As believers, the main voice we need to stay in tune with is God’s voice. Not secular music, television, or in most cases, other people. If you can’t seem to hear God’s voice clearly or are having a hard time distinguishing your voice and His voice, keep on reading…!
1. Fast. You may have too many distractions in your life right now keeping you away from God and hearing His voice. These distractions could be your job, smart devices, comparison, any relationships, social media, television, or anxieties about bills and finances. Anything driving your focus away from God is a worldly distraction. If you feel too cluttered by the things of this world, it may be time for you to go on a fast. When you fast, you basically rid your atmosphere and lifestyle of your worldly distractions (temporarily) to spend more time with the Holy Spirit and hear from Him.
So take a fast from whatever is keeping you away from God. Try a technological fast that keeps you away from your smart devices, television, and radio (secular stations). Try a social media fast or a food fast. Take a break away from certain people if you can. Believe me, when you fast you will start to hear God’s voice more loudly. He is waiting to speak to you, He is waiting to show you the way He desires you to go, and He is waiting for you to respond and obey Him. Obedience leads to great favor (John 14:21)!
2. Talk to God. One of the main reasons you may not be hearing from God as much is because you don’t have enough conversation with Him. We serve a King who descended from His Heavenly throne and bled for us just to have a relationship with Him and to spend eternity with Him. God desires a relationship with us, and what is a relationship with little to no communication? The more you talk to God, the more likely you are to hear from Him and also see Him! I want to encourage you to pray whenever you feel the need. Prayer should not be done out of compulsion, but out of desire and conviction.
Now, every prayer does not have to be long and fancy like Psalm 91. A prayer can be only 2 words: “Thank You,” “Forgive me,” or “Help me.” God wants to hear from you. He wants to hear whats on your mind, no matter how short or long the conversation is. Also, “ask and ye shall receive.” Tell God you desire to hear from Him and He will tell you what you need to do to hear Him more. (Click here to read my post on how to strengthen your prayer life.)
3. Be still, be silent, and be patient. After you pray, it is important to be still, silent, and patient. Because God may not answer you right away (although sometimes He does). We have a tendency to get up and move on with our day or tasks right after prayer because today’s world is in such a hurry! But instead, try being still after your talk with God. Unplug from those headphones, turn off that radio and television before, during, and after prayer so you can hear God’s voice. A lot of the times, we don’t even realize that we drown out God’s voice with background noises. So when you pray, try to quiet your atmosphere as much as you can. This helps you to listen for God’s voice. Ask God to open your spiritual ears and eyes so He can reveal His secrets and His will to you.
“Show me Your ways, O Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
On You I wait all the day.“
4. Talk to other believers. God can and will speak through other believers. Look at the people you surround yourself with? Where are they in their spiritual walk? Speaking with mature believers brings an air of wisdom and direction that comes directly from God. Don’t be afraid to speak with believers (especially if you’re close to them) about things that are on your spirit, things that are bothering you. They could bless you with a word from God!
5. Stay in God’s Word. Read your Bible. That’s how you get to know God’s voice and learn the direction He wants you to take. Read your bible daily, as many times as your spirit craves it. The bible is life’s manual with scripture and passages that fit all situations of life…and I mean all life’s situations. From death, to infertility, to betrayal, to poverty, to envy. The list goes on. Always ask the Holy Spirit for understanding before reading His holy word. Fill your mind with it and meditate on it daily. When situations come, the Holy Spirit will bring things to remembrance. The bible gives answers to many of the prayers you’ve been needing. So keep that bible open!
It’s important to hear from God because as followers of Christ we need to know His unique will for our lives and the will for mankind (to tell others about Christ through our gifts and expand His kingdom). It’s important to know how to separate our own voice from God’s voice so we’re not misled.
You’ll know you are hearing from God when there is an urge laying so heavy on your spirit that you just can’t seem to shake off or ignore. This urge could be God telling you to take action: apply for a job, call a friend, listen to a song, buy a certain book, move to a different city. When you get these spiritual urges, take it up with God to make sure they are really coming from Him and not your lustful desires (one thing, you can ask God if this aligns with His will for your life). Many times, we may not understand why God tells us to do certain things or why He drops people or images into our spirit. We just have to discern it as His will and go for it (again, obedience!!). Also, God will tell us to do something outside of our comfort zones. This means that sometimes He puts things on our spirits that we may not want to do (for instance, doing something nice for our enemies). If he lays something very heavy on your spirit, pray for confirmation and obey His voice.
You’ve been consumed with the natural world for too long…it’s time to connect more with the spiritual world. And remember,
The quieter you are, the more you will hear from God.