Recognizing the Voice of the Holy Spirit

Do you want to hear God’s call?

Our key to fulfilling God’s will for our lives here on earth is to recognize the voice of the Holy Spirit. Without this revelation, and guidance it’s difficult to walk in the gifts of the Holy Spirit or accomplish His plan here on earth. 

Let’s explore the importance of discerning the voice of the Holy Spirit and how He speaks to us.

As a born again believer I can’t imagine not wanting to hear what the Holy Spirit has to say to me. In the Old Testament the children of Israel actually told Moses they didn’t want to hear the voice of God (Exodus 20:19).  They only wanted to hear the message through Moses. This makes me scratch my head. Why wouldn’t you want to hear His voice? Maybe if you thought He would correct you? If it required your time and effort? If He asked you to do something uncomfortable? Or if it interrupted your plan, your life?

Look at the upside

The benefits are many. First of all you get to fellowship with the Creator of the Universe. Revelation 3:20 says, “ Behold I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” A dinner with the Creator, count me in!

Imagine, the Most High God who is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent and He wants to spend time with you. He created you, and your shortcomings are no surprise to Him. Jeremiah 1:5 says He knew us before we were formed in our mother’s womb. He knew you would be exactly where you are today and  He prepared good works beforehand for you to do (Ephesians 2:10). 

Without knowing His voice, we can’t have a personal relationship with our Father. If we don’t recognize His voice, we can’t know our God given purpose, fulfill the call of God on our lives, or complete our mission.

Steps you can take

So why is it that it seems so hard to hear His voice? The ability to discern His voice starts with a desire to hear Him speak to you, and then developing a personal relationship with Him. Cultivate this relationship in daily Bible reading, prayer, and quiet time. 

Spending time in the Word of God helps you become familiar with His ways and gives you the standard to measure what you hear. You begin to know His character, then you will be better able to discern His voice. Prayer or daily communication with God will also prepare you to receive. It is a conversation, so be sure to give Him time to answer or speak to you. 

If you desire to help people and minister to those in need, hearing His voice is a must. Every spiritual gift of the Holy Spirit mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 depends on our relationship with the Holy Spirit. Therefore knowing His voice is critical to walking in the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and being able to help others. 

When I want to hear the Holy Spirit I do three things. One take time to listen, two expect to hear Him and three, be open- willing to follow and obey. Even if it’s uncomfortable, the benefits outweigh the cost every time.

Jeremiah 29:13 And you will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart.