We who are of the Body of Christ have to identify how and when the Holy Spirit speaks to us. The Holy Spirit doesn’t speak to everyone the identically the same way. He may speak to me in a small still voice and speak to you in an audible voice. The Holy Scriptures records the voice of God in different ways from a small still voice to a sound of thunderous waters. How does the Holy Spirit speaks to you?
The scriptures teach us about the voice of God. John the revelator spoke of His voice as thunder and many waters, Rev. 14:2. The voice of God to Elijah was a small, still voice. Jesus addressed the Holy Spirit as He. Therefore, we can conclude that the voice of God is that small, still, masculine voice that speaks deep within us. That voice is like no other. The voice of God is peaceful. It causes no confusion.
The voice of God comes to us with answers, questions, directions, and of course, scriptures. Anytime He does speak, it isn’t a premeditated thought. It isn’t a thought of our own or a thought of another. It bears witness with our spirits. We often refer to the voice of God by saying, “Something told me.”
The voice of God is that inner masculine voice we so often ignore. Some of us get confused with the voice of God, our own voice, and the voice of another. There are a few rules to distinguish the voices.
1. The voice of God isn’t a premeditated voice.
2. God speaks to our spirit or inner man.
3. Other voices come through ears to our minds.
4. Other voices cause confusion.
If the voice of God is spoken in our spirits or by a rhema word, the message will always be in line with His written word, the Logos. We all need to be more sensitive to the voice of God and hear it with clarity. In doing so, we can truly obey Him if we desire to. The Holy Spirit convicts the soul of the individual when the believer sins against God or his or her brother.
Often the conviction of the Holy Spirit is ignored because of one’s pride and selfish motives. God through His Spirit will burden the mind or conscience until repentance is made. There are still some who will ignore the truth of God’s will. The confusion comes when the believer cannot discern the voice of God from that of another. John 10:27 says, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”
Jesus promised not to leave us comfortless and said He will be with us until the end of the world. Therefore, the indwelling Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the Lord. Those who believe in Jesus Christ and submit themselves to the Holy Spirit will have the Spirit springing out of them like living water. We must learn to be conscious of the Spirit within us. Our minds sometimes are contrary to what our spirits receive and witness. What we think or have been traditionally taught can hinder us from moving into the spirit realm.
The word of God will bear witness with our inner witness. John 7:38 says, “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.”