3 Things I’ve Learned About Hearing Holy Spirit

Last month we had the most emotional and sad experience. We had to say goodbye to my sweet pup, my Little Bit. She had been trying to tell us all weekend and for several days before we made the hard decision. At this point in her life, she had Congestive Heart, Canine Cognitive Disorder; she was deaf and mostly blind. Even her sense of smell had deteriorated. I know, because I had to bring her to her food.

In the past couple of years, I’ve asked the Vet how do we know when? The answer has always been, “she will let you know.” Until I experienced her trying to let us know, I didn’t understand the depth of this statement. Yes, she did let us know, slowly, at first, over the course of this past year. But that weekend, during the snow storm, she tried to tell us. She wanted to be held a lot. At night she kept moving closer in order to touch body to body. Her back legs weren’t doing a good job of holding her up. And her incontinence was out of control over the weekend.

Were we hearing her queues? She doesn’t speak, in fact, during the last six months she didn’t even bark. So we had to be “tuned” in, listening, in order to hear her.

I think it’s the same with our relationship with Holy Spirit. He speaks to us in numerous and variety of ways. Are we listening so we can hear?

We know that when we accept Jesus as our Savior, we receive the gift of His Spirit. Holy Spirit now lives in each of us. If He lives in us, then His Spirit and our spirit live together in this body of ours. And if they live together, they communicate. Makes sense to me.

So why is it so hard sometimes to hear Him? Our lives can get very noisy and our spirits deal with a lot of life “stuff”.  However, I’ve had this conversation with Him and He knows I need Him to speak loudly to me in order to drown out all the other noises. And He does that! But I still need to live in a state of awareness of Him.

Read Acts 10: 9-20 and notice how Holy Spirit communicated with Peter.

19While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Simon, three men are looking for you. 20So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them.”

A few things I’ve learned about Holy Spirit as He communicates with us Spirit to spirit.

1.  There may or may not be a clear voice speaking to me. Most times it’s “heard” on a spiritual level.

2.  I need to live in a constant hour by hour, minute by minute awareness of Him. Awareness is a key word here.

3.  He can speak to me above all the noises of life! Why not? He is God, after all!

Yes, it’s quite interesting and amazing how God taught me some lessons on hearing and listening through my sweet Little Bit. He is an amazing God who loves me and you and wants to communicate with us.

Listening and Hearing: 2 Similar But Different Words

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I mentioned in the previous blog post here that Holy Spirit gave me a word for the 2017 year and because of this given word, I’m going to continue this series on listening.

I am a Life Coach, so I am trained to listen and listen well. That means that I clear my mind of all my personal “stuff” when coaching. I’m not saying I’m perfect at this listening skill, which I think is why God wants me to concentrate on this word for the year.

So how do listening and hearing relate? When I take the time to really listen to whoever is speaking to me, then I will clearly hear and understand what the speaker is saying.

When I first became a Christian, the very first book I read through was the Book of Proverbs. Proverbs is a wealth of instructions for living and relationships in life.

In the ESV Proverbs 12:15 says, “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.”

So does simply listening to advice make us wise? I think there is more to this Scripture. I think we need to follow up listening with hearing. Hearing goes deeper than listening.

Hearing leads to taking some sort of action. One can listen until the cows come home but not hear.

It is interesting that the Hebrew language uses fewer words than the English language to describe the same meaning.

The verse above uses the English word “listen, ” but in Hebrew, that original word would take on a deeper meaning. It would include hearing and obeying, taking some sort of action.

If we look at all the instances of listening and hearing in Scripture, the translators most likely had to look at the context of the words to give the translations an obvious meaning for those of us who don’t understand the Hebrew language or customs.

So to conclude, it pays to “listen” to the Word. But to really “hear” it, we will take some sort of action. We might make a change in our thoughts, actions, lifestyles, relationships, etc. including our relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus.

2017…A Year For Listening and Hearing

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It seems everyone is choosing a word given to them by the Lord for the New Year. I don’t normally choose a word but as I sat here with my coffee this morning, asking Holy Spirit what to write. He gave me my word. WOW…My word is listen. Because I was listening to Him, He gave me a word.

The words listening or hearing are mentioned many times in Scripture.

Proverbs 1:5 says: let the wise listen and add to their learning,
and let the discerning get guidance—

I will be doing a series in the new year on that word, listen. It will include how to listen well, what to listen for, types of listening, etc.

The dictionary describes listening as giving one’s attention to….take notice and act….respond….be alert and ready to hear. Now the word hear is definitely related, and I like what Miriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary gives the transitive verb of listening as “to give ear to” or hear. So the two words are definitely connected. And I like the fact that listening is not a passive response to hearing. Look at the definition above and notice the action words to describe listening…take notice, act, respond, be alert.

I need to listen and hear more. I need to listen to other people, and I need to hear from God. But in order to hear from God, I need to quiet my mind of other stuff and really listen. Usually, when I need to hear from God, I tell Him that He needs to speak to me loud and clear so I can hear Him. But I think the key is on my end. I really need to quiet down and listen. And then I need to employ the action part of listening, like being alert, taking notice, responding.

Stay tuned for more on this subject of listening and hearing in the coming months of the New Year! Hope you ladies have an awesome day and a Blessed 2017!