A Christian can be led by the Spirit of God. Being led by Spirit of God is the key to developing discernment. Jesus was able to discern the intents of the people who approached Him. As we walk with God, God will reveal the intents of those who are around us. Do the individuals who come near us have selfish agendas? Are they wolves in sheep clothing? Only God knows the true intents of men. Hence, we have to be in constant communion with God, so that God can reveal it to us. There are many ways that God leads us today.
The Inward Witness
The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.
When a person gets born again, the Holy Spirit lives inside the spirit of man. As a born-again believer, there is Someone Else living inside him besides him. Since the Holy Spirit lives inside the spirit of a born-again believer, God communicates to a Christian through his human spirit.
The primary way that God leads a Christian is through the inward witness. The inward witness in not a voice. It is an inward intuition or an inward knowing. It is beyond mental confirmation. Yet, it is more real than mental confirmation. Spiritual experiences are hard to explain. We have to experience it to understand it.
The Voice of the Holy Spirit
While Peter thought about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Behold, three men are seeking you.”
Very rarely, have I heard the voice of the Holy Spirit. This will be considered as a spectacular experience. I mentioned about one such experience in chapter 3. I was praying alone in my apartment. I heard a voice that said, “Don’t accept their love”. It was not audible. Yet, I c...
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In the Old Testament, the prophet spoke and the whole nation had to comply. In the New Testament, all believers have the Holy Spirit. Every New Testament believer can prophesy. Hence, there is a change in the authority of the role of a Prophet.
Testing Voices, Visions, Dreams, Thoughts & Prophecies
20 Despise not prophesying.
21 Test all things; hold fast what is good
1 Thessalonians 5:20, 21
We should always judge all spiritual experiences by the Bible and by the inward witness. God is never wrong. But, God works through humans who are imperfect vessels. The Bible alone has 100% accuracy.
I have read many good books about hearing the voice of God. One good book that I personally recommend is How to be led by the Holy Spirit, written by the late Kenneth E. Hagin, Sr. Brother Hagin is known internationally for his teachings on faith and healing.
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