asking the Holy Spirit to lead us into the truths we need regarding any situation, the Holy Spirit helps us perceive an interpretation, a prompting, an impression, a word, or a sentence that will enlighten us and give us the answer we need. It will be so natural to us that we might not even realize it is the Holy Spirit leading and revealing Himself. It is extremely important that God’s Word is planted in our hearts because most often the Holy Spirit will bring His Word to remembrance and show us how it applies to a specific situation we are praying about.
STEP #2 – Have confidence in the Voice of the Spirit
We need to learn to instantly obey the voice of our spirit. I don’t think there is any way to cultivate this communion between the Holy Spirit and our spirit and between our spirit and our mind, except by spending time in prayer and in the Word of God. Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit.”
Only the Word of God will separate or differentiate between the soul and the spirit. Our soul relies on natural knowledge to form its opinions until natural knowledge is replaced by the supernatural knowledge of God given to us by God’s Word and the Holy Spirit. In Romans 12:2, this process of replacing the thoughts of natural, carnal man with the thoughts of God is called “the renewing of your mind.”
You might be asking, “How can I tell the difference and be sure when it is God or just me?” You will have to begin a quest for the things of God. The Scripture lets us know that if we seek God, we will find Him. He is faithful to those who seek Him–not just for what we want from Him but for His friendship. Spiritual things do not come without effort. Remember the principle of seed planting. We reap what we sow. It is a kingdom principle.
We are told in Hebrews 11:6 that “..without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” We know that we have to approach God in faith—without being able to see proof in the natural realm. We must learn to believe Him without seeing Him. From that verse we also find another key to knowing God: He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
STEP #3 – Choose to Do it God’s Way
There is no selfish, easy way to walk with God while we live in the earth and in a natural body. We will do it God’s way or not at all.
His way is for us to serve Him with our whole being–spirit, soul and body. We have to change our thoughts, opinions and actions to agree with His. God wants us to live the rest of our time on this earth, not conforming to the will of man or to our own will, but conforming to His will. When we put ourselves in a position of obedience, we give God the freedom to overwhelm the natural circumstances of this life with His supernatural power.
Remember God’s Word comes to us in two ways: (1) by the written Word, and (2) by the Holy Spirit speaking to our spirit. We begin with the assurance that God’s written Word is our sure word. The Holy Spirit will never lead you contrary to the written Word of God. If you believe you have received a prompting that is in opposition to the written Word, you will know it is not from the Holy Spirit.
Simply ask the Holy Spirit to teach you how to follow Him. Give Him control of your life and He will reveal to you the will of God, step by step. He knows how to bring you to maturity. All He requires of you is your attention and your obedience. What we receive from Him far outweighs anything we give up.
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