Can We Hear God’s Voice?

This is a question that many people ask? The Bible tells us that God can and does speak to us as humans. But multitudes of people say: “God doesn’t speak to me. I cannot hear His voice.” If you never hear God’s voice, there definitely is something wrong. God does communicate with us. If you do not hear Him, you need to first understand how God speaks to us.

Does God Speak To Us?

Throughout the Bible, we read where God has spoken to certain people. Some of these people are: Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, David, the Old Testaments Prophets, etc. The Bible is God’s Word to us and God does not lie to us. Thus, these people (and many more) definitely heard from God.

The question for many then becomes: “Why do I not hear from God?” “Is there something wrong with me?” No, there is nothing wrong with you. You probably just do not understand how God communicates with us. You simply have not yet learned to tune in to God.

Communication In Heaven

It is very interesting that many who have gone to heaven and come back testify that, in heaven, communication is actually done through just hearing in their mind what others are communicating to them.

This tells us something very important about the spiritual world. Remember what Jesus told is in John 4:24 (NKJV): “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

In the physical world, we communicate through physical means. That is, through the spoken voice. Yes, some who have gone to heaven and returned tell us that they were able to communicate with others through an audible voice.

However, others tell us that communicating in the spirit world is done differently. It seems that we are able to project our thoughts directly into the mind of another. Since this is true, it tells us that most communication within the spirit world (God’s world) is done through our thoughts.

What is this telling us? It is saying that God usually communicates to us through our thoughts. In other words, God impresses thoughts in our minds. Isn’t this a dangerous thing? If God (who is a spirit) communicates to us in this way, isn’t Satan (who also is a spirit), capable of communicating with us in the same way? That is, impressing thoughts into our mind?

Who Are We Hearing From?

Here lies the problem. How do we know who we are hearing from? Is the thought that entered our mind from God or from Satan? Remember, we also generate our own thoughts which stem from our personal experiences. So, how do we know if we are hearing from God or not?

The answer is that we have to learn what is Godly communication, what is satanic communication and what is simply our own thoughts brought about through our own personal experiences?

God Speaks Through Other People

Here is another problem. The Bible does tell us that God often communicates to us through other people. In fact, God has specially ordained people for this specific purpose. Look at Ephes. 4:11-12 (NKJV): “And He Himself [Jesus] gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”

Also, sometimes Angels appear to humans in the bodily form of a human being. In fact, Hebrews 13:2 (NKJV) says: “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.” Remember, Angels are God’s special messengers. We need to listen to them and heed what they say.

But again, how do we know that what we are being told is a message from God or a demon trying to get us to turn away from God? God knew that this would be a problem so He did not leave us empty handed. This is one of the most important  reasons that God has given us His Holy Word, our Holy Bible.

God Communicates Through The Holy Bible

This is the most important way that God communicates with us. Why? Because the Bible is a physically written Word. It is through words (both spoken and written) that we have learned to communicate. All we must do is to understand that the Bible is God’s written Word to us and accept is as such. When we do this, we know what God is trying to tell us. It has been written down for us.

Look at what God said in 2 Tim. 3:16 (NKJV): “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” And again in Romans 15:4 (NKJV): “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.”

Finally, look at 2 Peter 1:21 (NKJV): “for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”

Do you still doubt that the Bible is God’s Word, coming directly from Him? Josh McDowell thought the same thing. So, he set out to study the Bible for the purpose of proving that it was a false book and that it did not come from God because he didn’t believe that God even existed. He discovered just the opposite. In fact, he ended up writing two books: “Evidence That Demands a Verdict,” and “More Evidence That Demands a Verdict.” If you still have doubts, read these two books.

Can We Learn To Hear God Speak To Us Directly?

The answer is Yes! But it is a learning process. Some people do learn more quickly than others. The important point is that we have to learn to listen. The world we live in is very loud and the worldly noises often drown out God’s voice because God speaks in a still small voice.

We need to learn what Elijah learned. He had become very depressed and wanted to die. 1 Kings 19:11-12 (NKJV): “Then He [an Angel] said, ‘Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.’ And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.”

Even Elijah, one of God’s greatest prophets, had to learn to go out by himself and take time to listen for God’s still small voice. God does not speak in a loud booming voice. He will never force Himself on us. That is why we have to learn to listen.

We have to learn to allow God to place His impressions in our minds. If our minds are full of the clatter and noise of the world, we will never hear God’s still small voice in our minds.

How Can We Know That It Is God Speaking?

We know that demons also speak through putting impressions in our minds. How can we know if it is God and not a demon speaking to us? Remember two very important points. First, God will never tell us anything that is contrary to what is written in the Bible. Thus, it becomes very important to know what the Bible says.

Secondly, demons will lead us away from God’s will instead of into God’s will. Most often it will be a very devious temptation. At first, it will seem to be that the demon is leading us into something good. How can we tell that this is what the demons are doing? The answer is very simple.

Know what the Bible teaches. If we know what the Bible says about where the demon is leading us, we will be able to catch the deception before we are led astray.

We Eventually Learn To Recognize God’s Voice

How? By spending time studying God Holy Word, our Bible. And secondly, by spending enough time directly in prayer with God, we will learn to recognize God’s voice. It will be like learning to recognize a loved ones voice. When we have been with another person long enough, we will immediately recognize his/her voice as soon as we hear it.

Can you hear God’s voice? You certainly can, if you take the time to learn to recognize His voice. It will not come automatically. Nor will it come without some effort on your part. Remember, you were created as a free creature, free to do what you want to do. You will only learn to recognize God’s voice if you decide in your heart that you want to hear it and are willing to take the time and effort to pursue recognizing His voice.

 




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