When scripture says the Holy Spirit “abides” in us, it means God’s Spirit comes in and possesses our bodies, making it his temple. Because the Holy Spirit knows the mind and voice of the Father, he speaks God’s thoughts to us. “However, when he, the Spirit of truth, has come, he will guide you into all truth; for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak; and he will tell you things to come” (John 16:13, NKJV). The Holy Spirit is the voice of God to us!

If you have the Holy Spirit abiding in you, he will instruct you personally. Please know that he doesn’t speak only to pastors, prophets and teachers; he speaks to all followers of Jesus. This is evident all through the New Testament as the Holy Spirit led and guided his people, constantly saying to them, “Go here, go there…enter this town…anoint that person…” The early believers were led everywhere and in everything by the Holy Ghost.

The Spirit never speaks a single word contrary to the scriptures. He never gives us a “new revelation” apart from God’s Word. Instead, he uses the scriptures to speak clearly to us. He opens up to us his revealed Word to lead, guide, comfort us and show us things to come. The Word promises us, “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God” (Romans 8:26-27).

I am convinced God speaks only to those who, like Moses, “come and stand by him.” This means we have to spend quality time with the Lord daily, waiting on him to open our hearts fully to hear his voice, not being rushed in his presence, believing he loves to speak to us. He won’t keep anything from us, and he’ll never allow us to be deceived or left in confusion.

Even in the most difficult times, we’ll enjoy a time of great rejoicing because God will reveal himself to us as never before.