Hearing God’s Voice

Have you ever struggled with hearing God’s voice? Have you wondered if what you were hearing were God’s voice or your own? Or worse yet, even Satan’s voice? 

Perhaps you think that you’ve never heard God’s voice or that you can’t hear it. If so, listen up. 🙂 

The Word of God says that His sheep hear his voice (John 10:27). This means, then, that we hear His voice. The problem we face is recognizing God’s voice among the many clamoring voices that bombard us each day. 

So how do we hear God’s voice? Here are four steps that I learned from the Communion with God course by Dr. Mark Virkler (http://www.cwgministries.org/) : 

1) Quiet yourself down before God.

2) Focus on Jesus through a Bible story or imagine you are with Him by the Sea of Galilee or in some other place.

3) Tune in to the spontaneous thoughts that come to your mind as Jesus begins to speak to you about your situation.

4) Write down what He says. 

These four steps can be summarized in single words: Stillness, Vision, Spontaneity, Journal. It is helpful to ask Jesus a question that is on your mind as you go through these steps. For instance, you could ask, “Lord, what do You want me to write today?” 

As you put these four steps into practice, you will begin to hear God’s voice clearly. After you write down what God says to you, submit your journal to your spouse, a trusted and mature Christian friend, and/or your pastor. The reason for this is to test what you received to ensure it is from God. The Word says, “In the mouth of two or three witnesses, let every word be established” (2 Corinthians 13:1). 

Here is an exercise you can do to practice hearing God’s voice. Ask Him a question that is heavy on your heart. Then go through the four steps. You may be surprised at what He tells you. If you are willing, I would love for you to share what You heard and wrote.

 

Blessings, 

MaryAnn

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2 thoughts on “Hearing God’s Voice

  1. I often wonder if I’m hearing God or if I’m following my own desires. But then I realized if I’m in the Word and activity straining to hear Him, most of the time, my thoughts are similar to His thoughts.

    Another thing you can ask yourself is, will this bring glory to His Name? If the voice is Satan’s silky whisperings, you’ll have a check in your spirit. The enemy works hard to disguise his voice, but he cannot glorify God.

    It’s so important for writers because our words are permanent.

    November 24, 2008 at 9:50 AM