In the 2nd post we looked at how to discern between weather what we are hearing is from God or ourselves.
In this post we will look at how to actually hear from God.
Let me start with a favorite verse of mine:
17 How precious to [b] me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
God is speaking to us all the time... the question is are we listening! Here are 3 main ways that God speaks to us:
For the 99% of us we will not hear an audible voice from God. So how do we hear from God? We hear via a flow of spontaneous thought.
Do me a favor... I want you to think the word 'car for me. Just like that thought was in your head... so God's thoughts stream into our heads. Usually we are so preoccupied that we don't even notice.
By the way, Satan speaks to us in the same manner... thoughts. Those condemning thoughts... very well could find their source from the devil.
Some people tend to get mental pictures or faint impressions that get stronger and stronger. Check out this interesting verse:
Habakkuk 2: 1
1 I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint. [a]
Getting an impression or sensing a feeling.
(In case your wondering... I usually 'hear' and my wife usually 'sees'.)
Let me just add here that the quickest way to quench hearing from God is to evaluate it as its coming to you.
Rather one should write it down while suspending all judgment. Then once you've stopped hearing / seeing / feeling you can go back and 'judge' it (see the 1st and 2nd posts for more on this).
I hope this was helpful.
If you would like further posts on this subject, let me know what you'd like me to focus on by leaving a comment.
Till next time...