You can! God wants to speak to us, so that He can reveal His mind to us. 2 Chronicles 16:9 tells us: “For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.”
God wants to speak to us
• so that we can pray,
• so that we can tell others what He is saying,
• so that we can take action.
BUT if we want to hear God, we must come into a place where we can lay down our own imaginations, desires and burdens — depending on Him to share His mind with us. This is called Coming into the Secret Place.
Foundations for Hearing God
We can hear God like many other ordinary people we see in scripture:
1. Noah heard the voice of God: Genesis 6:8, 11-14
“But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
11 Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth.
13 Then God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth. 14 Make for yourself an ark…”
We must find favor, build a friendship with God.
2. Moses heard the voice of God: Exodus 3:1-5
“Now Moses was pasturing the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian; and he led the flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. The angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed. So Moses said, “I must turn aside now and see this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up.”
When the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God spoke to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.” Then God said, “Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet…”
We must turn aside from our day-to-day distractions and prepare ourselves to hear Him.
3. Samuel heard the voice of God: 1 Samuel 3:3-9
“…and the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord where the ark of God was, that the Lord called Samuel; and he said, “Here I am.” Then he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, lie down again.” So he went and lay down. The Lord called yet again, “Samuel!” So Samuel arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he answered, “I did not call, my son, lie down again.” Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, nor had the word of the Lord yet been revealed to him. So the Lord called Samuel again for the third time. And he arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli discerned that the Lord was calling the boy. And Eli said to Samuel, “Go lie down, and it shall be if He calls you, that you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.’”
We must come as a child, and position ourselves to hear Him.
4. Beyond these examples, Jesus taught that all of God’s people can hear his voice: John 10:2-4
“2 but he that enters in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 to him the porter opens; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out. 4 and when he puts forth his own sheep, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.“
We will know the voice of Jesus!
Some Of The Ways The Holy Spirit Speaks To Us:
1. Through Scriptures and Songs
2. In a Still, Small Voice
3. Through Impressions in the Mind, simple thoughts
4. In Visions and Dreams
5. By Words and Symbols
6. Through others
7. In a burning bush!
Hearing God depends upon knowing God
Our relationship with God is the most important thing in our lives:
Relationship with God is the most important thing in life because HE IS WORTHY! He is worthy of our time, attention and friendship: even if He never gave us a thing!
But He has given us THE GREATEST GIFT. He has given us the ultimate gift of relationship with His son Jesus! What is our response? Do we cultivate that relationship or do we ignore Him?
Come into the Secret Place
There is a place of rest and relationship with Him. It’s not about serving more, praying more, or reading your bible more. We cultivate it within ourselves. It’s more than prayer or Bible study. It is beyond Bible reading or asking Him to do things. This is the place where we can find favor, build a friendship with God. This is the place where we turn aside from our day-to-day distractions and prepare ourselves to hear Him. This is the place where we come in simple faith and position ourselves to hear Him. This is the place where we can hear God.
In the Song of Solomon it is referred to as “the secret place”. In the New Testament it is referred to as your “prayer closet”. It is a private time of stilling our minds, waiting in His presence, and listening to what He says. This is the place where we can “be still and know that he is God”. From this place we can begin to hear the voice of God.