In part 1, we established God’s biblical truth: He does NOT change. Because He spoke to his people throughout the Bible we know that He still speaks to us today. We also learned that God primarily uses 8 ways to communicate with us. If you have not read part 1, Amazing Ways God Speaks To His Children, you can do so by clicking here.
God Always Speaks To His Children
God speaks to us all the time but we have to train ourselves to listen. The way God chooses to communicate with each of us is purely up to his discretion. He knows what we need and the exact moment we need it. Sometimes though, we get so wrapped up in hearing him one way that we completely miss him when he speaks to us in another way. If we are so focused on listening for his audible voice, we might miss him when He speaks to us through his Word.
Why Would God Speak To Us?
We are his children. He longs for a relationship with us. God craves talking with us and longs to be a big part of our life. He is a good, kind father and He expects us to rely on him daily. Can you imagine having a child and never helping or speaking to that child? No? Neither can God.
Although He longs for us to spend time and communicate with him, what God doesn’t do is ask us what we think should happen or our opinion. He doesn’t even ask us how we feel about something. But that is understandable. We wouldn’t think to ask our 3-year-old to help make a major decision so why would we think God should want to ask us our opinion? Unlike us, God doesn’t make mistakes. He certainly doesn’t need our human wisdom to give him direction.
There Isn’t One Way
The ways in which God speaks to us will often overlap. I have heard from God in most of the 8 ways and I know I am not unusual. When I began to get the seeds of faith for this blog ministry, I knew I had to be very careful. The enemy loves to sneak in when we are focused in one area and distract us to take our eyes off God.
My husband calls this “crows disease”. Crows are incredibly smart but get so single-minded and focused on something bright and shiny that they completely miss everything else happening around them. Knowing “crow disease” is a favorite ploy of the enemy, I wanted to take things slow and ask God for confirmation and direction before jumping in. I knew that I had to be careful to hear my father’s voice and not the enemies close-but-not-quite-there imitation.
I began with hearing God’s voice tell me to write. If you’ve read my blog for long you know that I didn’t exactly react all spiritual when I heard this command. But Father God confirmed his command by blessing me with a beautiful vision of Jesus. This was followed by godly dreams, certain people spoke words of wisdom and knowledge to me that they had no way of knowing in the natural man and God gave me Bible verses that practically jumped off the page. All while these things were happening, God was changing my mindset and circumstances.
It was an exciting time to receive revelation. But I still couldn’t plow ahead. See, I had already learned the hard way that regardless of how God chooses to speak to us, everything we believe we’ve received from God must be tested for Biblical truth. Neither God nor his Word ever changes and that alone must be our measuring stick.
What Do You Mean Test What You Are Hearing? How?
1. Run it by Scripture. Does it have biblical truth?
It must never contradict scripture or it’s not God. If its even slightly off, it is not of God.
This is non-negotiable.
For example, you have been praying and believing for a long time that God would send you a soulmate. God knows how lonely you are and how much you crave a Christian life partner. One day you realize that man you’ve been crushing on is THE ONE. In your opinion, you two are perfect together and something only that perfect could come from God. You would end your days falling asleep praying about it. You’ve even had a dream about it. When you read your Bible this man kept popping in your head so you are sure those verses were confirmation that Mr. Dreamboat is your gift from God. You showed his picture to your girlfriend who agreed he would be perfect for you. You are SURE he is and now you have lots of confirmation.
Except for one little problem. He’s married.
Girlfriend, it doesn’t matter how badly you want it, that is not of God. It doesn’t matter if Mr. Married Dreamboat tells you he wasn’t listening to God when he got married and has since realized his mistake. It doesn’t matter that Mr. Married Dreamboat believes he is in God’s will now and that you are a part of God’s plan for his life. It’s STILL not of God.
How do I know that? Didn’t she receive tons of confirmation about this? I know without a doubt it is not God’s will because God will not contradict his Scripture. Sister, get yourself into your Bible and see what God has to say about marriage. You will find a lot there if you are willing to repent and ask Holy Spirit to show you His truths. To begin with, God tells us not to covet another person’s spouse.
Satan is a bit famous for manipulating God’s Word (just look at Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:1). Always, always, always test everything against scripture. Then test scripture against scripture. The Bible will explain itself, we just have to be patient and allow the Holy Spirit to lead us as we study. Reading and studying God’s word for yourself is the only way to know for sure if what you are hearing is of God and not misrepresented or twisted. None of the other ways we ask God for confirmation should ever surpass the authority of scripture.
2. Ask yourself if what you are hearing is for you or to bless others.
If it is of God, it will not take from someone but will provide a blessing. An idea might come to you about something that you would normally not have chosen to do. It will require a step of faith that is out of your comfort zone.
It’s very easy to tell ourselves that we prayed for something so that we could bless others when secretly, we had ulterior motives. Ask God to reveal and make plain your motives. He knows our true motives and we can’t hide our thoughts from him.
For example, the Holy Spirit might gently whisper that you should write a note of encouragement to someone you have been in conflict with. That’s not a thought your natural man would have. Maybe God is going to use your situation to teach and grow you. Confirm this with Scripture. What does God say about encouraging and blessing others? What does he say about the way we should treat our enemies?
3. If it’s of God, it grows.
The desire to do what you feel God has spoken to you, the urge to see it happen, and the longing to obey God are all part of the growth process and require patience. God will grow and prosper you from the inside out. He can’t use you if you don’t allow him to grow you. If we are going to throw a temper tantrum every time God tries to do something in your life He simply can’t use you yet. Every step of the way you will have a choice to make.
God warns us not to deceive ourselves so be sure to pray and ask God to show you if there is an area in your life that has not been growing. Ask God to open his doors and cultivate enthusiasm and desire for this thing to happen or to close the door and take the idea and desire away from you. Trust God’s pruning process to get rid of things that not of him.
4. Ask God for a sign.
A sign from God is used to confirm it is him you are hearing. In Judges 6, Gideon did just that. He wanted to be sure it was God he was hearing so Gideon asked God to do something that would only be possible for God to do. In his kindness and mercy, God did as Gideon requested.
There is nothing wrong with asking for a sign every now and then but we need to be careful to learn to trust God’s voice. If we repeatedly ask for signs instead of learning to use our faith, we will fall into only trusting what our eyes can see (which is not faith at all).
My Sheep Know My Voice
We need to learn to hear God’s voice. In Hebrews 3:7-8 the Holy Spirit says to listen to His voice and not harden your heart. As in 1 Samual 3:10 we need to learn to say “Yes Lord, I am here” when He calls to us.
Spiritual Daily Bread
Learn to daily ask God for his blessings and always thank him. He says to pray for our spiritual bread every day so be sure to obey. But two things to keep in mind:
1. Don’t expect God to speak to you the way he speaks to someone else or even the way He has spoken to you in the past. He is a personal God, remember? Although he won’t change his character or his message, God is creative and treats us as the unique individuals that he created us to be.
2. Don’t expect God to function on your timetable. Time means something totally different to God then it does us. God might respond to you in seconds, a day, a month, or years later. But if He has spoken to you, you can absolutely believe it will happen. But give God time to reply. He might be working in ways you cannot see so this is where your faith needs to come into play.
If you think God is speaking to everyone but you, begin right now to pray about your hurting heart. You are a Christian, one of God’s beloved children. God longs for you to turn to him. He wants to soothe your heart but he doesn’t want you to just ask for help but to listen…because he is speaking.
If you need direction, go to God. He will give you very detailed guidance.
If you need encouragement, ask God to encourage you. He will not withhold any good gift from his child and encouragement is certainly a good gift!
If you are weary and need rest, take it to your Father. Grab your Bible and start reading. Let God speak to you through his Word.
Need a touch from God because you’re feeling defeated and rejected? Cry out to God and lay bare your heart to him. He will speak comfort and healing to you. God won’t leave you hanging.
God is who he says he is and you are who he says you are. This is God’s biblical truth.
Give yourself permission to hear God speak to your spirit. There is nothing…no gold, no amount of money…NOTHING on the face of this earth that is more important to him than you are. Get in his Word and let him tell you that for himself. I promise you he will.
God is speaking. Are you listening?
How has God spoken to you today? Comment below and share with us how God has spoken to you.