Do you get overwhelmed when someone suggests hearing God? Or do you struggle to understand how exactly it works?
I used to think if someone couldn’t hear God they needed some deep inner healing work (what a hopeless mindset). Now, after ministering to scores of families around the globe, I have come to understand that God is always speaking and there is no such thing as spiritual deafness (for a believer). There could be things preventing you from hearing, but it isn’t that your ears don’t work or God’s mouth is silent.
I liken hearing God to riding a bike. If I were to write a post on how to ride a bike, there wouldn’t be much to share. Hop on, put your foot on the pedal, push off and alternate pushing down the pedals with each foot. Pretty easy, huh? Well, the key to being a strong bike rider is what? PRACTICE! It isn’t the method or steps that are overwhelming; it is in the willingness to practice that many quit and never learn how to fly.
Just like God gave us each a spleen, heart, and eyes, He has given each of us a ‘chalkboard’ in our minds where He speaks and shows us things.
The Body doesn’t dictate how the Creator can or can’t speak, as He is limitless and creative! But here is a rough outline of some of the ways He can speak.
Audible voice – As loud as if He was sitting there like Old Testament examples
Inner voice/whisper – Clear as a bell, but only you heard it
Spontaneous thought – Something pops into your head
Feelings/impressions – Just “feel” something like a strong sense
Gift of faith – Don’t know why, but you just know that you know!
Scripture – Jumps off the page and dives right into your heart
Other people – You know their words were for you
Signs/wonders/miracles – Doing what only He can do
Pictures – Visions, dreams, inside your imagination
Nature – Mountains, water, heart-shaped rock
Art – Song, dance, poetry, paintings
Peace – a sense of liquid peace comes over you like a warm blanket. Do you know that God is peace? Pure 100% peace that doesn’t match your physical on-earth circumstances. When we sit and get quiet and invite His presence we can often feel it in the form of peace washing over us.
When you are ready, ask the question slowly; then just watch and listen to see whatever comes to mind. Don’t argue with it, dismiss it, or doubt it. Whatever the topic is, focus on that for a moment. What does He want you to see about it? When He shows you something, and you aren’t sure what it means or what to do with it keep asking more questions. God is like finding the Easter eggs. He likes to say things that keep us looking for more. While He could throw the whole instructional book at us, instead He chooses a relationship with us. Don’t be so quick to get up and walk away. He wants to engage with you. You aren’t meeting with a busy royal emperor; you are talking with your Daddy!
Prayer – “Father, how do You feel about me?”
Answer – I see in my mind a girl dancing with a pink tutu (which means nothing to me).
Prayer – “Father, what do You want me to know about this dancing girl?”
Answer – I hear, “That is how I see you all the time, even when you feel like you have blown it.”
It is important to note that hearing God is not the same as audible hearing with our ears. Sometimes it means seeing pictures, and other times it means we feel His heart for something. My son rarely ‘hears’ anything, but sees images in his mind. I have another child who feels things intently for others or about a subject, and we know that is the Father speaking to her.
I had a mentor who made my spiritual ears come to life. I remember talking to her about things, and she would always say, “Can we ask Jesus about that?” It was an odd concept to me that we could ask Him about the ordinary, everyday life stuff. We don’t have to keep Him reserved for just the big spiritual stuff; He wants in on the little things that concern and matters to us, too. Get in the habit of simply asking often, “Jesus, what do YOU think about that?”
Pray – “Holy Spirit, I give You permission to speak to me today. Teach me what it means to hear/see/feel Your heart.”
We have established already that not only does God speak, but He wants to speak to YOU!
Spend time with Him today and ask a question or two.
“Jesus, what do You love most about me?”
“Holy Spirit, what are You doing in my life right now?”
“Father God, in what way did You knit me together in Your image?”