Today, I want to talk about learning to hear clearly from the voice of the Holy Spirit. I’m going to base this on my own experience and say that in order to hear clearly from the voice of the Holy Spirit, you need to be meditating on the Word of God daily by reading your Bible (simply put). You need to know what the Word of God says in order to distinguish the voice of the Holy Spirit from the voice of a false spirit. Especially when you go to church and you hear the Pastor/ Preacher and/or Minister speaking a Word to you, you will be able tell when what they say is in alignment to God’s Word because you know what the Bible says and can differentiate when someone is speaking “a Word” out of context. Having said that though, I must state for the record that before I get into “learning how to hear from the Holy Spirit”, what a “born-again” Christian ought to do first before pursuing to hear from the Holy Spirit is that a believer must first affirm their faith publicly through water baptism. This isn’t a suggestion, it is a requirement if a person wants to be considered “a believer and follower of Jesus Christ”. A Christian needs to first be baptized by water if they want to receive the baptism of fire provided by the Holy Spirit. Once a believer has been baptized by water, it’s only a matter of time before they start to function in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Such gifts start to operate when a baptized believer pursues God in their daily life by meditating on the Word (The Bible) daily and working out what they believe by putting their faith into actions.
Meditating on God’s Word (The Bible) isn’t simply remembering Bible verses and stories of the Bible, it’s all about understanding what you read and gaining insight towards the meaning behind many of the lessons told in the Bible. We cannot afford to be passive Christians waiting for a Sunday service to feed our spirits with the Word of God. You need to be actively learning/meditating on the Word of God on your own in your private time. Don’t be like a baby who waits for a Sunday service to receive their pacifier. It’s time to put away childish things and learn to mature in the faith.
Learn to grow in maturity independently as an individual and collectively with other people in the Church.
You cannot grow maturely in isolation; however, you can be proactive in your individualistic pursuit of knowledge by reading Christian literature/books on various topics regarding our Christian walk such as books on theology, spiritual warfare, books that pertain to Christian living and self-help books geared at shaping your walk as a Christian. However, the most important book to read out of all books is The Bible. Again I say, stop waiting for a Sunday service to get your Bible fix. You need to be proactive in your walk with God. You should even be pursuing on a personal basis to grow in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
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.
In my own personal walk with God, God has opened me up to certain gifts of the Holy Spirit, particularly in the area of dream interpretation, prophetic visions and dreams, the gift of speaking in tongues, increased spiritual discernment, etc etc. I’m still growing in these areas and God keeps expanding my threshold of what I am able to bear. You too can grow in the gifts of the Holy Spirit when you learn to pursue God actively on your own on an individualistic basis. You cannot grow if you’re not willing to walk the extra mile in your pursuit of God. That’s just a fact, no fiction here.
Going to church is important; however, do not be a passive attendee going to a Sunday Service. Be an active listener to what is being spoken about by the Pastor/ Priest/ Preacher on the pulpit. Learn to distinguish when the speaker on the pulpit is speaking a Word that is in alignment to what the Bible says or when they are speaking a word “out of context” to suit their own personal agenda. You need to know that as Christians, we are living in perilous times and need to sharpen our discernment and knowledge of God’s Word for ourselves so that we can walk in wisdom and in the direct will of God. Don’t be a passive Christian, rather, be an active one pursuing purpose, pursuing the truth actively and walking in the light of God’s Word everyday as you seek to increase in the gifts of the Holy Spirit that the Lord wants to dispense on His people that are actively seeking to Hear from Him directly regarding their destinies. Desire to walk in the authority of God’s Word by being confident in Whom it is that you believe in; Jesus Christ.
And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.
for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.