Sensitivity to the Spirit

Paul had such a sensitivity to the Holy Spirit that he knew when the Spirit wanted Him to go somewhere and when it didn’t.

Acts 16:6-7

 Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia.  When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to.

Paul not only knew where he was supposed to go and not go but he also knew what the Holy Spirit was leading him to do and not to do. He knew he wasn’t to preach in Asia and that he wasn’t to enter Bithynia. Paul was so close the the Lord that he was very sensitive to the leading of His Spirit.

How sensitive are you to the leading of the Holy Spirit? Do you know where the Holy Spirit wants you to go or not go? Do you know what the Holy Spirit wants you to do or not to do?

In order to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit, you have to spend time with the Lord in prayer and His Word. He speaks to us through our prayer time if we take the time to listen and also speaks to us through Scripture when we take the time to read it. The key to increasing your sensitivity is twofold, to spend time with Him and to be obedient.

Paul and his companions were obedient to not preach in Asia and to not enter Bithynia. Are you obedient when the Lord tells you to do something or do you delay your obedience? Do you doubt what you are supposed to do and, therefore, end up not doing it? The more time you spend with the Lord the better you can recognize His voice and know what He wants you to do.

Spend time with the Lord in prayer and His Word today. Ask Him what He wants you to do or what you are doing that He doesn’t want you to do and then respond with immediate obedience. Increasing our sensitivity to the leading of His Spirit is how we will be able to follow His will and His plan for our lives. 

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9 thoughts on “Sensitivity to the Spirit

  1. Amen, great post!

  2. Reblogged this on Felxfame.

  3. Nelda

    You have presented a great challenge to your readers., Shelly. The early church turned the world upside down as they prayed, listened, then obeyed what the Lord was showing them through the Holy Spirit. I wonder what our world would look like today if all of us who consider ourselves to be followers of Christ were tuning in our spiritual ears to hear what the Lord wanted us to do or not do. Wow! Can you imagine?

    • Nelda, it certainly is a challenge to be sensitive to the leading of the Spirit and even more of a challenge to follow up with obedience. What a different world we would live in if all believers would be tuned in and obedient. Blessings dear friend!

  4. marylou4

    It is so vital that we allow God’s spirit to guide us. Thank you for sharing this beautiful truth.

  5. angels2send

    wonderful post. i think every act of obedience is like a bridge to the next, and how kind and gentle a Savior He is when we don´t hear it quite right, or get it quite right. how i would love to have just a little of the patience of this great great Saving God.

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