Learning to Hear His Voice

Do you desire to hear God’s voice more clearly, regularly, and distinctly?  Have you ever said, “I wish I could hear from God like other people do?”

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. Rev 2:7

The Holy Spirit is a communicator!  He loves to speak!  He loves to talk with you!  He desires to have continual communication with you, not just during storms or trials.  He wants to talk daily with you.  He is very vocal, we just need to learn to hear Him.

Why do you think the Holy Spirit wants to talk with you?  DO you think that He wants to talk to you?  Maybe this is a new idea and you have never considered that God would actually want to speak to you.

Do you desire to hear God’s voice more clearly, regularly, and distinctly?  Have you ever said, “I wish I could hear from God like other people do?”

Do you ever wonder, is this God or is this me?  Many people ask, ‘How do I recognize when God speaks to me?  How do I know that it is not just me’?   Do you desire to effectively discern when someone tells you, ‘God spoke to me, or God told me’, whether it is from God or not?

Do you want to understand God’s Word more?  Do you want to understand how to apply His Word to your life?

Do you have a desire to be His vessel, someone who hosts His presence, that no matter where you go, who you meet, you are ready to effectively minister His love, grace, and goodness?

We have heard that today God doesn’t speak the same way as He spoke in the Bible.  Have you ever said to someone; ‘God spoke to me and said…’ only to have him or her look at you like you are crazy? Have you ever noticed how on TV, when they depict someone who has heard from God, they depict them as a crazy person, someone who doesn’t have all of their marbles in place?

But in His Word, He says that He does speak AND He actually expects us to listen and obey!  There are many different ways in which God speaks to us.  There is no set formula; God will speak to you in the way He chooses.

Jesus says, “My sheep hear My voice,  and I know them, and they follow Me.” John 10:27

The Holy Spirit does not speak of Himself, but He will receive of the Father and the Son and speak to us what they say.  It is God’s plan for us to hear the Holy Spirit’s voice.

He is pouring out His Spirit today. God is speaking and He is pouring Himself out upon us today, presently.  Joel 2:28-29, I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.

  • He speaks to us through words.
    Acts 8:27-29  Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.”
  • He speaks to us through dreams and visions.
    Joel 2:28-29, I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
  • He speaks to us in our spirits – a still small voice.
    I Kings 19:12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.Romans 8:16 The Spirit Himself [thus] testifies together with our own spirit, [assuring us] that we are children of God.
  • He speaks to us through what we see.
    Through out the book of Jeremiah, He asks Jeremiah, ‘what do you see?’
  • His communication requires a response.  Further instructions or benefits are dependent upon our response.When God met Saul on the road to Damascus,  God spoke to him and He required obedience from him.  God gave Saul an instruction.  Saul’s obedience brought him to Ananias where he received  greater revelation and understanding.  He received healing and he was commissioned.
  • He gives you what to speak.  He will give you the words to say and the exact moment you need them.
    Mark.13:11  “But when they arrest you and deliver you up, do not worry beforehand, or premeditate what you will speak. But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.

You may ask, ‘how do I hear the Holy Spirit’s voice?’  Set aside time every day to spend with the Holy Spirit.  Get into the Word and spend time talking with the Holy Spirit and meditating upon God.  Talk to Him about your day.  Ask Him what He wants you to know today.  You can bring specific questions before Him and seek Him for an answer.   Listen for an answer and be willing to obey.  Then as you go about your day, talk to Him; involve Him in your day and your decision-making processes.  Involve Him in your conversations, speaking to Him and asking Him for direction and the right words to say.   Become more aware of Him as you go about your day.

Get so accustomed to talking with Him that you know immediately when He speaks to you.

He Guides Me

Many people wander through live, never quite figuring out what their assignment is, continually asking if they are in the ‘will of God’; some live in continual fear of being deceived and being lead astray; some live in a state of ‘am I saved?’ or  ‘will I make it to heaven’?

“…He will guide you into all truth… ” John 16:13

Many people wander through live, never quite figuring out what their assignment is, continually asking if they are in the ‘will of God’; some live in continual fear of being deceived and being lead astray; some live in a state of ‘am I saved?’ or  ‘will I make it to heaven’?

How can we live our daily lives with confidence knowing that we are making the right decisions for our lives and our family?  How can we navigate in a world that is full of opinions and ideas?  How can we function from our position as a son of God?

John 16:13 shows us that He is the Spirit of Truth.  He will guide us into all Truth, the whole, full Truth.  He speaks what He hears the Father say.  He will announce and declare to us things that are to come, things that will happen in the future.

If we understand the role of Holy Spirit in our lives we can live at rest.  We can live at rest because  Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth; this builds trust in us.  He is Truth!  He will not lead us in a lie or in ways that are not for our good.  What He hears the Father speak, He speaks to us.  When you understand the attributes and character of God, this is very powerful to grasp!

What He is speaking to us is coming out of the attributes and character of God.  He sees the beginning from the end, His thoughts towards us are good, His love for us is great, He cannot lie, He is full of justice, He is faithful, His Word cannot return void.  When we consider the source and authority behind what is being spoken to us, we can rest in His guiding.

Guide means to literally show the way.  The Holy Spirit was given to be our Guide, to show us the way, to be our leader and our guide.

When we seek out the counsel of the Holy Spirit daily, we walk with more confidence, hope, assurance and rest.  He loves to communicate with us.  He desires to talk with you and walk with you.   Read His Word, ask Him questions today, ask His opinion, ask Him to guide you, to help you make the right decisions.  He may quicken a verse to your mind, He may give you revelation about a verse, causing it to become a Rhema word to you.  He may speak to you in a still small voice, He may send someone along your path, or He may speak to you in a dream or a vision.  He wants to be involved in every area of your life.

Holy Spirit is the source of all Truth.  Seek Him daily. Delve into His Word and ask Him to guide you and show you the way.  He will never disappoint!

Holy Spirit Helps Me

Have you ever felt strength less, weak, sick, or frail?  Do you ever feel like you are trying to do things on your own?  Do you ever feel overwhelmed, wondering how you are going to make it through?

Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. Romans 8:26

Have you ever felt strength less, weak, sick, or frail?  Do you ever feel like you are trying to do things on your own?  Do you ever feel overwhelmed, wondering how you are going to make it through?

Jesus saw all of that and He knew that we were going to need someone to walk with us and help us.   How wonderful is it that He made those provisions for us?  He said, ‘I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, to be with you forever’ (John 14:16).

He knew that we were going to need help.  He recognized, that the assignment that He has given, could not be completed without the help of the Holy Spirit.  He knew what frailties and weaknesses we were going to experience, and He made a provision for us!

Romans 28:6 Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

The Holy Spirit was sent to help us.  The word help means to lay hold along with, to strive to obtain with others, help in obtaining, to take hold with another, embrace to help, to be a partaker of.  We see the idea here of, the Holy Spirit joining together with us to help us succeed and overcome.  He is at work with us.  We are not left alone; we can rely and call upon Him to help us.

I love how Robertson describes this!  ‘Here beautifully Paul pictures the Holy Spirit taking hold at our side at the very time of our weakness and before too late.’   The Holy Spirit comes alongside us, takes hold, and before it is too late He helps us in our weakness!

It is interesting to note key descriptive words, ‘helps, together, lay hold along with, help in obtaining’.  The Holy Spirit works ‘with’ us.  He is not doing the work ‘for’ us, but He is coming along side us to help.  We still have to take responsibility and do our part, but He has promised that He will meet us in our weakness and lay hold along with us so that we can overcome and have victory.

When a parent helps a child walk up a stairway, that child has all the strength and resources of the parent, but the child still must take the steps and walk up the stairway himself.   This illustration still doesn’t describe the full impact of when the Holy Spirit lays hold and comes along side with us, but it gives us a framework and a mind picture to relate to.

When He is active in our lives and helping us,  we are connected with the full provisions of the Godhead – wisdom, peace, strength, wealth, understanding, healing, provisions, discernment, and the list goes on!  He helps us as we grow and walk.  Just like we want to see our children grow and mature, God’s desire for us to grow and mature governs His help for us.  He wants US to do it, He wants US to succeed.  He wants US to overcome.

Oh how amazing!  How wonderful is that?  We don’t have to do life alone!  We have been given a Helper!

*Robertson’s Word Pictures of the New Testament.