How To Be Led By The Holy Spirit

Last updated on:

Since we have opened up this site, we have received many questions from people all across the world. If I had to rank one question that might be one of the most frequently asked questions, it might be the actual title of this article – exactly how am I to be led by the Holy Spirit – and exactly how does the Holy Spirit communicate to all of us in this life?

As we all know, the Bible very clearly says that the sons of God are led by the Holy Spirit in this life. Once again, here is this most important verse:

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” (Romans 8:14)

Now that we know that the Holy Spirit will lead us in this life because the Bible now tells us so, exactly how does He do this? This is where you have to take some other verses from Scripture on this topic and put them all together like you would pieces to a jigsaw puzzle. Once you put these additional Scripture verses all together on this topic, then you will see very clearly the different ways that the Holy Spirit will use to help guide us and communicate to us in this life.

For the record, based upon the revelation that are in these additional verses, we believe there are 8 basic ways that the Holy Spirit will use to not only guide us in this life, but to also directly communicate to all of us from time to time. In other words, you can learn how to hear direct from the Holy Spirit Himself.

If the Bible calls the Holy Spirit our Guide and Teacher in this life, then this means He will attempt to communicate to all of us from time to time. Otherwise we will never be able to pick up from Him exactly what He is trying to teach us or tell us to do.

But before I get into these 8 basic ways that the Holy Spirit will use to communicate to us and lead us in this life, I want to make one more comment on this subject matter. If there are two subject matters that are rarely discussed in many churches today, it has to be in the area of spiritual warfare like we discussed so many times in our articles in that section, and in the area on how to hear from God and how to be led by the Holy Spirit.

My best guess on why most pastors do not attempt to educate their flocks on how the Holy Spirit will lead us and communicate to us in this life is either because they themselves do not have a full understanding on this subject matter, or they are too afraid to open up this subject matter to their flocks for fear that it will open up a door to the spiritual realm, and from there, they could possibly make contact with demonic spirits who will try to masquerade as the Holy Spirit or God Himself.

In other words, they look at this subject matter as being a kind of pandora’s box. They are afraid if they open up their flocks to supernatural communication from the Holy Spirit, then they may also open them up to communication to demonic spirits as well.

Granted, this is a possibility, but just because demons can attempt to counterfeit what God does, does not mean you have to throw out all of the supernatural ways that God will use to communicate to His people.

For example – per the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit, demons can counterfeit the gift of tongues. But just because demons can counterfeit the gift of tongues does not mean that the gift of tongues from the Lord is still not real and that many of His people can still receive it in this day and age. We just have to be careful and learn how to discern when something is coming in from God and when something is coming in from demons.

Demons can also give false visions, false dreams, false healings, false prophecies, etc. But again, just because demons can do this does not mean that we should totally shut down God in those areas of our life, and refuse to accept the supernatural ways that He still likes to use to communicate to all of us.

Again, if there is one major area that many Christians are weak on because they have never been taught much about it, it has to be in the area of spiritual warfare, and in the area on how to be led by the Holy Spirit and how to hear directly from God themselves.

If you really study the Bible from cover to cover, God was supernaturally communicating to His people on a fairly regular basis. And if God is still the same today as He was yesterday, then this tells us that He still wants to communicate to all of us in those same supernatural ways.

We just have to learn what those different supernatural ways are – and then learn through a process of trial and error when it really is the Lord communicating to us, when it is demons, or when it is just our own natural imaginations and feelings talking to us.

I will break down these 8 specific ways God will use to communicate to all of us under the following 8 captions so you can keep all of these different ways properly sorted out. But before I do, I want to give you some very key verses from Scripture on the Holy Spirit Himself so this part of the walk will not scare you or intimidate you.

Key Scripture Verses on the Holy Spirit

The following verses I will now give you are major key verses on the Holy Spirit Himself, and they will all set the stage for you to be able to receive direct supernatural communication from Him from time to time.

Again, I know some pastors are afraid to open up this supernatural realm to their flocks, but these verses all are all straight forward and they are meaning exactly what they are saying.

As a result, I believe these verses should be taught by the churches so their people will at least know what the Bible has to say about this subject matter, and from there, each person can then make up their own mind as to whether or not they want to tread into these kinds of deeper waters with the Lord.

If God did not want this kind of information and knowledge in our lives, then He would have never put these kinds of verses in the Bible. But since He did, this tells me that He wants His people to have access to this revelation and from there, they can then decide if they want to try and develop this part of their walk with the Lord.

Now onto some very key Scripture verses on the Holy Spirit that will set this kind of stage up for you.

1. You Can Develop a Personal Relationship With the Holy Spirit

The very first thing you will need to know if you want to learn how to be led by the Holy Spirit is that you can develop a direct personal relationship with Him just like you already have with God and Jesus.

If the Holy Spirit is going to start to supernaturally communicate to you in a wide variety of ways, then the first thing you are going to want to do is to make direct personal contact with Him, since you are now going to be working very closely with Him if you want to develop this part of your walk with the Lord.

Here are two very key verses from the apostle Paul telling us that we are allowed to have direct communication and direct fellowship with the Holy Spirit Himself:

  • “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” (2 Corinthians 13:14)
  • “Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit …” (Phillippians 2:1)

The two key words in these two verses are the words “communion” and “fellowship.” And both of these two key words are being tied in direct to the Holy Spirit Himself. In other words, the apostle Paul is telling us that we can have direct communion and direct fellowship with the Holy Spirit Himself.

Put those two key words together and they spell one thing – personal relationship. Not only can we develop a close personal relationship with both God the Father and Jesus Christ, but these two additional verses are telling us that we can also develop a close personal relationship direct with the Holy Spirit Himself.

These two verses will now set the stage for the next two verses.

2. The Holy Spirit is Our Personal Guide and Teacher in This Life

Before you can believe that the Holy Spirit can guide you, lead you, and teach you in this life, you will need the specific Scripture verses showing us that He does have this kind of personal ministry with all of us. And these next set of verses are going to give you that specific revelation. Here they are:

  • “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” (John 14:26)
  • “However, when He, the Spirit of truth has come, He will guide you into all truth …” (John 16:13)

When the Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit will “teach us all things” and “guide us into all truth,” this tells us that the Holy Spirit has the ministry with each one of us as being our personal Guide and Teacher in this life.

And if He is going to be our personal Guide and Teacher in this life, then this means He will start to communicate to us so He can teach us what He wants to teach us. And our part will then be to learn how He will communicate to us so we can pick up that communication when He does start to release it to us.

Put these two verses together with the first two verses above about having direct fellowship and direct communion with the Holy Spirit, and you can tell that God is letting all of us know loud and clear that we can enter into this supernatural realm with the Holy Spirit.

If God is telling us that the Holy Spirit will be guiding us and teaching us in this life, then we can comfortably enter into that realm with Him so He can then begin to do that kind of deeper work with each one of us.

3. Do Not Resist, Rebel, Grieve, or Quench the Holy Spirit

These last set of verses I will now give you will put the icing on this entire cake. Not only does God want us to establish a direct personal relationship with the Holy Spirit, along with allowing us to be led and taught by Him in this life, but now God is going to take it one more step further.

These next set of verses are now going to tell us that we are not to resist, quench, rebel, or grieve the Holy Spirit. In other words, once the Holy Spirit starts to become very active in your life, and He then starts the process of guiding you and teaching you in this life, from there, God will want you to work very closely with Him. God will not want you to resist Him, quench Him, grieve Him, or rebel against Him.

Here are four key verses giving us these four specific words:

  • “But they rebelled and grieved His Holy Spirit; so He turned Himself against them as an enemy, and He fought against them.” (Isaiah 63:10)
  • Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.” (1 Thessalonians 5:19-22)
  • “You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you.” (Acts 7:51)
  • “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” (Ephesians 4:30)

When you really study the intense wording of these verses, you can tell that God the Father is telling all of us loud and clear that once the Holy Spirit starts to move in on you and your life, that He will want us to work in cooperation with Him. God does not want us resisting Him, quenching Him, grieving Him, or trying to rebel against Him. If you rebel and resist the Holy Spirit, then you are rebelling and resisting God Almighty Himself and His Son Jesus Christ. And that is not a place you want to be in with the Lord.

The other thing to pick up on these verses is that they are more proof that the Holy Spirit does have a specific ministry with all of us and that He can become very active in our daily lives.

If the Holy Spirit did not have the job and the ability to become very active in our daily lives, then the Bible would not be using the words quenching, resisting, rebelling, or grieving the Holy Spirit.

If you are quenching the Holy Spirit, then this means He is already moving in on you to try and help you out. Otherwise, there would be nothing to quench. Same thing with the other three key words – resisting, rebelling, and grieving. If the Holy Spirit was not becoming very active in your daily life in the first place, then there would be nothing to resist, grieve, or rebel against.

All 4 of these words are very strong words, once again showing that the Holy Spirit is not only living on the inside of each one of us, but once He is in there, He wants to become very active in our daily life so He can help us complete our divine destiny with the Lord, along with helping us to become the kind of a person God wants us to become in Him through the sanctification process He wants to do with all of us.

You cannot fulfill your true purpose and calling in this life, and become the true sanctified saint God is wanting you to become in Him unless you have the Holy Spirit helping you out with all of this. This is why the Holy Spirit is called “The Helper” in the Bible. This is why Jesus has said that without Him, we can do absolutely nothing in this life.

Bottom line with these first three captions – the Bible is telling all of us very clearly that not only do we have the Holy Spirit living on the inside of us as a result of accepting Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, but these verses are also giving us additional information that the Holy Spirit has a specific ministry with all of us – and that specific ministry is to guide us, lead us, and teach us in this life.

And if the Holy Spirit has the job of guiding us and teaching us in this life, then this means He is going to try and supernaturally communicate to all of us from time to time. And your job will then be to learn the different ways He will communicate to you – which will now take us right into the next section – the 8 different ways that the Holy Spirit will lead us and communicate to us in this life.

In part 2 of How To Be Led By The Holy Spirit, I will show you The 8 Different Ways the Holy Spirit Will Use to Communicate to Us in This Life.


52 Responses to “How To Be Led By The Holy Spirit”

Read below or add a comment...

Newer comments are at the top.

  1. powerful article with powerful massage.have really enjoyed reading this are bring people closer to God through sharing such type of share this articleas well with my brothers and sisters in my community because there are a lot who are living in darkness.thank you.

  2. About five year ago, I used to see myself praying for demon possessed people in my dreams. This led me to want to communicate with God directly. I was hungry and thirsty for him but didn’t real do anything about it… I can say, everything I knew about God was what my mum told us.

    In December, 2015, I started getting involved in church programs and from there I learned a lot about God. Started fasting on my own and on three occasions dreamt of rapture… felt so real. I saw people ascending to heaven and I was left behind. God reminded me of all dreams I had and didn’t do anything about. I tried to wake up but couldn’t. A girl who looked like me, more like my twin then said to me, “when we wake up, we will tell people about it. ” I agreed and I woke up all of the sudden. it was like I my soul was thrown back into my body.

    tried to bring people to God through sharing the word but it felt like it wasn’t enough. recently I’ve had this hunger and thirst for God and now being serious about it. I want the Holy Spirit to speak directly to me and want him to work in me. This article has encouraged me to seek the Holy Spirit even more knowing that it can really happen even in these days. Thank you so much.!

  3. thank you for opening my eyes to some seemingly obvious character qualities of who the Holy Spirit is that I didn’t realize were of Him. I now am able to think of Him & to see Him in a new & wonderfully personal way & I eagerly look forward to communing with Him. God bless

  4. just two corrections on that article.

    First, many pastors understand that their communication with the Holy Ghost is security to their ministries. that is if most members can dial direct(as i call it), then what will be the use of churches and ministries in the first place. it is unbelievably countless things that many servants of God are willing to sacrifice for the sake of themselves in multiple areas, as i believe including tithe(and the law of moses etc). so while this affords them a set of privileges. the problem is always a high-cost of sacrificing or twisting a revelation straight from God. I understand that when you deal with the Holy Spirit honesty is paramount. you can’t twist him because of John 14 which clearly says that he is all- knowing. and the problem is that, this Holy Spirit gives us all this information for a reason. a sacrifice results in a cost.


    it is true that Satan so far as communication with the Holy Spirit is concerned is concerned, he attempts to mislead or deceive our minds especially in the area of questioning the message from the Holy Spirit. we should know that doubts are his greatest strategy. so the main idea behind the devil when coming to receiving from the Holy Spirit is not necessarily deception, but rather questioning. as God’s children who are grounded in the power of God we are very much immune to him doing as he pleases(refer to Job). so we could as well scale down that demonic fear some references to accurately explain the process that actually takes place when a Christian is under devil’s attack due to an interactive relationship with the Holy Spirit.
    but wow, nevertheless WHAT A GREAT ARTICLE (I LOVE IT)

  5. Emily from oct 8 2015,

    I know your post is old, but I wonder if your anxiety that prompted you to pray and fast was a warning from the Holy Spirit. If you do indeed have unhealthy soul ties with your father, whatever unclean spirit is living in him could probably sense the breakage occurring, hence the frantic call from him. How are things now?

  6. Hi. I once had an experience about a year ago and I haven’t been able to interpret it properly. About a year ago I was going through a very difficult period in my life and I wasn’t quite myself. I was always highly stressed anxious unhappy fatigued and unable to focus nothing was working for me, and the worse part I couldn’t focus or think straight. So I decided for the first time to pray and fast for a month, even though i prayed every now and then but not enough. What I was going through was to much I knew I had to try something different I knew I had to seek guidance from the Lord.
    1. On the 7th day after I broke my fast and was eating my dinner while watching tv, the tv began to have waves of vibrations coming out of it. it was weird. I kept blinking just in case there was something wrong with my eyes. I place my food aside and after a brief moment it stopped.
    2. And the second scary part is for some reason my dad who was living in his own house away from me, starting panicking and calling me as if he sensed something.
    I’ve never seen him act so scared like that it was weird. My dad is not a christian and to be honest I suspect some sort of unhealthy tie between the two of us which quite frankly I don’t particularly care for. I’ve been praying for deliverance and for the ties between us to be broken, so I can be free to live my life and serve the Lord without any negative influences.
    Can you please help translate what happened to me. Thanks

  7. I was spending a lot of personal time with Jesus, the Father. I was glowing ! I went to church I was outside talking to a member about all the things God is doing for me all of a sudden my arms chest and face became a soft warm numbing feeling ,the crown of my head i felt a ring of fire and I was looking up into the sky with so much love for the father. She lead me inside the church into another room it was very bright in there and peaceful in there, some time later the Paster entered I told him about the things God has done for me then we prayed but then I noticed how beautiful blue his eyes were after we prayed I left. 2 weeks later I went back to church met the paster in the hall and I said to him where are your blue eyes? He had nothing to say about that I’m thinking he thinks I’m crazy, So I’m wandering why did God let me see him with beautiful blue eyes? The eyes I saw were much bigger than his in size but very beautiful i actually felt I wasn’t worthy to look. Does anyone know what this means? I’m praying about this. I had asked God to allow me to see into the spiritual world and then this happened. Is it good or bad?

  8. How can i know that the demons has counterfeit my tongue and how can get out of this situation ? Another, how can i know that this is a false vision, prophesy or dream ?

  9. The Holy Spirit is a Comforter. I know that he is always there for me no matter what trial or tribulation I am going through. I know that he sees me through every circumstance and situation. He also shows me things that are trying to come up against me; and how to ward them off in the Spirit. Praying in the Spirit; in un-known tongues; “The Communication between you and God”; what a powerful and beautiful experience this is. I treasure all the intimate time that I spend in the presence of the Lord. To be edified and built up in my most Holy Faith!!

  10. Since I was baptised fully in water. 37 years ago. I have have the guidance of the Holy Spirit. God has blessed me so much with knowledge before events happen. It has literally saved my life from abuse.
    Every one has gifts.
    It is God’s wish that we love all people.
    Everything that has happened in my life has made me stronger in faith and spirituality. I am an Earthly angel. I want to be in Heaven with God. I know that Jesus is returning soon. I pray for everyone to have a wonderful heavenly spiritual journey to eternal life. God is everything to me.

  11. Mr. Noah Charles Okaijah says:
    April 10, 2014 at 1:57 am
    Sir, there was a mistake in the scripture reference you quoted on developing a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit. It should have been 2 Corinthians 13:13 and not 13:14 since there is no 14th verse to the chapter 13 of the second book of Corinthians.
    I hope you will make this correction. God bless you.

    Mr Noah
    I too look and test everything I see, read, and hear against the holy scriptures and found there is a verse 14 in 2 Corinthians chapter 13 in the King James Version (KJV). I was reading the comments and my heart could not set still as I read your comment. Keep an open heart and mind for all translations of the Gospel of our Lord.

    and too the Author…
    God bless your work, it has inspired me as well. God Bless.

  12. Sir, there was a mistake in the scripture reference you quoted on developing a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit. It should have been 2 Corinthians 13:13 and not 13:14 since there is no 14th verse to the chapter 13 of the second book of Corinthians.
    I hope you will make this correction. God bless you.

  13. Diane says, First of all I thank God that he allowed you to post this web site because so many of us have not been properly taught about the Holy Spirit. We’ve been missed informed, but if you don’t know or know where to go to seek out this information, you’re left in a dismal, it’s like being stuck between a rock and a hard place.I pray that God will lead others to this web site as he has lead me to it. Again thank you very much. God Bless!!!

    • Thank you Diane for the kind words of encouragement!

  14. The Lord is indeed at work; let keep our spiritual antenas high so that we can discern seasons and times! BE BLESSED SAINTS OF GOD!

  15. I thank you very much for that profound and detailed article. It has provided me with new dimensions of Faith and understanding into the Word of God. As you say, now it is up to each one of us to claim it and accept it to come into us so that we can be a true witness. May GOD blesses you and your ministry.

    • You’re welcome Pedro, that’s what we are here for

  16. May the God of Heaven blessed you greatly for this article.There is one thing i have come to understand with God,He is always ever ready to revealed his mind for us if only we can pay price of commitment and faithfulness. All things are naked before his eyes.

    May we remain “raptureble” in Jesus Name. Amen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. for me, i have always loved and relied on this website for deeper knowledge and understanding of the word of God. I pray for more immesurable blessings and financial empowerment to all who made this genuine gospel of Jesus Christ ministry freely avilable and acessible to all! I also pray that this ministry will grow to have a free online certificate awarding bible school. Thanks for this wonderful work of charity for winning souls into the kingdom of God.

  18. Thank- You very much for this article. It was in God's perfect timing that I read it.

  19. This is great spiritual insight for me. I believe God led me to read this article because I have been asking Him to reveal himself to me..It amazes me that the Holy Spirit is such a ‘gentleman’ and needs us to ‘officially’ ask Him to lead us. On the other hand it is a bit scary not knowing what it entails to fulfil God’s purpose for us and reach our destiny. Yes, God I have surrendered to you, asked you to sanctify me so now I just have to let you lead me by trusting and obeying you. Please be merciful and gentle with me!

  20. Thanking God for this great work. I am so glad to say this helped me very much..
    thank you bro Mike.
    my prayers for you
    may God bless you through His Holy Spirit richly in Jesus Christ….

  21. This is a wonderful comprehensive exposition on a difficult subject as this. God bless you for this great work. It is a blessing indeed. I am grateful.

  22. Thank you so much! The Holy Spirit led me to your site. I have found it insightful and will help in my walk with our Lord. Am currently on a 21 day fast praying and seeking the helper in my life.

    May you be truly blessed

  23. Thank you very much Bro. Mike. You have done a great job by not only writing this article, but also publishing it. I am a living witness to nearly all that you have written and i want state clearly that they are facts. I feel motivated to renew my relationship with the Holy Spirit. Once again, thanks for a job well done. Remain blessed. Joe

  24. Yes, I am truly blessed by the articles in this website. So much insight, revelation, knowledge!

    Thank you for this website. You are truly a blessing to many people. I introduce my sister and some church friends to this site.

  25. I can really see why God has allowed this period of delay in my life. How would i have come accross such a great spiritual insight into His word. Thank you bro Mike for this site. I want to confess that its really powerful and helpful.

Leave A Comment...