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how do i know i’m hearing from God?

Updated: Nov 20, 2018

ONE SLEEPLESS NIGHT I PRAYED, "HELP ME, LORD!" I'M ONLY ONE LITTLE GAL. How can you expect me to accomplish so much in the next few weeks?”

It was in that moment I heard God’s still, small voice. He simply said, “Behold Me.” Suddenly, it was as if I saw Jesus walking across the Sea of Galilee. “Come,” He told me, unfazed by the paper storm that swirled around me.

He calmly walked over my flapping and floating papers, motioning me to join Him. So, I beheld Him, and with one foot after another, I too was walking on top of my storm.

I’m telling you this story to give you one of my best secrets: if you want to hear from God, you need to Behold Him.

Take your focus off your worries and look at Jesus. The next thing you know, you’ll find yourself walking in step with Him.

But here’s the part I don’t want you to miss: as you walk with Him, ask Him to speak to you.

Here are my top five favorite ways to hear His voice:

Through His Word. His Word is alive and will quicken your spirit and fill your heart with wisdom and understanding.

Questions. Ask Him to show you things you need to know. He may whisper the answer to your heart or may answer some other way.

Paying Attention. He may use natural or supernatural events or circumstances to speak to you.

A Good Night’s Sleep. God might give you a dream, vision, or turn your thoughts to His answers.

Wise People. God may use others to give you wise counsel.

But once you think you have heard from God, how do you confirm that God has spoken to you?

One of my favorite evidences that I have heard God’s voice is that I feel relief or supernatural peace. James 3:17 says, “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere” (NIV).

Another evidence we have heard from God is that God will never call us to break His Word. For example, if you have a financial need, and you hear a voice tell you to rob a bank, you can be sure you did not hear God’s voice.

If you still need more evidence, ask, “Is that really You, Lord? Am I hearing from the One who sent His Son, Jesus, to shed His blood on the cross for my sin?” Any evil spirit will shrink back when confronted with the cross.

But if you are still not sure, go back to square one. Behold Him! Read His Word. Bask in His presence. Look at the problem through Him and wait. He will tell you in His perfect timing.


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Dec 14, 2022

This article is so true Linda! I've been walking through a storm of my own. All i could hear the Lord say when I sat with Him, was, "Just be." That has taken my eyes off the storm, off the hurt, and just decided "To be." That has given me such peace. I know God knows my hurt and He will finish what He began. Thank you so much!!!

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