Four Basics of Hearing God's Voice
I honestly can’t fathom how anyone can navigate life without hearing God’s voice. It is an absolute necessity. And yet, the majority of Christians are content to go through life without even realising that God is speaking to them, let alone knowing how to listen. If this resonates with you, I have some good news that will really help you. I say this in love, but if your life seems completely off balance—whether in your health, finances, emotions, or marriage—I can guarantee you it’s because you’ve been making decisions without seeking God’s guidance.
But you don’t have to remain in that state. You are just one word away from God turning your entire situation around. But first, you need to understand some basics. These will boost your confidence in your relationship with God, leading to a radically different life!
That’s why I want to share with you four ways that God speaks to us. These have not only transformed my life, but they have also impacted countless others who have heard me share these truths.
Did you know that one of the primary ways you can hear from God and be guided by Him is through your conscience? God has instilled within your heart an intuitive knowledge of what is right and wrong. Your conscience has the power to either accuse or excuse you, and it operates automatically. However, it’s not beyond your ability to control.
In fact, 1 John 3:18–21 reveals that you can reassure your heart before God. This means you can reach a point where your conscience actually gives you confidence:
When you learn to reassure your heart, your conscience becomes a source of confidence. The Apostle Paul mentioned on two occasions that he consistently strived to maintain a clear conscience (Acts 23:1 and 24:16). This doesn’t imply that he was sinless or disregarded his conscience. It just means that he made it a practice to keep his conscience free from offense. He invested effort into it, which is key to assuring your heart.
God communicates with you through His Word, which holds supreme authority. While you may hear many things, you shouldn’t let anything contradict or override the Bible. The words of Scripture aren’t the opinions of fallible man. No. They’re inspired by the Holy Spirit. Believing this truth is essential to hearing and recognising God’s voice.
His Word must serve as the standard by which you evaluate whether a message is from God or not.
Therefore, it is crucial to “study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15). If something doesn’t align with God’s Word, reject it.
But how can you know if what you are hearing is actually God’s voice? Hebrews 4:12 says that God’s Word is alive and sharper than any two-edged sword, capable of discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Notice that God’s Word is examining you, not the other way around. When you suspect that God is speaking to you, His Word will help you determine if it is truly Him. Let God be true and every man a liar (Rom. 3:4). His Word must be absolute truth and the final authority in our lives.
When you are born again, you become one spirit with the Lord. However, most Christians are not aware of this spiritual reality and tend to identify more with their flesh than with Christ in the spirit. But you don’t need to rely on external signs or circumstances to hear God’s voice. Instead, you can “walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7) and let God speak to you from the inside out—His Spirit to your spirit.
To examine if what you’re hearing is from God, use the Word of God to discern between the flesh and the born-again part of you. It’s crucial to have both the Word and the Holy Spirit guiding you.
Your spirit knows all things, and the peace of God should act as an umpire in your heart, helping you make decisions. If you struggle to discern peace, seek counsel from a mentor or begin moving in the direction where you feel the most peace. If you feel a holy dissatisfaction, it means that God is trying to get you to step out of your comfort zone and do something different. Follow the peace of God, and it will never fail you.
Another powerful way to hear God’s voice is through the Holy Spirit. While there are various spiritual gifts like prophecy, wisdom, and knowledge, the Apostle Paul emphasised that his impact came not from his charisma or eloquence but from operating in the power of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 2). Similarly, fulfilling God’s will requires supernatural power beyond our human abilities.
To hear God’s voice, you need the Holy Spirit’s power. The Apostle Paul stressed this in 1 Corinthians 2:9–14. You cannot rely on your abilities alone to accomplish God’s will for your life. The Holy Spirit will show you the wisdom of God, which comes by revelation, not education. He will also lead you into all truth and even reveal things to come (John 16:13). You need to depend on Him for supernatural revelation.
If you draw near to the Lord, He will draw near to you (James 4:8). If you begin investing time into the things I’ve shared here, you will begin hearing God speak to you. I guarantee it!
I hope this teaching ministers to you and makes a difference in your life. I encourage you to get my new booklet, Four Basics of Hearing God’s Voice, where I go into much greater detail on this teaching than I have space for here. To order, visit awme.net/basics, call our UK Helpline at +44 (0)1922 473300.
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