How to Hear from God – Part 1
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. John 10: 27
Imagine a dad and his child playing on the carpet one afternoon, when out of the clear blue, the child looks into the father’s eyes and says, “Daddy!” Can you feel the intense pride and excitement the father feels? I believe it is the exact same feeling our Father gets when we turn our eyes and our heart towards Him and begin having conversation.
What if the greatest desire of God’s heart is a living, vital relationship with us, His children? And what if communication is consistently taking place and we can absolutely learn how to hear from God? So the question then becomes, “How does He speak to us?”
I will spend the next few blog posts looking at some of the ways He speaks to His children. This ‘list’ is by no means complete; however, these are certainly some of the ways that I have experienced more of His presence in my life, as I have learned how to hear from God.
- Our Father speaks primarily through the word. 2 Timothy 3:16 states, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” I believe the Word should always be our ‘home base.’ Everything we hear or sense from God should line up with what is outlined for us in His Word! The Word, the logos, is the written word of God. It is straight from His heart to ours. Sometimes when you are reading it, He will place a special anointing on it and a certain verse or chapter will leap off the page and speak directly to a situation in which we are involved. This is called a rhema word.
- Our Father speaks through the life of Jesus. According to the Word, when we see Jesus; we see the Father. If we want to know what our Father desires for us to do, we should ask ourselves, “What did we see Jesus do in the scriptures?” For example, when we encounter someone who has some type of sickness and we want to know if God wants us to pray for them, we can ask, “Did we see Jesus do it?” And of course, we saw Him pray for the sick. So…that is our answer.
- Our Father also speaks through creation. I think about the changing of the seasons. He always ministers to me deeply in the winter. Winter represents a time of death and dormancy. We go through this in our own spiritual lives. There are times when He wants us to experience a spiritual death and dormancy so that we can get to the root of an issue with which we have been dealing. Sometimes by letting things die that is the ONLY way we can become free!!
- Our Father speaks to us in a still, small voice. According to 1 Kings 19: 11-13, many things came before Elijah but it is important to know that God was not in the whirlwind. He was not in the earthquake. He was not in the fire. He came as a still, small voice. Sometimes we look for the spectacular, when it is simply being still that the greatest time of His presence comes. When His presence comes, He speaks. (Even if He doesn’t say a word!!)
- Our Father speaks to us in an audible voice. When Jesus was coming up from being baptized, the audible voice of the Father spoke saying, “This is my beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased.” When the audible voice of the Father spoke, some only heard thunder…but the important point to take away is. that.He.spoke!
It is one of the greatest desires of my heart that we grow in the wisdom and knowledge of God. When we know and understand the ways in which He speaks, it will open our heart to depths of more intimacy with Him because we know how to hear from Him. I pray that we will begin to hear His voice on a brand new level, knowing that He longs to communicate with us. So, today take the time to BeLoved and ask Him to reveal the ways He communicates with you. If you read about a way that you have never thought about before, ask Him to reveal Himself to you. I am excited because I know that He yearns to show you great and mighty things!! What is a way that God has spoken to you? Sound off in the comments below. I’d love to hear how you are getting to know your Father.