1. Pray with others:

The church in Acts 4:23-31 was experiencing persecution. Peter and John, key leaders in the church, had been put in prison. The believers overcame their fear and isolation by coming together to pray. The Holy Spirit moved in their midst, and they were emboldened to keep representing Jesus to a hostile world.

The Holy Spirit speaks to us and leads us as we get together to pray with other believers.

2. Read and/or Listen to the Bible by yourself:

[Hebrews 4:12] For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

This is how powerful the living and active influence of the Bible on our hearts is. We can't avoid getting together in community for this, but God also wants us to personally experience the Bible's living and transformative influence on us as individuals.

The Holy Spirit is the living and active influence at work through the reading of the Bible.

3. Prayer prolonged and protracted prayers:

[Luke 5:16] And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.

Jesus, as our model, had a very close relationship with God the Father. Lots of time, Jesus spent it alone together with His Father.

The Holy Spirit is experienced in this more personal and private way and the results are life changing.

4. Cultivate silence and solitude:

The Holy Spirit is present both in the midst of our lives, but how hard it is sometimes to notice this above all the din. Getting away and being alone is not easy, nor comfortable, but in giving ourselves enough time to calm down we will surely discover Holy Spirit treasures He's been waiting to reveal to us.

Plan a time to get alone with God. You will find a silence within that becomes an openness to the voice of the Holy Spirit beyond you.

5. Fasting for the Holy Spirit's leading:

[Acts 13:1-3] Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

We need to regularly go beyond our ordinary practices and habits if we are to really keep our hearts hungry for the Lord. This is one of the most powerful ways to be led by the Holy Spirit.

6. Cultivating the Gifts of the Holy Spirit:

[Romans 12:3-8]

These are gifts God gives to each of us for the purpose of serving and equipping each other and for the mission of Jesus in the world. If you've never really explored discovering and using your gifts from the Holy Spirit, this is a key way the Holy Spirit leads us all in the Christian life.

7. Going on Holy Spirit assignments:

We need to regularly listen for, and follow, the assignments God sends us on by His Holy Spirit. If you don't open yourself up to the daily leading of the Holy Spirit, starting each day with a simple prayer asking what the Holy Spirit wants to do in and through you will be powerful.




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