Hearing God’s Voice – Who Can Hear?
Jesus said our ability to hear God’s voice was like sheep who hear their shepherd’s voice.
“The sheep hear [the shepherd’s] voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.”
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.” ~John 10:3-4, 27-28 NASB
Jesus said He knocks at the door, and if anyone hears His voice and opens the door, He will come in and restore him.
“Behold, I stand at the door [of the church] and continually knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him (restore him), and he with Me. He who overcomes [the world through believing that Jesus is the Son of God], I will grant to him [the privilege] to sit beside Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down beside My Father on His throne. He who has an ear, let him hear and heed what the Spirit says to the churches.” ~Revelation 3:20-22 AMP
Jesus said that once He left the earth, the Holy Spirit would come to earth, guide, speak and lead us.
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” ~John 14:26 NASB
“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
Wisdom from Above Looks Amazing!
How do you know it is God’s voice? I test everything I believe to be God’s voice through the lens of James 3:17.
“Wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.” ~James 3:17 NASB
Let us look at these words more closely to make sure we understand them.
- Pure – free from moral defilement; free from corruption; free from guilt; genuine; true; holy.
- Peaceable – free from disturbance, agitation, quarrels or violence.
- Gentle – not rough or harsh; soothing; treating with mildness; not violent or vulgar.
- Reasonable – speaking or acting rationally or according to dictates of reason; not excessive or unjust.
- Mercy – implies benevolence, tenderness, mildness, compassion towards a person in distress.
- Good Fruits – valid, moral or virtuous actions
- Unwavering – free from doubt and fluctuations
- Free of Hypocrisy – free from concealment of one’s real character or motives; free from deceitful appearance or false pretense. [Webster’s]
When testing something, I ask, “Is this pure? Is it peaceable? Is it gentle and reasonable? Is it full of mercy and good fruit? Is it unwavering? Is it without hypocrisy? If I answer yes to all of these questions, then I can be confident that is God’s voice. If the word fails any part of this test, then I take it before the Lord for clarification.
God Speaks through Our Five Senses
God speaks to us through His Word and through His still small voice. But what if you struggle with hearing God’s voice? Sometimes God will speak through our other senses, so let’s take a look at our 5 Senses – Hearing, Sight, Smell, Taste, and Touch – to see other ways God can communicate with us.
- Hearing – the sense of sound – God can speak to us in a gentle blowing or a rushing mighty wind.
God said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord was passing by, and a great and powerful wind was tearing out the mountains and breaking the rocks in pieces before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind, [there was] an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake, [there was] a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire, [there was] the sound of a gentle blowing. When Elijah heard the sound, he wrapped his face in his mantle (cloak) and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. And behold, a voice came to him.” ~1 Kings 19:11-13 AMP
“When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all with one accord in one place. Suddenly there came from the sky a sound like the rushing of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.” ~Acts 2:1-2 WEB
- Seeing – the sense of sight – we don’t always hear the wind, but we can certainly see the leaves blowing in the wind. And we don’t always “feel” God in our midst, but we can certainly see limbs grow before our eyes or other miraculous “signs” that He is in our midst.
Sight can also be referred to as perception. Perception is the state of being affected by something external. We can perceive the wind is blowing by seeing it rustle the leaves of the trees.
- Smell – the sense of smell – just as we can know the aroma of freshly bake bread, some know the smell of His Presence as a sweet fragrance.
- Taste – the sense of taste – the Word says to taste and see that the Lord is good. Some taste a metallic taste when the enemy is in the room, while others experience the taste of honey when the Lord is Present.
- Touch – the sense of physical touch – Jesus used touch to express His compassion for those around Him. He healed the blind through the touch of His hands; He broke, then multiplied the fish and loaves to feed thousands of hungry people; He touched then raised the dead child of a widow.
Just as we see God moving through the wind, we can also “feel” the wind blowing against our body. Sometimes, we “feel” the Lord moving around us – heat in our hands, tingling in an area that is being prayed for, etc. Today, we can see the Lord touch and heal people through Believer’s prayers. He is alive and He heals today!
Just as we use our five senses to experience the natural world around us, so we can use our five senses to experience the Lord near us.
Are You Confident in Your Ability to Hear?
God as the Shepherd wants Believers [His Sheep] to be confident we are hearing His voice. I pray that as you “practice” hearing the Lord through your five senses, and “test” what you hear through James 3:17, you will grow in confidence that you truly are hearing God’s voice.
100 Bible Verses about Hearing God’s Voice. Published by Open Bible. Retrieved July 26, 2022, from What Does the Bible Say About Hearing Gods Voice? (openbible.info)
Engaging with Our Five Senses. Published by Ann Marie on Busy Blessed Women on January 28, 2019. Retrieved July 21, 2022, from Engaging God with All Five Senses – Busy Blessed Women
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