Learning to hear the voice of God is essential. After all, it is God’s purposes that we want to fulfill, so hearing Him speak brings clarity. Would it not make life a whole lot easier if we knew how to recognize His voice?
Learning to hear the voice of God is a lifelong process, but it is simple enough that even a child can do it. Let’s say you just thought of a friend that you have not heard from in years, and later that day you get a letter, email or phone call from them. The fact that you had that little intuition ahead of time was actually God speaking to you.
How about when you are waiting in the checkout line at the supermarket? You get a feeling you should have gone to a different line, then you look over and sure enough—that line is moving much faster. This is an example of God speaking to you. Sometimes God speaks more clearly, but most of the time it comes in the form of a small, quiet voice inside us; unless you train yourself to listen to it, His voice can be considered a coincidence.
God will often speak to us by impressing a verse on our minds. Reading the Bible regularly will help condition us to be more spiritually sensitive.
Sometimes God speaks to us clearly but other times He is not as clear. God often conceals matters and requires those who really want more of Him to search for God as they would to uncover hidden treasure. If we spend time with Him, we will access the treasures of kings!
“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.” Proverbs 25:2 NIV
These are ways God wants to interact with you regularly. However, to hear God consistently and accurately takes practice. “But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” Hebrews 5:14 NIV
Many Christians are afraid of being deceived when it comes to hearing God. According to Hebrews 5:14, the remedy for this is to train yourself—which will take practice.
One reason why many people do not hear God consistently is because they have not practiced listening. They may also have trouble discerning whether what they hear is from God, themselves or other sources. Practice is required to grow and mature in our spiritual life.
I do these various exercises regularly and I teach students at my training seminars to do the same. Since this is just practice, you do not have to worry about getting it wrong!
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Doug Addison is a prophetic speaker, author, life coach and stand-up comedian. He is known for his Daily Prophetic Words, Spirit Connection webcast, podcast and blog. Doug’s message of love, hope and having fun reaches people around the world! His unique style of teaching and coaching helps open people to discover their destiny and experience God’s supernatural love and power. He and his wife Linda live in Los Angeles, California.