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Hearing from God

Do you agonize over decisions and wish you could see God’s direction clearly? Jesus called us his sheep and said we would hear his voice (John 10:27). So how do we hear from God? Well you need to remember that we are made in God’s image, we are Spirit beings (1 Thess 5:23). Our spirit is our spiritual heart or conscience. God contacts us largely (Holy) Spirit to (our) spirit. God can communicate in other ways but by way of his Holy Spirit is the most important.

How does the Holy Spirit guide us? He reveals God’s word to us (John 16:13-14), brings us understanding (revelation) and if we read the word prayerfully, he will bring guidance through the verses we read. How often we read and reread a section of the Bible and suddenly a verse jumps out at us, that’s the Holy Spirit.

The other main way that the Spirit speaks to us is by the still small voice that Elijah heard (1 Kings 19:11-12). How do we know this is God? Well, that still small voice comes with a sense of peace and assurance that it is God. God’s wisdom is peaceable and lines up with his word (James 3:17).

To hear from God, we need to still our minds and learn to recognize the voice of his Spirit (Rom 12:2). It’s a bit like the offence in a football team trying to get directions from the quarter back in the face of a noisy opposing crowd of supporters. Talk to God and spend time in his word; allow the word and time with him to quiet you (Isa 26:3). He doesn’t always answer right away but often when we least expect it.

My wife and I had a major decision to make and we agreed to both pray independently and seek God for several months. When we compared notes, we had heard almost identically from God. God is good and he wants you to walk in peace and assurance knowing you are in his will (Prov 3:5-6).

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