How Listening to the Holy Spirit Helps You Navigate Life’s Obstacles
In the Bible, God contrasts being filled with the Spirit with being drunk. Somebody who is drunk with wine or alcohol is controlled by and consumed by alcohol. But somebody who is “drunk in the Spirit” is controlled and consumed by the Spirit, who helps us live holy lives. The Holy Spirit will testify of Jesus, will testify of truth, will war against your carnal nature, will convict of sin, and will dethrone self; these are all according to Scripture. When the Holy Spirit speaks to you, it will always be consistent with scripture. Also, it will be consistent with God’s character. When you first start becoming sensitive to the direction of the Holy Spirit, typically you become aware of the restraint of the Holy Spirit as He says no before you make a mistake.
John 14:26 says; But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. This verse implies that the Holy Spirit will work primarily through the scripture that you know.
Romans 8:26-27 — likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groaning’s which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
Let the Holy Ghost guide you in your daily life
How can I tell the difference between my own impulses and a prompting from the Holy Spirit in times when you have to act or decide immediately? The Holy Spirit helps us navigate life’s obstacles by; life by becoming one of God’s children. When you become a child of God, God sends you the Holy Spirit which serves as a personal guide for you, but He does not prevent you from committing sins. Not all decisions or choices we have to make are ones that need us to ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. Sometimes we have to make choices on our own. The Holy Spirit, however, helps us make decisions when we need to display the fruit of the Spirit. When our actions need to be like Jesus, we can ask the Holy Spirit to help us be Christ-like. We can pray and ask for the Spirit to let his ‘fruit’ show in our lives. The Bible teaches us in Galatians 5:25 that we should follow the Spirit.
The Lord Jesus said “my Father will give the Holy Spirit to whoever asks” and the purpose of the coming of the Spirit to believers is to lead in the whole truth – which is Jesus Himself. So this is the way to receive the Spirit believe in the Lord Jesus, and ask your Father in heaven to endow you with His Spirit. Permit yourself to explore an intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit in the way that suits you and is never intimidated by another person’s relationship with God. Now, the Holy Spirit can’t do all the work for us. We’re still responsible for doing our part especially to consistently read our Bibles and pray, asking the Spirit to show us the truth and teach us how to live.