Have you ever wondered how to discern God’s voice from your own? If you are like me, at some point you’ve wondered what God’s voice is like and if you’re really hearing from God or your own thoughts! My friend Apryl is here today to share why it is important and how to know if you’re hearing God’s voice.
Why is it important to hear God’s voice?
Making the decision to follow Jesus is life-changing. There’s so much to learn about who He is. I received Jesus into my life 10 years ago and I’m still learning.
One thing I struggled with as a new believer was the fact that Jesus is God in human form. Jesus tells us in John 10:30, that He and the Father are one. In addition to that, there are many more bible verses that confirm His identity.
Knowing Christ and making Him known is my mission in life. Having a personal relationship with Jesus and being in constant communication with God is a huge part of that mission. Although discerning the voice of God can be a challenge sometimes, discerning is a big part of Christianity. In 1 John 4:1, we are told not to believe every spirit but to test the spirits to see if they are from God.
How to discern God’s voice
The definition of discernment is “the ability to judge well”. We are to test everything that sets itself up against God’s Truth (2 Corin. 10:5).
Knowing the Word of God is essential for this because we need to know His Truth in order to properly recognize and perceive things.
There are many different voices fighting for our attention so we need to train ourselves to hear the voice of God. My favorite verse about hearing God’s voice in Scripture is John 10:27, which says “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”
We hear Him because He is our Father.
He spoke the world into existence and that includes us. Abraham, Moses, and Noah are just a few of the people that heard the voice of God. The Bible tells us that God spoke directly to them. Why would we be any different?
When Jesus came to earth He spoke many words. That was the voice of God! Many people have heard God’s voice audibly but that’s not the only way He speaks to us. God speaks in many different ways so we need to learn how to discern God’s voice.
What is God’s voice like?
There are four different voices we hear every day. We hear God’s voice, the enemy’s voice, our voice, and other people’s voices. That’s a lot to hear so we need to filter out what we want to hear every day. Let me give you a brief overview of what you may hear from each voice:
- God’s voice is perfect. It brings conviction, love, hope, and
redemption. It always agrees with scripture.
- The enemy’s voice creates negative thoughts and confusion. It
brings feelings of shame, fear, and condemnation.
- Our voice usually comes in the form of I and me. It’s basically
- Other people’s voices are pretty obvious. You know it’s not you
and you can usually put a face with the words that were spoken.
How to know if you are hearing God’s voice
Now that we have a good understanding of what each voice is, we are going to focus on hearing God’s voice. Many people want to hear God’s voice when they are in a trial or in the midst of a big decision. We all want to know how to hear God’s voice when making a decision. That is ideal because He tells us in Isaiah 55:9 that His thoughts are higher than our thoughts.
It’s comforting knowing that He would make a better decision then we would but we must be careful in those types of situations. A lot of people claim they hear God’s voice but in the end, they find that their own thoughts and emotions have led them in the wrong direction.
Ways to Discern God’s Voice
1. Studying the Bible
Studying God’s Word is the most common way God speaks to us today. We should always look to the Bible when we are seeking to hear from God. His will for our lives is written in the Bible. We need to surrender our will to Him so His will can be done.
Studying His Word is not a chore or another checkmark off the list. It’s taking His Word and living it out every day. It’s inviting Him into your life so you can have a personal relationship. We need to let His Word work through us so we can be more like Him. I love the experience of digging into my Bible knowing that God is speaking directly to me. He knows everything I need and He reveals it to me in His Word. The Bible is living. It speaks to you in every situation you are facing.
It is so important to spend time in God’s Word. Not a devotion or a book. You need the Truth from the Bible to be fed. If you don’t, you won’t know the Truth. We are to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ (2 Corin 10:5). How can we do that if we don’t know His Word?
Daily prayer is another way to hear God’s voice. Prayer is not a routine, you should be in constant communication with God every day. We need quiet time with our Father. When Jesus was walking on earth, He prayed. There are multiple verses in the Bible that tell us
We are so blessed to be in contact with God. We don’t need anyone except for Jesus because He is the mediator between God and man (1 Tim. 2:5). We bring ourselves into a deeper relationship with God when we pray. Most people pray only when they have difficult circumstances. James 1:5 tells us that if we lack wisdom, we should ask God. It’s ok to do that but don’t make that the only time that you pray.
Prayer is our communication with God so we should be praying in all circumstances.
3. Worship Music
You can hear God’s voice when praising Him through worship music. You do have to be discerning of the worship music you are listening to. There are a lot of misleading songs that lead us away from Christ into our flesh. I make sure that the worship music I listen to is scripturally sound. It must line up with scripture so I can worship God through His Word. Discerning God’s voice through worship has been huge for me in this season of my life.
I wake up early, have some quiet time and worship through music. I have to be intentional about doing this before the kids get up so I can pour my heart out to Him. It often brings tears and conviction. Psalm 135:3 tells us to praise the Lord and sing praises to Him.
4. Through Other People
God puts biblically sound people in our lives that can help mentor us. They can speak into our lives and keep us accountable. We are called the Body of Christ for a reason. We each have a different role in the body.
Finding a trustworthy mentor in your life can take time. Pray and ask God for a mentor that will help you know His will for your life. Allow the Lord to work this into your life. Trusting people can be hard. So far, the Lord has not brought an individual mentor into my life. I’ve been so blessed to be part of a woman’s Bible study group for the past 8 years. We are all stay at home moms that homeschool our kids. It’s been a blessing to me because I can hear God’s voice through the situations they share. If you are looking to be part of an iron-sharpening-iron online community, I highly recommend Sojo Academy!
If you know the Truth, you can Discern God’s Voice
These are a few ways you can discern the voice of God. The most important thing is to know His Truth. We need to know His Word so we can recognize His voice. God’s voice always agrees with scripture. He is faithful and will always show up!
Apryl has been married for 17 years and is a mother to 3 children. When she’s not homeschooling her children, she is blogging about her love for Jesus and being a good steward of money.