The Holy Spirit speaks the mind of God.
…for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
1. The voice of the Holy Spirit transmits God’s current plan for you.
God will tell you what to expect. If He does not tell you anything, then there is nothing unusual to expect. The Holy Spirit is on duty twenty-four hours a day; He speaks all the time. It is our duty therefore to learn about His voice and how to distinguish it from other voices.
2. The Holy Spirit may choose to speak to your spirit, soul or body.
The Holy Spirit has a voice. However, the Bible teaches that He speaks directly to your spirit, soul or body. When the Holy Spirit speaks to your mind, it will sound a little different from when he speaks to your physical body.
When the Holy Spirit speaks to your spirit, you do not hear an audible voice. This is what people call “the inner witness”.
3. The voice of the Holy Spirit to your spirit is called the “Inner witness”.
The Bible also tells us that the Holy Spirit is in our hearts (spirit) crying “Abba Father”, which is the cry of a child to his real father. By the voice of the Holy Spirit in your heart, you know that you are a real child of God.
And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth THE SPIRIT of his son into your hearts, CRYING, Abba, Father.
This verse says that the Holy Spirit is crying or shouting in your heart. But have you ever heard an audible voice saying “Abba Father”? The answer is no! What is the effect of the Holy Spirit crying “Abba Father” in our heart? It creates a silent assurance of your salvation. It creates a relaxed knowing about something. Apostle Paul described this as perceiving or a knowing.
Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them, and said unto them, sirs, I PERCEIVE that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives. Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by
Apostle Paul declared to the Centurion and other experienced sailors that he perceived that there were going to be serious problems during the journey. Paul did not say that he had heard the Spirit of God telling him not to travel. He just had a knowing and a perception. How did he know this? It was definitely not a natural perception because in the natural there was no sign of danger.
And when The SOUTH WIND BLEW SOFTLY, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, loosing thence, they sailed close by Crete.
As you can see, the south wind was blowing softly. Paul had what many Christians have when the Holy Spirit speaks to their spirit – a perception and a knowing.
The spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
When the Holy Spirit speaks to your spirit, you do not have thoughts flashing through your mind. The spirit bearing witness is the same as the spirit speaking or witnessing to your heart that you are a child of God. This is the commonest way that you will detect the voice of the Spirit. When you want to take a decision, watch out for that quiet assurance in your heart!