We live in an very insecure world but we have a God who is our foundational rock.
Hearing God’s voice is key to:
Knowing deeply His peace that passes understanding even in the midst of a storm.
Finding God’s solution of love for us and others in every situation we face that always makes everything okay.
Living in the rest God calls us to in Hebrews 3 and 4.
Steps to Hearing God
Quiet yourself and know that He is God. Find a time and place where you can be still, away from the noise of your day. Fix the eyes of your heart upon Him and wait on Him. Ps.46:10
Let the river flow. Be sensitive to the flow of God’s Spirit in you. Watchman Nee in The Spiritual Man, says we hear the Spirit through conscience, intuition, and worship. Intuition is a sudden “knowing” without having reasoned a thing out. Jn.7:38
Write down what God reveals to you. Most Christians have had the experience of beginning to journal out what God is speaking to them, to soon find more and more of His words flowing as they kept writing. Hab.2:2, 3
Dealing with Hindrances
Don’t look for perfection or demand perfect accuracy (especially with proper grammar or punctuation). Trust your intuition — yet use some safeguards:
1 Corinthians 14:3 says God speaks edification, exhortation, and comfort. In simple terms, we can know that:
“The Comforter (name for the Holy Spirit Jn.15:26) comforts and the Accuser (name for Satan Rev.12:10) accuses.”
You won’t go wrong sensing God’s words of love and comfort to you and writing them down. Even if God is convicting your conscience, He always does so in love, to bring you up higher into all He has for you.
God is love. Love is the fulfilling of the law. Love makes all of life work as it should. I find this is the main thing God wants to speak to us on a daily basis. Love is the encouragement, right perspective, and proper motivation for what we all face in day to day life.
When hearing God for guidance, we need to add more safeguards than simply, “Is it comforting and edifying?” You need to assure that it lines up with the Word of God and get confirmation from those who have spiritual authority in your life.
Colossians 3:15 says to let the peace of God reign in your heart. In Greek “reign” means “umpire.”
With God’s peace umpiring in your life, you can learn sensitivity to Him telling you where things are “safe” and where you need to be careful because you might “strike out.
Practicing these steps and allowing time for the Lord to speak to you will encourage you and give you more peace and rest in this ever-changing world.