Holy Spirit SmokeJesus lived His life with absolute dependence on His Father. He could do nothing on His own, but with the Father at work in Him, He could do anything.

John 5:19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

John 12:49 For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken.

John 8:28 Then said Jesus unto them, When you have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself, but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.

When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit comes and lives inside us. He bears Witness to our Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is then in you.

Romans 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.

2 Corinthians 6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

1 Corinthians 2:11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man but the Spirit of God.

The Holy Spirit is a gift. He is the third person of the Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is the power of God, the presence of God and brings gifts and talents. He is gentle, peaceful, loving, and kind. The Holy Spirit is symbolized in the Bible by a dove (peaceful bird) wind, oil, fire, and other symbols. If you are angry, loud, upset, volatile, you hinder the working of the Holy Spirit. You won’t hear Him, if you won’t calm down enough to let God speak to you. We need to create an atmosphere in ourselves, the Holy Spirit can be comfortable in. In a peaceful atmosphere, the full presence and power of the Holy Spirit can be at work in you.

The Holy Spirit will help you with your everyday issues and decisions, both small and big. Talk to Him, daily, as often as you can during the day. Be aware of Him, of His Presence. He lives inside of you. Get personal with Him. Don’t think anything is too small for Him. Everything is small to God! He will help you put that desk together, write that song, make a job decision, decide whether to move or not, help you with homework, write that Thesis, study for an exam. He will help with your finances, getting out of debt, your marriage, your relationships, your sex life, your children, your prayer life, your ministry, your addictions, your sickness, your doubt, and unforgiveness. Nothing is exempt from the Holy Spirit. God cares about everything in your life, no matter how big or small.

So how do we hear the Holy Spirit? Audible voice, Bible verses, being led through the inward Witness, by inward knowing, promptings, and senses. You will feel them rising up in you. Bible verses will seem to have your name on them, they almost jump off the page. The Holy Spirit prompts you gently, and convicts you clearly, showing you where you need to make changes, and helps you develop new attitudes. The Holy Spirit uses many ways to communicate with us. Be aware of His Presence inside you.

John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

The Holy Spirit has an audible voice, but it is rare that you hear it audibly.
Other means of hearing are more prevalent. You may never hear an actual voice. If you do, rejoice!

Since you have the Holy Spirit inside you, in your spirit, you have this inward Witness, this sense of knowing, a prompting inside you. It is our way to hear God in non-verbal language. Even when words are not spoken, your spirit senses things from the Holy Spirit and it is given to you. There is a knowing, an impression, inspiration (unction) rises up in you. This is the inward Witness. As an example, the Spirit will tell you if a thing is good or bad, right or wrong, whether you should be at peace with something or not, which direction you need to go, or if you should be still. When you are at peace with an issue, this usually means that down in your spirit where the Holy Spirit is, there is an alignment between the Holy Spirit and your spirit, telling you, peace is with you, this is the direction you need to go in, or not go in, if you don’t have peace within you, whichever the case may be.

If you don’t have peace within you on something, you need to reevaluate whatever it is. If you just don’t feel right or good about something, feeling unsettled, have a funny feeling about something, this is the Holy Spirit communicating with you, trying to alert you, just not with words. Some people refer to this as a “check in your spirit, a hesitation in your heart”. This works the same in the positive when you are feeling good about something, you feel right, you know it’s right, and you have peace within, about an action, decision or behavior. This is the Witness of the Holy Spirit. Although it is not verbal, this is a way to be led by God without words. Your spirit and the Holy Spirit need to always be at peace before you go forward.

Hearing, reading a few verses in the Word and praying are three things that go hand in hand. After you hear from the Holy Spirit, whether it be verbally or by His Witness, being led by the Spirit, get God’s Word inside you. The Word of God can discern between your own thoughts and those of the Spirit. Then pray. If you are at peace with the issue, if you still have that impression, that sense, the unction, that knowing, telling you to move forward (or not), then take that step of faith.

The Bible is full of people being “led” by the Witness of the Holy Spirit. This and the Bible are the primary ways we hear from the Holy Spirit. There are only a few times the Bible says “the Holy Spirit said”, which means the Holy Spirit spoke verbally.

Acts 16:6 Paul and Silas went through the district of Phrygia and Galatia. The Holy Spirit said they should not tell God’s word in the country of Asia Minor.

We don’t want the Holy Spirit pulling back from us. We want Him reigning fully in our lives. We need to cooperate with Him so we can have the Spirit without measure. We must yield, surrender and obey Him.

Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. We grieve the Spirit by lying 4:25, by being angry 4:26-27, by stealing 4:28, by cursing 4:29, by being bitter 4:31, by being unforgiving 4:32, and by being sexually immoral 5:3-5.

1 Thessalonians 5:19 Quench not the Spirit.

To grieve or sadden the Holy Spirit is to act out in a sinful manner. When we do what we know is wrong, we suppress or quench the Spirit. We do not allow the Spirit to reveal Himself fully.

Sin hinders the Holy Spirit when a believer follows their own worldly desires. Only our obedience to God’s commands allows the Spirit freedom to work within us. When we sin, we should immediately confess it to God and ask forgiveness.

Do you really want to have that temper fit, curse at someone, not forgive, etc.? Ask yourself if it is really worth the cost. Hopefully you see, you need to value and protect the presence of God, more than you need to argue, curse, and lie.

You want the full power of the Holy Spirit flooding every area of your life. It is an intimate relationship. It is up close and personal with God. Protect His presence by remaining peaceful, limiting strife in your life, and be quick to forgive others.

The Holy Spirit knows everything, what is and what is to come, and is working in people’s lives, leading and guiding, teaching, touching, healing, and comforting them. Helping them to be obedient and to do God’s will.

I want God’s blessing and approval on everything I do or I don’t want to do it. I want to be obedient. I want to help heal the broken-hearted and bind up all their wounds, through the teaching of Jesus Christ. I want to be more like Jesus. The only way I can do that, is to be led by the Holy Spirit, and do what He tells me to do.

The Holy Spirit lives in us. We have all the power of God at our disposal. When God invites you to join Him in His work on earth, He will tell the Holy Spirit what to teach you. The Holy Spirit manifests His presence by equipping people to function where God has assigned them, or by what God wants them to do.

The Holy Spirit was in Jesus and He worked through Him to accomplish God’s purposes. Since God the Holy Spirit does work through us, we must maintain a close relationship with Him, to produce the results God wants. The Holy Spirit knows everything, He is part of the Godhead. If we will be sensitive to the witness of the Holy Spirit and allow Him to lead and guide us, we will greatly benefit from it. We will grow in many ways. We must obey what He tells us (walk in Spirit), and then we can accomplish God’s will. If He alerts us to not say or do something, and we do it anyway, we are not obeying, not yielding to the Holy Spirit. We are walking in the flesh. If you continue to disobey He will not leave, but He will pull back, His work is hindered.

Take a minute or two alone and say this prayer out loud, in the quiet of the morning, before you start your day. Say it every day and see if you hear from the Holy Spirit. I believe you will.

Father, I pray You will fill me with your Spirit today. Anoint my ears so I can hear You clearly. I want to do Your will, not mine. I don’t want to do anything without Your blessing and approval. I will yield to the Holy Spirit today Lord, I will be obedient. Help me to grow in the Fruit of the Spirit, so I can be more like Jesus. Help me to keep pride and arrogance out of my heart. I want to be kind, loving, forgiving like Jesus is. Help me to stay humble and to have humility. Put a guard over my tongue Lord. Make me what You want me to be. In Jesus name, Amen.

God Bless. Heal the broken-hearted, bind up all their wounds.