So how does God speak???


If we say that God can (or should) only speak through the Bible (The Logos or written Word), then we make the huge mistake of limiting God, putting Him in a box. God is greater then our opinions and has no need to keep Himself within the limits of our belief barriers or opinions.

God speaks in many different ways. Among others…
1. God speaks through His Word. (2 Tim. 3:16, Ps. 119:105)
2. God speaks through inner voice. (Acts 8:29)
3. God speaks through other people. (Acts 8:34-36)
4. God speaks through circumstances. (1 Cor. 16:8,9)
5. God speaks through supernatural events. (Num. 22:28-31)
This also includes Angels, dreams, visions, visitations, signs and wonders, all seen all throughout scripture, you are familiar with all of these in the Word.)
6. God speaks through inner peace. (2 Cor. 2:12-13)

So, how do we recognize the voice of God?
We can test what we sense we understand God to speak by asking these simple questions:
1. Is it consistent with Scripture?
2. Is there peace in it?
3. Is there a witness with others? (Can others confirm it?)
4. Does it bring you closer to Jesus?

Here are 8 steps for hearing God’s Voice

I have spent significant time learning to journal and it was very hard at first to trust that what I was hearing through that inner voice, if it was really God. Practice made me more confident, reading the Word to know His character made me more confident, running things by my husband for his confirmation made me more confident and by all means these experiences of hearing God brought me and keeps bringing me closer to Jesus.

Hearing God’s voice is one of the most important topics in YWAM also, (Youth With A Mission) taught in every DTS (Discipleship Training School).

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26 responses

  1. Your six ways that God speaks are very good. #2, the inner voice, is probably the least accepted in the 21st Century, even by Christians. However, I believe it is the most important. Without the inner voice of God in our hearts, the rest become intellectual, rather than spiritual. It is the inner voice, the direct revelation of God, that makes us a believer.

    I believe that God is speaking to everybody on the planet. The problem is not that He isn’t speaking, but that we aren’t listening. We have also been brainwashed to believe that the voice of God is rare or unusual. However, truth is, He is continually speaking in the still, small voice through inner promptings, impressions, divine thoughts, pictures, the nudgings of our conscience, etc. We just need to begin to listen to them. And journaling is a great way to begin. You might discover that something you brushed off as merely your own thinking, was actually God’s voice!

    1. I love that you were so specific in ways we brush things off!!! Nudgings, promptings, pictures…. I find that it is a common question people ask. And your clarification really helps.

      1. Thank you, Soraya. Here’s a blog I wrote about the 3 voices that speak in human minds and hearts. http://stevesimms.wordpress.com/2012/03/02/who-dat-the-voice-its-really-3-voices/

  2. Agreed. Thank you for introducing your post to me. Hearing God takes practice. Knowing God is the only motivation. Faith is the essential ingredient in man wanting to know matters of God. I am still learning to be led by His Spirit and His words. But the fellowship of the Lord in the journey is exceedingly wonderful beyond any comparison despite the small steps I take one at a time.

    1. It seems, Crosslife… that the learning can never be over. But as long as we keep hungering… I know we keep entering new levels of intimacy. You are always welcome to add your own experiences here on my blog.

  3. Great, great article. Love this: do sound in your theology. I appreciate your thoughts on this. Please keep listening for and sharing what His voice imparts to you. Thank you! Much blessings and Peace,
    Sean G.

    1. *that was suppose to say “SO sound” not “do sound”!!! Ha! Fat thumbs strike again! Great stuff! Look forward to more!
      Sean G.

      1. Sean, I’d like to take credit for the sound doctrine, but most of the teachings I am summerizing parts of a book I read or a conference I attended, etc. I am more confident sharing a teaching then doing all the work myself. But all the articles sharing my dialogues with the Lord or visions or dream are my own experiences. πŸ™‚

    2. Thanks Sean. This is all I blog about, whether teaching or sharing my own dialogues with the Lord. When you write your mini-blog, you can put the link here too so others can find you!! πŸ™‚

  4. Hi Soraya,

    I agree with everything you have stated in this blog. I love that you have learned the art of journaling. Journaling or keeping a thought and prayer log really does help to fine tune the voices you are listening too. Is it God’s, mine, the worlds, or could it be the enemy. There is no easy solution, program, or format to follow. He speaks in so many ways as you pointed out in your article. The important thing is to begin the process. Practice in hearing is really what makes it. There will be times, one will think it was the Holy Spirit and it won’t be. We all learn by trial and error. As you continue in reading his word, and tracking what you hear be it through journaling or a log of some sort the better we get at distinguishing the voices. It is always important to check the message you receive against the Bible and often before a trusted, mature, person in the faith. I totally agree with Steve when he says many are not listening. God is definitely speaking… some of us, many of us, are simply not listening or looking towards the voice of God. When we earnestly and genuinely seek the voice of God we can trust He will speak.

    May you be blessed with favor on the Thanksgiving week.
    Sandra

    1. Yes, Sandra… Indeed practice makes one more confident. In the beginning I ran all my journal entries by my husband to check them too. It is a real good practice. And if it contradicts God’s Word, indeed dangerous ground. May we always be open to Holy Spirit to correct, encourage, admonish and instruct us. Be blessed.

  5. I enjoyed the article immensely and am in complete agreement with you on the points you have so graciously taken the time to outline. I can only pray that your post reaches a very large audience as it contains a message that is much needed in this world that is currently undergoing such a time of chaos and turmoil. Keep up the good work my friend, and God continue to bless you and the work you are doing generously and to great effect. Praise the Lord.

    1. I know you also have much wealth of experience to share, dbp, i pray together with you that the right people find what we share. It is good to be friends with Holy Spirit. We could shout it off roof tops!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I hope you find more articles here that will bless you. πŸ™‚

  6. So many are waiting for a loud speaker to crank down out of heaven!

    1. I know, right? I was one of those at one point. I am so happy to have learned His voice so intimately. You are always welcome to share your own experiences here. πŸ™‚

  7. God’s first voice was my parents, siblings, and Sunday School Teachers. It is not true, “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” I knew it long before I could read. I was fortunate enough to grow up in a Christian household learning table graces, bedtime prayers, and experiencing God’s love and voice through family, pets, friends, and Sunday School Teachers Who opened my eyes and ears.

  8. I have a tremendous respect for the calling of the apostle and prophet. These two callings are called the foundations of the church (Ephesians 2:20). If we simply say that God doesn’t speak except outside of the Bible, we undercut these two foundational men, and thus work from a faulty foundation. Something that I find in myself is that I don’t get a lot of prophetic words, but I have a high sense of discernment (my wife even more) to be able to understand the spiritual condition of an individual or congregation. That inner voice is formulated by a severance from the world and its wisdom (or value system) to being conformed to the image of Christ. When you know the authentic, the false is evident. God speaks to us through His Son in these last days (Hebrews 1:3-5). It is specifically through the Word of God made flesh, and if we reduce that to the Holy Bible, then we rob God of any ability to speak directly to us. It is incredibly important to not neuter the voice of God lest we be without the very revelation of God.

  9. We need to hear His voice even more in these times we are living in. God bless you

    1. True! Brm7. Lets press on.

  10. Excellent post! I particularly liked the part “God is greater then our opinions and has no need to keep Himself within the limits of our belief barriers or opinions.”That quote is worthy of a post in itself it’s so true! He’s smashed every box I tried to put Him in!
    I totally agree about the importance of hearing God’s voice (and learning to discern it by scripture etc.) It’s the greatest comfort, wisdom, protection, and freedom, and to follow it the greatest fulfillment in life.

    1. Thank you Claire!! I love it when He makes me understand He has no obligation to prove anything. Wow!

  11. Thanks for your follow I liked your blog and will do likewise

  12. Thanks so much for sharing this! Blessings from Holland, Jasmine

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