Hearing God’s Voice :: Shut up and listen up (Part 3)

This is the conclusion of the Hearing God’s Voice series. To read Part 1 and 2, click here and here.

Have you ever heard God’s voice? Is that even possible. How do you “follow God’s leading?”

4. Trust your experiences

God is constantly trying to teach us something. He has likely pulled you through a tough situation in the past. What wisdom did you learn from that time that you can apply now? What do you know to be true beyond a doubt because God has shown it to be true in the past?

You have wisdom and answers within you. Don’t be afraid to use it. Write it down. Again, check it with #1 above, mention it to those you seek wisdom with, and if it jives, hold on to it!

5. Shut up and listen up!

I don’t believe I have ever heard the audible voice of God. Very few people claim to have had that experience. But I’ve learned to trust my ability to be quiet, and trust God speaks to me through the things He brings into my mind. This requires me to be quiet, to turn off the music I love to listen to, be alone with God, and block out all distractions. Just pray and ask God that He would speak to you.

Then be quiet and listen. Wait. Get comfortable with the silence. Focus on God and clear your mind of other concerns. And start writing down some of the things that come to mind. If you find your thoughts are distracting you, write down the things you need to remember later on a separate page.

Try it out. I think you’ll be surprised what you hear. Whatever you hear, again, refer it to #1 above, and if it comes out positive in Scripture, take it and run!

In choosing a Bible College, I thought I had the answer I needed, until the school changed locations and my perfect picture future was mired. After seeking God again, the only answer I got back was, “I already told you where to go.” So I trusted God, followed the direction He pushed me, and it was the best choice I could have made.

As you can tell, there is more to listening to God than simply being quiet and listening, as simple and effective as that may be. Our God is a creative God, and He will use the things that already exist in our lives (family, friends, situations, experiences, scripture, etc.) to give us a message we need to hear.

Question: What methods do you use that help you to feel you have heard from God? Have you ever heard God’s voice? Join the conversation below!

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