Will God speak to me and if so, how will I know it’s His voice I am hearing?
John 10:27 says, “His sheep hear and know His voice.” God longs to speak to us all.
Here are 7 keys to hearing God’s voice:
We need to be aware that God still speaks today. In 1 Samuel 3 we read “the word was rare in those days” and when God called Samuel’s name, neither he not Eli the priest knew it was God. But God was persistent until He made a connection with Samuel. It is within that connection that God communicated with him, but Samuel first had to respond to the voice of God. It is the same with us; we must be aware of God’s invitation for connection, so we can respond to it.
Just like Samuel, we can respond in faith and ask; “God is that You? If so I am listening.
So, Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘ Speak, Lord, for your servant Is listening.’ So Samuel went and lay down I his place. The Lord came and stood there, calling as the other times, Samuel! Samuel! Then Samuel said, “Speak For your servant is listening” ( 1 Samuel 3:9-10).
I personally don’t recall God calling my name, I was still so lost when I began going to church, I would go and here the message and then hurry and leave so I wouldn’t have to talk to anyone. After about 6 months I decided to get baptized after talking to the Pastor. I chose to give my life to Jesus without knowing very much. And after the baptism I still didn’t know very much. But I wanted to learn. I began talking to God as I would an ordinary person. All I knew was I had to break down a huge wall that I had built around myself before I could expect anyone to enter my heart.
We need to be aware that not all things we hear or receive are from God. There are many voices crying for our attention at any given time, but the three big one are, God, Satan, and ourselves. I was so used to hearing Satan tear me down, I had let him intimidate me for a very long time. Along with all the other derogatory things I told myself.
John 10:7, says “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” We can learn to discern whose voice is speaking to us. But, we must be patient and quiet and listen to that still small voice.
1 John 4, says, “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirit ps to see if they are from God. God will never tell you something, that is not in His word (the Bible). If it not in His word it wasn’t from God.
I was so paranoid that God wasn’t going to forgive me and accept me. I spent all day apologizing to Him for every sin I had done in my entire life. I was in a grocery store parking lot the first time God spoke to me. It was a hot June day. I heard him say “Kathy, Kathy, I have forgiven you.” I immediately started crying. From that time one I knew that 100% God was true.
God is speaking all the time.we just need to learn to discern His voice from all the others to if you will tune into His frequency. We should expect that God wants to speak to us and be eager to hear from Him when He does. We need to believe and expect God will speak to us just as He did with individuals throughout the Scriptures. It’s not a once in a lifetime conversation, it’s a daily ongoing one.
He says, “Call to Me and I will answer you. And I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know” ( Jeremiah 33:3).
Yes, God is speaking all the time, but we are often too busy to notice. We need to make ourselves available to hear from God. This means being intentional to set aside time for Him to speak to us. Part of being available is also being ready and willing to respond when God speaks to us. God longs to move His people in obedience.
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).
Be In The Word
When God speaks to you, it will never be contrary to the word of God not contradict His character or nature. In order to know these things about God, we need to know what the Bible says about who He is and what His character is, If we are in the Word and know what it says about God, then we can confidently discern we are hearing from God.
“Every Scripture has been written by the Ho,y Spirit, the breath of God. It will empower you by its instruction and correction, giving you the strength to take the right direction and lead you deeper into the path of godliness. Then you will be God’s servant, fully mature and perfectly prepared to fulfill any assignment God gives you” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Be In Relationship
God designed us for a relationship with Him and with others. Relationships by design includes two-way conversations. Just ad Adam and Eve walked and talked with God in the Garden, it is His desire to have the same kind of relationship with us today. God wants to communicate with us on a daily basis. He wants an ongoing conversation that continues throughput the day, week, months, and years. We are called friends of God.
“No longer do I call you servants for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you” (John 15:15).
God doesn’t speak to the specific people, He speaks to us all. We must recognize that hearing God speak is a normal part of our lives as a Christ follower. But we also must not allow pride to sneak into our hearts as we begin to hear from Him. Staying in humility positions us to fully receive and respond to the messages God may share with us.
“For the Lord takes delight in His pay; He crowns the humble with victory“ (Psalm 149:4).