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Q&A – What Can I Do To Hear God’s Voice? Part Two

Question:

What can I do to hear God’s voice?

Answer:

When we think of a voice, we think of something we can hear with our ears. However, this isn’t the only way we communicate with each other. We can talk without saying a word. We talk with our eyes, smiles, gestures, even the pattern of our breathing. If we as humans can communicate in more than just words, surely God can communicate without spoken words.

Ways that God speaks:

  • Through His Word! – I can never say this enough. God gave us a whole book of His voice. It’s called the Bible. I know God is always with me, not because God stood in front of me and said so in a voice I could physically hear. I know it because God said so in Deuteronomy 31:6 and again in Hebrews 13:5. The number one way to hear the voice of God is to read the Bible.
  • Inner voice – God uses our inner voice or conscience to speak to us. This is usually a quiet voice, one that you need to “be still” (Psalm 46:10) to hear. This is where desire comes in. You must desire to hear the still, quiet voice of God. If you aren’t sure if it’s God speaking to you through your conscience, measure what you’re hearing against what the Bible says. God will never ‘say’ anything to you that disagrees with His Word. If what you’re ‘hearing’ disagrees with the Bible, it isn’t God. We hear this quiet voice most often in prayer.
  • Creation – Do you love the beach, the mountains, rain, dogs, cats, flowers, autumn and spring? God can speak of His beauty and love to us through His creation. I was lucky enough to see autumn (my favorite season) in Pennsylvania one October day and it was so beautiful I could barely breathe. Through that beauty, God told me that He knew my favorite season and He loves me so much that He wanted to show me just how beautiful autumn could be. When I’m crying or sick, my cats come and sit in my lap and purr. They don’t even mind that my tears get their fur wet. That’s God saying He’s with me when I feel the most uncomfortable or alone.
  • Silence – Something that many Christians don’t understand is that God can speak through silence. If you feel like you aren’t hearing God or He isn’t speaking to you, don’t jump into panic mode. Instead, pray and ask what God is trying to teach you through silence. Maybe God wants you to read the Bible more so He stopped speaking to you in prayer. Keep faith! God has promised He will NEVER leave you or forsake you, Hebrews 13:5.

God also speaks through prophets, visions, dreams and so many other ways. If you think God has spoken to you in these ways, don’t be afraid to discuss it with leaders whom you trust. They can help you confirm whether these things measure up to God’s word. If you belong to Jesus then God has chosen to speak to you!

Matthew 11:27 – “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him.

Written by Jenn Arman

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    Posted by Aubree617 on May 28, 2012 at 19:06

    I have always been jealous of the people in my life who talk about hearing God. I could never understand how they heard Him. How they could tell it was Him. Last night, I heard him. I knew it. It was as if I hit a brick wall. I suddenly felt sick. I wanted to cry and scream. That made me stop what I was doing. Because I knew it was wrong. The next part was realizing why I stopped. Why it was wrong. It was amazing, and afterward, I felt the most amazing, fulfilling feeling of relief. I knew that I had just obeyed my Lord. I did what He told me to do. Now I hope I can hear God more often. I will do what he says!

  2. Posted by on October 14, 2011 at 21:17

    he does communicate in dreams he has done so with me one night i went to sleep and i dreamed i was in a troublesome moment and in the dream i prayed and he took it all away and i was in my favorite place(the beach)as i looked down at the sand i saw tiny little notes in the sand and they were bible verses and one of them was about how we should not be like the world and materialism and it was beautiful during the tough time i was going through

  3. Posted by on August 5, 2011 at 19:51

    this is really helpful, mostly the Creation part. I had never thought of that! thanks!

  4. Posted by on August 2, 2011 at 17:51

    I really hear God when I talk to him, nd I know it’s him if he says something sweet nd inpirational (It agrees with the bible) Sometimes I don’t know if it’s him talkig to me but this will definatly help me, thanks! 🙂

    • Posted by ParisHolt on August 3, 2011 at 20:27

      I know exactly what you mean. Sometimes it’s hard to dechiper it. Don’t know whether it’s Him or a trick of the ememy.

      • Posted by Nicole on August 7, 2011 at 13:28

        I think it’s either Him, or you by getting lost in your own thoughts and blocking out what God wants for us. I know that’s what happens to me at least! When I feel an urge to do something that Lord instructs me to do, and I don’t feel like doing it- I will try to block that out by my own thoughts. Does that happen to you?

  5. Posted by on August 2, 2011 at 14:20

    Love it. I hear his voice in my head all the time. He says,I love you or don’t do that when I want to do something wrong. If God was not there to speak to us,we’d get in trouble all the time.

  6. Posted by on August 2, 2011 at 13:13

    🙂 This is awesome. I think every Christian deals with the concern of hearing God in at least one point of their lives. I know this is what I need to hear. there are time periods in my life where i feel God in everything, and other times (like recently) where it’s more difficult, or I’m trying too hard, or I’m just not being quiet enough to hear Him 😀 I think this article helped me a ton seeing that I’m obviously not alone in this area, and I just need to take time to be still and listen for my God. Thanks~