For God does speak—now one way, now another—though no one perceives it.
Job 33:14 NIV
This is a time like never before that we need to hear the voice of God in our lives. God is speaking all the time, but most people do not perceive it. Or they have not been trained to discern His voice from their own or other sources.
Let’s face it, the phrase “hearing God” or “the prophetic” has some baggage. Some people have been wounded along the way. But no matter what your experience has been, we must not throw out the baby with the bathwater! God still speaks today, and hearing His voice for yourself will activate you into a deeper relationship with Him.
Just after Jesus taught the disciples to pray (Luke 11), He told two parables to activate it. One was of a man who needed bread in the middle of the night, so he came to a friend’s house and persisted in asking until he got it.
I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need. So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Luke 11:8–10 NIV
This is a time to ask, seek and knock, and have shameless audacity!
After that, Jesus went right into another parable that explains God’s heart as a father. This provides confidence and trust that God will speak to us.
“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Luke 11:11–13
If we have a preconceived belief that God is harsh or militant, we will interpret the things He says to us through a filter of fear. But God is a good, loving Father who gives good gifts to His children.
Go beyond believing that God wants to speak to you, and know that you can get bold and trust God to answer you. If you already hear Him—ask for more.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV
Many people are afraid that they will be deceived or that what they are asking is not in God’s will. Trust God as a Father. Your heavenly Father does not want to be harsh or mean to you.
If you are trying to be perfect, there is no room for you to grow. God uses our mistakes to train us. I have made my share of mistakes—and I still do—but God uses them to teach me and help me make a greater impact later.
It’s time to press in, know God and break through our fears. God is ready to take you to the next level!
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Doug Addison is a prophetic speaker, author and coach. 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 powerful, positively funny teaching style 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, where he is impacting the arts, entertainment and media industries.