Remix: Student Devotionals

Time with God - Week 4, Day 3

Day 3: God Said What? (God Guides Us by His Spirit)

Yesterday we looked at how God uses the Bible to speak to us. 99.9% of God's will for your life is already written out for you in your Bible. All you have to do to find out about God's will for you is read your Bible. That's pretty easy. There are a couple of other ways that God speaks to us.

The second way is through God's Holy Spirit.

Jesus said in John 16:13, "But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth."

When a person asks Jesus to take control of their life, at that time, God places within them His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit does many things for the believer.

  • He gives us the power to share our faith with another person. (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4-5)
  • He helps us to pray when we don't know what to pray for. (Ephesians 6:18, Jude 20)
  • He convicts us of the sin that is in our life. (John 16:8)
  • The Holy Spirit also guides our life. He reminds us of the Word of God and the direction God wants for our life.

Jesus said in John 14:26, "But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you."

Have you ever been in a conversation with a friend and you don't know what to say, and then suddenly this incredible truth comes out of your mouth? The Holy Spirit will speak through you and remind you what the Bible had to say.

This is supernatural stuff. This form of guidance may make you feel a little bit apprehensive. You're not alone if it does. A lot of people are a little unnerved by what the Holy Spirit does, but it doesn't have to be that way. Trust me on this one—visions and audible words booming out of the clouds are not His usual methods. God tends to lead us through gentle spiritual promptings. The best way I can describe it is that the Holy Spirit gets your attention by creating a sense of unrest in your gut.

When you feel that unrest, stop and ask God what is going on. Ask Him to lead you and to guide you and to reveal to you what you need to know. Be still before God, and He will put thoughts in your mind, maybe people to pray for, maybe something you need to do, and when you get a direction as to what He wants, be courageous enough to do what He is asking you to do.

There is a myth out there that says that God only speaks to the superstars, the spiritual giants. Some people think I have a red phone to God. I wish that was true, but it's not. God doesn't have favorites.

I don't have a favorite child between three daughters. I don't talk to one child and not the other. I don't say, "I'm sorry, McKenzie, today is not your day." I speak to all of my children, because I love all of my children. God loves you, and He wants to speak to you.
The problem is, we don't listen. We are so busy talking to God that we never are quiet long enough to hear from God. What would happen if we prayed, "God, I want to hear from You today. I'm going to be quiet, and I'm going to listen to Your still small voice and find out what You would have me to do on this day with my one and only life. Lord, I'm just going to listen to You for the next 5 minutes. I have this piece of paper here, and I want to know what you want me to do."

If you do this, God will speak to you. You will get impressions to call people, give to people; I personally get impressions on what to preach on, how to be a spiritual leader at my home and with my kids. God speaks to me in the midst of those times.

Unfortunately, there are too many Christians who have no idea about what I am talking about right now. They have never taken the time to listen. If you take the time each day to quiet your spirit and let the Lord know that you want to be used by Him today, He will lead you and guide you, and you will be used by God like you never before imagined.

John 16:13, "When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on His own but will tell you what He has heard. He will tell you about the future."