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Week 6: Speak, Lord!

The people of God are journeying from Easter to Pentecost! Along the way, Christ Church Nashville will be posting short meditations on the Holy Spirit for you to use in your personal quiet times, or to read aloud with your family and friends. Let’s consecrate Pentecost 2015 as a season of expectation—a Holy Spirit advent—as we walk the road together. 

These meditations are excerpted from a book by Pastor Dan and Pastor Hunter called The Road to Pentecost. It is available for free in our bookstore or to download here.

HAVE YOU EVER SAID something like, “I’m not sure whether this message is from the Holy Spirit or whether it’s only the pizza I ate last night?!” How does the Holy Spirit speak to us? Scripture teaches that the Holy Spirit speaks to us, directs us in the ways to go, warns us of danger, gives us special knowledge, and fills us with discernment. But how does He do it? If we know some of the ways that the Holy Spirit can speak to us, we can train our ears to listen.

Below are some of the many ways that the Holy Spirit speaks:

Through Scripture. The Bible is living. As we study the Bible, the Holy Spirit will speak to us through the ancient and timeless words of Scripture.

Through people. The same Holy Spirit that lives inside of you is the same Holy Spirit that lives inside of every believer. As Christian friends and leaders share revelation that they’ve had from the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit inside of you will bear witness to its truth. A caveat: Remember that you can experience as much of the Holy Spirit as the greatest Christian leader. Any word of prophecy or revelation from a Christian friend or leader should be tested. If the prophecy or revelation doesn’t immediately confirm something that the Holy Spirit was already communicating to you in some other way, pray for the Lord to help you to discern the message.

Through creation. All of creation is under the authority of God, so He can use it to reveal truth to us.

Through dreams. The prophet Joel wrote that when the spirit fell upon the people, they would dream dreams (Joel 2:28). If you wake up from a dream that feels particularly significant, journal the dream, and pray for the Lord to reveal through the dream what He wants to speak to you.

Through visions. The Book of Acts is full of testimony about visions that the Holy Spirit gave to believers
(Acts 7:55-56; 16:9-10; 18:9-10).

Through pictures. Similar to a vision, the Lord might speak to you through an image to which the Holy Spirit applies spiritual understanding. “The Lord gave another message to Jeremiah. He said, ‘Go down to the potter’s shop, and I will speak to you there.’ So I did as he told me and found the potter working at his wheel. But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so he crushed it into a lump of clay again and started over. Then the Lord gave me this message: ‘O Israel, can I not do to you as this potter has done to his clay? As the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand’’’ (Jeremiah 18:1-6).

Through voices. It’s unusual, but the Lord may speak in a way that appears to you to be audible. The Lord spoke to Samuel (I Samuel 3:4) and to Paul (Acts 9:4) in a voice that they perceived audibly.

Father, speak to us through your Holy Spirit. Help us to ready our hearts to hear you in every way that you communicate.