Learning to discern the voice of God

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God is always speaking. The whole word of God is a place of connection for Him to communicate with us. After God created Adam, He spoke to him instructing what He expected Adam to do and not to do.

Genesis 2:16~ Genesis 2:16-21, 23-25 ESV – 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” 18 Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” 19 Now out of the ground the LORD God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. 21 So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. … 23 Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” 24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

This passage above is just the beginning of God speaking to and having relationship with Adam and Eve. They also are dialoging with Him as it continues in the rest of Genesis. God did not leave us here to be disconnected from Him. He has made every effort and above to stay connected to us.

He died on the cross so we could further come into relationship with Him. He tore the veil between us and Him. Jesus is the intermediary, so we can have relationship and receive from God. During the Old Testament, God lovingly waited for His people to come into with relationship with Him.

He chased after them and they often refused. They wanted a King like the other nations. They refused God. They were unfortunately afraid. They had fear in their hearts. When Moses was receiving the Ten Commandments, they were afraid to hear God’s voice. Moses went by himself to receive for the people. They also were in unbelief. They made a golden calf while Moses was receiving for them on Mt Sinai. Read Genesis Chapter 19 and 20.

Today, we are 2,000 years on this side of Jesus’ death and resurrection. We have an enormous amount of scripture teaching and understanding of the word of God. There is a mass amount of knowledge to be gained about everything contained in the bible.

It is not a strange thing today to know we can hear God and understand Him. He is alive! He is real! And we can hear HIM! So here are some things to be discerning of His voice. God is waiting for us to encounter Him!

God talks to us the way he created us. Doctor Eby, a medical doctor, died falling off of a balcony, and hit his head. He was put in the morgue and pronounced dead. He was in Heaven and learned that God spoke to him as a doctor. He used terms that Dr. Eby was familiar with. So be at peace that he speaks to you the way you were created to be. Here is a link to a written story. We saw him on a television station where he related his story verbally and spoke of this information above. http://www.freechristianteaching.tv/the-story-of-dr-richard-eby-usa

We are very unique. I am bringing this out because we all have a unique experience hearing Him. The next steps below are basic understanding of hearing Him.

Practical steps are as follows:

  1. Sit down in a quiet comfortable place with paper, pen and Bible.
  2. Record your responses from the Lord so you can continue to discern His voice.
  3. Pray that the Holy Spirit will reveal His voice.
  4. The general rule of thumb is if you are asking God a question or are waiting for a response or answer, it will be positive. The first thing that comes up in your mind. I will explain a negative response below this.
  5. Learning God’s nature and person helps with knowing it is Him talking and not the enemy or our own fears.
  6. His answers, will bring peace or direction to your situation. The enemy would like to keep us stuck.
  7. God will answer or direct with scripture.
  8. God often will have a still and quiet voice.
  9. Knowing the will for your life also is a huge indicator of hearing what God is saying to you. God is good and full of love.
  10. Expect to have conversations with God.
  11. Believe what He tells you.
  12. Be careful to write down EXACTLY HOW HE TELLS YOU SOMETHING. Don’t change it. IT MATTERS.
  13. Be intentional and persistent about hearing his voice.
  14. He will talk to you when you least expect it!

God’s voice, stills you, leads you, reassures you, enlightens you, encourages you, comforts you, calms you and convicts you.

Satan’s voice, rushes you, pushes you, frightens you, confuses you, discourages you, worries you, obsesses you, and condemns you.

Things that cloud our hearing.

  1. If you are eating a diet of let’s say violent movies or horror movies on the extreme side, you are going to color your hearing with those things let into your soul. Your soul is made up of your heart/mind, will (seat of choice) and emotions. Too much of anything will distort or stop your hearing.
  2. Chronic sin.
  3. Fear
  4. Emotional distress.
  5. Disobedience
  6. Trauma
  7. Not spending the intimate time with the Lord.
  8. Doubt
  9. Shame
  10. Listening to other people’s opinion about your situation and believing them.
  11. Misunderstanding of scripture.

Above I wrote about hearing something negative. It won’t be against the word of God. You might hear something like”you will lose your job” or “there is cold water in your house”. One statement is very direct the other not so direct but you get the point.

God will let us know something is coming or happening to reassure us it will be ok. Losing a job is alarming but you might get a better job or protection from something else you can’t see or don’t currently know.

I personally lost a job and shortly there after the company closed down because of illegal activity. If you experience something like this God most likely is protecting you. Another example was God told me I would get pulled over in my car and that everything would be ok.

A week later I was pulled over and there was no reason for them to pull me over. They never even said why they pulled me over! I had just made sure that my registration and insurance were in order in my car and God spoke to me at that very moment as I was organizing them. God will speak to you at times you may not think he will.

Trust God even if the information is negative.

In summary, this is a general list of hearing his voice.

Here are a few verses about hearing His voice. I encourage you to do a study to help your hearing. It is about having relationship with Him.

Deuteronomy 4:36 ESV – 36 Out of heaven he let you hear his voice, that he might discipline you. And on earth he let you see his great fire, and you heard his words out of the midst of the fire.


Psalm 95:7 ESV – 7 For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today, if you hear his voice,


John 10:3 ESV – 3 To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.


Hebrews 3:7, 15 ESV – 7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, “Today, if you hear his voice, … 15 As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”


Hebrews 4:7 ESV – 7 again he appoints a certain day, “Today,” saying through David so long afterward, in the words already quoted, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”

We pray that we can hear your voice and have relationship with you. We want to be in relationship with you. We break any hinderances off of us to hear your voice. We want to be closer to your heart and receive your love and know you!

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