VERSE: When the Spirit of truth comes, he will . . . not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. JOHN 16:13

The Holy Spirit. There’s a lot of mystery surrounding Him, and some of it is just plain confusing.

But when you take a closer look at the role He plays in our lives, it all starts to make sense.

It’s like this: The Father hears from the Son, and the Son hears from the Father—but it’s only through the Holy Spirit that they can hear each other. He connects them so they can communicate with one another, but He isn’t the initiator; He simply lets them know what each other is thinking.

At times Scripture refers to Him as God’s Spirit and at other times as the Spirit of Jesus Christ (John 14:16-17). Either way, He knows their heartbeats because He is part of their trinity.

We often strain to hear God’s voice externally, but the Spirit resides within us. That’s why His voice in our lives is rarely audible, as it was with Moses or Samuel, at Jesus’ baptism, or at Paul’s conversion. Far more often—in fact, almost always—it’s that river of living water flowing out of us, like a well bubbling up from the deep source of life in our human spirit. When God speaks, it usually comes from within.

God speaks to us through the Bible and through His Word, but He also speaks to us through our own hearts. He speaks when we feel overwhelmed by what we face in life and He speaks when we feel like nothing matters anymore.

We can know that God is speaking to us when we feel compelled to pray or when we have an overwhelming desire to serve others that seems inexplicable by any earthly reason.

I think one of the most important things we can do as Christians...is to learn how to hear the voice of God.

I believe that we are all called to hear Him, but too often we confuse our own desires and expectations with His will for us. We hear what we want to hear, not what He wants us to hear. But what if there was a way for us to be able to discern between the two? What if there was a way for us to know when God is speaking?

The answer is found in Scripture: "My sheep know my voice." (John 10:27). In other words, if we want to learn how God speaks, then we must learn His voice! And the best place for us to start listening is right where Jesus says it all begins… in the Word of God. Your Bible.

Again...first and foremost...if you want to hear His voice...first...listen for His Heartbeat.


Holy Spirit, speak to me the things of the Father and the Son. You showed Jesus what the Father was doing and what He said; do so with me, too. Present the ideas of heaven within my spirit.

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