3 Ways to Hear the Voice of God

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We Can Hear God’s Voice

We can hear God’s voice through His Word, in His still small voice, and through others.

His Word

God reveals His character and His ways through His Word.

  • “So faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” ~Romans 10:17 WEB
  • “Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action).” ~2 Timothy 3:16 AMPC
  • “For the Word of God is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and is able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” ~Hebrews 4:12 WEB

His Still Small Voice

We can hear His voice in our “spirit” man. It can come through any of our senses though it is usually an impression or sense that we have. The Holy Spirit does not contradict His Word. However, He can and does contradict the traditions of men or religious traditions.

We then ‘test’ the voice we hear to His Word. James 3:17 is a wonderful guide, “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.”

  • “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” ~John 10:27 WEB
  • “Your ears will hear a word behind you, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ whenever you turn to the right or to the left.’” ~Isaiah 30:21 NASB
  • “Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” ~Jeremiah 33:3 NASB
  • “But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.” ~John 14:26 AMPC
  • “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.” ~John 16:13 NASB
  • “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are children of God.” ~Romans 8:14 WEB

God Speaks through Others

There are many instances in the Bible where God uses people, prophets, and even angels to speak to His People. God may speak “through the word of a friend; through a sermon, article, or book.” [GQ]

Again, test what you hear from others to God’s character in His Word. Use James 3:17 as a guide. God is a gentleman, and those who speak for Him will show forth His nature – even when confronting sin.

God’s Voice and Humility

“People often mistake the voice of God for their own thoughts or the suggestions of other people. If you are hearing God’s voice, then the message will always be in accord with Scripture. We should all take great care not to misrepresent God. Instead of saying, ‘God told me this,’ a better approach would be to say, ‘I think God may be saying this – what do you think?’” [GQ]


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40 Uplifting Bible Scriptures on Hearing God’s Voice. Published by Connect Us on May 9, 2020. Retrieved February 15, 2022, from 40 Uplifting Bible Scriptures on Hearing God’s Voice – ConnectUS (connectusfund.org)

What is the Key to Hearing God’s Voice? Published by God Questions [GQ]. Retrieved February 15, 2022, from What is the key to hearing God’s voice? | GotQuestions.org

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18 thoughts on “3 Ways to Hear the Voice of God”

  1. Hello Lisa,

    Such a great post on the many ways God speaks to us. His still small voice is often how he speaks to me. The more I hear it, the more I recognize it. The more I pay attention to it and obey, the more he speaks. I am so grateful that he loves me and speaks to me. “Your ears will hear a word behind you, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ whenever you turn to the right or to the left.’” ~Isaiah 30:21 NASB

  2. I remember the voice of God waking up up in the middle of the night to pray for kidnapped British Envoy Terry Waite. I didn’t even know who that was, but the voice was loud, clear, and specific. And so I did as asked. I can’t wait for heaven to find out what was going on in the moment God asked me to pray.

  3. I’ll never forget what a dear friend of mine said to me. He was the HR director and I was the exec admin to the Pres/CEO and I went into his office to share a very serious concern of mine. I remember saying, “I sense the Lord is saying such and such.” He looked at me and said, “Susan I know you hear The Shepherd’s voice and I take what you are saying very seriously.” It was such a encouragement to me. xo

  4. Lisa, your words touched me today. I had been doing my devotions the past few days on hearing God. Looks like he led me to learn from your post as well. Thank you. Blessings.
    Visiting today from Let’s Have Coffee #26

  5. I am so very grateful for the many ways God speaks to us and always confirms His Word. He has not left us to journey through this life alone. As we seek Him, He will guide us, go before us, and speak to us. May our ears and hearts be inclined to hear His voice.

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