It is such an honor and privilege to hear the voice of God speaking to us. And that honor and privilege is not something reserved for some, it is available for all of us. Just as a parent desires to talk to their child, so God desires to speak to us, because He loves us.

His desire has always been to build a relationship with us at a personal level, and to communicate with us in ways we would understand and relate to. We just have to take the time to really listen.

Job 33:14 (NIV)


“For God does speak—now one way, now another—though no one perceives it.”


In that verse from Job, we can see that God always talks—but not always do we perceive Him talking. We can all grow in awareness of His voice, no matter how much of an expert we may or may not consider ourselves to be.



Let’s take a look at three different ways God speaks to us, so we can all be more alert.

Through His Word
Through the Holy Spirit
Through People

1. Through His Word:


God speaks directly to us when we read the Bible. Maybe it is a devotional with Bible verses, or maybe a Bible study, or just plain Bible reading.

Through the Word, God reveals His nature, who He is, and how He works. He shows us how to live an abundant life on this land. He shows us how to live a life of holiness. We find it all in His Word.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV)


“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”



2. Through The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit lives in us, and He reveals things that are unknown to us. He will guide us and show us bad habits we need to change. He will remind us of the truth we already know, of the things Jesus spoke, and He will give us discernment and conviction to make decisions.


Jeremiah 33:3 (ESV)


“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”


3. Through People:

God uses people!


Colossians 3:16 (ESV)
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”

 
You should always test the spirit:

 
1. Is it in agreement with the Word?
2. Does it make me look more like Christ?
3. Is it consistent with the calling and purpose God has for me?
4. Is it my responsibility?
5. Do I have peace about it?

 

The more time you spend with God, the easier it is for you to identify His voice.

John 8:47 (ESV)
“Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”


Often times, it may challenge us. 

Jonah: God specifically told Jonah to go to Nineveh and minister to a city whose wickedness had reached its limits. There were challenges. But when Jonah did the will of God, the entire city was saved.

Moses:
God spoke to Moses and told him to go speak with the pharaoh because God wanted to bring deliverance to the people of Israel. Moses, full of his own insecurities, told God that he did not know how to speak well. But once he decided to obey the voice of God, a multitude was delivered from slavery!

Abraham: God spoke to Abraham and specifically told him to get out of his father’s house. Go away from his family, his land, and everything he knew thus far to go to a land he had no idea about, because He—God—wanted to make him a great nation. If he had not obeyed, would he have had the supernatural multiplication in his descendants?

Isaiah 30:21 (ESV)
“And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.”


God speaks to us. If you listen and invest in this relationship, you will witness and experience amazing things!

Luke 11:28 (ESV)
“But he said, ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!’”

In Closing...

God’s desire from the very beginning has always been to build a deep and intimate relationship with us. He created us to relate to Him!

Every real and lasting relationship is founded in trust and communication. It isn’t just one person talking all the time, it is an exchange of both parties sharing their hearts. The same is true with God.

May we stop to listen!

Activation Time...

Let's take the time to listen to God's voice this week. 

It is a new year, and He has new levels of FREEDOM for us in His love. 

I suggest that we take the time this week to ask God for revelations for this upcoming year. Revelations of His plans for us this year. 

Revelation is when knowledge becomes so practical we begin to walk in it. Meaning: It doesn't have to be something new that you didn't know. The way I see it is actually the opposite, revelation comes from something we already know, but Holy Spirit breathed a new breath to it, and it is now our reality. 

Ask, and take the time to sit and listen, as you would do with a friend! 


Tassyane Assis
Tassyane Assis

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