Matthew 10:19-20 But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, [20] for it will not be YOU speaking, but the SPIRIT of your Father speaking through you.

“ATC Clear November 8861 Uniform to the one-one NDB then as filed, climb and maintain three thousand, except seven thousand one zero minutes after departure.  Departure frequency one two four point six five.  Squawk zero six five five. Report NeBu.”

You have been given your clearance and you now call back and give the read back exactly as you hear it over the radio, using your trusted short hand.  After completing your read back, clearance tells you, “November 8861, uniform read back correct.”  You’re done. You have just nailed down and understand your clearance and you have verified it as well.

What if it were that simple to hear and confirm the Holy Spirit giving us instruction?  For some, it may be, for others it’s not as simple.

In Acts 16, there is an amazing story of Paul and Silas being arrested and thrown into prison. The most intriguing part of that story is the fact that after the earthquake they didn’t get up and run when the gates swung open. Instead, they stayed along with the rest of the prisoners.  We later understand why they stayed instead of leaving; the Holy Spirit was guiding them.

Paul had such confidence in his Holy Spirit clearance that he said he and Silas wouldn’t simply leave, but instead made the bold statement to the officers:  “No! Let them come themselves and escort us out.”  I think it’s safe to say, Paul had his read back correct.

The first time you copied an IFR clearance you may not have done it right. However, the more you practice, the better you get. Eventually, you don’t need a notepad on your lap to write it down because you know what to expect.  Learning to hear the Holy Spirit comes with practice.  The more you practice, the more you can differentiate your voice from God’s direction.

This might help you tune in to the Holy Spirit’s voice: HEAR.

Honor God’s word.  The Holy Spirit’s voice will never contradict what is in the Bible.

Expect to hear.  Listening for the Holy Spirit’s voice requires faith (Romans 10:17).

Accept the message.  Sometimes it won’t be easy to accept a correcting word.

Respond with obedience to what you hear.

5-T’s How are you using the following resources to live out Matthew 10:19-20 and Acts 16, right now:

  • Time:
  • Talent:
  • Treasure:
  • Testimony:
  • Tithe:

NAV LOG: Take time each day to practice hearing the Holy Spirit. Take action at the Holy Spirit’s prompting and see the result.  You won’t be perfect, none of us are; but you will learn to hear more clearly each and every time.

PIREP (Prayer Time)
Lord, give me ears to hear, eyes to see and a heart to understand the leading of your Holy Spirit.