If you want to know how to hear God’s voice, you need to learn the different ways God speaks today. Here’s 5 of them.
God speaks today. You can hear His voice, if you take the time to listen. But in order to do so, you need to understand how God speaks.
Read on to find out more.
Did you know that you can hear God’s voice today? That’s because God speaks today.
For me and countless others, the reality is that God’s voice can be heard. That’s not just every now and then, but every day. I don’t always find it easy to pick up on what the Lord is saying. But knowing that God speaks in different ways helps me to stay guilt-free about it.
It’s all about a lifestyle of listening to God. I make it a habit to create space for God and try to spend as much of my time as possible in that place. That way, when the Lord speaks to me, I am much more likely to realise it is Him, no matter how he chooses to communicate in the moment.
Here are five ways that God speaks today:
The first and perhaps most obvious way that God speaks today is through the Bible.
The Bible is God’s revelation to us about who He is, who we are and the relationship between us and Him. However, that definition sounds somewhat cold and clinical to me.
The best description of the Bible I have ever heard is that it is God’s love letter to us. If we want to get to know God, then we need to read the Bible, but it doesn’t have to be a chore. If we view it as a love letter, then we’ll look forward to finding out what He thinks about us and the world in which we live.
God speaks through the Bible in two main ways:
God never disagrees with himself, so a specific word will always align with His general will for our lives. When we prophesy to others, anything we share also needs to line up with God’s broad purpose.
However, we also want to move beyond the words on the page and take hold of the living word of God – what the Lord wants to say to us in the here and now.
If you’re anything like me, then you most likely know the thrill of reading the Bible and finding that certain words or passages just “jump off the page” at you. Something in my heart quickens when this happens, because I know that the Lord is speaking directly to me.
The Bible says, “…since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made…” (Romans 1:20, NIV)
When confronted by the complexity and beauty of the natural world, we tend to be pushed down either of two paths: simple gratitude and wonder, or an attempt to explain how it all works.
God can speak to us via either route (my appreciation of the universe, through the lens of science, often moves me to worship), but he may also use the objects and processes of His world as an analogy for spiritual truths. Jesus used the natural world in this way, as a regular part of his teaching.
I was once working on a talk for church and was thinking about it on my way into work, on a very cold Winter’s day. As I walked past the boiler room at the hospital where I worked, I slipped over on some ice and ended up flat on my back.
When I had recovered myself, I realised that steam escaping from one of the windows had condensed onto the ground and then frozen in place. The Lord spoke to me through that situation and I was able to use it as an illustration in my talk, as a challenge about being “hot or cold” in our desire for God.
We have been given minds to use, but also “have the mind of Christ” (1 Cor 2:16), being made in his image.
Your mind is the centre of your personal thought life, but it is also the place where God’s thoughts can land. This may be while you are reading the Bible, but it could also be at any other time, whether you are in prayer, or not.
You can ask him questions and receive answers via the thinking/praying process and the Lord can drop his thoughts and insight into that process. It’s moulded by who you are, but you can learn to discern what is of God and what is from yourself.
This is one way that the Lord is teaching me. As I have been setting my goals for this year, the Lord has been helping me to see the possibilities and the long term vision for each one. He also pointed me in the direction of others who could help me structure goal setting into an effective process.
Of course, the potential danger of relying too much on your mind is that you can over-analyse things. This is why the Lord also speaks through your emotions.
Sometimes, a gut feeling we have about a person or situation can result from discerning something in the spiritual realm. This can happen because your spirit within you can recognise these things and communicate it through your feelings.
Particularly when we share a word or picture with someone else, the emotion alongside that word may help to confirm it and enables us to empathise with the person we are praying for.
The Lord can use this to remind us where a word came from, expressing how he feels about a situation through us.
God is spirit and you have your own spirit inside you too (1 Thes 5:23).
This means that when God speaks through his Holy Spirit, we can have direct Spirit to spirit communication. It’s hard to describe unless you have encountered it before, but sometimes you just know that God is speaking and exactly what He wants you to do.
When the Lord speaks in this way, it’s a profound experience. It goes beyond even the emotional instinct of the heart – although it may involve the emotions as well. Suffice it to say that it is unmistakable when it happens.
God speaks in all kinds of ways, so the above list is by no means exhaustive. Use these possibilities to remind yourself that God can speak in any – and every – place and situation.
As Christians, everything we do in life needs to line up with these two principles:
If we are familiar enough with His word, then we will know in general how He would have us act. That will make us more confident when He asks us to do something particular.
As you go through each day, why not use the moments in between the busy-ness of life to develop a greater awareness of God? Remind yourself that God speaks today. As you do so, you may well hear His “still, small voice”, just as Elijah once did (1 Kings 19:12).
Question: How do you hear God’s voice?
My book How To Hear God’s Voice, subtitled “8 practical steps to help you hear God” is out now, in paperback and Kindle.
How To Hear God’s Voice takes the ideas in this post and goes deeper to see how you can hear God’s voice for yourself.
You can get your copy here.
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