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    Q&A – What Can I Do to Hear God’s Voice? Part One

    Question:

    What can I do to hear God’s voice?

    Answer:

    When we talk about hearing God’s ‘voice’, what we’re actually talking about is hearing God’s heart. Here are two important things to remember about hearing God.

    Desire – Forget for just a minute everything you know about yourself — the good, bad and confusing. For just a second, pretend that none of that matters. God desires to reveal His heart to you. “I belong to my lover, and his desire is for me” — Song of Songs 7:10. God is our lover, He desires us. Do we desire Him? How much? Do we desire Him so much that we don’t care if what He says isn’t what we want to hear?

    Giving up – To hear God’s heart we have to be willing to give things up. In the passage 1 Kings 19:11-12, there’s wind strong enough to rip mountains apart, an earthquake and a fire, yet the Bible says that God wasn’t in any of those things. “And after the fire came a gentle whisper”. You can’t hear God clearly when you’re distracted by noise. Turn off the radio, TV, cell phone, computer and find a place where you can hear only hear silence.

    Those are external things we give up to hear God, but there are internal things we have to give up, too. Control is a big one. Do you try to control what God says to you? Sometimes I try to “change the channel” in my mind when God is trying to tell me things I don’t want to hear. When I do that, I’m not listening, I’m controlling.

    Daniel 2:22 – He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with Him.

    In part two we’ll discuss how God speaks to us. Stay tuned!

    Do you feel like you need help hearing God's voice sometimes?

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    Written by Jen Arman


     

    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit jenniferarman.com for more on her work. You can also connect with her on www.facebook.com/JenniferArman.Writer and https://twitter.com/JennArman

    27 COMMENTS

    1. Its interesting because this is something that has been frustrating me for quite a bit now. It’s been on my mind so much and I’ve just felt so confused like maybe I am doing something wrong and partly is the “controlling what God says to you” lol so this is good timing for me I guess. 🙂

    2. For me, God keeps telling me and telling me to do something until I can’t stand him saying it over and over again. For example, God told me to ask a girl at church if she was saved, and I didin’t ask her for a while becuase I was afraid to ask, and he kept saying it until I did it. I gave in and I was so relieved after that. Does anyone have similar experiences?

        • I’m glad that he does. Sometimes I think he likes to get on our nerves so he can laugh at us when we get fustrated.

    3. Thanks for this!!! I usually have a problem deciphering what God wants and what the Devil wants. The Devil is VERY persuasive and can lead you to bad things (as I have learned), but God is forgiving and leads us out of bad situations. Now I understand which voice is which and where they come from (God sits in my heart and speaks there, the Devil makes my stomach go into knots, and when I hear a voice that makes my stomach feel queasy, I know to listen harder for God.) This is a wonderful article, thank you!

    4. I can’t wait for part two I seem to have the hardest time with trying to hear God. I think he was speaking to me then I think but what if he ment something else and I always get confused:/

    5. I have an extremely active imagination, sometimes I think about things I know God really isn’t pleased with, I listen to music he isn’t pleased with, nd those things draw me farther from him, other times I have conversations with him in my head nd I know he’s responding in some way, I <3 having a relationship with someone who truly loves me 🙂

    6. Paris – I also get those times when God tells me to do something over and over, but there are also times when God asks me to do something and I don’t and it becomes a missed opportunity. We have to be careful that we don’t always make God repeat himself, though I think that He realizes there are times when we just need the extra push 😉

    7. Great Article! God has spoken to me a few times before. It was three days in a row. Each long prayer I prayed each day was answered a few minutes to an hour later. He told me that He wanted me to sing for Him at my church the next Sunday…even though I was terrified. He told me that we do need friends…even though they normally just betray me or hurt me somehow. And He also told me that He does forgive me and He wants me to forgive myself….since It’s so hard to forgive myself. He showed me three different signs and He spoke to me through the signs. I could feel His Love at the same time He was speaking to me; It’s kind of like a light bulb goes off in your head when He shows you a sign. 🙂 I can’t wait for part 2!!! 😀

      • write down the things that your mind is telling you to do, the look at it on the paper and see if it’s right or not. If it’s not, make a conscious decision to not do it, and let go of it. Say to yourself, “Ha! yea right! I am NOT going to do that!” Hope this helps 🙂

        • what if you arent sure if its God thats speaking to you? How can you tell its not Satan trying to butt in and trying to take you farther away from the Lord? i have signs but im never sure if its God… yes sometimes im sure… and i know in the Bible it says that you shouldnt second guess it if its Lord… but how do you know? is there any way to be able to decipher if its truly God’s word?

    8. Everyday…well night I pray, first out loud then silently. Everytime though my mind starts going off in a direction FAR from prayer. I try to keep my mind and heart on prayer but thats proving to be a daily challenge. What does the bible say

    9. I know the article said that you need to give up stuff for God, but the main problem to me is my family. Whenever I start praying or reading my bible. my mom or step dad always call me to do something. Does that mean I should ignore them?

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