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5 Steps to Know You Are Hearing God Accurately

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Have you wanted to hear the voice of God accurately and consistently? Maybe you hear the Lord but struggle to understand the timing of what He is saying.

I’ve been training people how to hear God for a number of years, but I wasn’t always able to hear consistently the way I do now. I was all over the map. Then the Lord showed me five simple steps to hear God clearly, and everything in my life radically shifted.

I wish someone would have told me these things years ago. It would have saved me a lot of time and pain. Here are five things I do to hear God clearly that you can do right now. They will change your life!

5 Steps to Hear God Accurately

1. Establish a Foundation of Love

Jesus said the greatest commandment of all the law and prophets is to:
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Luke 10:27 NIV

This simple commandment of Jesus has fallen out of some people’s Bibles, especially on the internet. But if you establish this foundation of love in your life—love God, love yourself, and love other people—it will hold the weight of what’s coming. It will build the foundation of what God wants to bring to you.

2. Cultivate the Spiritual Atmosphere

We all have a spiritual atmosphere around us that can be negative or positive. This spiritual principle is found in Galatians:
A man reaps what he sows. Galatians 6:7b NIV

If you focus on the negative, it may close the heavens over you. Sowing negative thoughts and words could be stopping revelation and blessing from flowing to and through your life.

You can cultivate the spiritual atmosphere of love and shift the atmosphere by sowing positive thoughts and actions in your life and in those around you.

3. Track What God is Saying

Then the Lord replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.” Habakkuk 2:2 NIV

If you don’t write down the revelation you receive from the Lord, you may not be able to run with God. I write things down on a regular basis because I’m convinced that the only way to truly hear God accurately is to record it in some form. If you don’t value what God says, you could stop hearing Him. God usually speaks over time, and tracking what you’re hearing will help you.

I journal 365 days a year. When I began this practice a few years ago, I received so much revelation that I started releasing the Daily Prophetic Word. When we value what God is saying, God will release more.

4. Activate God’s Word in Your Life

James 2:17 tells us that faith by itself is dead. We need to take our faith and the prophetic words God has given us and do something with them. There are things we must do to activate what God has for us.

Twenty years ago, someone gave me a prophetic word that I would have dreams and travel around the world helping people. I grabbed hold of this prophetic word, recorded it, and read some books about dream interpretation. Years later, I started to travel and help others because I activated the prophetic word in my life.

5. Learn to Discern

How can you know if something you’re hearing is from God or Satan? You can train yourself to learn to discern the voice of God by getting rid of fear, working with the Holy Spirit, and constantly using your gifts.

But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. Hebrews 5:14 NIV
People worry about being deceived, yet they often spend more time and money on their favorite sports and hobbies than on hearing the Lord. All we need to do is step into Hebrews 5:14 and do something every day to train ourselves to hear God accurately.

You Can Hear God Accurately

This is my recipe for how I hear God the way I do. If you practice these things, you will grow closer to the Lord and hear His voice more accurately!
I go into greater detail about this and reveal new patterns from Heaven in my online workshop, How to Know God’s Voice & Timing: Listen Up and Discern. Whether you need to hear God clearly to get direction about major life decisions or hear God for your marriage and relationships, this 2-hour online training will help you get the clarity you need. Don’t delay, get this training for only $37 and tap into what God is saying today!



Doug Addison



Doug Addison is the founder and president of InLight Connection. Doug is a prophetic speaker, author and coach. He is known for his Daily Prophetic Words, Spirit Connection webcast, podcast and blog. He and his wife Linda live in Los Angeles, California where they are impacting the arts, entertainment and media industries.

22 thoughts on “5 Steps to Know You Are Hearing God Accurately

    • Nikki, InLight Connection Team says:

      We are so glad you are enjoying Doug’s Daily Word’s and blog posts. God bless you Celjeta!

  1. Arlene Davis says:

    Your post was sent to me today and answered many questions I had. I am going throug a period of uncertainty and you were very helpful.

    • Nikki, InLight Connection Team says:

      Wonderful Arlene! I am so glad this blog post was helpful for you. God bless you during this time!

  2. Sharon Barnett says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this information. I heard the Lord speak to me in reference to journaling. I just can’t seem to do it daily, but after reading the essay you put it, oh goodness!!! Talk about making in PLAIN😲. I hope to do the training in the near future. I know God is transferring wealth to me. Please keep me on your prayers. I want to ne ALLLLL that God wants me to be. 🤗

    • Nikki, InLight Connection Team says:

      I love that Sharon! I am so glad this blog post inspired you to write more. God bless you as you grow in hearing God even more!

  3. Lieneke Thompson says:

    Dear brother and/or sister in Christ,
    My personal hearing from God is by His grace accurate but I am in a very difficult situation and was wondering if our brother Doug would have the time and would feel led to listen to some of my story. There are extreem elements in it but God is with me in awesome ways.
    The reason for this request is that I am in a fase of complete isolation. And even this has been led by the Spirit although He also desires for me to have support from the Body.

    • Nikki, InLight Connection Team says:

      Hello Lieneke! Doug does not do one-on-one counseling. I am praying now for the right people to come into your life and help you through this difficult time. God always has a way of providing for us with what we need when we need it. Bless you!

  4. Geoffrey Satmerep says:

    These five steps has really inspire me, thanks a lot. May God continue to release his grace upon you in Jesus name, amen.

  5. María says:

    Hace tiempo que sigo tu.ministerio, pero ayudaría mucho leerlo en edpañol. Tienes disponible material en español?

    • Nikki, InLight Connection Team says:

      Hey Maria! We do not have resources in Spanish at the moment. We do have transcripts that you can translate into Spanish by using Google translator. Bless you!

  6. Mary McGee says:

    God bless you richly Prophet Doug! Glory be to God. I truly thank God for your life and how He is using you to help others to . These 5 steps are very helpful to me as I understand more on how to hear the voice of God! Glory be to God!!!!! Amazing!!!!!May the Lord continue to reveal His secrets to you as you come unto HIM!

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