How to hear God's voice

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Maybe you have heard God’s voice in a whisper, in a passage in the bible, in the voice of a dear friend, trusted mentor or even a stranger. Maybe you’ve heard God’s voice in worship or prayer, or maybe you’ve felt the gentle impression of the Holy Spirit confirming a thought in your mind or nudging you to take a step forward or close the door.

Maybe you wonder if you’ve heard God’s voice, and if he even wants to speak to you. After all, you’ve heard others exclaim of great experiences, hearing and knowing God’s leading in their lives. And you wonder: “Does God speak to me?”

Here’s the thing. Hearing God’s voice is not a special activity that’s reserved for those who we might see as the ‘spiritually elite’. Hearing God’s voice is not just for the ‘holier-than-thou people’. Hearing God’s voice is not just for pastors, preachers and teachers. Hearing God’s voice is for everyone, and it is something that all Christians have access to.

In fact, the bible tells us that all believers can hear God’s voice.

In John 10, Jesus is talking to the pharisees, comparing himself to the good shepherd and his believers to sheep.

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”
- John 10:27 (NIV)

In John 14:15-17, we see Jesus promise the Holy Spirit to his disciples.

“If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”

The enemy would want to hold you back and limit you by making you believe that you can’t hear God’s voice, and by making you doubt God’s voice when you do hear it. You need to stand on the truth of God’s word and remind yourself that God wants to speak to you.