In part 1, I explained to you How To Be Led By The Holy Spirit.
Now I will list the 8 different ways that the Holy Spirit will lead us and communicate to us in this life. So you can have all of them right at the top of this section, I will go ahead and list all of them in a bolded, numbered format so you can have all of them at a quick glance.
- The Inner Witness – The Inner Knowing
- The Word of God
- Check in your Spirit
Again, I know some people freak out once you attempt to step into this kind of supernatural realm with the Holy Spirit. But this is where each Christian has to make their own choice as to whether or not they want to tread into these kinds of deeper waters with the Lord.
You can either learn how to do all of this with the Holy Spirit, or you can choose to let this supernatural realm go and just stay on the path that you are already walking on if you have never had any of this kind of activity before with the Holy Spirit.
Many of you will know exactly what I will be talking about below, as you have already stepped into this realm with the Holy Spirit and have learned how to play this kind of game with Him.
However, if this is all new to some of you because you have never been taught any of this in the churches you have been raised up in, then you will need to make a decision with the Lord as to whether or not you will want this supernatural realm opened up for you by God the Father.
If after reading the captions below you decide you would like God to open up this supernatural realm for you, then all you have to do is go direct to God the Father in prayer and ask Him to allow the Holy Spirit to become very active in any of these 8 different ways in which He uses to communicate to us.
Tell God that He has a solid, green light from you to open up this realm if it will be His perfect will to do so at your present level of spiritual development with Him.
If you put that kind of special request before God, then He will take you very seriously and He will then very gradually lead you into this realm and from there, the Holy Spirit will start to move in some of these different areas for you.
The Holy Spirit will also show you how to discern when it really is Him communicating to you as versus when it is just your own emotions or imagination talking to you.
Now I will take you into the 8 different ways the Holy Spirit will use to supernaturally communicate to us in this life.
1. The Inner Witness – The Inner Knowing
In my opinion, this is the number one way that the Holy Spirit will communicate to us in this life. Here is the specific verse where this piece of revelation is being given to us by the Lord:
- “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” (Romans 8:16)
- “I tell you the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit …” (Romans 9:1)
The first verse is telling us that the Holy Spirit Himself bears witness in our human spirit that we are children of God. And if the Holy Spirit can bear witness in our human spirits on that issue, then I believe He can also bear witness in our spirits with other things as well.
And then the next verse will prove that to you. The apostle Paul gives us additional revelation when he says that his conscience was also bearing witness in the Holy Spirit. In other words, the Holy Spirit was bearing a good witness for Paul in his conscience, which I believe is part of our human spirit.
The key word in these two verses is the word “witness.” The Holy Spirit is bearing witness to something in our human spirits. And what exactly is a good “witness” when we do receive one of these from the Holy Spirit?
Jack Hayford, in his excellent book, Hayford’s Bible Handbook, defines a witness or witnessing as the following:
Giving evidence, attesting, confirming, confessing, bearing record, speaking well of, giving a good report, testifying, affirming what one has seen or heard, presenting the gospel with evidence
The first verse above where the Holy Spirit is bearing witness with our spirits that we are saved lines up with some of the above definitions from Mr. Hayford such as confirming, attesting, confessing, and bearing record. In other words, the Holy Spirit is confirming in our spirits that we are saved and that we are now children of God.
When you really cut into this word as it is being used in the first verse above, another word for the inner witness would be that it is an inner knowing.
The Holy Spirit will transmit the knowledge He wants you to have on something as a strong, inner knowing.
I am sure you have all heard many people say, “I had a good witness on that pastor’s preaching today.” Some people say that the inner witness is a “knowing without any shadow of a doubt.” They will use the slang expression, “You know, that you know, that you know, without any shadow of a doubt.”
Other people call this inner knowing an illumination, an enlightenment. All of a sudden you receive supernatural illumination, supernatural enlightenment on what a Scripture verse may mean. I personally like the term, “inner knowing,” to best describe how the Holy Spirit supernaturally communicates to us in this life.
When the Holy Spirit communicates something directly to you through this inner witness, it will be a knowing without any shadow of a doubt. When you receive one of these for the first time, you will know that it has come directly from the Holy Spirit due to the strength and conviction of it.
After you start to receive these kinds of inner knowings from the Holy Spirit, you will soon learn how to discern when one is really coming in from Him, or when one is just coming in from your own natural imagination and emotions.
A true, inner witness from the Holy Spirit will come out of your spirit – it will not come out of your head, your imagination, or your emotions.
That will be the first “tell” that what you are receiving is coming directly from the Holy Spirit.
Some people refer to these inner witnesses as a “gut knowing or gut feeling.” How many times have you heard people use the slang expression that their “gut” was telling them what they needed to do, and then later on it turned out to be right. Those “gut knowings” or “gut feelings” are many of the times the inner witness from the Holy Spirit.
If you get a strong, gut feeling not to get on a plane, and you then decide to heed that warning and hours later that plane ends up crashing, then you know that gut warning was coming in direct from the Holy Spirit since you do not have the ability to see into the future like He can.
Many, many people have received those gut warnings not to do something specific, and many of the times, those gut warnings turned out to be 100% accurate, which again means that many of them were coming in direct from the Holy Spirit Himself.
My take on the above two verses is this:
If the Bible says that the Holy Spirit can bear witness in our own human spirits that we are saved and that we are truly the children of God – and He can also help out the apostle Paul on the issue he was dealing with where He bore witness with Paul’s own conscience, then this tells me the Holy Spirit can also bear witness with many other things in our life as well.
What I have personally found out in this realm is that the Holy Spirit will communicate knowledge to you through this inner knowing, through this inner witness. When you receive this inner knowing about something specific, you will not hear an audible voice or hear any type of inner words coming up on you.
What you will receive is just a good, clear, inner knowing on the message being transmitted to you.
For instance, say you have been meditating on a particular Scripture verse, but you just cannot seem to get the correct interpretation on what it may mean or how it can apply to your life.
And then all of a sudden one day, the Holy Spirit gives you a strong, inner knowing as to exactly what this verse means and how it can apply to your personal life.
What the Holy Spirit will do is transmit the interpretation of that verse through the inner knowing. All of a sudden you will “understand” what this verse means and you will then be able to “see” the true meaning behind the words.
This is supernatural enlightenment and illumination that the Holy Spirit can give you on many of the verses in the Bible.
It is His job to actually open up the meaning of Scripture for you so you can understand what you are reading and from there, how to get some of these incredible spiritual truths worked into your daily walk with the Lord.
And not only can the Holy Spirit communicate to you the meaning of certain Scripture verses through this inner witness – this inner knowing, but He can also do this on many of the other things in your daily life as well. He can give you strong, inner knowings on the following:
- Who you should be marrying in this life
- When you should take the next new job God will want to give you
- How to solve any problems you may be having in school or at work
- How to handle a problem or roadblock that may have occurred in your marriage
- How to handle all of the problems that will occur if you have just lost your job
- When to move in on someone to witness to them
There is just an infinite number of things that the Holy Spirit can communicate to you on so you can try and get through this life in one piece and try to handle all of the problems that may come your way.
Per our article on the 9 gifts of the Spirit, two of the 9 gifts are the Word of Knowledge and the Word of Wisdom. And for the most part, we believe that a lot of these words of knowledge and wisdom will come to you through this inner witness, this inner knowing.
That is why it is extremely important that each Christian learn how to receive these inner witnesses from the Holy Spirit, so they can then receive actual communication from Him as to exactly what He wants them to be doing with some of the specific issues that will be occurring in their daily lives.
The Holy Spirit is called the Helper in the Bible, but He cannot help you with some of the things you will need help on unless He can first communicate directly to you on exactly what He wants you to do.
The ability to pickup up these inner witnesses, these inner knowings from the Holy Spirit will only come to you through a process of trial and error. Your mind will receive the inner knowing out of your spirit. And if it is truly from the Holy Spirit, then you can totally depend on it and from there, act on it if any kind of action will need to be taken.
2. The Word of God
The next way that the Holy Spirit will communicate knowledge to you is sometimes by giving you a direct verse from Scripture. All of a sudden, you will see a Scripture verse float up right in front of your mind’s eye.
And when you see this particular Scripture verse, you will see the meaning of the verse and how it will answer the particular problem or dilemma you may be dealing with.
The Bible is just loaded with an unbelievable amount of spiritual truths, and many of these spiritual truths will be the answer to many of life’s problems that we will all encounter.
And if there is a particular Scripture verse that will answer a problem you may dealing with, then there is a very good chance that is how the Holy Spirit will help you solve the problem – by giving you the actual Scripture verse that will solve the problem.
I cannot tell you how many times over the course of my life that the Holy Spirit will bring back up to my remembrance a certain Scripture verse that will solve or answer the problem I may dealing with.
I have actually come to the conclusion that if there is an actual verse from the Bible that will solve the problem, that will be the first thing the Holy Spirit will want to give you.
This is why it is so important for each and every Christian to spend as much quality time as they can in loading up their mind with the Word.
If you do, then the Holy Spirit can bring back up to your remembrance certain Scripture verses when you may need them because you have already done your part by getting the Bible verses “in you.”
In addition to communicating a direct message to you, the Holy Spirit can also give you “leadings” on what to do and what not to do. Again, here is the verse that will show us that it is the job of the Holy Spirit to lead us in this life, along with another verse showing us that Jesus Himself was also willing to be led by the Holy Spirit when He was walking down here on our earth in the flesh.
- “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” (Romans 8:14)
- “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” (Matthew 4:1)
If God is telling us that we are to be led by His Holy Spirit, and then He shows us that His own Son Jesus was also led by the Holy Spirit, there can be no other conclusion to come to other than God wants all of us to learn how to be led by the Holy Spirit in this life.
When it comes to these basic leadings, some people have different terms to describe it when it does come in on them from the Holy Spirit.
Some people will say I had a “leading” from the Holy Spirit to take that new job. Other people will use the terms “unction” or “prompting.”
They will say they felt or sensed an unction or prompting from the Holy Spirit to do something specific.
These leadings from the Holy Spirit can be anything from a very gentle nudging to something that could be much stronger.
When you get a real strong leading to do something specific, it will feel like God has His big hand on the small of your back pushing you forward.
You will feel the wind at your back to move in that certain direction.
You will feel or sense a very strong unction, a very strong prompting to move in that direction.
However, if God does not want you to move in that certain direction, then you will feel or sense no leading at all from the Holy Spirit.
When you think of moving in that direction, you will get a real flat witness from the Holy Spirit. There will be no inner witness to move forward.
You will have no peace to move in that direction. If that is what you are picking up when thinking about moving in a certain direction, then that is the Holy Spirit’s way of telling you to let it go and not to move in that certain direction.
Again, being able to pick up these kinds of leadings from the Holy Spirit is something that you will learn through a process of trial and error with Him.
After you have received quite a few of these leadings from the Holy Spirit, you can then become quite adept at being able to tell when a leading is coming in directly from Him or when it is coming in from your own natural desires and emotions.
4. Check in Your Spirit
In addition to the Holy Spirit leading you to go in a certain direction, He can also do just the exact opposite. He can tell you not to move in a certain direction, especially if there is going to be any kind of danger right around the corner. When He does not want you to move in a certain dangerous direction, many of the times what you will pick up from Him is a “check in your spirit.”
A check in your spirit is like a a stop sign being put up by the Holy Spirit. It is His way of telling you to stop right where you are at and not to proceed any further.
For instance, many people will get a check in their spirit when they are about ready to board a plane that is going to crash.
Some people will then heed that check and not get on the plane. Others will ignore it, thinking that it is their own natural emotions and fear and that it is not really coming in from the Holy Spirit.
That is why it is so vitally important that each Christian learn how to pick up these kinds of inner warnings from the Holy Spirit – so you can keep yourself from being seriously injured, if not possibly killed.
How many people have died in car accidents and plane crashes – all because they chose to ignore that check in their spirit not to get in that car or plane that day.
These checks in your spirit can also help prevent abductions, assaults, car accidents, plane crashes, taking the wrong jobs, marrying the wrong people, getting hooked up with the wrong people in this life, etc. As you can see, there can be an infinite number of situations where the Holy Spirit will tell you not to keep going in that specific direction.
Here is a very good verse from the Bible where the Holy Spirit did exactly that for the apostles:
“… they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia … They tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them.” (Acts 16:6-7)
This verse tells us that the Holy Spirit forbid them from going to Asia and Bithynia. And if the Holy Spirit was forbidding some of the apostles to move in a certain direction back in the beginning of the NT, then He can still do the exact same thing for all us in this day and age.
And one of the ways that He will let us know not to move in a certain direction is by giving us that check in our spirits.
The other thing the Holy Spirit can do in this realm besides giving you a good, strong, inner check in your spirit, is that He may take it one more step further and He may then start to churn your stomach.
Your stomach will start to churn, and you will feel like you have a million butterflies swirling around in your stomach.
You will get a very queasy and uneasy feeling about going any further in the direction you are looking to move into.
If the Holy Spirit takes that check in your spirit and moves it into an actual manifestation where He is literally churning your stomach, then it would be my very strong recommendation that you heed this kind of intense warning from Him, and immediately stop and turn away from the direction you were initially going to take.
I remember a girl I used to work with saved herself quite a bit of trouble as a result of heeding that check in her spirit when she was on vacation one day up in Canada.
About 10 years ago, she went on vacation to Toronto, Canada. Her and her friend were getting ready to get on a trolley type train car. Right before they were getting ready to board the train, she said she got a very uneasy and queasy feeling about getting on this train.
She said she had a strong check in her spirit not to board that train. Knowing that this could be a direct warning from the Holy Spirit, she chose to listen to it and decided not to board the train.
When they got home about 4-5 hours later, they turned on the TV and saw that the train they would have gotten on had been involved in a wreck on the tracks that were up in the air.
Apparently, the train somehow had got derailed and had partially come off of the tracks. It took 3-4 hours to finally rescue all of the people who were still on board. Several people were killed in the accident.
Had my friend not listened to that uneasy feeling and check in her spirit that the Holy Spirit was conveying to her, she would’ve at the least been stranded on that derailed train for 3-4 hours, not to mention the possibility of being seriously injured or even killed.
These checks in your spirit can be major lifesavers depending on what the Holy Spirit is telling you not to do. Again, this is another one that you will learn through a process of trial and error with Him.
As with the above other ways He will communicate to you, you can become quite adept in knowing when a check in your spirit is really coming in from Him, or when it is coming in from your own natural fear and emotions.
Another very interesting way that the Holy Spirit will use to communicate something to you is through an actual quickening. A quickening from the Holy Spirit is when He will “jump” something at you. For instance, if you are reading the Bible, you may find a verse or two that will jump off the pages at you and hit you right between the eyes.
Whenever the Holy Spirit quickens something like this to you, this means you are to grab a hold of it and examine it to see exactly what the message is that He is trying to convey to you. If you are dealing with a specific problem, He may quicken a verse to you that will help solve your problem.
You can also have words from preachers jump at you. You could be driving down the road in your car listening to a pastor teach on the radio when all of a sudden something he says jumps right out at you through the radio.
And again, when this happens, this is the Holy Spirit’s way of bringing you knowledge He may want you to have on something specific.
Another area where this could occur at is at your local Christian bookstore. You will be in the bookstore browsing all of the books in there when all of a sudden a particular book will jump off the shelf at you.
When that happens, there is a very good chance that is the Holy Spirit quickening that particular book to you.
If that should ever happen to you, you should pick up the book to see what it is all about.
There may be information in there that will help you in your walk with the Lord, and the Holy Spirit may want you to buy the book so you can add it to your storehouse of knowledge in the Lord. I cannot tell you how many times He has personally done this to me over the years.
And every time He does it, I always end up buying the book because there is key information and knowledge in that book that I needed to have for my own personal growth in the Lord.
I know many of you have had these kinds of experiences with the Holy Spirit. Some people will use the slang expression that something really “jumped” at them when they first heard it.
And in most of these cases, that word or message that was quickened to them by the Holy Spirit was something they really needed to hear at the time it happened.
Again, after you have received quite a few of these quickenings from the Holy Spirit, you can easily learn to sense and discern when it really is the Holy Spirit doing this for you.
Also, do not go “looking” for these quickenings to occur. Let them come naturally to you by the Holy Spirit.
The next three ways the Holy Spirit will communicate to you – visions, dreams, and prophecies – are all coming from this one verse out of Joel.
Here is the next verse that will completely set the stage for you on these next three ways the Holy Spirit will use to communicate something specific to us:
“And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions; and also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.” (Joel 2:28-29)
Notice that visions, dreams, and prophecies are all directly connected to the Holy Spirit Himself.
This verse is also implying that when He is really poured out, dreams, visions, and prophecies are going to be given to many of God’s people, not to just a few select saints. Many people believe that this outpouring has already begun, but that it will intensify in the coming years ahead.
In this caption, I will discuss the different kinds of visions you can receive from the Holy Spirit.
There are two basic types of visions that you can receive from the Holy Spirit.
One is called an “open vision.”
The other is called a “closed vision.”
A) Open Vision – an open vision is when you receive a vision with your eyes wide open. Many of these visions will be in actual 3-D and if God should allow it, you can actually be a part of that vision itself.
John the Revelator was receiving these kinds of heavy, open visions when God was giving him visions on what was going to happen at the end of times. Some of the prophets in the OT also received these kinds of heavy, open visions.
But for the most part, they are very rare, and most Christians will never receive these kinds of open visions from the Holy Spirit. But please note, that could all change in the coming years as more of that verse from Joel starts to come to pass.
B) Closed Vision – the second kind of vision you can receive from the Holy Spirit is what is called a closed vision. A closed vision is when you receive a vision in your mind’s eye. Another word for this is that you will receive a “picture in your mind’s eye.”
Though a closed vision does not seem to be as heavy or as dramatic as an open vision is, do not let that fool you. They are both visions and a closed vision is just as powerful and just as dramatic as an open vision is.
Though many people will never receive an open vision in their life, not so with the closed vision. The Holy Spirit loves to give these closed visions and He will do it quite frequently to those who will be open to receiving them, since a closed vision is receiving a picture in your mind’s eye.
Again, you will have to learn through a process of trial and error when a vision is coming in from your own natural imagination or when it is coming in direct from the Holy Spirit.
The reason the Holy Spirit loves to give these inner closed visions is because a lot more information and knowledge can sometimes be communicated to you through a vision or picture in your mind’s eye. You have all heard of the saying that a picture is worth a thousand words.
That saying right there perfectly describes why the Holy Spirit loves to give you these closed inner visions – because sometimes He can communicate a lot more knowledge and information to you.
However, these closed visions can come in on much smaller matters as well. For example, say you just lost your car keys and you cannot seem to find them anywhere in the house. What you don’t know is that your dog has just knocked them underneath your bed.
If the Holy Spirit wants to tell you where they are located at since He is called the Helper in the Bible, He can either give you an inner knowing, an inner witness to look underneath your bed, or He could give you an actual closed vision, with the vision showing you that the keys are lying right underneath your bed.
Many of the times, He will choose to give you that picture in your mind’s eye of where the keys are located.
What I have found from personal experience is that the Holy Spirit can give you these closed inner visions on very small and trivial matters like where you may have misplaced your cars keys at, to much larger and heavier issues in your life.
In other words, there is nothing He cannot give you a closed vision on to help you out with something, or if He wants to use a closed vision to communicate a specific piece of knowledge to you.
What you will have to learn on this is how to discern when a picture in your mind’s eye is really coming in from Him, or when it is coming in from your own natural imagination, since your own natural imagination has the power and the ability to draw up its own pictures in your mind’s eye.
One of the ways that you can tell when you are receiving a closed vision from the Holy Spirit is how it will come in on you. Many of the times these visions will come in out of the blue.
You may not really be thinking about anything specific or you are not using your own imagination to draw up any kind of picture’s in your mind’s eye. And then all of a sudden it will come in very quickly and very suddenly.
Another tell you will get when one of these is coming in from the Holy Spirit is that not only will it come out of the blue, but the picture you are receiving in your mind’s eye is not something that you would normally conjure up for yourself.
Sometimes these visions will need interpretation, other times they will not. But if you get a picture in your mind’s eye that comes in out of nowhere, and it is something that you would not naturally conjure up on your own, then examine the vision very carefully to see if it may be from the Holy Spirit and if you think it may be, try to interpret what He is trying to tell you.
Another tell that the Holy Spirit will give you so you know that the vision is coming in directly from Him, is that He will give you a good, inner witness that it is coming directly from Him, which is the first way I gave you above on how He will communicate something to you.
Again, you will only learn all of this though a process of trial and error with Him. After you have received quite a few of these closed inner visions, you can again become quite adept at discerning when a vision is coming in from Him, or when the vision is just coming in from your own natural imagination.
The next way that the Holy Spirit can use to communicate something specific to you coming from the above verse from Joel is in your dreams.
In other words, you can receive a dream direct from the Holy Spirit. Another word for dreams is that they are “visions of the night.”
As you all know, the Bible has many examples of people receiving dreams from the Lord. God used an angel in a dream to tell Joseph to immediately flee to Egypt right after Jesus had been born, as Herod was getting ready to kill all of the first born.
King Nebuchadnezzar was given dreams on end time events, but he needed Daniel to interpret those dreams for him. Daniel himself was also given dreams and visions on coming end time events.
Dreams in your sleep are nowhere near as common as closed, inner visions are, but every once in a while God can give you a dream direct from Himself. So how do you know when you are receiving a dream direct from God, since psychologists have told us that everyone dreams every single night when they are sleeping?
I do not consider myself an expert on dreams. But there are several men in the body who are considered somewhat experts in this area.
Two of them are John Paul Jackson and James Goll. James Goll has written a very good book on dreams. The title of his book is, “Dream Language”. Another good book is, “Understanding the Dreams you Dream”, by Ira Milligan.
I personally have only had about 10 dreams from the Lord over a 20 year period. But what I can give you is what God does to me personally so I know that the dream is really coming in from Him.
The first thing God will do with me when He is giving me a dream from Him is the actual timing of it. I always get these God-dreams close to when I am getting ready to wake up. For instance, if I go to bed at 11 PM and I am going to be getting up at about 7 AM, the dream will be coming in between 6-7 AM.
The reason He does this with me is so the dream is basically right in my face right as I am starting to come out of that deep sleep.
The second tell I will get so I know that the dream is coming in from the Lord, is that the dream will not fade away from me once I wake up.
If you will notice, on most of the dreams you will have during the night, you will either have no memory of any of these dreams when you wake up, or if by chance you do remember one of them as you wake up, that dream will then fade away from you within the first 1-3 hours.
After the three hours is up, you will have completely forgotten about the dream.
But if the dream is coming in direct from the Holy Spirit, then the dream will not fade away on you. It will be as clear in your mind’s eye 6 hours later as it was when you first woke up. It will stay with you for days, if not forever.
If you wake up with a very strong, vivid dream being right in your face and you think it may be from the Lord, what I would do is grab a piece of paper and pen and write down what the dream was all about and if need be, draw actual pictures of what you saw in the dream.
Sometimes these dreams will need some kind of interpretation and you will need to carefully examine the dream to see exactly what God is trying to convey to you.
If God gave some of His people dreams back in the OT and NT, and we now have the above verse from Joel where God is telling us that once the Holy Spirit has been poured out on all flesh, that dreams from the Lord will become quite common, then you know this is one of the supernatural ways that the Lord will want to use with some of us from time to time.
So again, do not be afraid if you ever receive what you think may be a dream from the Lord. If God is giving you a dream direct from Himself, then there will be a personal message in there for you.
Your job will be to get it down on paper and carefully examine and analyze it for what that personal message may be.
As I said above, there are some men in the Body who are very good in this area. Some of them have written books on dreams and what certain things may mean in the dream.
I have never delved that deeply in this area, so I do not have the knowledge or expertise to tell you what every little thing in the dream may mean or represent.
For the most part with myself, most of the dreams I have had from the Lord have all been very straight forward.
God was either giving me a heads up on what was getting ready to come my way, or He was giving me a dream to help me solve a particular problem or issue I was dealing with at the time.
The third way God can communicate directly to you coming from the above verse from Joel is by prophecy. As we explained to you in our article titled, “The 9 Gifts of the Holy Spirit,” one of the 9 gifts from the Holy Spirit is the gift of prophecy.
The gift of prophecy is when you receive a direct word from the Lord. And when I say a direct word, I mean a direct word. Every word that you receive in the prophecy will be direct words from the Lord.
Since I have already talked about this gift at length in the above article, I will not go any further with it under this caption.
If you would like to see a good, detailed explanation on what this gift is all about and how God can use it with you,it is our part 3 of our series on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit called, The Gift of Prophecy. This will be our explanation of what this gift is all about.
When you really study each of the 8 ways that the Holy Spirit will use to communicate to us in this life, every single one of these ways is a supernatural type of communication.
To think that we are able to receive the Holy Spirit in our human spirits at the moment of our conversions to Jesus – and then to add this kind of icing to the entire cake where the Holy Spirit can literally supernaturally communicate to all of us in these different ways – it just does not get any better than this!
Again, I know some pastors are afraid to open up this supernatural realm to their flocks, but when God the Father puts these kinds of specific verses in the Bible, then I can only come to the conclusion that God wants all of us to learn how to do this with the Holy Spirit.
If the Holy Spirit is going to be our personal Guide and Teacher in this life, then not only can He teach us everything we will need to know in this life so we can fully complete our divine destiny in the Lord, but He can also teach us how to hear directly from Himself in these different ways as well.
We can thus fully trust Him to handle all of us in this supernatural realm.
What I have found in this realm is that the Holy Spirit will only usually do this kind of supernatural work with the people who will really want it.
If this realm is just too scary for some of you, or you would prefer to stay away from it at this time, the Holy Spirit will respect your thoughts and wishes on this, and He will not try and push Himself or His ways on you.
This realm is basically for the real seekers, for the people who will want more of God and who will not be afraid to tread into these kinds of deeper waters with Him.
It is one thing to know that God and Jesus are up in heaven, but it is quite another thing to realize that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit can all supernaturally communicate to any one of us at any time They should want to do so.
God was always supernaturally communicating to His people back in both the OT and NT. And if God has not changed, and He is still the same today as He was yesterday, then this tells us that He still wants to supernaturally communicate to all of us in these same ways.
God does not change, nor does any of His ways. And if any of His ways are not going to change, then these 8 different ways that He has used in the past to supernaturally communicate to His people will still apply to all of us in this day and age.
It is now up to each Christian as to whether or not they will want to learn how to do all of this with the Holy Spirit.
Again, I know this kind of an article may end up being a bit controversial with some people – but with all of the above verses being so clear on exactly what God has set up for all of us to enter into, I felt I had no other choice but to put all of this out for you, and from there, you can each make up your own minds as to whether or not you will want God the Father to open up these different ways in which He still likes to use to communicate to all of us in this day and age.
If you haven’t read the part 1 already, How To Be Led By The Holy Spirit, I really recommend that you read that article as well.
If read that already, then you might be interested to learn How to Discern if a Word is From the Lord.
Knowing The Holy Spirit April 3, 2005
Have you ever thought to yourself how amazing it would be to have been around when Jesus walked the earth – just to be near him, to see his face, to hear his voice?
Read John 16:6-15
Jesus says “It is for your good that I am going away.” Other translations: “it is actually best for you that I go away,” (NLT) “It’s better for you that I leave.” (MSG)
Do you believe that? – Jesus says that having the Spirit with us is better than having Himself in the flesh!
Our low view of the Spirit – we often talk and act as if the Trinity is actually a duo. We have the big “F” Father, the big “S” Son, and the little “s” spirit. He is kind of like an add on, an after thought.
We joke that the Evangelical church believes in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Scriptures. But the Charismatic church isn’t really a whole lot better; we often regulate the role of the Spirit to a few spectacular gifts and to ecstatic experiences. As we will see in this series, the Spirit is an integral person in the Trinity and He is much bigger than we think.
There is this story of a doctor listening to a little girl’s heart through a stethoscope, the doctor says “Who do I hear in there? Is Donald Duck in there? Is Barney in there?” The little girl says, “No! Jesus is in my heart, Barney is on my underwear!”
We talk to our children about Jesus being in our hearts, but the Bible teaches us that the Holy Spirit indwells us. He is the Spirit of Jesus, and we often use the terms Jesus and the Spirit interchangeably in our relation to God, but because we often say Jesus when we mean the Spirit, we regulate the Spirit to the sidelines.
When we are inviting people to become Christian, we usually ask them to receive Jesus, but most often, the Bible calls us to Believe in Jesus and receive the Holy Spirit. I haven’t heard any altar calls where people are invited to receive the Holy Spirit.
You might think it is all just semantics, and it might be, but it points to an avoidance of the Holy Spirit.
Why we avoid the Spirit
– Fear – We can’t control the Spirit, and He made lead us into strange places
– Embarrassment – because the old translations use the word “Ghost” instead of Spirit, because talk of the Spirit is often time associated with the Holy Rollers or TV preachers.
– lack of (human) image: We can easily picture Jesus – he is a real Jewish man of flesh and blood, we have artists’ renditions of Him, and actors who play him. It is the same with the Father – we can picture a benevolent father, people have painted their idea of the Father, actors have played him, but the Spirit is harder to portray. How do you paint the wind? Jesus says “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” John 3:8
“The Fundamental idea of Spirit in Hebrew and Greek is breath, air, wind, storm – the intensity depending on the context. It may be a gentle breath (John 20:22), a gale-force wind (Ex 15:8), a cooling breeze (Gen 3:8). Most essentially Spirit is transcendent and divine, not mere flesh; it is the energy of life itself and is present in nature and in history. Most wonderfully, the Spirit is God’s face turned toward us and God’s presence abiding with us, the agency by which God reaches out and draws near, the power that creates and heals.” – Clark Pinnock
Images of Water, and Oil
Our other favorite image of the Spirit is the dove – when Jesus was baptized, the Spirit descended on Him like a Dove (I think that that is more of a description of how the Spirit came down, not a picture of what the Spirit looked like)
The Ancient Celts had a different image of the Spirit:
ThisIsChurch.com says, ”In the Celtic tradition the Holy Spirit is represented as a bird, but not the peaceful and serene dove landing on Jesus at his baptism. For their symbol of the Holy Spirit, the Celtic church people chose the Wild Goose, ( An Geadh-Glas) This has become, the logo and name for the worship branch of the Iona Community.
Why did the Wild Goose speak to those ancient Celtic Christians? To begin with, wild geese aren’t controllable. You can’t restrain a wild goose and bend it to your will. They’re raucous and loud. Unlike the sweet and calming cooing of a dove, a goose’s honk is strong, challenging, strident and unnerving – and just a bit scary.
Why the Holy Spirit Departs and How to Know if He has Departed
The Holy Spirit may depart from a person or a congregation and as a Bride of Christ, you must know if the Holy Spirit has departed or not.
As the Holy Spirit departed from Saul, so does He depart from a person or congregation.
1 Samuel 16:14: But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him
Why the Holy Spirit Departs and How to Know if He has Departed
To understand this better, let’s look at it step by step
Why the Holy Spirit Departs
Holy Spirit is holy, righteous and pure. He has no sin neither does He sin.
Because of who He is, there are several things which make Him depart from a person or a congregation. Major reasons are;
The Holy Spirit is pure and righteous. As Jesus was without sin so is the Holy Spirit.
1 Pet 2:22: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth
When a person or a congregation is in sin, the Holy Spirit departs; He does not sin nor live in sin with the person.
He waits for you to stop sinning and repent for Him to come back.
See the pillar of cloud and pillar of fire is the Holy Spirit
The big problem is if you do not see that you are sinning and the Holy Spirit has left you even after Him telling you to repent. You will continue living in sin until you perish.
2. Disobedience and Rebellion
Disobedience and rebellion to God is disobeying and rebelling the Holy Spirit and He departs.
1 Sam 15:10-19: Then came the word of the LORD unto Samuel, saying, ‘I greatly regret that I have set up Saul to be king: for he has turned back from following me, and has not performed my commandments’. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the LORD all night.
King Saul was commanded by God kill and destroy all the Amalek and their property but Saul spared Agag, the best of sheep, oxen, fatlings and all that was good. This was disobedience. And it is for this reason the Spirit of God departed from King Saul.
If you disobey and rebel, the Holy Spirit will depart.
Obey God without questions.
If you do not believe, the Holy Spirit departs. Have great faith.
Se the levels of faith
4. Mixing with the world
If you mix yourself with the world, the Holy Spirit departs.
1 John 2:15: Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
The Kingdom of God and the kingdom of the world (Satan) do not mix.
5. Departing from the Truth
If a person or congregation departs from the Truth, the Holy Spirit departs.
This includes falling away; falling away from GRACE
Gal 5:4: Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; you have fallen from grace.
See Grace: – God’s Riches At Christ Expense
6. Not Repenting
Repentance is the only key to keeping the Holy Spirit in you; making the Holy Spirit not to depart.
We are sinners
1 John 1:8: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us
We need repentance. See how to repent
When the Holy Spirit departs, the kingdom of Heaven has departed from a person or a congregation and the evil spirit takes over.
1 Samuel 16:14: But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him
How do we know if the Holy Spirit has departed from a person or congregation?
How to Know if the Holy Spirit has Departed
We know if the Holy Spirit has departed from a person or congregation when;
To every Bride of Christ;
1. The kingdom of God is not seen in a person
When the Holy Spirit is in a person or congregation, the kingdom of God is presence.
The kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy
Rom 14:17: For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost
See the kingdom of God is not in word but in power
If a person or congregation has no righteousness, peace and joy, the Holy Spirit has departed from the person or congregation.
2. No fruits of the Holy spirit
When the Holy Spirit is in a person, the fruits of the Holy Spirit are manifested.
The fruits of the Holy Spirit are; love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control.
Gal 5:22-23: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, self-control
If you cannot see not one but all the fruits of the Holy Spirit in a person or congregation, the Holy Spirit has departed.
You may be struggling in manifesting one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit but in a person with the Holy Spirit, we see him/her fighting through the help of the Holy Spirit to manifest that fruit of the Spirit.
To the Servants of Jesus Christ;
The presence of the Holy Spirit in a Jesus Christ servant preaching Jesus Christ gospel is seen only by power. Power in the gospel is revealed in miracles, signs and wonders following the servant.
Power is the Holy Spirit. See the kingdom of God is not in word but in power
If there is no power, no signs and wonders following the Servant who has not finished his/her race, the Holy Spirit has departed from the servant.
This leads to a person preaching a powerless gospel which is not Jesus Christ gospel. Jesus Christ gospel is powerful and living able to do the impossible to humanity.
Jesus Christ does not send His servants without power. Jesus Christ servants are followed by signs and wonders.
See signs and wonders follow Jesus Christ servants
If a person was once preaching a powerful gospel followed by signs and miracles, but no signs are seen, the Holy Spirit has departed from the person
If there are no miracles signs and wonders seen in a congregation, the Holy Spirit is not in the congregation and the main problem is the person leading the congregation.
God’s power in a congregation flows through His structure aligned to heaven; first to His chosen servant then to the congregation. See Biblical church leadership structure
If a person chooses herself/himself or chosen by the people to lead but not God choosing His servant, the power is hindered from being revealed to the congregation thus no signs and wonders are seen in a congregation.
See God chooses His own servants; you do not choose yourself
Opening up a building calling it a church, seeing money and people come is not a Bilbically named sign that the Holy Spirit is with you. People rising up their hands during altar call is not a Biblically named sign following Jesus Christ servants. Only miracles, signs and wonders are Biblically mentioned as proof of the presence of the kingdom of heaven in a God servant.
See the purpose of signs and wonders following the gospel
If we measure today protestant so-called churches with the Truths in the Bible, we find that the Holy Spirit has departed from many.
Where has the protestant erred today?
See the starting series revealing protestant heresies today; – why the Holy Spirit has departed.
To see where many protestant so-called churches today have erred or fallen to heresies, we look at the Truth in the Bible vs what these so-called churches and servants are doing.
Next: Protestant heresies today 1: – Making houses of cement sand stone and wood to be houses of the Lord