7 Keys To Hearing God Speak


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Over the last two weeks we have looked at 6 keys that help us to hear God speak to us personally. But whilst I was typing this summary of those 6 keys, I was asking God if there were any other keys that I needed to mention. And there was. As a bonus, I have added the 7th key at the bottom of this summary.

Key # 1 : God speaks to us when we really want it (read Okay! So my dog is finally dead!!). The Bible says that if we seek God with all our heart, then we will find Him. Seeking him with all our heart is not limited to specific times, occasions or events, but everything.

Key # 2 : God speaks to us in stages (read Revelation by Elimination). When God speaks to us, He doesn’t always give us the full picture. As we obediently obey each of His ‘minor’ revelations, he reveals more to us.

Key # 3 : God speaks to us through His Word, the Bible (read The Never Ending Story). The more we read it, the more we become a part of it, the more we hear God in it. Even for our daily decisions.

Key # 4 : God speaks to us through other people (read Husbands: Listen to your wives). As people speak to us, the truth of God’s word (as impressed by the Holy Spirit) will resonate within us. The challenge is that many times we are “closed” to hearing God speak through people because of our biases towards those people.

Key # 5 : God speaks to us through dreams and visions (read Feed them pineapple). Peter himself declared the fulfilment of Joel’s prophecy which states this very clearly. It is nearly as if God knew that our lives in this modern age would be too busy to hear Him during the day. This post deals with how to use the Bible to help interpret the dream and how God then uses the Bible to also affirm the dream.

Key # 6 : When God speaks to us, we must walk by faith and not by sight (read When victory comes from chaos). Many times, after we have obeyed God’s word in our lives, there is an immediate period of opposition and it seems that our lives are going in the opposite direction of what we believe God (and us) intended. Remain strong. God’s purposes will prevail.

Bonus Key

Key # 7 : God speaks to us in silence. Sometimes God uses silence as an answer. I have  found this especially when I have asked God for something and He has already given me an answer for, but the answer is one that I “don’t like”. So I go to Him in prayer again, trying to twist His arm. On these occasions His answer to my prayers are normally silence. That silence is God speaking to us, affirming His original answer. The other reason why God answers in silence is because He is not wanting you to actually do anything pertaining to the reason you are seeking Him. His silence is His way of saying be patient and wait. Your response is to do exactly that : wait. Don’t rush ahead of God.

I hope that you will be encouraged as you hear God speaking to you.

Are there any other keys that you have discovered in order to hear God speak to you? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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About Darryl Schoeman

My Personal Life : challenge leads to thought and thought leads to change More than the Apostle Paul, I can say that I am the chief of sinners (really really really). But I love God and I love the Bible. So I try to live my life with the constant realisation that God is PERMANENTLY with me (yes even when I sin), and seek His presence in everything that I do (except when I sin) and in everything that happens. I share this with others so that they too can believe it and then seek to live it.

Posted on April 13, 2012, in Christianity, Living the Word, Practical Faith and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. The days of special revlation are over, God only speaks through His inspired word, seeking to hear God’s voice is like turning down the volume on your hi-fi when you want to hear the music better. Just open scripture all we need to know and hear is there.

    It just doesn’t work.

    Looking for word from God outside the Bible is equal to saying that the Holy Spirit forgot to put something in scripture.

    It is great to have the desire too hear Him speak but, looking for some extra-biblcal word is plain dangerouse. You are opening the door to unbelieve and mysticism.

  2. Hey Tommie.

    Thank you for your comment.

    I disagree with you in saying that God does not speak to us today. The New Testament Christians may very well have said and believed the very same thing when considering that the Jews believed that God had stopped speaking after Malachi. An orthodox Messianic Jew may have considered the above and concluded that God was indeed not speaking through the New Testament apostles. Yet it appears that after God “stopped” speaking, He opened the channel of communication via special revelation again in the apostles. You are therefore assuming that God has now again stopped speaking after His apostles.

    In that then, you pronounce the continued appointment of persons into the five fold ministry, to have ended, of which a prophet is one. Yet, we would gladly accept that the appointment of teachers and pastors is still ongoing. That seems a bit selective.

    I am in full agreement that revelation that defines orthodox Christianity has ended and all that we require to define and determine doctrine, is already contained in Scripture. I do however believe that God does speak to us personally in order to guide us in this very day and age.

    I am also in full agreement that there is indeed a very dangerous modern day abuse of the offices of apostle and prophet. But just because there are certain elements within the Christian Church that abuse this power (as there were in the NT church too) and with it a complete misunderstanding of those offices, does not nullify the fact that God speaks to us personally today. Peter was clear when he declared Joel’s prophecy being fulfilled that God will speak in dreams and visions in the end times. That is where we are now. In the end times. As such, we should be expecting to be hearing from God, at least extra-biblically in dreams and visions.

    Read all the posts linked to this one and you will see clearly that whatever is “revealed” to you must be tested by Scripture.

    God bless
    Darryl

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