I’ve run across many Christians that struggle with the concept of hearing God speak to them. For years, I myself struggled with knowing if God was speaking to me or not. The word of God in John 10:27 says, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me,” (KJV). I know that there are some that have had the experience of hearing an audible voice or have gotten angelic visits, but that doesn’t happen for the majority of us. That does not mean that we are less than or that God simply is not speaking to us. He indeed is speaking; we just need to listen and learn to recognize his voice. We also need to recognize the various ways in which he communicates with His children.
The Word of God
So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God,” Romans 10:17(KJV). The reason that a lot of believers struggle is because they are not reading his word. I can say that 99% of the time that God speaks to me is through His word. I may ask Him a question about something that I am struggling with and He will lead me to the scripture that I need for an answer. Many times I’ll be led to a scripture that I wasn’t familiar with but the answer is right there. I cannot stress enough how important it is to be in the word of God daily. I know that some struggle with understanding the scriptures so it’s important to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to teach and give you understanding of the word of God.
That Small Still Voice
Many times, God will come in a small voice or whisper, so our spiritual ears have to be attuned to his voice. We can see this in I Kings 19:11-12 when God spoke to Elijah, “And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.”
Other than His word, this is the way that He speaks to me the majority of the time. There will be a word or a phrase that will drop into my spirit and it’s usually unrelated to what I am doing at the time. Many times the exact wording in which it comes to me is unlike how I normally would speak.
Prophetic Dreams and Visions
“Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets,” Amos 3:7, (KJV).
“And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams,” Acts 2:17 (KJV).
There are many people who are having prophetic dreams, but may not recognize them as such. The bible tells us in Job 33:14-15, “For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed,” (KJV).
Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. He said to them, "Listen to this dream I had: We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it." Genesis 37:5-7 (KJV). We know from the fulfillment of this dream that Joseph went on to save his family in the time of great famine, was given great favor in Egypt, and indeed his brethren did bow down to him.
Sometimes when the Lord gives us a dream or vision it may be just for us personally. At other times it may be a warning that needs to be shared with others. The Lord is speaking through dreams and visions. It’s up to us to recognize that it’s Him. God is no respecter of persons. He gives dreams and visions to the very young and old alike. I know of several children that God speaks to through dreams. It’s so unfortunate when we refuse to recognize or automatically disqualify someone because of their age or level of experience.
Messages (Word of Knowledge) from Others
One thing that I’ve learned over the years is that God will use whomever and whatever to speak to His people. With this in mind, don’t dismiss or overlook things that are out of the ordinary. An example of this is shown in Numbers 22:27-28, when the Lord opened the mouth of the donkey, “And when the ass saw the angel of the Lord, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam's anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff. And the Lord opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?” (KJV). As you can see from that example, a message from the Lord does not always come from a fellow follower of Jesus. This has happened recently to me. A few years ago when I was struggling with applying for a different position within my company, the Lord used an unsaved co-worker to speak His word to me about the situation and the word spoken did come to pass. I’ve had other situations in which someone who doesn’t know me will give me a word that is totally in sync with the situation in life that I’m dealing with at the time.
The important thing to remember is to not compare your experiences with someone else or be jealous or even critical of someone because they hear God in a different way than you do. We are all unique and God deals with each of us on an individual basis. Most importantly, do not put God in a box because he can use anyone, or anything of his choosing to speak to us.
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