Wisdom for Foundations

Hearing the Voice of God

By on May 25, 2017

What a privilege to be a follower of Jesus Christ. Amazingly, our God is a speaking God! John 10 speaks of “hearing the voice” of God 5 times alone. (John 10: 3, 4, 5, 16, 27).

Awesome Privilege

Ponder with me for a moment—our God communicates with us all the time. In fact, the implication is that we are to hear His voice in everything we do all day long, every day of the year. Compare our great speaking God to all the other gods of the world. He’s the most “talkative God” in the entire universe. What a privilege that we are the recipients of His wonderful words of love, praise, and encouragement.

Learning His Voice

The real challenge is here. While God is always speaking, we are not always listening. At other times, we simply don’t understand what He’s saying. As a result, it helps if we study His book (The Bible) on a regular basis. It is the language of God that is known to us. Once we understand that, it’s much easier for us to “hear” what He is saying.

Speak His Word

God has given us the privilege of speaking out His thoughts and words both directly back to Him and to other human beings. So—not only do we get to hear from God, but we also get to speak His words. This is an important part of Christianity.

Practical Pointers

Hearing from God and speaking for Him is not as difficult as many think. Once we begin to know who He is and how He thinks, He generally wants us to speak the same way as He does. Many of you know that I enjoy giving prophetic words during our Saturday evening service. A good question might be—how do I “hear” them?

  1. A Thought: As I look at people during the service, a thought begins to enter my mind regarding them. I simply wait for the Lord to expound and give me direction on how I should proceed.

  2. See A Picture: Sometimes I will see an image transposed over someone. For example, I might see an airplane over or on a person. I assume God is trying to say something to me that connects with that image. Then I ask the Spirit to help me speak that word.

  3. See A Word: Sometimes an actual word will appear on or near a person. A common experience might be to see the word “servant” or the word “love”. I simply express that word in the way I think the Spirit would want me to.
  4. Feel Something: Sometimes I will feel passion, pain, or another symptom relating to someone I am looking at. I ask the Spirit to give me words that would mean something in their situation.
  5. Automatic Speaking: This is both exciting and dangerous. Sometimes I will simply begin to speak without even thinking. That, of course, can be a problem but it can also be a blessing. A few times I have changed people’s lives by words that flowed automatically from me.

Calling Out The Gold

The Father is always saying good things about us and to us. We as His children are to speak good things we hear about those with whom we come in contact. These can be words of encouragement, advocation, and exhortation (sometimes called prophetic words) that help people in their spiritual journey. It’s so much easier and more Godly to call out the gold (the good things) than to call out all the negative things that people have in their lives.

Pursue The Voice

Considering the awesome privilege and the immense power of speaking God’s words, let’s endeavor to be a people who cherish this gift. Not only are we privileged to hear from God, we are privileged to help others hear from God. Sometimes they hear from God directly and sometimes they hear from God through us. Our goal is to speak the words of life so that we can make a big difference in the lives of others as well as our own. In the end, the Kingdom will greatly benefit as we hear God’s voice. 

Final Thoughts

Thanks for being a church that is committed as a family to hearing His voice. Sometimes you have the word, sometimes I have the word. Regardless, we want to hear God’s word to do God’s stuff all the days of our lives.

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URBANA, IL

Hi and welcome! I'm Happy. My wife Dianne and I are the founders of the Vineyard Church of Central Illinois, a multi-site church with 6 campus locations. Over the last 30+ years, I have learned alot about leadership in life and leading a church. I have made some mistakes and had some successes. I look forward to sharing the wisdom I have learned with you. I strive everyday to see Jesus as bigger, better, and more beautiful. And I am wholeheartedly committed to the ministry Jesus promised his followers in John 14:12: to be able to do the same and greater works through the power of the Holy Spirit.

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