1 Kings 19:11-12
The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came to a gentle whisper.
God’s voice is not always quiet. The Bible says His voice can be loud like trumpets, raging waters, thunder, or even a strong rebuke. Or in other moments His voice is like an inward impression, a vision, or a dream which could be dismissed as just a passing thought. The Lord communicates in so many ways but He often prefers to speak through the gentle whispers of the Holy Spirit.
Who is the Holy Spirit?
The person of the Holy Spirit is described in Scripture as personal, intelligent and life-giving. But sadly many of us miss out on this relationship by not listening for His voice. God is certainly able to get our full attention if He wanted to, but He chooses not to force Himself uninvited and will only continue to fill us if we are willing to receive it. Also we lose sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s leading when we fill our hearts with pride and immorality.
“God will never direct us to be prideful, arrogant and unforgiving, immoral or slothful or full of fear. We step into these things because we are insensitive to the leadership of the Holy Spirit within us.”
God has called us to worship the Father, through Jesus, enabled by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Scriptures describe how at the moment of salvation, the Holy Spirit spiritually regenerates, indwells, baptizes, and seals those who believe. The Spirit continues to fill, guide, empower, and teach the Christian over a lifetime to live surrendered to Jesus. These are some key ways that the Holy Spirit is working in you right now:
1. Conviction of The Holy Spirit
One of the main roles of the Holy Spirit is to correct us, He is described as the “Spirit of Truth” many times in the Bible. The Holy Spirit convicts the whole world of sin not to bring shame or to create worry of divine punishment but to convince us of His truth and draw us toward God.
I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
2. Comfort of The Holy Spirit
God brings comfort by bringing scriptures to our remembrance, using others or speaking Himself to our inner person. In the most difficult times, God trades our fears for the peace and Godly love that won’t make earthly sense.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
3. Guiding Companionship of The Holy Spirit
God doesn’t only save us from something but He saves us for something. That something is a relationship with Him. To commune with God means to share in the mutual hardships and delights. This means that the relationship goes both ways. I share in the sufferings of Christ and he shares the joy I have in Him.
Please take time this today to invite the Holy Spirit to fill you in a fresh way and to make you aware of His conviction, comfort and companionship to you. You should not attempt to do His work in your own strength but commit to rely upon the voice and enabling power of the Holy Spirit.
Sometimes after the fire, there is a whisper.
– Pastor Josh Ryan