Cultivating A Hearing
There are those who respond to the Lord when they hear the
voice of the Holy Spirit in assurance or conviction, but few
go beyond this into hearing the Lord's voice on a higher level.
Jesus said, "He that hath ears to hear, let him hear"
Matt 11:15. This indicates that our recreated human spirit
is to be cultivated so we may hear the voice of the Lord speaking
into our life circumstances.
"Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come,
He will guide you into all truth: for He shall
not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall
hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you
things to come. He shall glorify Me: for He
shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto
you" John 16:13-14.
The Holy Spirit has been given to us to speak in us and reveal
things. Several factors are involved in our cultivating a
First, our mind is in the soul realm, therefore, it must
be renewed in the Word of God. As we apply the Word to our
lives, we cause our soul to come into agreement with our recreated
human spirit, where the Holy Spirit speaks to us. "Be
not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good" Rom
Next, our emotions must be kept under control by reckoning
ourselves to be dead to all that pertains to our soul life,
and alive to Him and to His presence.
Finally, our will must be in the process of being crucified
daily. In other words, the "I want" in us must continually
be brought down and mortified.
The Lord desires to speak into our present situations, and
to commune with us in fellowship. Both are important and have
a vital part in our spiritual growth and development.