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Listen to the Spirit – Tune In

Central Church's Holy Spirit Stained Glass Window

Central Church’s Holy Spirit Stained Glass Window

Key Bible Verse: If we are living now by the Holy Spirit, let us follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.  – Galatians 5:25

Bonus Reading: John 16:5-15

God certainly can speak in many ways. Most often, it seems to me, he speaks through his Word and in a small voice—even a whisper—and uses the Third Person of the Trinity to do it.

In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit spoke to a few people directly and enabled them in special ways. In the New Testament, Jesus was limited to how many people he could address or touch because of his physical body and its restrictions. But after Pentecost, the Holy Spirit, who isn’t limited in this way, became available to everyone. From that point on, if the person knew Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, the Holy Spirit resided in him.

To hear the Holy Spirit, we have to get in tune with Jesus. And the better we know Christ and live like him, the clearer the voice of the Spirit becomes. Sin quenches his voice, but obedience turns up the volume—or at least enables us to hear the small voice.

It’s a lot like DW driving a race car. When he knows his car, what it tells him can keep him from wrecking. This illustrates what happens as we get to know Jesus. When we listen intently to the Holy Spirit, we won’t wreck as much.

—Jay Carty in Darrell Waltrip: One-on-One

My Response: Have I attempted intense listening? What have I heard?

Adapted from Jesus, Lord of Your Personality (Howard, 2002)

Prayer for the Week: Teach me, Lord, how to tune out distractions and to pick out and respond to the voice of Your Spirit.



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