The Holy Spirit Informs, Instructs and Warns

  • Luke 2:26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.
  • Acts 8:29 The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”
  • Acts 10:19-20 While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Simon, three men are looking for you. So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them.”
  • Acts 16:6 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.

The Holy Spirit can be your number one ally. He can inform you, instruct you and warn you because He is the Spirit of truth who knows all truth and can reveal to you things to come (John 16:13). He informed Simeon he would not die before he had seen the Messiah (Luke 2:26) and informed Paul what awaited him when he went to Jerusalem (Acts 20:22-23). He informed David of all the plans for the courts of the temple of the Lord and its surrounding rooms (1 Chronicles 28:12). The Holy Spirit instructed the disciples to set apart Barnabas and Saul for the work to which He had called them (Acts 13:2). He told Paul and his companions not to preach the word in the province of Asia at that time (Acts 16:6) and instructed Philip to go to a chariot to speak to a eunuch (Acts 8:29). He also told Peter to go to Cornelius’ house (Acts 10:19-20). He warned Paul through Agabus of what would happen to him (Acts 21:11) and the list goes on. As the Holy Spirit instructed and informed the disciples in the early church, He can do the same for any believer that lives a submitted life and is sensitive to His leading.

How to position yourself to be informed and instructed by the Holy Spirit:
  1. Spend time in the Word daily. It’s the primary way God will speak to you. The Holy Spirit can reveal things to you and what He’d like you to do (e.g. you can read about forgiveness and the Holy Spirit will bring someone to remembrance and prompt you to call that individual, you can read about Paul and Barnabas being set apart for the work of the ministry and the Holy Spirit will inform you that you are also to be set apart, He may direct you to walk in love with a family member, etc.). The Holy Spirit can also reveal these things to you in your prayer time and when you praise and worship. Be attentive to His still small voice.
  2. The more you surrender to God and live your life for Him, the more He’ll be able to speak to you and use you. God needs yielded and submitted vessels who will be sensitive and obedient to the leading of His Spirit. As you prove faithful in the small things, He’ll be able to give you greater responsibilities.
  3. Talk to God and ask Him specific questions you need answered. Yield yourself to His Spirit and listen as He speaks to you in a gentle whisper inside you. Write down what He says.
  4. Pray in the Spirit throughout your day. The Holy Spirit may give you instructions or information that is useful to your work or something you are doing at home. He can share something about the call on your life and the next step He has for you. Be sensitive to Him.
  5. Fellowship with the Holy Spirit daily and it will give you an opportunity to hear from Him. Purpose yourself to listen to what He has to say. Bring pen and paper to write it down.

Call to action:
Develop your spiritual ear by asking the Holy Spirit for an instruction or information and listen to what He says and write it down. He knows all things.