Day 4: Learning from the Holy Spirit

 

The Apostle Paul - “When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths.” (1 Corinthians 2:13)

We learn from the Bible that when people live supernatural lives, they learn from the Holy Spirit. The Apostle Paul reminds us in the scripture above that the Holy Spirit gives direction and instruction to the Christian who desires to live a supernatural life. His words are an echo of Jesus who once said, “When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth.” (John 16:13).

Over the last few years, vehicles and mobile phones have become GPS-enabled, allowing drivers, walkers, and hikers everywhere to receive hands-free directions to and from almost anywhere. Even better than a GPS is what Christians have when they give their lives to Jesus and the Holy Spirit comes to live within them - bringing godly direction and guidance into their lives. Some have asked the question, “How does the Holy Spirit do that?” The Apostle Paul writes that “The true children of God are those who let God’s Spirit lead them.” (Romans 8:14) He (the Holy Spirit) gives us direction as He speaks to us in an inaudible voice in our hearts and minds. 

In his classic book, How To Listen To God, Charles Stanley writes, “The primary way Jesus spoke in the New Testament was through the Holy Spirit. Today, God still speaks to our spirits through the Holy Spirit, who now lives, dwells, and abides in us. If we walk in the Spirit daily, surrendered to His power, we have the right to expect anything we need to hear from God. The Holy Spirit living within us and speaking to us ought to be the natural, normal lifestyle of believers. We can claim His presence, direction, and guidance.” Remember, when we give our lives to the Lord, the Holy Spirit lives within us, seeking to connect with us to lead and guide us. It only makes sense that we would listen, learn, and follow His direction.

Followup Activity - In your journal or on a piece of paper, write out a few items for which you need direction from the Lord. Then, pray over each item, asking the Lord to give you guidance and direction through the power of the Holy Spirit. Then, be willing to hear and learn from the Holy Spirit. If you’re leading your family through this devotion time, dialogue with them about how we can learn from the Holy Spirit and then encourage them to complete the above activity.

Prayer for Today - Lord, help me learn from You through Your Holy Spirit. When You are speaking to me, help me to listen and always obey. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

 

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