- Listen to The Holy Spirit
I recently came across this quote; attributed to the late Christopher Reeve; “And that is my religion. I think we all have a little voice inside us that will guide us. It may be God, I don’t know. But I think that if we shut out all the noise and clutter from our lives and listen to that voice, it will tell us the right thing to do“.
- Holy Spirit, or Your Conscience?
This comes really close to what I believe about the Holy Spirit. I feel that He lives in the same little room in my head where my conscience lurks, and that when I surrendered my heart and mind to God and was baptized with the Holy Spirit, then that little voice that formerly was my conscience became the voice of the Holy Spirit.
It is really hard to Listen to The Holy Spirit , and I have to, as Reeve says, “shut out all the noise and clutter from my life and listen to that voice”. In the Bible, it is referred to as, “the still small voice within”. This is a really accurate description for me, and I know I have to try very hard to shut out the world and tune in to that voice. It takes considerable will power to do this, for me the greatest difficulty is that I tend to drop off to sleep; but when I finally manage to switch off the world around me, it is in that precious moment when the world recedes that that wee small voice can be heard.
- Not The Only Way
This is, of course, not the only way to hear the voice of God; but it is a good reliable method if you want to seek guidance or inspiration; or if you need to preach a sermon. God speaks to us in our own idiom, in the terms that we are familiar with, and that we can clearly understand. Think about that for a minute: He will always make himself known in familiar terms, so there is no rationale for talking in old-fashioned language when we are praying. Our God is the God of the here and now, and the Kingdom of Heaven is right here where we are. Why therefore would you want to address Him, or He us, in King James style English from the mid 1700’s? Expect to hear God in your normal everyday language when you Listen to The Holy Spirit.