I am eager to see what direction the Holy Spirit will take this last post. I pray that through this series you have gained more confidence and trust in God as you seek the next step that he has for you.
Yesterday, I mentioned there was a scripture about asking for the Holy Spirit, saying it was another topic. But is it? Let’s look:
“And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
“You fathers—if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead? Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”Luke 11:9-13 (NLT)
If you ask, you will receive. Simple. Right? But why do we need the Holy Spirit?
Without the Holy Spirit we won’t understand the truths of God. It would be like walking around blind. With the Holy Spirit we have the guidance and understanding we need even when everything around us is dark and confusing.
But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.1 Corinthians 2:14
Spiritual things are discerned spiritually. Hearing God’s direction is a spiritual thing. The chance of us hearing God audibly, although not impossible, is not likely going to happen for the majority of us. Yet, we are still to be led.
So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.Galatians 5:16 (NLT)
Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.Galatians 5:25 (NLT)
If I could write a recipe for hearing God, it would include; faith, trust, hope, love, openness, confidence, and closeness. There are scriptures supporting each of these. I almost started quoting them, but we can’t fit all God’s treasures into this small post.
David prays well:
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.Psalm 143:10 (NLT)
Are you ready? “For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Lord, there is no fear in love. Your love is perfect. Your ways are beyond my own. If I would live my life without you, I would stumble in the dark. But by your Spirit you go before me, you protect me from behind, and you tell me if I’m on the right path. My hand is reaching for you, but I see you already hold me in your hand. May I soak into my being the safety I have there. Help me to make decisions in-line with your plan, and as I make those decisions, help me release any fear or worry and trust completely in your sovereignty.
Grace & Peace,