Hearing from God seems to be one of the biggest challenges for Christians to do. When trying to do so, these questions may follow;
How do you hear from God?
How do you know when it is Him speaking?
What if it wasn’t God?
Why can’t I hear Him?
The problem isn’t that God isn’t speaking to us, I think that we just don’t know how to listen. I remember I use to think “hearing from God” was a gift that only certain christians were able to do, but meanwhile, God was trying to communicate with me the entire time and I just didn’t know how to listen.
Changing your expectations of how you think God will speak
Step 1: Stop waiting for a “BIG WOW MOMENT”
Before, I would pray and ask God for an answer but the way I expected him to answer, wasn’t His way of doing it. I would be looking for a huge sign. You know, maybe a billboard with the exact words I needed to hear or maybe even the famous “close my eyes and flip through my bible and point to a verse” and think that would be God trying to talk to me. It wasn’t until I changed MY expectations of how I thought God would talk, and learned how He speaks, that I would be able to hear from Him.
God’s voice isn’t just found in well-known prophets, preachers, conferences, etc. He can be found in a gentle whisper in the quietness of a humble heart. He is the voice of peace.
1 Kings 19:11 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before The Lord, but The Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but The Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but The Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
God can speak to us through our feelings & thoughts
A lot of the time, we miss hearing from God because we are expecting to hear a voice, or exact words, when really, God can speak to us through a feeling of peace, love, or even lack of peace. Have you ever been in a situation that you just didn’t feel peace about? You don’t know why, but you just feel like maybe you shouldn’t be making that decision- That is a perfect example of how God may be speaking to us. It is subtle, but powerful.
Another big factor of christians not being able to hear from God may be because we often mistake the Lord as our own thoughts. Sometimes, God will place a thought in our minds and try to speak to us but we don’t recognize it as His voice. We just think it is something we came up with on our own. That also lines up with God putting something on our heart. In Psalms 37:4, it says God will give us the desires of our heart. That doesn’t mean he gives us the desires we put there ourselves, God is saying HE will put them there. That is yet another way God can choose to communicate with us. It’s almost like he is saying ” I want you to do this, so I am going to make you want this… and Trust me. It will be worth it.”
In order to recognize God’s voice, we need to get to know Him
The most important part about being able to hear from God, is getting to know His character. You need to be able to determine if it is God speaking, or if it is of the flesh. We get to know Jesus by reading our bibles. It reveals to us who He really is. If you think you may be hearing from God, or maybe someone prophesied over your life saying “The Lord said…” make sure you put it to the test and see if it lines up with scripture. If it doesn’t, then it’s not God’s voice.
John 10:3;3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”
Be still and Listen.
The world has made it very easy to drown out God’s voice. We seem to all live a life style where our automatic response to “How have you been?” is to answer “very busy” . I encourage you to take a step back from your busy lifestyle, still your mind, and just listen. You may hear God’s voice when you least expect it.