1.Realize you were born for a relationship with God. It’s the primary reason you were created. Many people ask the question, “What’s my purpose?” Here’s the primary answer, according to scripture—to be in relationship and continual conversation with God.
In the book of Genesis, God creates Adam for relationship with Him. This is the default mode of humanity! You were literally created for the purpose of being in a relationship with God where He speaks to you, listens to you, and provides deep connection.
James 4:8 Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.
2. Check your motive for wanting to hear God’s voice. You cannot fully realize your purpose until getting a heart check at your motive.
Proverbs 21:2 Every way of a man is right in His own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart.
1 Thessalonians 2:4 But just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the Gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.
3.Readjust your expectations. Don’t just expect to hear from God.
In 1 Kings 19:11 Elijah, the great prophet of God, experienced the WIND, EARTHQUAKE, and FIRE…then it was actually in a small, still voice that God used to speak to him.
You might be in a season of wind, then a season of shaking, then a season of burning up, all so that you can hear the still small voice of God. Sometimes God will separate you from the emotional experiences to show you how reliable His voice really is. (listen to the podcast audio of this teaching here)
4.Sharpen your hearing with humility.
Phillipians 2:3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourselves.
You’ll hear God’s voice most clearly when you are trying to hear it for someone else! If you don’t particularly hear God for yourself, you may experience breakthrough asking Him to speak to you an encouraging word for someone else!
5.Don’t try to force it. The best way to get new information from God is to be obedient to what He has already told you. Re-read that!
6.God Communicates through many forms, but often uses your mind.
Philippians 4:8 Whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.
7.Renew Your Mind
If God is primarily speaking to you through your mind, it is very important for your thought life to be in alignment with His word. Renew your mind by praying, reading scripture, and setting your thoughts on Him
8.Interpret the Written Word with the Living Word. The Holy Spirit teaches all things (John 14:26). This is why reading scripture with the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of you is such a different experience. He will teach you all things, give you fresh revelation and insights, and help you unlock the mysteries of scripture.
9.Learn God’s character to discern His voice. He will never contradict his word. The more time you spend seeing how God has acted in circumstances across History, the more aquatinted you’ll become with His loving goodness.
10.Set aside time to intentionally listen.
Prayer is a dialogue, not a monologue. This means that your prayer time should include listening time. He’s speaking too!
There’s noise …let’s take time to listen now…drop a comment with what God said to you!