Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
As you read through the Book of Acts you will discover numerous accounts of God’s people being sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. The following verses are a record of apostles and disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ; they were not religious fanatics dabbling in secretive occult incantations.
Philip: Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.
Peter: And the Spirit bade me go with them, nothing doubting. Moreover these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered into the man’s house:
Timothy, Paul and Silas: Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.
And what is really interesting, most of the so-called theologians rarely, if ever, speak of the Holy Ghost in their commentaries on such passages in the scriptures. They conveniently sidestep the issue of the Holy Ghost speaking of these apostles and disciples by writing in their commentaries: “There is some difficulty in understanding this…or…The meaning evidently is that….or…The meaning seems to be…or…It is necessary to understand the words thus…”
Errant teachers and their followers are under the influence of their senses. They walk by sight and not by faith; hence, what they cannot perceive by their senses, what does not pander to their sight or taste or touch…blinds them as to the work of the Holy Ghost. Because they cannot sense the operations of the Holy Ghost, they wrongly believe all that is said of the Holy Ghost’s influence is erroneous, illusory or misleading.
Jesus Christ clearly defines the methodology under which the Holy Ghost operates. Jesus said, The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. The wind has an ethereal character, it moves about freely and its effects are sometimes unfathomable. Like the Holy Spirit, it comes from above. It is sovereign; blowing wherever it is inclined to go. Its influence is quick and penetrating. It yields results.
No, I am not being mystical, but those who have never had any dealings with the Holy Ghost might label me as such. Although many Christians believe the Holy Spirit speaks to them about major issues, or concerns, things they consider as being spiritual, they are spiritually deaf when it comes to the mundane things in their activities of daily living; believing those things have no connection to the spiritual realm. In reality, there are times when the Holy Ghost will speak to a believer about something seemingly insignificant and unimportant; things that other Christians would consider silly and laughable should you testify of them.
The Holy Ghost tries to keep the believer in focus on the small, everyday things of daily living, so that when the greater trials and tribulations come, it will be natural and habitual to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.
For those who have not had any dealings with the Holy Ghost, when troubles come and they will most certainly come, whether they be monumental or mundane, it will be then…that you will wish…you had been hearing the Holy Ghost all along the way.