The number one way God communicates with our spirit is through the inward witness. You might be asking, “What is the inward witness?” I’ll answer that by asking you a question: Do you remember when you were born again? At that moment, how did you know you had been changed? How did you know that the Lord became your Savior? The Book of Romans reveals how you knew.
Romans 8:16 says, “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” We recognized we were born again because the Holy Spirit bore witness to that spiritual fact in our spirit. In other words, He communicated with us through the inward witness. If that’s the first way God spoke to us, then it’s logical that He would continue to communicate with us in the same way.
The inward witness is the primary way God speaks to us, though not the only way. There are, in fact, several other ways He communicates with us. The second most common way is through the still small voice of our spirit. You know, our mind has a voice, and with it we formulate thoughts and then express them.
Your body also has a voice. If you have ever stubbed your toe in the middle of the night, you probably heard the voice of your body. In the same way, our spirit has a voice. And, because the Holy Spirit lives in our spirit, the still small voice of our spirit becomes a safe guide in life (John 14:16-17).
You’re probably asking, “How can I be sure I am hearing the voice of my spirit?”
I’ll give you three simple answers:
1. Feed your spirit with a steady diet of God’s Word by reading from the New Testament, and especially the Epistles – the letters to the churches – every day.
Pray in other tongues as often as you can. By doing so, you will build up and strengthen your spirit (1 Corinthians 14:2, 4). Your spirit takes control when you pray in other tongues. If you don’t speak in other tongues, then ask the Lord to fill you with His Holy Spirit.
Ask the Lord if you should fast something in your life. Remember: fasting doesn’t move God, but it subordinates your flesh and mind so your spirit can dominate.
Today, it’s so important for us to be able to hear and obey the voice of God in every area of our lives. One area in which it is vital to hearing God’s voice is in the area of finances. God is always looking for ways to bring financial provisions and blessings into our lives.
However, if we haven’t heard His voice and are not giving as He directs, He cannot bring the blessing in the degree He wants to.
Make the decision today to hear His voice and follow His leading in every area of your life. Then you will enjoy His provision and His presence today and forever!
For further study: Romans 8:12-17, 1 Corinthians 2:6-16, Psalm 119:105, Proverbs 20:27, Proverbs 3:17. From Dr. Siddiki’s teaching series How to Know the Voice of God.