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Tips for Hearing God More Clearly

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Do you want to hear God more and with greater clarity? We should all seek to grow in hearing God more frequently and more accurately than we currently do.

Maybe you don’t think you hear God much at all — yet. It could be you are hearing Him, but not recognizing how much He is already speaking to you!

Here are a few tips for better hearing:

Value the small things God says to you.

Limiting our expectation for hearing God’s voice to only monumental revelation can really hinder our ability to hear Him. We want to know about the future, we desire a word of guidance, or we look for an entire blueprint for the next five years of our lives. But those aren’t the only ways God speaks — in fact, they will be in the minority.

Most of our everyday conversations with loved ones are not made up of pivotal, life-changing discussions. We talk about the day-to-day events, and we enjoy doing it. God doesn’t only speak about the big stuff, either.

Gentle thoughts such as “Don’t be afraid; I’m here,” or “I love you, and I will always stand with you,” or “Just trust Me and I’ll take care of you,” are God talking to you. These are the kinds of things He says most of the time. He is delighted when you treasure the little things He speaks.  Respond to them gratefully, record them in your prayer journal, and allow them to bring you into affectionate conversation with the Lord.

God’s voice is not like the opinions and speculations of man.

What He says has a different tone from what we hear and see in our natural world, because He knows way more than the “experts” in the media. God never has to speculate on how things will turn out. He’s always out in front of current situations.

God never projects anxiety over the future. It is finished, and Jesus already has secured the victory, remember? He’s not nervous and worried, wondering whether His people will pray enough or do all the right things to make life on earth go well. Because He isn’t wringing His hands, He doesn’t speak anxiety into us, either.

Sometimes Christian leaders temporarily get off in the flesh and say things like, “People of God, it’s all going down if we don’t pray harder / preach louder / get more involved. God won’t win this one if we don’t get out there and DO!” That’s a spirit of fear speaking, not the Spirit of God.

God’s voice will inspire awe of Him, but not fear about our circumstances. He will show us what steps to take. He will prompt us to pray earnestly, but from a position of being confident that He will answer, not from a place of panic. “For you shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the LORD will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rearward” (Isaiah 52:12).

God’s voice does not feel like a club beating us over the head.

The Spirit will convict us of areas where we are not aligned with Him — sinful thinking, speaking, and habits. But condemnation, shame, and accusations are the devil’s tools, not God’s. The Lord’s reproof carries with it a sense of His sorrow over our wrongdoing, but also His assurance that He still loves us. There is hope attached to His correction.

Shut down the background noise.

We need periods of undistracted quiet if we hope to hear the “still small voice” of the Holy Spirit. That might mean shutting off even the Christian music at times. Some people are uncomfortable if they don’t have background sound. Really, it’s all about habits. Just as you formed the habit somewhere along the line of always having sound going on around you, you will have to accustom yourself to the “sound” of quiet. Try it for a short period of time, and then increase the silent time gradually.

In addition to turning off physical background noise, we must learn to shut out the clamor of too many voices pouring into our heads through news and social media. We are bombarded with opinions coming at us from all directions. Deliberately cut out, or at least limit, what you read or listen to in the way of people’s ideas. When our ears and eyes are constantly absorbing what others think, our brains become overloaded. Our thoughts swirl out of control. When the mind is overstimulated, it is difficult to hear the Lord deep down in our spirit. Learn to reduce the barrage of your natural senses, so that your spiritual senses can gain the upper hand.

When we shut down distractions, we make way for the Lord to speak to us about His eternal perspectives.

Ask the Lord questions.

Ask them one at a time. Then wait for His answer. This is one of the best ways to begin hearing Him more clearly. Our Father loves conversation time with His children. We do well to give Him the opportunity.

I hope some of these tips will be useful to you in your quest to hear the Lord more clearly. Would you like to share tips you have found helpful in hearing Him? By commenting, you may provide just what someone else needs!

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Hotline to Heaven: Hearing the Voice of God
A short, no-nonsense tutorial by Lee Ann Rubsam

 

 

Just for Intercessors: What Well Are You Dipping From? (Part 6)

Intercessors tend to connect well with the spirit realm.  Did you know that it is possible to hear and see things that are not from the Holy Spirit?  If it is not from Him, then it is not to be entertained, period!  Jeremiah 23:28 admonishes us, “… he who has my word, let him speak my word faithfully.  What is the chaff compared to the wheat?”  Jeremiah is saying that if the “word” we have is not coming from God, it is not revelation to be desired.  It is as worthless as chaff.

I have known intercessors who have been so eager for revelation that they were willing (albeit subconsciously) to hear it from doubtful, even demonic, sources.  What was behind this error was an inner need for recognition for their prophetic abilities.  They were good people who loved the Lord, but they had a spiritual problem.

We all “hear” and “see” things from time to time that are not from God.  We’re pressing toward 100% accuracy in hearing God only, but we’re still growing. The enemy sometimes tries to mimic the Lord’s voice, usually pandering to what our flesh wants to hear.  Our own imaginations can fool us as well.  As we mature in the Lord, we become better at discerning which is which.  It is easier to discern between God’s voice and demon voices than it is to discern between God and our own imaginations. After awhile, we learn to immediately dismiss the demonic injections into our thoughts – IF we are not harboring wrong attitudes.  As we go deeper in our intimate relationship with Jesus, we become better at discerning the difference between God and our own ideas as well.  Jesus promises us that we will know His voice and that we will not follow the voice of another (John 10:3-5, 8).  We can count on this promise, but the main ways we grow in knowing the difference are through spending lots of time reading the Bible and practicing listening in prayer.

Unfortunately, many of us have past associations with the occult.  Some of us have put away the wrong toys and activities, but have not gone through the appropriate repentance/deliverance process.  (By deliverance, I mean that you have asked the Lord to free you of any demonic inroads into your life that have occurred through your evil actions.  Occult participation always puts demonic hooks in our lives, but, praise God,  “Whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered” (Joel 2:32).

If you have ever dabbled in astrology, fortune telling (palmistry, tea leaves, crystal balls, tarot cards, etc.), ESP, mind reading, or Ouija boards, and you have not made the effort to fully repent and seek deliverance from the Lord, you have an open door in your life to be hearing from demonic sources – even if you don’t intend to.  Other occult avenues that need to be repented of are TV and movie watching of “paranormal” activities (spooky stuff, UFO’s, magic, horror, etc.), Eastern religion, New Age practices, and yoga.  (And by the way, yoga breathing and stretching exercises are intricately connected with the spirit realm, whether you intend to get into that aspect of it or not.  Yoga at any level should not be practiced by believers.)

If there is a question mark in your mind, or if you find yourself resisting what I’m saying, let’s just take care of it right now to be sure.  Ask the Holy Spirit to show you if you have any open doors to the demonic in your life through past occult activity.  Repent of anything at all that comes to mind.  Renounce such activity, tell those demons to be gone forever from your life in Jesus’ Name, and trust Jesus from this point on to keep you free of such things.  Don’t obsess about it; just take care of it.  It’s that simple.

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Excerpted from Lee Ann’s book, The Intercessor Manual

Out of the Fire Ministries