There is a lot of noise in this world.
Peace and Quiet
This reality hit home a few weeks ago when I bought my first pair of noise-canceling earphones. The first time I put them on and pushed the button for the noise-canceling feature, I was stunned at how much background noise dissolved. I thought to myself, “Is it really that loud around me all the time?” The peace and quiet were exceptional, and I find myself wanting to wear my earphones every day, especially when the kids are fighting!
In a world with all sorts of noise and distractions (social media, television, advertising), peace and the ability to hear God’s voice can be an uphill battle. On Sunday I talked about being a part of the family of God, and one of the marks of being a family member is to be led by the Spirit (Romans 8:14).
Hearing the Spirit
The Holy Spirit longs to teach us and guide our lives. In John 14:26 Jesus promised his disciples, “But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.”
I guess the question is, how does the Spirit lead us?
First and foremost, we are led through the Word of God (Bible). God has already revealed so much to us in the 66 books of the Bible. We just need to read and respond to what God has already revealed. Many of our questions for guidance are already answered in the Bible. If you aren’t currently reading on a daily basis, start right now! Read one chapter each day starting in the book of Matthew. You will be glad you did!
Secondly, we are often led by the Spirit through promptings. Have you ever felt like you should call someone or you thought of a person you haven’t in a long time? You likely thought “I wonder how they are doing…?” Perhaps this is a prompting that you need to respond to with a call, text or message? Another way that I have been led but he Spirit is through a check in my spirit. It is almost like a ‘Divine stop sign.’ I have learned that when I feel sick to my stomach about a certain situation, person or place, I need to take it seriously. These are just a few of the ways that the Holy Spirit may guide us.
But are we listening?
Perhaps the best way to get this started is to respond with the words of the young boy Samuel, who when he heard an unfamiliar voice call out to him three times, finally responded, “Speak Lord, Your servant is listening” (1 Samuel 3:10).
If you want to know more about the Holy Spirit and how he leads our lives, we are having our Holy Spirit Encounter this Saturday from 3-8pm. It is still not too late to join. Just click here to sign up.
Maybe, just maybe, you read this far because you were led to be at the Encounter weekend.
You will be glad you did.