How to Listen to the Holy Spirit

Do you know that the Holy Spirit keeps on communicating with you? Maybe you don't. Maybe you think that the Holy Spirit talks to you only on certain occasions, like when he has a special message to you or he has a specific mission for you to do.

The Holy Spirit Always Communicates With Us

The fact is that the Holy Spirit keeps on communicating with you, that is, if you are a genuine Christian or a genuine believer in God, no matter what your religion is. You may not know this. That is why this article is written so that you may know that the Holy Spirit keeps on talking to you and you may be able to listen to him attentively, devoutly and do what he bids you to do.

The proof that the Holy Spirit keeps on communicating with you is your mind and spirit. You keep on thinking. Your brain keeps on functioning as long as you are alive. Psychologists have proven to us already that even in sleep our brain and mind keep on working. Dreams are the works of our mind while our bodies are asleep.

When we think or even when we want to stop our thinking consciously we are producing ideas or entertaining attitudes and emotions. We may look at a picture and stop analyzing the picture. We simply look at it, without bothering to think about the picture. But certain impressions come into our mind: the beauty of the picture, the combination of colors, the shades in the picture, etc. And we enjoy the picture.

Now producing ideas and entertaining attitudes and emotions are works that the Holy Spirit inspires us to perform. He is there in our mind and spirit enabling us to produce these ideas and entertain these attitudes and emotions. Without him we can do nothing, our mind and spirit cannot function. He is the breath that gives life, and he is the life that enables us to think, speak, act and do what we are supposed to do.

It is very clear now that the Holy Spirit works in our mind and spirit without ceasing, even in our sleep. Ultimately he is the one in control of our dreams. That is why there are times when he explicitly communicates with us through dreams, as he did in the case of Joseph, the husband of Mary, in the Gospels.

The First Step Is To Acknowledge He Always Communicates With Us

Now, accepting this reality in our life is the beginning of listening to the Holy Spirit. Becoming always conscious of this is a habit which enables us to listen to him without our being conscious of it. An example will illustrate what I want to say here.

There are times when we turn on the music when we work. Certainly we listen to the music but we are not explicitly conscious of it. What we are explicitly conscious of is the work at hand, like typing on the keyboard of a computer. The music serves as a background.

In the same way when we are first conscious of the work of the Holy Spirit in our mind and spirit, and then we go to our work, what we are explicitly conscious of is the work at hand, but this idea of the Holy Spirit working in our mind and spirit is at the back of our consciousness, serving as a background for our work, like the music.

So, the first step in listening to the Holy Spirit is to acknowledge that he communicates with us every moment of the day and night while our mind and brain are functioning, while we are still physically alive.

Second Step Is To Be Conscious of His Work In Us

The second step is to be first conscious of this work of the Holy Spirit before we do a certain job, like preparing ourselves to go to work, or working in the farm or offices, wherever duty expects us. This idea then becomes like a background music in our work.

Third Step Is Availability

The third step is to be always available to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit as we do our work or rest. He will inspire us with the proper ideas in our work. After all it was he who designed and created this world of ours. He may tell us to move this, to go there, to speak to a certain person, etc. If we have performed the first two steps, this third will be most easy. It will come about naturally.

Fourth Step Is Obedience

And the fourth step is to follow what we think is the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. As we follow he will give us more inspiration in our work and leisure. If we do not follow, he will still work in us, but he will less and less speak to us explicitly, until we no longer hear his soft, still voice. He will still speak to us in general terms, but we become more and more deaf to his voice.

These are the four steps in listening to the Holy Spirit.

Do Not Schedule Him

You may have thought when you looked at the title of this article that I would begin by advising you to pray and there in prayer to listen to the Holy Spirit. While we can listen to him during prayer, it is not only in prayer that he communicates with us. He communicates with us all the time. In fact explicit prayer, assigning a place and time for prayer, may hinder us in listening to the Spirit. Remember, he is like a wind, he blows where he wills. Making him speak to us only during explicit prayer time is like putting a plaster on his mouth or binding his hands outside of this prayer time. We are virtually telling him to speak to us only when we want, which is the opposite of the proper attitude in dealing with the Spirit of God. Let him speak to us always, as he desires, during explicit prayer time or outside of it, as we do our work or as we rest.

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