Learn to Listen to the Holy Spirit
GWEA Monthly Message, August 2020
REVEREND GORDON WILLIAMS
I am always amazed at God’s timing! Jesus gives the same commandment to us as he did to each of the seven churches in Revelation: “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches” (Rev. 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22). After we receive Salvation and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, we must receive direction each day from the Holy Spirit, who is our counsellor and administrator.
It is crucially important that we learn to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit so that we can do what Jesus wants us to do, and when He wants it done. When we are “spiritually deaf” and ignore the Holy Spirit’s advice (Jn. 16;7-15), there are serious consequences to our actions. Things like churches closing down (Rev. 2:5), loss of one’s Salvation (Rev. 3:5), getting sick (Rev. 2:21) and among many others.
The Greek word for “meekness” means gentleness (Matt. 5:5; Gal. 5:23). It describes a person who is so completely under the control of the Holy Spirit that he or she “acts on command without any question”. We need to learn the “lesson of command” as shown by the Centurion who asked Jesus to heal his slave (Lk. 7:1-10). To win our victories, we too have to be like soldiers and act immediately, without delay, upon what Jesus commands or tells us to do.
The first time I was in Northern Ireland, I thought that I was going to have a free night. However while reading the newspaper, I saw an advertisement for the Belfast Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship (F.G.B.M.F.I.) Chapter meeting. The Holy Spirit said, “Go to that meeting.” I questioned Him, but He insisted, “Go to that meeting!” So I went.
When I arrived, I said to one of the men, “Your advertisement didn’t say who your guest speaker was going to be tonight. Who is he?” “Where are you from?” the man asked. “I’m from Canada,” I answered. He responded, “Oh! You are our guest speaker!” I replied, “How do you know that?” He said, “During our prayer meeting last month, the Holy Spirit told us that he was sending our next speaker from Canada. You are the only one from Canada here tonight!” So I accepted their invitation to preach, and shared my testimony.
During ministry time, after the alter invitation for prayer, people got saved, Baptized with the Holy Spirit, healed, and were given direction and guidance from the Holy Spirit. If I had not listened and been faithful to what the Holy Spirit told me to do, many people would not have received ministry that night.
Our lack of obedience to the Holy Spirit to witness (Acts 1:8) and use the gifts of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 12:6-8; 1 Cor. 12: 8-10) will result in people not receiving answers to prayer. And what many people don’t realize is when they excuse themselves from doing what Jesus wants them to do, Jesus will become their worst nightmare, not the devil (Matt. 10:28).
That is why it is important to pray “with the Spirit” (tongues) and with “the mind” (1 Cor. 14:15) and act upon what the Holy Spirit tells us to do with meekness (2 Tim. 4:2; 2 Cor. 6:2). And when we will do the “works of Jesus” (Jn. 14:12-14) every day, then He will say, “Well done, good and faithful servant! (Matt. 25:21)
If you have not received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, or a Gift of the Holy Spirit, I invite you come to one of our house meetings or contact me for prayer and guidance.
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