Are you struggling to hear God’s voice above your own voice? 3 Tangible tips to hear from God on a personal level. 

Do you want to hear from God? 

I think the answer would be yes, with a follow-up question as to how.

“How do I hear from God?”

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We live in a world where everything is fast-paced. Our attention span is getting shorter, and we get antsy when a situation, text, or outcome doesn’t greet us with instant gratification.

We somehow feel let down.

In other words, our expectations weren’t met that we placed on that person, thing, or situation, which leaves us frustrated.

However, the other side to this is our constant questioning and overthinking.

“Am I really hearing God, or is this me?”

With fear being the driving force, we become stuck and paralyzed to make any decision based on not wanting to get it wrong. Therefore, we make no decisions at all.

Hearing from God personally means it’s personal. Therefore, asking others how they hear could help, sure, but in the end, it’s your relationship (and only through your relationship) with God will you be able to hear him.

I remember when I was learning the word of God and forming my relationship with him. I often looked at him as someone who was far away and sitting on a high throne waiting for me to mess up. 

It took a lot of intentional time for me to find my peace, know his voice sounds a lot like my own, and to pay attention to the fruit I was producing. Sometimes we want a formula with God. However, relationships don’t work that way. 

We have to ask ourselves what is a relationship and what does that mean and look like to us?

How do we commune and be together with the Father?

Those are foundational questions for us to ask.

What keeps us in fear of getting it wrong and growing our relationship with the Father?

Gideon doubted what he had heard to the point of asking for a sign, not once, but three times (Judges 6:17–22,36–40). I think it’s important to remember what the people in the old testament and new testament didn’t have –  the complete Bible. They didn’t have access to the whole word to meditate and study. It’s important to remember that when reading the Bible. Each book in the Bible builds upon the next or at the same time. It’s progressive revelation  (or cumulative revelation of who God is. Progressive revelation is a movement from truth to more truth and so to full truth.

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16–17). 

When we have a question about a certain topic or decision in our lives, we should see what the Bible has to say about it. God will never lead us contrary to what He has taught in His Word (Titus 1:2).

Hear from God

Here are 3 tangible ways to hear from God:

1. Follow the path that leads to peace. Peace doesn’t mean it will be easy. Please hear me. Following God won’t always be easy or without hardship or situations that arise. Don’t allow the enemy to convince you that you didn’t hear from God because it doesn’t feel easy. What fruit are your thoughts producing? This will indicate whose voice you are listening to. 

Does it bring condemnation or conviction?

Peace or turmoil?

Confusion or clarity?

2. We recognize the voice of the ones we spend time with the most. To hear from God is active, not passive. That means we need to pursue his heart and spend time with him. We sometimes look at God as a magic genie and our prayers to be something he answers right away.

I bet you already have an idea of what he has called you to do, but maybe fear of a mistake has kept you still and stuck?

You probably hear God more than you think, but sometimes you wait for him to change his mind to a different answer (the one you like better) or double and triple confirm to you!?

3. Leave room to not hear from him how you think you need to hear from him. What I mean by this is that we tend to give God rules. “Show me this way, and I’ll know.” However, maybe God wants to share with us differently than we expect?

Keep an open door on your heart and don’t limit God to one thing or area in your life. 

To hear from God and know His voice we must belong to Him.

Jesus said, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27). Those who hear God’s voice are those who belong to him. They are those who have been saved by his grace through faith in the Lord Jesus. These are the sheep who hear and recognize his voice, because they know him as their Shepherd. If we are to recognize God’s voice, we must belong to him.

Hearing God, just like renewing your mind, is intentional. It’s not always waiting for something but to talk it out with God in conversation. It may feel weird but it’s what I do. 

Bonus: Sometimes God gives us the choice because both options are good options. 

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