How Can I Hear God Speak To Me?
Do You Hear God Speak To You?
Hear God Speak…
Sometimes it is hard to hear God speak to me. When a person has any type of unconfessed sin in their life, it is true that God will not answer the prayers of those people like God would want to.
James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
When we are not walking with God, it is like we are miles away. The only real way to get back into fellowship with God is through prayer, confession, repentance.
Below you will see different ways that God can talk with you and me. We are all different, so what works for one person may not be something that usually works for others. Check out the list and see what you find. ~ Bill Greguska
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How Can I Hear God Speak To Me!
Here are some interesting ways below how we can hear God speak, We open up our heart to hear God speaking to us. This list is only a beginning because God can choose to speak to us any way He wants! There are also guidelines, so we do not go astray.
God Commands His Angels, And They Hear God Speak!
God Can Speak To Us In Multi-Level Ways!
- Angels – messengers from God. 1 Corinthians 13:1
- Bible – the holy, super-slow, spiritual reading and application of the Scriptures, and can include using the five senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. Lectio Divina or divine reading is sometimes described as “reading with the mind in the heart.”The written revelation of God’s Word is combined together with the way the Holy Spirit quickens particular portions as a direct word in a present circumstance.
- Circumstances – confirming situations and events that all seem to point in the same direction often combined with a profound sense of inner peace. Colossians 3:15.
- Collective Voice – the united voice and decision made by a group of believers.
- Common Sense – the ordinary use of rational, good judgment through experience and logical thinking.
- Conscience – knowing right from wrong. See Romans 2:15; 9:1.
- Devotional Classics – a holy, super-slow reading of spiritual writings.
- Dream – a series of pictorial messages or visual images, literal or symbolic, while asleep. There are two formats of dreams – dreams arising from the subconscious mind that God uses to convey a message, and dreams that are directly heaven-sent from God. Dreams may require some additional reflective and prayerful interpretation. Numbers 12:6
- Emotions – a gut-level feeling, desire, impulse, impression, arresting concern, or insistent nudge.
- Encounter – a phenomenal experience with God without words, but leaving an overwhelming message or strong impression.
- Imagination – inner images or concepts creatively conceived or formed through guided imagery.
- Intellectual Reasoning – cognitive, mental processing and evaluating of data leading to clear conclusions like connecting pieces of a puzzle.
- Intuition – knowing spontaneously the right thing to do or say.
- Journaling – writing down times of communion or conversations with God.
- Liturgy – a ritual ceremony or observance that emphasizes or drives home a certain reality or truth. The practice of the Lord’s Supper is a profound example of this means of God’s communication to us.
- Meditation – memorization, repetition and prayerful rumination of Scripture texts. Hear God speak to you.
- Memory – the remembrance of an event, thought or Scripture previously learned. John 2:22; John 14:26.
- Mental Pictures – inner picture-images or symbols, or messages as parables; a picture flashed across the inner screen of our mind.
- Music – meditative or worshipful music that brings stillness, a sense of God’s presence, or a spirit of praise.
- Nature – the silent shouting of God’s creation, or inner messages that occur through ordinary created objects such as a flower or a tree. See Psalm 19:1-4.
- Observation – a quickening of insight when observing or reflecting on people, art or inanimate objects. For Scriptural examples of listening to God by observing inanimate objects, see Jeremiah and the potter’s wheel in Jeremiah 18:1-10; Amos and the plumb line in Amos 7:7-8; and Saul and Samuel’s torn cloak in 1 Samuel 15:27-28.
- Pain – physical suffering serving as God’s megaphone to gain our attention or teach some lesson.
- Prophecy – a timely message or utterance through an individual from God to strengthen, encourage or comfort that person or that group of people at that particular time. See 1 Corinthians 14:3.
- Theophany – a visible manifestation of God bringing a message. See Exodus 3:1-6.
- Tongues and Interpretation – a spontaneous message from God in an unlearned language with interpretation in order to speak incisively to a situation, or bring immediate and profound comfort and peace to a person in distress. 1 Corinthians 14:27
- Preaching and Teaching – a public presentation of the Word of God and applied by the Holy Spirit to the individual. Take notes and listen to hear God speak to you.
- Signs and Wonders – external, more dramatic, supernatural and visible demonstrations of God’s love and power to help, heal, care or deliver.
- Soul Friends – spiritual guides, godly friends or spouses who provide spiritual direction and counsel.
- Thoughts – ideas or principles, words or pictures that grow with increasing awareness, clarity, unfolding, intensity, conviction, or volume in the mind.
- Verbal Communication – It is an inaudible message through a word or words spoken through the still, small voice of God, or perhaps, on some occasion, the audible voice of God. God wants a relationship with you and to do this God wants to speak to you, and you ought to want to hear God speak to you. This communication could be a specific Scripture, a statement, a question, a command. The “still small voice” in 1 Kings 19:12 can also be translated “the sound of gentle stillness” or “a gentle whisper;” the Hebrew is literally “a voice, a small whisper.”
- Vision – a series of pictorial messages or visual images, literal or symbolic, while awake. These may require some additional reflective and prayerful interpretation.
- Word of Knowledge – a fragment of knowledge or disclosure of truth implanted by God — not learned through the mind — about a particular person or situation for a specific purpose.
- Word of Wisdom – an appropriate, instantaneous insight for a particular occasion, to make a right decision, to discern good from evil, or to resolve, help or heal a particular situation or need
What are the top three ways God frequently uses to speak to you? Which one is a current area of spiritual growth?
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Lectio Divina Prayer And Meditation (Hear God Speak)
The Lectio Divina Gets Broken Up Into Four Parts:
- Lectio (Read)- The first part will take two to five minutes to ask God to speak, and then (Select a scripture or use one of your own favorites). Then read your selected scripture (no more than three verses) aloud several times. The reason we read it aloud is to actually hear it. Sometimes hearing a passage, especially a familiar one, helps us see it in a fresh way.
- Meditatio (Mediate)- The second part is to meditate, and this will require approximately 15-20 minutes. When meditating on the scriptures you go over and over again waiting with hope that God will bring up to you a word or phrase, or concept from the scripture.
- Oratio (Pray)– The third step of Lectio Divina is a prayer which will take about 5-15 minutes. Your prayer is a direct response to God over the time of meditation, whether you are making impassioned pleas, more confession, or personal requests.
- Contempliatio (Contemplation) Finally, and probably the most difficult of all is contemplation. Contemplation is simply resting in and enjoying the presence of God. This is where silence is most important. It is also the time when God may choose to speak to your soul. It usually takes another 25-40 minutes. The hard part about this is not talking, because we are so used to talking and noise while God tends to whisper to see if we are really seeking Him and listening to Him. Mark 1:35
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