Learning to discern the voice of God is a process and a journey. God is always speaking, but are we aware of what He’s saying? There is more than one way to receive a message from God and learn to hear His voice.
Listening to God
When I first got saved, I struggled with knowing if I was hearing a message from God or if I was just making it up. During times of prayer I would ask God a question and immediately hear a response in my voice inside my head. Could hearing a message from God be that easy? I didn’t think so! I decided that I would practice listening so that I could learn when I was hearing God and when I wasn’t.
Each night before I went to bed, I would sit on the floor in the middle of my room and turn out the lights. I would listen for big noises like cars driving by or the music from the bar across the street. Then I would listen for smaller noises until I was able to notice and hear myself breathing. This went on for a week when I realized that I was hearing messages from God the entire time. I realized that I really was hearing His voice!
Be encouraged that hearing a message from God is a lot easier than we often make it. In Jeremiah 33:3 God tells us to “call” and then promises “I will answer you”. In Matthew 21:22 God tells us to “ask” and promises “you will receive”. We can stand on the promises in God’s word, knowing that He promises to speak to us!
How To Hear God’s Voice
Knowing how God is speaking to you is helpful tool for learning to discern a message from God. God is not constrained by time or space; therefore, He can operate and speak to us many different ways. God can speak to us through each of our different senses. It is possible to “hear” a message from God by seeing a picture or feeling an emotion. In other words, it is possible to hear from God without literally hearing from God. Many people are hearing a message from God, but it is through a different sense other than hearing. This often leads to believing the lie that we don’t hear from God when in fact He is speaking to us.
Discerning God’s Voice
Another important thing in learning to discern a message from God is to determine who’s voice you are hearing. There are three possible choices – His, ours, or the enemy. Romans 8:1 teaches us that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ. If what you are hearing is negative, discouraging, or condemning in any way you can be sure that it isn’t a message from God. A message from God will always line up with His character.
Hearing From God For Others
Prophecy is when you hear a message from God for others. 1 Corinthians 14:1 encourages us to “follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy.” The gift of prophecy is for the encouragement, strengthening, and comfort of others. Prophecy is hearing the heart of God for a person in that moment. The simplest way to hear a message from God, or prophetic word, for someone else is to ask God “What is Your heart for this person in this moment?” Once God answers it is important to filter what was heard through scripture before giving the word. Releasing a message from God can be a life changing experience for the receiver. Again, it is the way of love (see 1 Corinthians 14:1).
Proverbs 18:21 tells us that the power of life and death is in the tongue. We are created in the image of God; therefore, we have the same ability to create with our words. Declarations are a tool for speaking life into areas in which we would like to grow. Be encouraged. Take up the challenge to to make the declarations below every day for at least one week!
God speaks to me every day.
It is easy to discern the voice of God.
I hear God’s voice clearly for myself and for others.
God’s voice is the loudest voice in my life.
I make time to listen for messages from God.