1 Corinthians 12:1 | NKJV (1) Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant:
The word “gifts” was added by the translators. This verse actually says,
1 Corinthians 12:1 | BBE (1) But about the things of the spirit, my brothers, it is not right for you to be without teaching.
How Does the Holy Spirit Lead Me?
The four primary ways that God will lead the Born-Again believer are:
- The Written Word of God
- The Inward Witness
- The Inward Voice or Voice of Your Spirit
- The Voice of the Holy Spirit
- The Written Word of God
- After the Word of God, God will lead you first and foremost through the inward witness.
Romans 8:16 | NKJV (16) The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
1 John 5:10 | NKJV (10) He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself…
His Spirit, God’s Spirit bears witness with our spirits that we are His children. There is a knowing that is right down on the inside of you.
If He will bear witness in our spirits about being Born Again, the most important decision that we could have possibly made, then surely, He will bear witness about all the decisions in our lives.
- He will warn you of impending danger or harm in the same way.
Acts 27:9-11 | NKJV (9) Now when much time had been spent, and sailing was now dangerous because the Fast was already over, Paul advised them, (10) saying, “Men, I perceive that this voyage will end with disaster and much loss, not only of the cargo and ship, but also our lives.” (11) Nevertheless the centurion was more persuaded by the helmsman and the owner of the ship than by the things spoken by Paul.
Paul had a knowing that the trip would not go well because the Spirit of God bore witness to that in his spirit.
- He will confirm that something is good, proper and in His will by a peace in your spirit.
Colossians 3:15 | AMP (15) And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].
God will lead you in this way as you pursue a “peaceful knowing” in your spirit.
- The third way the Holy Spirit will lead you is through the inward voice or the voice of your recreated human spirit.
Sometimes we call this our conscience.
Your conscience is the voice of your spirit, and it is your conscience that will relate to your mind what the Spirit of God is saying to you in your heart.
Romans 9:1-2 | NKJV (1) I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit, (2) that I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart.
Paul, speaking of the burden he felt for the Jews, said that his conscience bears witness by the Holy Spirit that this was the truth.
Let’s look at the working of our conscience.
- The Holy Spirit does not convict us of sin. It is our spirit that convicts us of sin in our lives.
1 John 3:20-21 | GNB (20) If our conscience condemns us, we know that God is greater than our conscience and that he knows everything. (21) And so, my dear friends, if our conscience does not condemn us, we have courage in God’s presence.
- The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin.
John 16:7-9 | NLT (7) But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send Him to you. (8) And when He comes, He will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment. (9) The world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in Me.
- It is very important that we remain tenderhearted especially in the things of God.
1 Timothy 4:1-2 | NIV (1) The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. (2) Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. (lost all feeling)
1 Timothy 4:2 | TPT …and their consciences won’t bother them at all!
Unless you keep a tender conscience, spiritual things will become indistinct to you.
We must realize that our physical bodies have a voice called your senses and our soul has a voice called our emotions.
There will be times when we must discern which is being led by the Spirit of God and then ignore the others.
- The fourth way that God will lead you is by the voice of the Holy Spirit.
This way is the more authoritative voice of the Holy Spirit versus the still small voice of your spirit. This can almost seem like it is audible, but it is not. It is the Holy Spirit in your spirit speaking to you.
Acts 10:19-21 NKJV While Peter thought about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Behold, three men are seeking you. (20) Arise therefore, go down and go with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them.” (21) Then Peter went down to the men who had been sent to him from Cornelius, and said, “Yes, I am he whom you seek. For what reason have you come?”
1 Thessalonians 5:21 AMP (21) But test and prove all things [until you can recognize] what is good; [to that] hold fast.
Always remember that the Bible teaches that the Spirit of God and the Word of God agree.
Anytime that the Spirit of God speaks to you, it will always be in line with the Word.
We are not to seek voices. We should not follow voices. WE SHOULD FOLLOW THE WORD OF GOD.
- God can lead you through outside circumstances, but this must always line up with the Word of God AND confirm something that you already have in your heart.
This would also apply to dreams or personal prophecies. They must always line up with the written Word of God AND confirm something that God has already ministered to your heart.
- If it does not confirm something that you already have in your heart, then you put it on “the back burner” and roll it over to the Lord and not get disturbed about it.
- Learn to trust the Holy Spirit in you. He is big enough to reveal to you exactly what you need to know – clearly and concisely.
How Do We Become More Spiritually Sensitive?
- Give the Word of God first place.
This means that the Word has final authority in your life above what you see, feel, or hear.
God gave us our five physical senses and they are great if they do not contradict the Word of God. The moment that they do contradict the Word, you must choose to go with the Word instead of what they say to you.
Isaiah 55:8-11 | NKJV (8) “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. (9) “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts. (10) “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater, (11) So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 | NIV (16) All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, (17) so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Hebrews 4:12 | NIV (12) For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Do not let the Word of God be an afterthought or the LAST RESORT! Make it the first thing you go to.
- Meditate in the Word of God.
Joshua 1:8 | AMP (8) This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success.
The Word of God shall not depart out of your mouth… To meditate means to mutter or speak to yourself.
If you ever want to do anything great in life, if you ever want to amount to anything in life, take time to meditate in the Word of God.
Psalms 1:1-3 | AMPC (1) BLESSED (HAPPY, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather. (2) But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night. (3) And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity].
- Practice the Word of God
We have many “talkers of the Word,” and even “rejoicers about the Word,” but there aren’t nearly as many “Doers of the Word.”
James 1:22-25 | NKJV (22) But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (23) For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; (24) for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. (25) But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
Begin the practice being a doer of the Word by doing in all circumstances what the Word tells you to do.
Here is a New Testament Example:
Philippians 4:6 | TPT (6) Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life,
God does not ask us to do something that He does not give us the ability to do.
Philippians 4:7 | TPT (7) then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will make the answers known to you through Jesus Christ.
We want verse 7 results without first doing what verse 6 says. If you do verse 6, you will get verse 7.
- Instantly obey the voice of your spirit.
The human spirit has a voice. We call this our conscience.
Sometimes we call it an intuition or an inner voice. The world calls it a hunch.
As you give your newborn spirit the privilege of meditating on the Word of God, the Word becomes its source of information. Your spirit will become strong and the inward voice of your conscience, educated and fed by the Word will become a true guide.
We always put the Word first and therefore our spirit becomes an authoritative guide. This is a process that takes time to learn.
- Spend time praying in other tongues.
1 Corinthians 14:2 | AMPC (2) For one who speaks in an [unknown] tongue speaks not to men but to God, for no one understands or catches his meaning, because in the [Holy] Spirit he utters secret truths and hidden things [not obvious to the understanding].
- When you pray in other tongues, you are speaking directly to God – the Father of spirits.
1 Corinthians 14:14 | AMPC (14) For if I pray in an [unknown] tongue, my spirit [by the Holy Spirit within me] prays, but my mind is unproductive [it bears no fruit and helps nobody].
- Praying in other tongues causes us to become more spirit-conscious.
- When you pray in other tongues, your mind grows quiet – because you are not praying out of your mind.