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7 Keys To Hearing God Speak

Key Unlocking Puzzle courtesy of  David Castillo Dominici /

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.

my name is darryl
and this is what i have to say

When victory comes from chaos

order from chaos

This folks, is the real test when hearing from God. You’ve prayed, you’ve fasted, you’ve ‘seeked’ Him, you’ve found Him, you’ve heard Him speak to you, you’ve done what He’s said. But you have no victory! In fact, since doing what He’s told you to do, it seems as if all hell has broken loose. And everything in your life seems upside down or in disarray.

Don’t feel alone!!

Six or seven years ago I faced a promotion choice; I could stay with the company that I had been with for a decade and take up the most sought after management position in my field in my company, or I could leave the company and take up another management position in an international company. Both offered a significant salary increase plus benefits, but taking the one would require relocation.

So we prayed and felt God say that I must take the international management position. We believed that this was the answer as it offered the salary increase without having to relocate, which was important as my wife was but about a month away from giving birth. This ‘answer’ suited our needs and we took it as been providential of God.

Two months after leaving my very stable job and salary with the very real prospect of internal promotion, to take up the external promotion that God had told us to do, I handed in my resignation with the new company. My world was upside down.

My wife was struggling with a colicky baby. I started this new opportunity three days after my son was born and as a result, was not around enough to support her. The new company wanted even more time out of me. Accommodating international trading times was non-conducive. And I was spending a lot of extra time travelling to and from the new offices.

I did not understand what was going on.
I did not understand where I was headed.
I did not understand where God was headed.

And the thought that ran through my head, was did I hear God right? If I did, why was everything in a mess?

When I asked God, He gave me a vision:
I was standing at the edge of a cliff. As I looked over the cliff, all I could see were clouds. I could not see the bottom. And I sensed God was telling me to step over the cliff. God wanted me to trust Him.

During this period of turmoil I had been counselling with my pastor of the church that I was in at that time, and another trusted mentor. BOTH of them told me that it would be better for me to leave the new company ONLY once I had something else lined up. The problem was that each time I prayed to God, I got the same vision.

So I made a decision.

Before going to work that morning, I went to go tell my pastor that despite his and other’s advice, I was going to work to hand in my resignation. It was a brief, matter-of-fact meeting. I left the office and drove to work.
Five minutes into driving, my phone rang. I pulled over and answered the call. It was my pastor. He told me that as I left the office, he received a phone call from one of the staff. This person was handing in their resignation and the church was now in ‘desperate’ need of someone to fill that position. Would I be interested?

God had prevailed. And the rest as they say, is His-story.

David experienced a very similar set of circumstances. After being anointed by the prophet Samuel to be the next king of Israel, he spends many years being persecuted and hunted before finally becoming king (see 1 Samuel 16 through to 2 Samuel 5:4). You read in the Psalms his many cries of how long before God brings about the fulfilment of His stated promise (see Psalm 13). In fact, I cannot even compare his running for his very life, to my period of inconvenience. Yet he remained faithful to the word that God had given him, and persevered in waiting for the fulfilment of that word.

So, here are some pointers when facing a similar experience:

  1. Don’t doubt yourself. Satan will come to you as he did in the Garden of Eden and ask, “Did God really say …?” (see Genesis 3:1). Expect it. He wants you to lose your faith in God.
  2. Remain faithful to the word you have received; don’t add to it. Eve replied accurately when she said that God had indeed said that they must not eat of the specific tree, but then added to what God had said (see Genesis 3:2-3). It allowed a rebuttal from Satan to cause confusion.
  3. Use the word you have received. Ephesians 6:17 says that when we stand firm against the enemy, we must wield the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. This ‘word’ in Greek is rhema not logos (as in John 1:1) and is used mostly of God’s utterances or revelations. When God has spoken to you, He has given you a rhema-word. Fight back the doubt and the circumstances by remembering and standing firm on the rhema-word that God has spoken to you.

When we do these things,

we become patient
we persevere
we trust

And in the end, out of the disorder, confusion, and chaos, God’s purposes prevail and we have victory. Just like David.

Are there other ‘steps’ to follow that you have discovered? Share your victory after anarchy testimony with us and others. You can leave a comment by clicking here.

my name is darryl
and this is what i have to say

Scripture references:
Unless otherwise noted, all references are from the New International Version

1 Samuel 16:13 through various to 2 Samuel 5:4
So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came upon David in power. Samuel then went to Ramah. (19:18) When David had fled and made his escape … (20:1) Then David fled from Naioth at Ramah and went to Jonathan and asked, “What have I done? What is my crime? How have I wronged your father, that he is trying to take my life?” (21:10) That day David fled … (27:4) … David had fled … (2 Samuel 5:4) David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years.

Psalms 13:1-6 For the director of music. A psalm of David. How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? (2) How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? (3) Look on me and answer, O LORD my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death; (4) my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my foes will rejoice when I fall. (5) But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. (6) I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me.

Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

Genesis 3:2-3 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, (3) but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'” (compare with Genesis 2:17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”)

Ephesians 6:17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word ([rhema] of God.

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word [logos], and the Word [logos] was with God, and the Word [logos] was God.

Feed them pineapples

This is part 5 in our series on “How to hear God speaking to us”. Read this post by my wife on how God speaks to us using dreams. This should not surprise us as it is Peter himself who quoted the prophet Joel that in the last days (uh-hum – that is now), God will speak to us in dreams and visions (see Acts 2:17). The post shares how one should analyse one’s God-dream in order to determine what it is that God is trying to say.

Take special note of how she uses the Bible to validate her dream and how God uses the Bible to affirm her dream. Note further that it is a guide and not an absolute solution/instruction on how to interpret your dreams.

May God bless you as you learn more and more on how to hear Him speak to you personally.

Reblogged from Off The Deep End:
Since I started working full time, so much has come our way to try the values and lifestyle we have chosen. (I am sure not more than any other people as we are all in the same boat). A range of unfortunate events to try and “take me out” as the main bread-winner, has occurred (not because I am “oh-so-important”, but take me out and the rest of our family falls apart, so it is a means to an end for the enemy)

Anyway. I know that in the end times Jesus and the word of God states that things will be so tough that peole will faint in fear and that the righteous will also be subject to it as a means to purify us. Jesus said that in these times the believers will have to walk by faith and not sight and if we shrink back, He will

Have you had God speak to you in dreams? Would you like God to speak to you in a dream? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

my name is darryl
and this is what i have to say

Scripture references:
Unless otherwise noted, all references are from the New International Version

Acts 2:17 “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.

Husbands: Listen to your wives

It’s been almost a year now since God told me to leave my work, become a house husband, and continue studying part time. Been almost a year since God told me that my wife must return to full-time work. Been almost a year of living under one of the most amazing blessings that we have ever experienced. And been almost a year that I nearly missed it!!

You see, I believe that the man is the head of the household (see Ephesians 5:23-24). I believe that he has the final say on all things ‘household’. But I believe too that the flip-side of that authority is sacrifice, not power (see Ephesians 5:25). And so it was with this ‘head-of-the-household’ mentality that my wife and I fasted and prayed for finances. At the time, I was only working half a day to accommodate my studies, and my wife was working only part time as a nursing sister. But together, we were just not making ends meet.

We shared with each other in the weeks that followed, what we believed God was saying. My wife told me that her praying was quite deliberate into a full-time half-day position. I was not happy!!! Half-day for a nurse is actually about a two-thirds day for a ‘normal’ job, with no breaks. With her continuing household responsibilities, she was going to reach burnout very quickly. So I matter of factly told her that as the head of the household, I do not give her my blessing to pray for that.


My wife took it well (as a Godly women should).

God didn’t.

By the end of that very afternoon, as I was ‘righteously’ seeking God through my own prayer and fasting, God clearly spoke to me and told me to allow my wife to pray for work. And the rest is for another testimony.

The point is that God uses people to speak to us. It may be your wife, your friend, your children, or even a complete stranger. As long as YOU are open to hearing God and are not being biased in who you are prepared to receive council from, then you will hear God speaking to you through people. And if they have been seeking God specifically on your behalf, then there is an even greater assurance that God can use them to speak to you.

But remember – it is not what they say but what the Holy Spirit impresses upon you that turns their words into God’s words. And make sure to test what they say with God’s Word; if it is does not line up with Scripture, then you can be assured that you are NOT hearing God through them.

Probably the greatest Biblical account of God speaking through another person, so happens to be a wife as well – Mary. Mary is told how she will miraculously conceive (see Luke 1:26-38). Then in Matthew 1:20 we read that Joseph considered what had happened (and most likely Mary’s account of what the angel had said to her). It would thus be fair to say that she was giving a testimony that God had spoken to her. And we read further that after he had considered these things, an angel appeared to him too and confirmed what had been spoken to Mary. God had spoken through Mary to Joseph.

Has God used other people to speak to you? Are you ready to be used by God to speak to other people? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

my name is darryl
and this is what i have to say

Scripture references:
Unless otherwise noted, all references are from the New International Version

Ephesians 5:23-24 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. (24) Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her

Luke 1:26-38 In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, (27) to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. (28) The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” (29) Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. (30) But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. (31) You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. (32) He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, (33) and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.” (34) “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” (35) The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. (36) Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. (37) For nothing is impossible with God.” (38) “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.

Matthew 1:20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.

The Never Ending Story

When I was a child there was this great fantasy movie called ‘The Neverending Story’. It was about a boy who got seriously engrossed reading a book about the downfall of fantasia. The more he read it, the more he became a part of it, became a part of the story. God’s Word, the Bible, is much the same. The more we read it, the more we become a part of it.

God is the author of all of life and He has chosen to reveal Himself to us, and one of the key ways He has chosen to do that, is through the Bible. Unfortunately, many people believe that the Bible is nothing more than a history book and so do not read it. But the truth is that if you are earnestly seeking to hear from God, then you are going to have to read the Bible. Because that is the primary channel that God speaks to us by His Spirit.

Jesus said that He will send the Holy Spirit who will remind us of all the things that He taught (see John 14:26). How are we to be reminded of Jesus’ teachings if we have not read them? Others believe further that they do not need any teaching because they have the Holy Spirit in them (also John 14:26). But if that be the case, why is it that after being filled with the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, the Apostles needed to appoint deacons in order to study the Word (see Acts 6:2-4)? In order to hear God, you MUST read the Bible.

So how do we use the Bible to hear from God?

  1. Simply start reading it. As you continue to read it day after day, some things will start ‘standing out’ for you and you will start recognising how certain passages are ‘answering’ certain things in your life. As you continue reading it, you will find that you are being reminded more and more of what is in OTHER verses, helping to bring context to that which you are reading.
  2. Ask God to speak to you specifically from His Word. And then expect him to answer. Ephesians 6:18 says that we must pray all the time and for anything.
  3. Be patient. Do not ask and then jump on the first verse that you read. Speak to other believers to make sure that you are ‘hearing’ right. There is the classic example of a depressed man opening the Bible to hear from God and he read “Judas hung himself”. I doubt greatly that God was telling this man to hang himself.

In summary:

  • Pray
  • Ask God
  • Read
  • Seek clarity and confirmation

A final point is that you must understand that God is speaking to you personally and not anyone else. You cannot use your ‘revelation’ as a ‘must’ for others in similar circumstances. Yes, you can use it as a testimony and a guide, but never a must. I remember praying for months (yes months) regarding a business opportunity that God had clearly told me not to get involved in, but I was trying to “twist” God’s arm (with Bible verses) that it was okay for me to still be doing it. After many months of no success in the venture I cried out to God in prayer, asking why it was failing? No answer.

So I read the Bible. As I read, a specific passage jumped out at me that was crystal clear. It was Micah 6:8 “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” God had answered. It was still no. But cannot go around telling people who’s businesses are seemingly failing that God doesn’t want them to be in business. That was a specific word for me and me alone.

Are you reading your Bible regularly? Are you meditating on it (see Psalm 1)? How has God used the Bible to speak to you? You can share a testimony or comment by clicking here.

my name is darryl
and this is what i have to say

Scripture references:
Unless otherwise noted, all references are fromt eh new International Version.

John 14:26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

Ephesians 6:18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

Psalms 1:1-6 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. (2) But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. (3) He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. (4) Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. (5) Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. (6) For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

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