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How To Hear God - How Do You Know That It's Not Just Your Own Thoughts And That You Are Hearing God?

Aug 15, 2008
God does still speak and you can discover how to hear Him. You can learn how to distinguish God's voice from your own and hear God every day.

It is possible to learn how to hear God. God will teach you how to know and recognise His voice when you ask Him to help you hear from Him.

And as you grow in your relationship with God, you will become more aware of when you are hearing from God and when it's simply your own thoughts. The more you communicate with God, the more familiar His voice will become and the more you will hear God speak.

How do you know when you are hearing from God?

It is very easy to confuse your own desires with God speaking to you, especially when something is really important to you. One of the ways of turning down the volume of your own voice is by laying down your own agenda and being open to whatever God wants to speak to you.

When your thoughts or other people's opinions don't line up with what God's word says, you need to be prepared to lay your own thoughts aside and go with what you hear from God.

The enemy's plan is to confuse you and take you off course, and he will do that in any way that he can. The Bible tells you to resist him, you can easily silence him by speaking the word of God as Jesus did.

Here's another clue to knowing whether what you hear is from God - if it is God speaking it will lead to peace.

Learning to recognise God's voice is a process.

As a believer and follower of God you have the Holy Spirit living within you. If you ask the Holy Spirit, He will help you to discern when you are hearing from God.

When you renew your mind with God's written word and spend time in God's presence - you have the mind of Christ. The more time you spend renewing your mind with God's word, the easier it is to discern when it's God speaking and when it's just your thoughts.

"My sheep recognise my voice. I know them, and they follow me." John 10:27

"The Holy Spirit, who the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and cause you to remember all that I have told you." John 14:26

You are one of His sheep and you can hear God's voice. You can be confident that you will hear God and recognise His voice if you belong to Him and follow His ways.

It takes effort, but you can train yourself to recognise when you are hearing God. You learn by practicing and being prepared to make mistakes. Don't let the fear of making a mistake stop you from stepping out in faith. God is your Father and He will take care of your honest mistakes.

As you stop and spend more time listening for God speaking, you will soon learn to distinguish between the different voices.

The key is to evaluate everything you hear in the light of God's word.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. Remember the Lord in everything you do, and he will show you the right way. Never let yourself think that you are wiser than you are; simply obey the Lord and refuse to do wrong." Proverbs 3:5-7

Sometimes you will struggle to hear God or you won't hear God speaking as clearly as you would like. At other times, you'll think you've heard God and respond to what He says only to find that you made a mistake.

If that happens, find out where you got it wrong and don't let making mistake hold you back from stepping out in faith the next time. God will teach you through your mistakes. It's much better to allow yourself to make a mistake than never to step out in faith.

The problem for most people is that they've been living with abnormality for so long that they don't even recognise that it's not normal to go through life without hearing God.

'Normal', is hearing God every day.

Is that what you expect? Do you actually schedule time to spend with God every day? Or, do you just try to squeeze Him around everything else you do?

Do you struggle to believe that God will speak to you and that you can hear Him? If you do, then simply confess your lack of faith to God. Ask Him to increase your faith and He will.

Prepare to exercise faith and grow stronger in the things of God. Overcome your doubts and keep on listening for God's voice.

Stop and give time to listen to God; it's worth taking time to to discover how to recognise His voice because He has the words of life.

God is speaking to you - choose to believe it. You can learn to how to hear God.
About the Author
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Lynne Lee is a Christian life coach and spiritual mentor. She helps people to re-design their lives around what matters most.
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