I recommend that you spend time reading through the book of Acts. Look for references to the Holy Spirit as you do. If you do this, you will see just how real the Holy Spirit was to the early Church.
The book of Acts is often called “The Acts of the Apostles,” which is a title given to the book by men. I believe it would be more accurate to call the book “The Acts of the Holy Spirit through the Church.”
As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. (Acts 13:2)
And when he was come unto us, he took Paul’s girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles. (Acts 21:11)
Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. (Acts 8:29)
The early Church knew the Holy Spirit and was familiar enough with His voice to listen and follow His direction. The Holy Spirit can be just as real in your life as He was in theirs.
Christians can, and should, be led by the Holy Spirit in every area of life. You can become as familiar with His voice and leadings as the early Christians were.
One word of caution is that the accounts from the book of Acts do not say they heard an audible voice. Only on rare occasions does the Holy Spirit speak to anyone in an audible voice. Instead, He speaks directly to our spirits in what is often called the “still small voice.”
While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee.
Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them. (Acts 10:19)
Peter was on the rooftop praying and saw a vision. He was thinking about what he saw when the Holy Spirit spoke to him.
The Holy Spirit sent the three men and then told Peter he had sent them. Notice that the account does not say the Holy Spirit spoke to Peter in an audible voice.
Many Christians have fallen into error seeking to hear an audible voice. They seek the spectacular, and Satan accommodates them.
You will find that the supernatural things of God are not always spectacular. They can seem so ordinary that you may even miss them.
I have found that in most cases, the word of knowledge manifests through me in the form of a thought. Thoughts will come that are not from me while working or interacting with other people with answers I could not have thought up.
The Holy Spirit spoke to Peter, and he understood what was said. Peter had a relationship with the Spirit and was familiar with His voice.
You must acknowledge the Holy Spirit’s presence in your life and learn to look to Him for answers. He is waiting to spend time with you and will help you in even the most minor areas of life if you take time to become familiar with Him and the ways that He works.
Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia,
After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not. (Acts 16:6 – 7)
Paul and his traveling companions were planning their next mission trip. They looked at Asia as a destination but were interrupted by the Holy Spirit, who forbid them to go.
The Bible tells us Jesus has sent His Church into the whole world. He did not call you to go everywhere. There are a lot of people who will not receive your ministry. The Holy Spirit knows who will welcome you and accept ministry from you. He will guide you to the right places, and if you learn to follow Him, you will find yourself experiencing excellent results in your Christian life.
We will spend time discussing the ways that the Holy Spirit leads us. You can develop your awareness of him to the same level that Paul and Peter did.
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever. (John 14:16)
The word “another” means “one of the same kind.” Just as Jesus was the disciples Comforter, the Holy Spirit desires to be yours today. He was sent by Jesus to be with you and will never leave you! The Holy Spirit is a friend who will not come and go. He is dependable and will always be ready to help you.
Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. (John 15:17)
You are at an advantage over most Christians and the unsaved world at this point. Most Christians are just like the people Jesus referenced in this verse. They do not “see” the Holy Spirit, which is equivalent to saying that they are unaware of His presence in their lives.
The unsaved world around us and other Christians who follow their five physical senses have no awareness of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said they do not “see” or “know” Him. Our first key to unlocking the Spirit’s ministry is developing an awareness of Him. He is a genuine person who desires to spend time with us. The first step in developing our relationship is acknowledging His presence in us and with us.
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