The 8 Different Ways the Holy Spirit Will Use to Communicate to Us

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In part 1, I explained to you How To Be Led By The Holy Spirit.

Now I will list the 8 different ways that the Holy Spirit will lead us and communicate to us in this life. So you can have all of them right at the top of this section, I will go ahead and list all of them in a bolded, numbered format so you can have all of them at a quick glance.

  • The Inner Witness – The Inner Knowing
  • The Word of God
  • Leadings
  • Check in your Spirit
  • Quickenings
  • Visions
  • Dreams
  • Prophecies

Again, I know some people freak out once you attempt to step into this kind of supernatural realm with the Holy Spirit. But this is where each Christian has to make their own choice as to whether or not they want to tread into these kinds of deeper waters with the Lord.

You can either learn how to do all of this with the Holy Spirit, or you can choose to let this supernatural realm go and just stay on the path that you are already walking on if you have never had any of this kind of activity before with the Holy Spirit.

Many of you will know exactly what I will be talking about below, as you have already stepped into this realm with the Holy Spirit and have learned how to play this kind of game with Him.

However, if this is all new to some of you because you have never been taught any of this in the churches you have been raised up in, then you will need to make a decision with the Lord as to whether or not you will want this supernatural realm opened up for you by God the Father.

If after reading the captions below you decide you would like God to open up this supernatural realm for you, then all you have to do is go direct to God the Father in prayer and ask Him to allow the Holy Spirit to become very active in any of these 8 different ways in which He uses to communicate to us.

Tell God that He has a solid, green light from you to open up this realm if it will be His perfect will to do so at your present level of spiritual development with Him.

If you put that kind of special request before God, then He will take you very seriously and He will then very gradually lead you into this realm and from there, the Holy Spirit will start to move in some of these different areas for you.

The Holy Spirit will also show you how to discern when it really is Him communicating to you as versus when it is just your own emotions or imagination talking to you.

Now I will take you into the 8 different ways the Holy Spirit will use to supernaturally communicate to us in this life.

1. The Inner Witness – The Inner Knowing

In my opinion, this is the number one way that the Holy Spirit will communicate to us in this life. Here is the specific verse where this piece of revelation is being given to us by the Lord:

  • “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” (Romans 8:16)
  • “I tell you the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit …” (Romans 9:1)

The first verse is telling us that the Holy Spirit Himself bears witness in our human spirit that we are children of God. And if the Holy Spirit can bear witness in our human spirits on that issue, then I believe He can also bear witness in our spirits with other things as well.

And then the next verse will prove that to you. The apostle Paul gives us additional revelation when he says that his conscience was also bearing witness in the Holy Spirit. In other words, the Holy Spirit was bearing a good witness for Paul in his conscience, which I believe is part of our human spirit.

The key word in these two verses is the word “witness.” The Holy Spirit is bearing witness to something in our human spirits. And what exactly is a good “witness” when we do receive one of these from the Holy Spirit?

Jack Hayford, in his excellent book, Hayford’s Bible Handbook, defines a witness or witnessing as the following:

Giving evidence, attesting, confirming, confessing, bearing record, speaking well of, giving a good report, testifying, affirming what one has seen or heard, presenting the gospel with evidence

The first verse above where the Holy Spirit is bearing witness with our spirits that we are saved lines up with some of the above definitions from Mr. Hayford such as confirming, attesting, confessing, and bearing record. In other words, the Holy Spirit is confirming in our spirits that we are saved and that we are now children of God.

When you really cut into this word as it is being used in the first verse above, another word for the inner witness would be that it is an inner knowing.

The Holy Spirit will transmit the knowledge He wants you to have on something as a strong, inner knowing.

I am sure you have all heard many people say, “I had a good witness on that pastor’s preaching today.” Some people say that the inner witness is a “knowing without any shadow of a doubt.” They will use the slang expression, “You know, that you know, that you know, without any shadow of a doubt.”

Other people call this inner knowing an illumination, an enlightenment. All of a sudden you receive supernatural illumination, supernatural enlightenment on what a Scripture verse may mean. I personally like the term, “inner knowing,” to best describe how the Holy Spirit supernaturally communicates to us in this life.

When the Holy Spirit communicates something directly to you through this inner witness, it will be a knowing without any shadow of a doubt. When you receive one of these for the first time, you will know that it has come directly from the Holy Spirit due to the strength and conviction of it.

After you start to receive these kinds of inner knowings from the Holy Spirit, you will soon learn how to discern when one is really coming in from Him, or when one is just coming in from your own natural imagination and emotions.

A true, inner witness from the Holy Spirit will come out of your spirit – it will not come out of your head, your imagination, or your emotions.

That will be the first “tell” that what you are receiving is coming directly from the Holy Spirit.

Some people refer to these inner witnesses as a “gut knowing or gut feeling.” How many times have you heard people use the slang expression that their “gut” was telling them what they needed to do, and then later on it turned out to be right. Those “gut knowings” or “gut feelings” are many of the times the inner witness from the Holy Spirit.

If you get a strong, gut feeling not to get on a plane, and you then decide to heed that warning and hours later that plane ends up crashing, then you know that gut warning was coming in direct from the Holy Spirit since you do not have the ability to see into the future like He can.

Many, many people have received those gut warnings not to do something specific, and many of the times, those gut warnings turned out to be 100% accurate, which again means that many of them were coming in direct from the Holy Spirit Himself.

My take on the above two verses is this:

If the Bible says that the Holy Spirit can bear witness in our own human spirits that we are saved and that we are truly the children of God – and He can also help out the apostle Paul on the issue he was dealing with where He bore witness with Paul’s own conscience, then this tells me the Holy Spirit can also bear witness with many other things in our life as well.

What I have personally found out in this realm is that the Holy Spirit will communicate knowledge to you through this inner knowing, through this inner witness. When you receive this inner knowing about something specific, you will not hear an audible voice or hear any type of inner words coming up on you.

What you will receive is just a good, clear, inner knowing on the message being transmitted to you.

For instance, say you have been meditating on a particular Scripture verse, but you just cannot seem to get the correct interpretation on what it may mean or how it can apply to your life.

And then all of a sudden one day, the Holy Spirit gives you a strong, inner knowing as to exactly what this verse means and how it can apply to your personal life.

What the Holy Spirit will do is transmit the interpretation of that verse through the inner knowing. All of a sudden you will “understand” what this verse means and you will then be able to “see” the true meaning behind the words.

This is supernatural enlightenment and illumination that the Holy Spirit can give you on many of the verses in the Bible.

It is His job to actually open up the meaning of Scripture for you so you can understand what you are reading and from there, how to get some of these incredible spiritual truths worked into your daily walk with the Lord.

And not only can the Holy Spirit communicate to you the meaning of certain Scripture verses through this inner witness – this inner knowing, but He can also do this on many of the other things in your daily life as well. He can give you strong, inner knowings on the following:

  • Who you should be marrying in this life
  • When you should take the next new job God will want to give you
  • How to solve any problems you may be having in school or at work
  • How to handle a problem or roadblock that may have occurred in your marriage
  • How to handle all of the problems that will occur if you have just lost your job
  • When to move in on someone to witness to them

There is just an infinite number of things that the Holy Spirit can communicate to you on so you can try and get through this life in one piece and try to handle all of the problems that may come your way.

Per our article on the 9 gifts of the  Spirit, two of the 9 gifts are the Word of Knowledge and the Word of Wisdom. And for the most part, we believe that a lot of these words of knowledge and wisdom will come to you through this inner witness, this inner knowing.

That is why it is extremely important that each Christian learn how to receive these inner witnesses from the Holy Spirit, so they can then receive actual communication from Him as to exactly what He wants them to be doing with some of the specific issues that will be occurring in their daily lives.

The Holy Spirit is called the Helper in the Bible, but He cannot help you with some of the things you will need help on unless He can first communicate directly to you on exactly what He wants you to do.

The ability to pickup up these inner witnesses, these inner knowings from the Holy Spirit will only come to you through a process of trial and error. Your mind will receive the inner knowing out of your spirit. And if it is truly from the Holy Spirit, then you can totally depend on it and from there, act on it if any kind of action will need to be taken.

2. The Word of God

The next way that the Holy Spirit will communicate knowledge to you is sometimes by giving you a direct verse from Scripture. All of a sudden, you will see a Scripture verse float up right in front of your mind’s eye.

And when you see this particular Scripture verse, you will see the meaning of the verse and how it will answer the particular problem or dilemma you may be dealing with.

The Bible is just loaded with an unbelievable amount of spiritual truths, and many of these spiritual truths will be the answer to many of life’s problems that we will all encounter.

And if there is a particular Scripture verse that will answer a problem you may dealing with, then there is a very good chance that is how the Holy Spirit will help you solve the problem – by giving you the actual Scripture verse that will solve the problem.

I cannot tell you how many times over the course of my life that the Holy Spirit will bring back up to my remembrance a certain Scripture verse that will solve or answer the problem I may dealing with.

I have actually come to the conclusion that if there is an actual verse from the Bible that will solve the problem, that will be the first thing the Holy Spirit will want to give you.

This is why it is so important for each and every Christian to spend as much quality time as they can in loading up their mind with the Word.

If you do, then the Holy Spirit can bring back up to your remembrance certain Scripture verses when you may need them because you have already done your part by getting the Bible verses “in you.”

3. Leadings

In addition to communicating a direct message to you, the Holy Spirit can also give you “leadings” on what to do and what not to do. Again, here is the verse that will show us that it is the job of the Holy Spirit to lead us in this life, along with another verse showing us that Jesus Himself was also willing to be led by the Holy Spirit when He was walking down here on our earth in the flesh.

  • “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” (Romans 8:14)
  • “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” (Matthew 4:1)

If God is telling us that we are to be led by His Holy Spirit, and then He shows us that His own Son Jesus was also led by the Holy Spirit, there can be no other conclusion to come to other than God wants all of us to learn how to be led by the Holy Spirit in this life.

When it comes to these basic leadings, some people have different terms to describe it when it does come in on them from the Holy Spirit.

Some people will say I had a “leading” from the Holy Spirit to take that new job. Other people will use the terms “unction” or “prompting.”

They will say they felt or sensed an unction or prompting from the Holy Spirit to do something specific.

These leadings from the Holy Spirit can be anything from a very gentle nudging to something that could be much stronger.

When you get a real strong leading to do something specific, it will feel like God has His big hand on the small of your back pushing you forward.

You will feel the wind at your back to move in that certain direction.

You will feel or sense a very strong unction, a very strong prompting to move in that direction.

However, if God does not want you to move in that certain direction, then you will feel or sense no leading at all from the Holy Spirit.

When you think of moving in that direction, you will get a real flat witness from the Holy Spirit. There will be no inner witness to move forward.

You will have no peace to move in that direction. If that is what you are picking up when thinking about moving in a certain direction, then that is the Holy Spirit’s way of telling you to let it go and not to move in that certain direction.

Again, being able to pick up these kinds of leadings from the Holy Spirit is something that you will learn through a process of trial and error with Him.

After you have received quite a few of these leadings from the Holy Spirit, you can then become quite adept at being able to tell when a leading is coming in directly from Him or when it is coming in from your own natural desires and emotions.

4. Check in Your Spirit

In addition to the Holy Spirit leading you to go in a certain direction, He can also do just the exact opposite. He can tell you not to move in a certain direction, especially if there is going to be any kind of danger right around the corner. When He does not want you to move in a certain dangerous direction, many of the times what you will pick up from Him is a “check in your spirit.”

A check in your spirit is like a a stop sign being put up by the Holy Spirit. It is His way of telling you to stop right where you are at and not to proceed any further.

For instance, many people will get a check in their spirit when they are about ready to board a plane that is going to crash.

Some people will then heed that check and not get on the plane. Others will ignore it, thinking that it is their own natural emotions and fear and that it is not really coming in from the Holy Spirit.

That is why it is so vitally important that each Christian learn how to pick up these kinds of inner warnings from the Holy Spirit – so you can keep yourself from being seriously injured, if not possibly killed.

How many people have died in car accidents and plane crashes – all because they chose to ignore that check in their spirit not to get in that car or plane that day.

These checks in your spirit can also help prevent abductions, assaults, car accidents, plane crashes, taking the wrong jobs, marrying the wrong people, getting hooked up with the wrong people in this life, etc. As you can see, there can be an infinite number of situations where the Holy Spirit will tell you not to keep going in that specific direction.

Here is a very good verse from the Bible where the Holy Spirit did exactly that for the apostles:

“… they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia … They tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them.” (Acts 16:6-7)

This verse tells us that the Holy Spirit forbid them from going to Asia and Bithynia. And if the Holy Spirit was forbidding some of the apostles to move in a certain direction back in the beginning of the NT, then He can still do the exact same thing for all us in this day and age.

And one of the ways that He will let us know not to move in a certain direction is by giving us that check in our spirits.

The other thing the Holy Spirit can do in this realm besides giving you a good, strong, inner check in your spirit, is that He may take it one more step further and He may then start to churn your stomach.

Your stomach will start to churn, and you will feel like you have a million butterflies swirling around in your stomach.

You will get a very queasy and uneasy feeling about going any further in the direction you are looking to move into.

If the Holy Spirit takes that check in your spirit and moves it into an actual manifestation where He is literally churning your stomach, then it would be my very strong recommendation that you heed this kind of intense warning from Him, and immediately stop and turn away from the direction you were initially going to take.

I remember a girl I used to work with saved herself quite a bit of trouble as a result of heeding that check in her spirit when she was on vacation one day up in Canada.

About 10 years ago, she went on vacation to Toronto, Canada. Her and her friend were getting ready to get on a trolley type train car. Right before they were getting ready to board the train, she said she got a very uneasy and queasy feeling about getting on this train.

She said she had a strong check in her spirit not to board that train. Knowing that this could be a direct warning from the Holy Spirit, she chose to listen to it and decided not to board the train.

When they got home about 4-5 hours later, they turned on the TV and saw that the train they would have gotten on had been involved in a wreck on the tracks that were up in the air.

Apparently, the train somehow had got derailed and had partially come off of the tracks. It took 3-4 hours to finally rescue all of the people who were still on board. Several people were killed in the accident.

Had my friend not listened to that uneasy feeling and check in her spirit that the Holy Spirit was conveying to her, she would’ve at the least been stranded on that derailed train for 3-4 hours, not to mention the possibility of being seriously injured or even killed.

These checks in your spirit can be major lifesavers depending on what the Holy Spirit is telling you not to do. Again, this is another one that you will learn through a process of trial and error with Him.

As with the above other ways He will communicate to you, you can become quite adept in knowing when a check in your spirit is really coming in from Him, or when it is coming in from your own natural fear and emotions.

5. Quickenings

Another very interesting way that the Holy Spirit will use to communicate something to you is through an actual quickening. A quickening from the Holy Spirit is when He will “jump” something at you. For instance, if you are reading the Bible, you may find a verse or two that will jump off the pages at you and hit you right between the eyes.

Whenever the Holy Spirit quickens something like this to you, this means you are to grab a hold of it and examine it to see exactly what the message is that He is trying to convey to you. If you are dealing with a specific problem, He may quicken a verse to you that will help solve your problem.

You can also have words from preachers jump at you. You could be driving down the road in your car listening to a pastor teach on the radio when all of a sudden something he says jumps right out at you through the radio.

And again, when this happens, this is the Holy Spirit’s way of bringing you knowledge He may want you to have on something specific.

Another area where this could occur at is at your local Christian bookstore. You will be in the bookstore browsing all of the books in there when all of a sudden a particular book will jump off the shelf at you.

When that happens, there is a very good chance that is the Holy Spirit quickening that particular book to you.

If that should ever happen to you, you should pick up the book to see what it is all about.

There may be information in there that will help you in your walk with the Lord, and the Holy Spirit may want you to buy the book so you can add it to your storehouse of knowledge in the Lord. I cannot tell you how many times He has personally done this to me over the years.

And every time He does it, I always end up buying the book because there is key information and knowledge in that book that I needed to have for my own personal growth in the Lord.

I know many of you have had these kinds of experiences with the Holy Spirit. Some people will use the slang expression that something really “jumped” at them when they first heard it.

And in most of these cases, that word or message that was quickened to them by the Holy Spirit was something they really needed to hear at the time it happened.

Again, after you have received quite a few of these quickenings from the Holy Spirit, you can easily learn to sense and discern when it really is the Holy Spirit doing this for you.

Also, do not go “looking” for these quickenings to occur. Let them come naturally to you by the Holy Spirit.

6. Visions

The next three ways the Holy Spirit will communicate to you – visions, dreams, and prophecies – are all coming from this one verse out of Joel.

Here is the next verse that will completely set the stage for you on these next three ways the Holy Spirit will use to communicate something specific to us:

“And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions; and also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.” (Joel 2:28-29)

Notice that visions, dreams, and prophecies are all directly connected to the Holy Spirit Himself.

This verse is also implying that when He is really poured out, dreams, visions, and prophecies are going to be given to many of God’s people, not to just a few select saints. Many people believe that this outpouring has already begun, but that it will intensify in the coming years ahead.

In this caption, I will discuss the different kinds of visions you can receive from the Holy Spirit.

There are two basic types of visions that you can receive from the Holy Spirit.

One is called an “open vision.”

The other is called a “closed vision.”

A)  Open Vision – an open vision is when you receive a vision with your eyes wide open. Many of these visions will be in actual 3-D and if God should allow it, you can actually be a part of that vision itself.

John the Revelator was receiving these kinds of heavy, open visions when God was giving him visions on what was going to happen at the end of times. Some of the prophets in the OT also received these kinds of heavy, open visions.

But for the most part, they are very rare, and most Christians will never receive these kinds of open visions from the Holy Spirit. But please note, that could all change in the coming years as more of that verse from Joel starts to come to pass.

B)  Closed Vision – the second kind of vision you can receive from the Holy Spirit is what is called a closed vision. A closed vision is when you receive a vision in your mind’s eye. Another word for this is that you will receive a “picture in your mind’s eye.”

Though a closed vision does not seem to be as heavy or as dramatic as an open vision is, do not let that fool you. They are both visions and a closed vision is just as powerful and just as dramatic as an open vision is.

Though many people will never receive an open vision in their life, not so with the closed vision. The Holy Spirit loves to give these closed visions and He will do it quite frequently to those who will be open to receiving them, since a closed vision is receiving a picture in your mind’s eye.

Again, you will have to learn through a process of trial and error when a vision is coming in from your own natural imagination or when it is coming in direct from the Holy Spirit.

The reason the Holy Spirit loves to give these inner closed visions is because a lot more information and knowledge can sometimes be communicated to you through a vision or picture in your mind’s eye. You have all heard of the saying that a picture is worth a thousand words.

That saying right there perfectly describes why the Holy Spirit loves to give you these closed inner visions – because sometimes He can communicate a lot more knowledge and information to you.

However, these closed visions can come in on much smaller matters as well. For example, say you just lost your car keys and you cannot seem to find them anywhere in the house. What you don’t know is that your dog has just knocked them underneath your bed.

If the Holy Spirit wants to tell you where they are located at since He is called the Helper in the Bible, He can either give you an inner knowing, an inner witness to look underneath your bed, or He could give you an actual closed vision, with the vision showing you that the keys are lying right underneath your bed.

Many of the times, He will choose to give you that picture in your mind’s eye of where the keys are located.

What I have found from personal experience is that the Holy Spirit can give you these closed inner visions on very small and trivial matters like where you may have misplaced your cars keys at, to much larger and heavier issues in your life.

In other words, there is nothing He cannot give you a closed vision on to help you out with something, or if He wants to use a closed vision to communicate a specific piece of knowledge to you.

What you will have to learn on this is how to discern when a picture in your mind’s eye is really coming in from Him, or when it is coming in from your own natural imagination, since your own natural imagination has the power and the ability to draw up its own pictures in your mind’s eye.

One of the ways that you can tell when you are receiving a closed vision from the Holy Spirit is how it will come in on you. Many of the times these visions will come in out of the blue.

You may not really be thinking about anything specific or you are not using your own imagination to draw up any kind of picture’s in your mind’s eye. And then all of a sudden it will come in very quickly and very suddenly.

Another tell you will get when one of these is coming in from the Holy Spirit is that not only will it come out of the blue, but the picture you are receiving in your mind’s eye is not something that you would normally conjure up for yourself.

Sometimes these visions will need interpretation, other times they will not. But if you get a picture in your mind’s eye that comes in out of nowhere, and it is something that you would not naturally conjure up on your own, then examine the vision very carefully to see if it may be from the Holy Spirit and if you think it may be, try to interpret what He is trying to tell you.

Another tell that the Holy Spirit will give you so you know that the vision is coming in directly from Him, is that He will give you a good, inner witness that it is coming directly from Him, which is the first way I gave you above on how He will communicate something to you.

Again, you will only learn all of this though a process of trial and error with Him. After you have received quite a few of these closed inner visions, you can again become quite adept at discerning when a vision is coming in from Him, or when the vision is just coming in from your own natural imagination.

7. Dreams

The next way that the Holy Spirit can use to communicate something specific to you coming from the above verse from Joel is in your dreams.

In other words, you can receive a dream direct from the Holy Spirit. Another word for dreams is that they are “visions of the night.”

As you all know, the Bible has many examples of people receiving dreams from the Lord. God used an angel in a dream to tell Joseph to immediately flee to Egypt right after Jesus had been born, as Herod was getting ready to kill all of the first born.

King Nebuchadnezzar was given dreams on end time events, but he needed Daniel to interpret those dreams for him. Daniel himself was also given dreams and visions on coming end time events.

Dreams in your sleep are nowhere near as common as closed, inner visions are, but every once in a while God can give you a dream direct from Himself. So how do you know when you are receiving a dream direct from God, since psychologists have told us that everyone dreams every single night when they are sleeping?

I do not consider myself an expert on dreams. But there are several men in the body who are considered somewhat experts in this area.

Two of them are John Paul Jackson and James Goll. James Goll has written a very good book on dreams. The title of his book is, “Dream Language”. Another good book is, “Understanding the Dreams you Dream”, by Ira Milligan.

I personally have only had about 10 dreams from the Lord over a 20 year period. But what I can give you is what God does to me personally so I know that the dream is really coming in from Him.

The first thing God will do with me when He is giving me a dream from Him is the actual timing of it. I always get these God-dreams close to when I am getting ready to wake up. For instance, if I go to bed at 11 PM and I am going to be getting up at about 7 AM, the dream will be coming in between 6-7 AM.

The reason He does this with me is so the dream is basically right in my face right as I am starting to come out of that deep sleep.

The second tell I will get so I know that the dream is coming in from the Lord, is that the dream will not fade away from me once I wake up.

If you will notice, on most of the dreams you will have during the night, you will either have no memory of any of these dreams when you wake up, or if by chance you do remember one of them as you wake up, that dream will then fade away from you within the first 1-3 hours.

After the three hours is up, you will have completely forgotten about the dream.

But if the dream is coming in direct from the Holy Spirit, then the dream will not fade away on you. It will be as clear in your mind’s eye 6 hours later as it was when you first woke up. It will stay with you for days, if not forever.

If you wake up with a very strong, vivid dream being right in your face and you think it may be from the Lord, what I would do is grab a piece of paper and pen and write down what the dream was all about and if need be, draw actual pictures of what you saw in the dream.

Sometimes these dreams will need some kind of interpretation and you will need to carefully examine the dream to see exactly what God is trying to convey to you.

If God gave some of His people dreams back in the OT and NT, and we now have the above verse from Joel where God is telling us that once the Holy Spirit has been poured out on all flesh, that dreams from the Lord will become quite common, then you know this is one of the supernatural ways that the Lord will want to use with some of us from time to time.

So again, do not be afraid if you ever receive what you think may be a dream from the Lord. If God is giving you a dream direct from Himself, then there will be a personal message in there for you.

Your job will be to get it down on paper and carefully examine and analyze it for what that personal message may be.

As I said above, there are some men in the Body who are very good in this area. Some of them have written books on dreams and what certain things may mean in the dream.

I have never delved that deeply in this area, so I do not have the knowledge or expertise to tell you what every little thing in the dream may mean or represent.

For the most part with myself, most of the dreams I have had from the Lord have all been very straight forward.

God was either giving me a heads up on what was getting ready to come my way, or He was giving me a dream to help me solve a particular problem or issue I was dealing with at the time.

8. Prophecies

The third way God can communicate directly to you coming from the above verse from Joel is by prophecy. As we explained to you in our article titled, “The 9 Gifts of the Holy Spirit,” one of the 9 gifts from the Holy Spirit is the gift of prophecy.

The gift of prophecy is when you receive a direct word from the Lord. And when I say a direct word, I mean a direct word. Every word that you receive in the prophecy will be direct words from the Lord.

Since I have already talked about this gift at length in the above article, I will not go any further with it under this caption.

If you would like to see a good, detailed explanation on what this gift is all about and how God can use it with you,it is our part 3 of our series on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit called, The Gift of Prophecy.  This will be our explanation of what this gift is all about.


When you really study each of the 8 ways that the Holy Spirit will use to communicate to us in this life, every single one of these ways is a supernatural type of communication.

To think that we are able to receive the Holy Spirit in our human spirits at the moment of our conversions to Jesus – and then to add this kind of icing to the entire cake where the Holy Spirit can literally supernaturally communicate to all of us in these different ways – it just does not get any better than this!

Again, I know some pastors are afraid to open up this supernatural realm to their flocks, but when God the Father puts these kinds of specific verses in the Bible, then I can only come to the conclusion that God wants all of us to learn how to do this with the Holy Spirit.

If the Holy Spirit is going to be our personal Guide and Teacher in this life, then not only can He teach us everything we will need to know in this life so we can fully complete our divine destiny in the Lord, but He can also teach us how to hear directly from Himself in these different ways as well.

We can thus fully trust Him to handle all of us in this supernatural realm.

What I have found in this realm is that the Holy Spirit will only usually do this kind of supernatural work with the people who will really want it.

If this realm is just too scary for some of you, or you would prefer to stay away from it at this time, the Holy Spirit will respect your thoughts and wishes on this, and He will not try and push Himself or His ways on you.

This realm is basically for the real seekers, for the people who will want more of God and who will not be afraid to tread into these kinds of deeper waters with Him.

It is one thing to know that God and Jesus are up in heaven, but it is quite another thing to realize that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit can all supernaturally communicate to any one of us at any time They should want to do so.

God was always supernaturally communicating to His people back in both the OT and NT. And if God has not changed, and He is still the same today as He was yesterday, then this tells us that He still wants to supernaturally communicate to all of us in these same ways.

God does not change, nor does any of His ways. And if any of His ways are not going to change, then these 8 different ways that He has used in the past to supernaturally communicate to His people will still apply to all of us in this day and age.

It is now up to each Christian as to whether or not they will want to learn how to do all of this with the Holy Spirit.

Again, I know this kind of an article may end up being a bit controversial with some people – but with all of the above verses being so clear on exactly what God has set up for all of us to enter into, I felt I had no other choice but to put all of this out for you, and from there, you can each make up your own minds as to whether or not you will want God the Father to open up these different ways in which He still likes to use to communicate to all of us in this day and age.

If you haven’t read the part 1 already, How To Be Led By The Holy Spirit, I really recommend that you read that article as well.

If read that already, then you might be interested to learn How to Discern if a Word is From the Lord.


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  1. Wow, this was a great after such enduring incidents in my life, I have never encountered a visit with the Holy Spirit until about two weeks ago and this blogged has explained a lot of absent information concerning the holy spirit. I never believed in the Holy Spirit but now I am a believer, which is strange to me but in a good way. I would just like to say thanks.

  2. This was a GREAT article to read; very informative, and it reassured me on everything I already knew about how the Holy Spirit speaks to me. Thank you and God bless you!

  3. I searched for someone who gets signs and was thrilled to read this. I’ve been getting them. I actually see rose colored flower like circles or gold or white. Sometimes I see an eye in the middle or a cross. I’ve determined the Rose is love the gold means protection and white is absolute pure. Also floating number 7 when I talk to my dad. I’m putting this here in case anyone else searched because we are not crazy or hallucinating or imagining. Truth. Happy Holidays! Look up and pray up to God Jesus and the Holy Spirit! They do listen ❤️

  4. A broken and a co trite heart He will not cast out, that’s His word, 2. If this relationship is causing you that much disturbance, then you should probably, the one God really has for you is still waiting for you. If she is who God has for you, then why are you afraid of her meeting some other man??? Your problem is now you are soul tied, that’s sexual acts do, spiritually tie you to that person, now only God can break it, only you must make the hard decision to let go.

  5. I have read it all, there was a time the holy Spirit warn be to stay a way from a particular girl in my church, I couldn’t listen, I have now get myself emotionally carried away by that girl, I am meant to be a preacher of the word, as an evangelist, I am barely 25, I am so disturb in the spirit, I really hate sinning against God,I know all is required to leave holy,but this girl has always be on my mind, I have committed fornication with that very girl, I hate it so much, I really want to fulfill the word of the Lord consigning my life, I really don’t know what to do, and that girl, I keep seeing her all the time because I wouldn’t want her to meet any man, what do I do. Though have gone to God in prayers but am still very disturb about my act
    Please I need advice.

    • Fight! Yourself, temptation, your mind everything that tries to keep you in sin. I did the same thing and now, I have a child that is being kept from me. Every day I suffer! DO NOT DISOBEY ANYMORE! Hold on, pray, fast and ask The Father to forgive and sanctify you. RESIST the devil!

    • You need Deliverance…. This is clearly a blockage and a hinderance from Satan to stop your destiny. The Bible says a man that finds a wife finds a good thing and find favor from God. God have to deliver you from past soul ties because when you marry you will continue to fornicate or commit adultery. If you really love this young lady why not marry?

  6. What you have written about is very true and real and confirms many experiences I have had. The more you seek God in the word and share with him one to one things change. No different than any realtion ship with a person. The key being it takes time and time these days is sacrifce.Our current world does not want us to take the time as busyness is designed to deprive us of this wonderful relationship.All I can say is read The Word , be guided by the Holy Spirit and be expectant.You will be amazed

  7. This is a tough topic to understand from our current cultural perspective. However, I do not believe the original readers of the word in the first century would have been as challenged. We are burdened today with immense error regarding the Holy Spirit. I encourage the readers of this article to study deeper. The Holy Spirit does NOT communicate to the individual in a direct way apart from the word today. A misunderstanding on this topic ultimately lead to the chaos present in the “Christian” world that we see today.

    • How do you know that He does not, directly? I know differently, and that is all I want to say about experiences. But just for yourself- know that YOU do not know. There is a difference. I understand that one may not believe something or just not feel inclined to entertain it further, but negating something in an absolute manner that you don’t truly know is flawed on it’s surface. No disrespect to you, please understand.

  8. Had voice saying”Holy Spirit Warning” I didn’t know what it meant but after a few days, I heard Unpardonable sin” and I don’t understand what I did or exactly who said Unpardonable sin. This was after doing Holy Communion with a pastor on tv which my mom threw out the foam plate that the Communion was on in the garbage pail and earlier I threw out an old sponge.

    I have been heart sick since. I felt that my being shuck and the Holy Spirit left me that day. I love Jesus and the Trinity. I am a born again Christian.

    • Had similar experience after saying a prayer with an online minister. Was as if holy spirit left me. I was heart broken. Think still getting back on track with holy spirit and God. Think we have to be so careful about opening up ourselves to online things . You got a clear warning too. I’m sorry. I’m praying for my forgiveness. Hope you find your way back.

    • The only unpardonable sin is not accepting Jesus. Sounds like you need a better understanding of the Word. God said that He will never leave us,nor forsake us. Either He’s lying,or you’re living by your feelings. I believe God,and so should you. Sorry if I sound so blunt,but God is always true,and anything contrary to His word is a lie.

    • One of the greatest tormenting delights of Satan “Doubt.” Don’t worry Ron, that Devil will use are inner feelings and emotions of fear and dread to support his’ worthless accusations. He is “The Father of all lies. After doing years of research on the Unpardonable sin, this is what I am certain of: If a person should commit this act, He or She would Lose all desire and interest in God. That person would not feel guilt or fear because The Holy Spirit would no longer convict them of sin. You said it Ron: ” I love Jesus and the Trinity/Godhead” and ” I am a born again Christian.” You and I will meet face to face, and that will be in Heaven-God bless you.

  9. I surrendered fully to Jesus August of 2017. When doing so I had close encounters with orbs of white fire, one was even 15 feet from me. Days after contact I had vivid visions of God and his Angel’s the devil/spirits/terrains//mountains places unknown. I’ve even seen the throne room of God. These visions have been lessons from God to walk his path. This Stuff is real and when your ready he will show you. Thank you for the article

  10. Thank you for your articles about the Holy Spirit. I’ve been reading them lately. Mostly are confirmations and assurance that I am somehow in the right track.

    Just that part in the churning of the stomach and like fluttering butterflies. Does it always mean No? Because based on experience, they are like part of “labor pains” especially when seeking and praying. There was a season in my life where I was seeking for an answer from God and throughout the day I would experience this labor-like pain for short time. I saw the pattern that whenever I feel this I would ask God the verse he wants me to read and I would be reminded of a verse and then read it and it is exactly the answer I needed. It was too direct to the point that it included the exact location of where we were to go and at some point it included my husband’s name which we never even expected to be in the Bible. It was an awesome experience and now, that’s what I do during those labor pain experiences. I either pray or keep reading the Bible and ask what god wants me to hear.

  11. Awesome to everyone that has had the Holy Spirit experience! I, too have sensed the wind of the spirit and saw Jesus in a dream. I also had an angle encounter and have been touched on my face soft as a feather !

    I have been hovered over by a strong force like the feeling of a large bird, knowing in my spirit that it was an angle. I felt gushing wind and could hear the wings. Halleluia to everyone that encountered the same experience. It’s awesome to testify! Be kind and love one another. Your reward will be in heaven. God is so pleased with all who honors him and he delights in us and gives great favor! God bless everyone today and forever. Amen!

  12. Really…I have encountered the holy spirit a of times, but there’s this money issue have been inquiring of him about, I don’t know what to do, I’m shattered, sometimes I might be Praying and he tells me to forgive my dad, d more I do that, d more something else comes up, my school fees is due, I just want him to tell me how to fix things and be at peace with myself

    • Don’t loose faith. There has been seasons in my life when it was as though he was intentionally silent about specific things I needed him to attend to, however, I would still hear him speak about a whole lot of other things. This bothered me alot but after quite a while and after that phase, the issue was solved and I realized there was something he actually wanted me to experience. It might be that God is teaching you to learn to trust in him(the kind of trust without borders that will launch you into greater dimensions of faith). Lastly, make sure you see God in all areas of your life, both the good and the bad, for he uses them all as instruments to mould us into the exact image he wants us to have.

  13. thank you!!! i really related to everything especially the conversion part. people think because they gave their life to christ, and got saved that he automatically opens up the holy spirit to us, and they come up with all kinds of things and that DOES NOT, work like that god said we are to take up our crosses DAILY, to follow him. just as i am up at 3am reading this now.

  14. I thank God I thank God for everything that you’ve told us about no one would ever believe me for some reason but I know what you are saying I have testimonies that are unbelievable I thank God so much for you in Jesus name amen

  15. I just want to share what happen to me yesterday when my husband and I were at the church. I was crying while the commentator was reading the scripture. The scripture was about how Jesus was arrested, betrayed, denied and crucified. I felt like I was there, I felt like I saw everything and felt every sufferings of Jesus. Tears keeps on rolling from my eyes. I calmed myself right before the communion and started to cry again as soon as I kneel down and pray. While I was praying, A cold wind passes between me and my husband. At first, I thought it was a wave from a fan (the church has no fan it has a centralized aircon but you won’t feel that wind effect).Then I asked my husband if he felt that cold wind, he said no. That’s the time I realized, It was the Holy Spirit. And I was shivering while keeping myself calm from crying. It was not the first time that I felt the Holy Spirit but yesterday was different.

  16. I feel it is an honor and blessing for the Lord Almighty to think so highly of me to reveal his powers through the works of the Holy Spirit and to teach me how the Holy Spirit communicates to those who love HIM.

  17. Thank you much for explaining the 8 ways The Holy Spirit communicates with us.
    I searched because lately as pray because going to bed there some sort light that comes in closed eyes as if I’m about to be shown something. But then it vanishes. But last night I prayed so hard and I ask God to tell me what is wrong with my husband, because he gets angry quickly and his facial expression changes and he friends me. He reminds that there’s no know real love left for me like he use to for last 4 to 5 years. Married for 39 years this year. I asked God to fix him or me or break the curse. I told God I wanted my husband back.
    All of a sudden a very beautifully, truly clear picture formed before eyes. I shocked me really because it was one of my husband setting on side of the bed in underwear and tank sleep shirt as he always does before getting up. But the image of someone smaller walked in front of him from left to right wearing a gray hoody. There was darkness where the face should have been and my husband face was not clear either. No doubt it was him though.
    The picture vanished quickly but still unforgettable.
    I don’t know what this means non other than maybe my husband is being tormented. I love him but afraid for him and us. He’s been a great man for the most.

    • I forgot to mention that my husband is retired loves to cook and we have created a catering business. I am not retired, but helps extensively with the business. I do it all the paperwork and service the customers as well . So the both of us continues to work all the time. There’s no outside of the home entertaining us time. Simple conversations get to go out or maybe the conversation is about one of our adults sons being silly like his dad will set him off to be highly aggressive and uncompromising.
      I get edgy whenever we have conversation.
      When spoke to GOD IN PRAYER, I saw that vivid picture that was somewhat evil and frightening.
      I’ve crying asking God what has He shown me? Will I get my husband back or is it time to leave.
      GOD can fix all things…

      • Dear Joan
        I also am searching for answers.
        I read your post and want you to know that i am praying for and your husband.
        If God has shown this hooded figure to you i believe that you should listen.
        I believe in God the Father and I believe in Jesus Christ. I believe that God will use the Holy Spirit to help you to understand a bit more clearly as to what is happening on a spiritual level.
        Your husband and your marriage is under attack.
        Satan wants to draw you away from God.
        Dont let him.
        Support and love your husband with the love that Jesus Christ showed us.
        Get involved in a community that will support you and your prayers for a meaningful marriage.
        I pray these words give you peace and I pray you fall into Gods arms for strength during this time.
        Communicate gently with your husband and show him the love he so desperately needs right now.
        May God protect you and keep your family safe.

      • Joan…. That dark figure trying to hover over your husband is satan who is working something either within or making your husband go in the wrong direction. Pray hard pray in the spirit and destroy the evil forces. I once was praying for my niece I saw a hooded dark figure tall figure hovering behind her. I prayed hard that day and dint tell her about it I jus asked her to pray for God’s protection nd plead the blood of Jesus upon her nd her family as I dint wanted to scare away the poor kid as she was new to Christ. After a few days wen I prayed for her again I did not see the dark figure I cud see an angel protecting her. This all happens while I was holding her hands nd prayed for her and their family specifically. Don’t be discouraged call into the Lord in truth nd spirit nd He will destroy the evil forces around u. Peace to u in Jesus name. Amen.

  18. Landing on this page was truly Holy Spirit led.I thank God for the author.I used to read about the Holy Ghost but somehow got lost in the midst of being able to put it into daily practice.I now understand that the Holy Spirit has always been there I simply just had to learn to connect and communicate with and work through Him.
    May God continue to use you more to enlighten His flock .This article truly brought light to me ! Thank you so much.Stay blessed!

  19. I have read your Articles about the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit will lead, guide, and direct you in life. Listening to the Holy Spirit is awesome and believe the Holy Spirit will help you in life also. Your Article was amazing and so true. It really fit my under-standing about the times I wake up every morning around 5 am. Your Article was clear, understanding, could not explain it any better, and down to the core. I appreciate your work with the Lord and the Holy Spirit. Thank you so much for the reading and knowledge ment. Thanks again.

  20. I just want to thank you so very much for your wisdom of the holy spirit, you have well written in words and explained it very well, which i had a problem in doing so myself. this has just enforced what the holy spirit told me to do and go and find it, i am not totally sure and understand it all because it will come in god time to understand it, for he is the only righteous one. again thank you and i am looking forward in reading the gift of prophecy…. you are very bless, as well as i and i will always be thankful to god with awe for he is my maker, for fortress and my strength, amen. such enlightenment can be so overwhelming and such sufferings in learning of the supernatural realm is so worth it because it brings me closer to god which is what i live for. again thanks

  21. Don’t know where the first mission went oh well here goes again. About two nights ago I had a dream about my late mother who in this dream touch my ears and a lot of loud noise and smoke came out but the weird thing is I cursed her out for doing so and even weirder is that I love respect obey and honor my mother and I was raised in the church with both parents what gives? Please note that I used to be a reader of the word and now I love to study his word

  22. I now love to study the bible, before I was just a reader of his word. Let me get to my dream of 2 nights ago. I had a dream where my mother (who is deceased) touched my ears and a lot of noise and smoke came out. But the weird thing is I cursed her out for doing that. And the even weirder thing is I respect honor and obey my mom so what gives? I would never curse at my mother or father. Please note I was raised in the church both parents took me.

  23. God is revealing a lot of things in my life but in many more ways than this. I am able to see and hear Angel’s and spirits but also demons. I’m struggling with being able to discern the two and figure out which way the Lord is trying to lead me. The visions I see are able to be recorded. The angels I see have been caught on camera and also the demons. So it’s not just me that can see them I am just able to point them out before others see them. My walk with God isn’t the strongest but I’m working on it. I know I have open some doors in my life and now my home has more demonic spirits than good. I feel like the lord is pushing me to take my son and leave my home, but I also feel like God is mighty and all powerful I should be able to stay he will defend me. I’m searching for answers in the bible and everywhere. I hear good spirits say megan please get out of here now. But Idk if its trick of devil. Please help..

    • If I were you, I’d start praising the Lord. Praise Him all throughout the day. “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.”

    • I am going through the exact same thing!!!!!! I can hear them but I cannot discern them. And I feel like I need to leave my home but when I pray, God comes through for me. I have nowhere else to go so I have to stay and fight. I just keep Gospel music on my t.v and read psalms. I also decree and declare protection over the enemy. You are in a spiritual warfare. The demons are attacking you because you have the seal/remnant of God. They have been waiting for you since birth. You can either cling onto God or die. Pretty much. This happens when the devil finds no use for you and spits you out. So all you have is God to lean on for protection. God is stronger than the devil but we all fear the devil more anyway which is so weird of us. The moment that you let go of God, then you die spiritually. And when that happens, it is easier for you to get into car accidents, injuries, etc. Your light around you is completely turned off when your spirit dies and you need that light to protect you in the darkness. FOLLOW HIS 10 COMMANDMENTS and you will live long. Start reading proverbs.

  24. Good morning sir, just woke up from sleep, I had this dream but I can’t vividly remember, but while I was sleeping, I was physically waking up to itch my Palm. But before I slept i prayed and cried to God for help, because am really facing a hard time in medical school.
    Does it mean when one cannot remember their dream it not from the Holy Spirit?
    Is there a way one can remember?

  25. How wonderful is this! I woke up this morning remembering a most vivid and audible dream where the Holy Spirit was commicating a message through me to my Brothers and Sisters at a fast food eatery on a late night. The words which flowed from my lips amazed me. The Eloquent message telling these people how EVERYTHING GOOD AND PERFECT comes only from God…and to give Thanks and Praise EVERDAY …and that CHRIST is in each and everyone of us… and to not resist your own journey.. I cannot recall many dreams in my 55 years. But this one had such clarity. I have been Blessed more than I deserve. I have a wonderful family and a successful business which started from a prayer on my knees shortly following a job loss. That business has opened up hundreds and hundreds of relationships. I have suppressed using this business as a foundation for his work. But I realize now that his work is already in progress. I came across your “8 ways” while trying to decipher this vivid early morning dream. Thank you for guiding me to perspective. This “read”was by no means “accidental”. Praise Be to God and Many Blessings to all who read this.

    • Awesome Steve! I had a dream that had a meaning to it that I didn’t understand at first, but the Holy Spirit came to me and shown me and has started to give me many many scriptures, where as to they are sermons, and I had been “set apart” from my brothers and sisters for half a year now in some areas, and much longer in others, but it is right on, the message is there and it is truly from him, that all things work out for his good, there is no darkness in him, and he is the light of all men. He’s calling us out and opening up our spirits so he can talk to us more. I was taken out of church, which I love, so he can talk to me and help me, overcome, so I can help others. It’s awesome he moves us and changes our lives. It’s turned into over 3,500 words (with scriptures) he’s given me almost daily and it started when he told me that I’d see a police officer at Six Flags, and I did and these scriptures come pouring in and I never been the same. Truly, Enlightened by the Holy Spirit with his words and promises. I’m 36, and I never had a pastor mentor, and I had to learn Jesus in a new way, and ever since it’s been amazing and it just started in October

      • Very nicely stated. The manifestation of God operaitng in us by His Holy Spirit. We serve an awesome God. His supernatural powers is super real. Your message was down to earth/ easy to understand and very encouraging.

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