Often I have had people—even born-again Christians—ask me how it is that I hear God speaking to me, and how do I know it’s not just my own thoughts. If you’re following my blog, then you know that I am doing a 21 day fast, praying for understanding of the things to come, and how we can prepare. Almost everybody agrees that we are living in the End Times. The Bible speaks of many dangers to come, and one of the most dangerous is deception. We need to be tuned-in to God’s voice so that we can know truth from deception. The enemy’s deception will be so strong, supported by counterfeit miracles, that even Christians will be in grave danger of believing his lies (Matthew 24:24; Mark 13:22).
With this in mind, I had come across notes from a 2010 cell group meeting a few days ago. These were notes titled How to Hear God’s Voice, and taken from Matthew 7:24: “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock,” (emphasis mine). A lot of times we hear God’s voice, but for whatever reason (timidity, the instruction seems crazy, we don’t want to do it, etc.) we don’t do what He says. If we don’t do what He says, He won’t speak again—why should He?
Ask yourself: did I obey God the last time I heard His voice?
If not, then do the thing He told you to do, if possible.
Submit to His lordship and resist the devil.
Confess any known sin.
God is not going to share His thoughts with someone who is unrepentant or continuing in sin.
Ask specific questions and expect an answer.
I have always disliked my forehead, and felt embarrassed about it. One time I was going to get my hair cut and I looked in the mirror and said, “Lord, why is my forehead so big?” not expecting an answer, but immediately He said, “To kiss!” In my mind I saw God kiss me on the forehead. Sometimes even when you don’t expect an answer, you will get one.
Allow God to speak to you any way He chooses, and don’t limit Him.
Understand that God will never contradict His Word, the Bible. He speaks:
- Audibly, often in a still, small voice, other times in a voice that sounds like your interior voice
- Through the Bible, which you should be reading daily
- Through other believers
- Sometimes even through strangers or unbelievers
Step out in faith.
Trust God that He can and will lead you in the right direction, even when you don’t know exactly where you’re going
Don’t talk about your word too soon.
The enemy is listening, but he can’t hear your conversations with God, only with other people, so be wise.
Unless you must act immediately, wait and watch for confirmation.
Beware of counterfeits!
The devil may try to lead you in a wrong direction, but you can avoid this danger (see below).
Cultivate a relationship with God.
Spend time with Him in prayer. Pass time quietly in His presence, without making requests. Include listening when you pray. Just as you walk and talk with friends, walk and talk with God. Practice hearing His voice so that you won’t be fooled by counterfeits. This means really listening for Him to speak.
You’ve got to want to hear Him speak to you.
- Don’t be surprised when God’s response is not what you expect, His thoughts are higher than your thoughts (
- Concentrate on His love for you, and you will hear His voice.
Fall deeply in love with Him, and be willing to p
- ut aside the things that distract you from hearing His voice:
- Turn off your cell phone, tablet, video games device, MP3 player, computer, tv—anything that prevents you from being fully present
- These things are not evil, but the enemy can use them to distract you
- Practice being fully present for at least an hour a day
I believe that it will become increasingly important for us to be listening to His voice. If the world’s Christians don’t willingly turn off the distracting electronic devices, then God will allow the whole internet worldwide to come crashing down. Frankly, I’m surprised that it hasn’t happened already.