Jesus promised that his people could hear his voice and follow it (John 10:27). Here are 4 steps on how...
We talk a lot about having a personal relationship with God, but a genuine relationship is impossible without a two-way conversation. In order to know God for yourself, you need to hear His voice. This post will help you find it.
My friends, it’s time to stop talking to God and start listening more. Let’s shut out the noise, turn off the TV, and silence our phones. Then we can be expectant of his voice through the Holy Spirit.
God is a communicative being. From the beginning, He’s been talking, answering, and addressing questions or concerns we’ve had (John 10:27; Deuteronomy 5:27; Psalms 95:7). God talks to us through the pages of scripture and through His many faithful prophets and teachers. When we choose to follow him, Jesus gives us the Holy Spirit who will speak to us wherever we are — guiding, comforting, and strengthening us. Amidst the differing voices of this world, the challenge is learning how to discern God’s voice above all others.
1. Start a Conversation
Say "Good Morning" to God. Say "Thank You" for waking up this morning.
Why morning? Your mind is clear and fresh, it is also a better receptive point. Consider it also the first part of your day...the best part...kind like...part of your offering.
Now...understand...hearing God’s voice doesn’t always come naturally. It can feel awkward, forced, or contrived. But if you take the time to get to know God personally, I promise you that it becomes easier. You begin to recognize his voice over and over because you know him on a deeper level.
Hearing the voice of God in your life does not require special teaching, exotic religious rituals, or special spiritual gifts. This voice is an ongoing conversation between you and the one who loves you more than anyone in this universe. How do you want to initiate this conversation? Start by asking a question and then listen for his response.
2. Hear His Sound
Hearing the voice of God is a skill that can be developed by all Christians. It's what Christian life is all about. As we learn to recognize his voice, we enter into a deeper personal relationship with him.
Asking God ‘to speak to me’ can be intimidating and hard to discern what speaks to you is of God and what is not. Listening for the voice of God isn’t necessarily just quiet times and waiting on a still small voice. God is constantly speaking around us in different ways, sometimes through believers, sometimes through the world. It’s up to us to know what it sounds like when God speaks.
If you’ve ever had an ‘inner spoken word’, prayed and asked God to reveal himself, and left the silence with a sense of peace and confirmation, essentially...you’ve heard from God.
3. Recognise His Voice
We need to admit that we can get it wrong before we can get it right. We are all contaminated by our own desires, experiences and mindsets. It’s this contamination or distortion that makes it so difficult for us to recognize God’s voice among others. It’s because of this contamination that God frequently chooses to reveal Himself in surprising ways...ways that don’t conform to what we expect or even want.
Jesus said his people would know his voice. God wants to be heard, even more, than we want to hear. His intention was that we heed his voice and therefore we need to know it’s him. Every word we hear, the vision we see or feel we have needs to be tested. There are three ways we can do this: Would Jesus say this? Has the Holy Spirit been confirmed through the witness of others in my community? Has the Holy Spirit provided supernatural signs or indicators that it is from him?
Jesus said nothing about hearing God’s voice being easy. It is more like a skill, a learned behavior. One which is balanced with the other teachings of Jesus and the guidance from the Holy Spirit will help us to know when we’re hearing God’s voice.
4. Respond To Him in Faith
In the end, it all boils down to faith. Whether we are hearing God with our ears or just feeling the urge to respond, we need to put our trust in what he’s saying. The implications of how our life will be transformed may be surprising; but when we trust Jesus, we get not just one good decision for us, but for the whole world.
The more we do what God says, the more intimacy we enjoy with him. When we respond to his voice, our relationship deepens and the conversation becomes more satisfying.
It's important to note that God doesn't desire coercion; he wants hearts that are willing and committed. And if we desire a healthy, vibrant relationship with Him, then we need to stop making excuses and start doing what he says. Seek him, listen to him, respond to him—and watch your relationship grow closer.
John 8:47 (NIV) - Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”
Deuteronomy 5:27 (NIV) - Go near and listen to all that the Lord our God says. Then tell us whatever the Lord our God tells you. We will listen and obey.”
- Psalms 95:7 (NIV) - for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. Today, if only you would hear his voice,