Why am I not hearing from the Holy Spirit? It is a matter that has been by asked by Jesus followers for centuries, and yet one that may have several answers.
It might be that you do not understand how God speaks to you. It could be that you are not spending time in His Word, or that in the bustle of life, you are having trouble discerning God’s voice from all of the other noise.
There are tons of reasons you may not feel like God is speaking for youpersonally, but have you ever considered that you may not be hearing from God because you stop listening to Him?
It’s true. As Christians, we may not be experiencing the fullness of the Holy Spirit because we have pushed him away.
Don’t get me wrong, God loves us always, and the Holy Spirit is always present to us. The Holy Spirit is a individual, not some distant and faraway being. He directs us and guides usand the way we respond to Him affects our relationship with Him.
How to Know You’re Ignoring the Holy Spirit
In 1 Thessalonians 5:19, Paul tells the church,”Don’t quench the Spirit.” Quenching the Spirit is what happens when we don’t listen to the Spirit, once we do what we know is incorrect after our own worldly desires.
Imagine the Holy Spirit as a fire. When we quench the Holy Spirit, we are dampening God’s flame instead of fanning it, pushing it down instead of helping it grow stronger and more beautiful.
As Christians, we all should feel certainty when we sin. It is one of the ways the Holy Spirit guides us. However, as soon as we ignore that conviction and keep at precisely the same sin, we will find it harder and harder to hear the Holy Spirit because we have spent so long dismissing Him.
In Ephesians 4:30-32, Paul also tells the church,”Don’t grieve the Holy Spirit, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you.”
Grieving the Spirit actually means only that — to cause the Holy Spirit despair. As soon as we live in sin, once we live the way we did before we understood Godwe make Him sad and we push away all the goodness He has to offer.
Quenching and mourning the Spirit equally come from choosing our own selfish desires over love, faith, and intimacy with God. Both cause us to overlook experiencing the fullness God offers us.
Learn How to Listen Again
The Holy Spirit is our helper (John 14:26). God gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit to help us develop. The same Spirit that convicts our heart of sin, loves us with a great love.
Listen to your Holy Spirit. Recognize when he’s convicting you. As soon as we understand that He wants what is ideal for us and we do what He says, we will step into a fuller and richer relationship with God.
He knows we will make mistakes, but like any parent, He wants us to listen when He disturbs us so that He can lead us to the life our hearts truly want.