I am a born-again Christian, how do I know when the Holy Spirit is speaking to me? While we are still waiting for the main teaching on this topic of hearing the Holy Spirit, please permit me to share this bit. One of the basic things a believer has to do to hear or recognize when the Holy Spirit is speaking is to be diligent in the study of the word. I mean personal Bible study. Why??? …the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you ( John 14:26). Please tell me, can you buy a new laptop from the electronic store, open it, connect it to a printer and expect to print out your picture from the new laptop without downloading it from your email client or from a flash drive? No way!!! The computer manufacturer does not have your picture already installed on the computer. You have to first put it in there!!! Are you listening? Your heart is like a computer. It is the word you put in your heart that the Holy Spirit will bring to your remembrance.
Many times when the Holy Spirit speaks to his children, and they choose rather to go their own way, and they eventually see the results of their foolishness, they yell and say… ‘’Something told me that I should have gone the other way’’. Stop this attitude of calling the Holy Spirit ‘’something’’. Wake up from your slumber!!!! Haven’t you read in your bible that the thoughts of the righteous are right (Proverbs 12:5)? It is not something that told you and you are not the one thinking it… it is the Holy Spirit speaking to you.
The Holy Spirit does not shout. He speaks gently, affirmatively, and in a non-persuasive tone. Just like a soft whisper, so your heart has to be quiet to hear him.
I was eating my one of my favorite meals sometimes ago, and it was a serve-yourself thing; after having served a portion I felt was moderate for me, I began to eat. Not long after I had eaten about half of that portion, a scripture flashed across my heart saying… ‘’a little that a righteous man hath is better…’’. That was the Holy Spirit speaking, and asking me to stop eating that food. It was not me thinking. My friend, when a scripture comes out of the blues against what you are doing in such manners, it is not you thinking it. Obey the Holy Spirit and ‘’don't be like some senseless horse or mule, whose movement must be controlled with a bit and a bridle (Psalm 32:9, Common English Bible)’’.
Gone are the days when you would have to take your computers with you when travelling… now, with cloud storage and the advancement in technology, you can travel the world almost without nothing than your passport, your credit card, and your password to access the Internet which provides the connection between your computer and the database even when you are thousands of miles away from your actual computer…
Jesus told his disciples… ‘’Take nothing for the journey--no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt (Luke 9:3 N.I.V).’’ Why????
… Because when they need money, he would show them where to get it just like he told Peter to get money from the mouth of the fish to pay the county’s tax (Mathew 17:27); Oh yes, when you need food on the way, he could direct you to where to find it just like he directed Elijah to where he found sustenance… 1 kings 17:3-4, 9. My friend, stop travelling the way of life heavily loaded with the cares and weights of this world, all you need is the Holy Spirit, learn to listen to him, and obey his voice.
Monday, April 6, 1992 at about 7am in room 354 (H5) Awo Annex, during the extra year of my 5-year undergraduate course in the University, I woke up to find out that I was oppressed by the devil; there were many of us living in that room, and not all were born-again Christians, so I determined that I was going to go towards the University’s commercial farm through the end of Mozambique Hall to go cast out the devil from me. As I was about going out of my room, the Holy Ghost said to me… ‘’If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place;’’ on hearing that, I paused a while… joined the debating society in my heart questioning why God will disallow me from going to pray a deliverance prayer for myself. I disobeyed God and went on my way towards the commercial farm. As I went, I saw naked ladies (I mean beautiful students) having their bath in the open end of Mozambique hall. God bless the University, because they provided good bathrooms for those ladies within the confines of their hall of residence, the university also made sure that the bathrooms are regularly maintained, but for obvious demonic reasons, the ladies chose to have their bath in the open. I don’t know how you would have behaved at this point, but when I got to that point … I forgot that I was going to pray… and I began to watch free show. What stunned me was that, the ladies knew that they were being watched not only by me, but by many guys who had hidden themselves in strategic places around that end, and instead of them to run for cover, they continued taking their bath there yelling at the guys and saying ‘’Asewo (Prostitutes)’’. Unfortunately, I saw Christians among the nude ladies…
That incidence was a great blow to me, needless to say I paid for my disobedience … ‘For if the message spoken through angels proved to be so firm that every violation or disobedience received its just penalty, how will we escape if we neglect such a great salvation (Hebrews 2:2-3 NET Bible (©2006))?’
In Acts 21: 11, we read that prophet Agabus came all the way from Judea to deliver the message of the Holy Ghost to Paul, also in the book of Acts 13:2…’As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.’’ How think ye??? The Holy Ghost is still speaking today… ‘’ As the Holy Spirit says, "If you hear God speak today, don't be stubborn (Hebrews 3:7, GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995).’’