In last Sunday’s sermon, I shared that the Holy Spirit wants to speak God’s truth into our lives. He primarily speaks through scripture, but often uses other ways to speak as well. The Holy Spirit can speak to us while we’re praying. He can use nature to reveal the truths of God to us. We might have a revelation of truth listening to music or watching a movie. Another important way he speaks to us is through our Christian friends. (It’s important to remember, however, that the Spirit will never speak to us in a way that contradicts the Bible, which is the uniquely inspired word of God.)
Because of the importance of hearing the Spirit speak, I want to encourage you to think about two things: 1. In addition to scripture, how or where have you heard the Spirit speak to you? 2. How often do you intentionally put yourself in a place to listen to the Spirit’s voice? We have the most amazing invitation ever presented: The Holy God of the Universe wants to spend time with us and talk to us! If we would arrange our schedules to spend time with a friend or an actor or a politician, how much more should we arrange our lives to spend time with God? So, it’s important to know how the Spirit speaks to you. Then, you need to intentionally arrange your life to give yourself time to listen. I’d go so far as to say you should even schedule it. Pick a regular time every day when you will open your Bible to read and hear from the Lord. Don’t be discouraged if there isn’t an epiphany every time you read. You can trust that the Spirit is speaking to you and forming you, even on “normal” days. Next, as you identify other ways the Spirit speaks, make space for those things as well. If it’s through music, find time to listen. If it’s going on a walk, schedule that time as well. As you come to your time with the Spirit, I encourage to say the short prayer of Samuel, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” And you can be sure that He will!