How to Hear from God

Look, I’m no Moses. I have neither seen the burning bush in the wilderness nor climbed down from the mountain after seeing God face-to-face. I have, however, heard God speak–many times, in fact.

I have seen people roll their eyes, or raise their brows when during conversation I say something like,  “…and the Lord told me…” I suspect that many Christians have never actually heard the Lord speak. The reason, however, is not that He hasn’t spoken to them–He has spoken and they simply do not know how to hear Him.

So here’s the questions: Do you know how God speaks and can you recognize His voice?

I have often heard Christians say that they have never heard from God. God just doesn’t speak to them, they assume. Maybe He speaks to everyone else, but they have never “heard” Him.

Now, I don’t expect God to grab a megaphone and start shouting out life’s step-by-step instructions, but He could if he wanted. Instead, God communicates to us in varying ways and, once we are clued into those, hearing from Him can actually be quite easy.

Feelings, Nothing But Feelings

One way God speaks to us is through a “feeling.” Sounds a little flaky? Well, maybe, but hear me out. There are many times in our Christian life when we will have spent time praying about something in particular. As we wait for an answer, at some point, we might catch ourselves saying something like, ” Well, I don’t have peace about this or that,” or “I feel like this,” or “It’s my heart” (this one admittedly drives me a little crazy).

We get feelings about things, one way or another. It might sound like an over simplification, but a “sense” about something can sometimes be God speaking to us.

That is not to say that we do not need guidance from the Holy Spirit to discern God’s voice. We also need confirmation from other sources to discern what we are hearing.

Other People

Which leads me to the second way in which we can hear from God–other people. Seeking out Godly wisdom from those around us can often provide clarity as to where God is leading.

Just make sure you don’t chat up the random guy at your office who has decorations of Ninja Turtles at his desk and smells like peanut butter. Ask someone who you know also hears from God… someone who can help discern God’s will in your life.

But, I Don’t Want To…

One way God often speaks to me is through my not wanting to do what I think I should. For example, I was headed out to go shopping with a friend of mine when I had a thought–call up that other girl who you really don’t care for and invite her to go shopping. Huh? Say whuuut, God?

How and why did that thought pop into my head? It wasn’t me, because I had absolutely no desire to invite the chick that irked me on a shopping date. I also know it wasn’t me because the voice was not me talking to myself. I didn’t think, for example, “I should call her.” The thought was more like, “Nicole, you need to call her.” God addressed me by name and spoke to me very much like a parent speaking to a child.

I listened to that voice that day, though. I called her up and we had a great time. Sometimes–every once in a while–God knows better than we do.

So, the lesson here is twofold. 1. God sometimes asks us to do things we don’t want to do. Remember Moses? Or Abraham? Or Jesus? Or anone else in the Bible for that matter? 2. The thought we have will often sound as if someone is addressing us or calling us by name…because Someone is.

Small Still Voices

Which might have you asking–what about those small voices (or sometimes louder voices) we hear? What about those passing thoughts, those inconspicuous ideas, those quiet notions that enter our mind from seemingly nowhere? Couldn’t those be from the Lord? Could those be God infiltrating our thoughts and making Himself known?

I have audibly heard God maybe twice. Once was to stop me from getting into a car accident. I heard a voice, not my own, say to me as clearly as a person talking right into my ear, “Do not go to Misti’s house” (if you are reading this Misti, you already know the outcome). I did not listen. Later, a car ran a red light in front of me, and I T-boned the vehicle.

Usually, however, God does not speak to us in an audible booming voices (but He certainly can if He chooses). More often, He speaks to us in the quiet whisper. Sounds like a Christian cliche right? Well, maybe it is for a reason. But, it’s also scripture.

Scripture says though that we must practice discernment. That’s right. Discernment does not just magically happen. We must discern the will of God and that comes from patience, practice, and sometimes doing what is necessary to hear from Him (Hebrews 5: 14).

Sometimes we need to escape the crowds in very much the same way Jesus did. Get out of town, climb a mountain, go off and pray. But do not forget the critical component of prayer–listening. So often we talk, making our requests known, never stopping to just shut up  and listen. God is always speaking, but often we are too busy to hear.

The Not-So-Scary Stuff

Now, onto the “scary”, but not so scary stuff–prophecy and the like. God can and does speak to us through various prophetic means. Things like words of knowledge (check out the story of Jesus at the well for this one. How did Jesus know the Samaritan woman had so many husbands? Yes, He was God, but it was also a word of knowledge).

Other not-so-scary means of God speaking include prophecy, dreams, and visions. I have experienced all of these forms of God speaking at varying degrees and at different seasons of my life. I will also attest that these forms of communication from God have been the most personally rich, powerful, and transformative of any other form of communication (second only to the Bible).

If you are unsure or perhaps curious about prophecy, I challenge you to read about it. Ask questions. Ask questions of God. Pray for understanding and experiences. Listen for His response. Seek out a community where you can grow in this area. Know that God can and does use prophecy today, now. (For extra credit check out 2 Peter 1:16-21, 1Thessalonians 5:20, Luke 1:67, Acts 1:16; 11:28; 28:25, Revelation 19:10).

And if you ask nicely (and enough of you ask) I may write a separate post on how to move in the prophetic because there is a lot to say on the subject. That outta go over well, dontchathink?

The Word

Which leads me to the most obvious way in which God can communicate with us: the Bible. If ever you are looking for answers to questions, direction or guidance, wisdom or counsel–the Bible is your source. Sadly, I don’t think many Christians even seek out scripture in order to hear from God. I heard a pastor once say that “Scripture is the vocabulary of the Holy Spirit.” I like that. If you want to know the voice of the Spirt, you must know the Word.

The Lord does not intend for us to walk through our life never feeling like we can hear from Him. He is not a silent, distant God. He is a speaking, active, intimate God who desires to speak to you and share His will, love, and hope with you. Next time that small still voice enters your mind, do not be so quick to dismiss it–it may be the Lord starting a conversation with you.

Do you feel like you hear from God? How do you hear God if you do? How do you discern something is the Lord or not? Are you frustrated by not hearing from God?

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40 thoughts on “How to Hear from God”

  1. thank you Nicole. i hate not sleeping. and here i am, wide awake, after three hours of sleep. why? because God tapped me on the forehead and said, “wake up oh sleeper”! OR i had to go to the bathroom. either way, i CHOSE to hear from Him in this moment.

    my heart is heavy AND my burden is light
    my mind is racing AND my peace is reigning
    my problems have not gone away since laying my head down AND my JESUS knows all of it, and as i Stand In Him, i will find my REST.

    we choose to hear from God. Or we ignore Him and choose to listen to our runaway hearts.

    i hear your words, and i am grateful.

    1. Jenny,
      I love this. I have had my fair share of middle of the night “taps on the forehead” from the Lord. He often needs my life and myself to be quiet in order to get my attention.

      You said “we choose to hear from God. Or we ignore Him and choose to listen to our runaway hearts.” So simple and so very good and true. Thank you.

  2. Totally agree, and glad that you put “dreams/visions” in there. I haven’t heard from God in that means, but I don’t see why it couldn’t happen.

    I can think of a few times in my life where I am sure that I heard from God. I related those experiences, and a similar one from my daughter’s life, in this post:

    http://differentway4kids.blogspot.com/2012/01/god-still-speaks.html

    Thanks for writing this, as it encourages/reminds me to EXPECT God to speak.

    1. Joey,
      I read your post and left a comment over there.

      I wanted to encourage you, that if you desire visions and dreams, to simply ask the Father. My husband and I both have prayed for an increase in prophetic dreams and God has been faithful.

      And I love what you added…an expectation. Yes! We must anticipate and expect our God to speak.

  3. A great book on this is Margaret Feinberg’s “Sacred Echo”.

    In my experience, learning to discern God’s voice is more of an art than a science. We’ll have lots of false starts and “um… am I really sure?” moments? But the more often we risk and step into those uncomfortable places, then see God working in the ways only God can, the more confident we become in identifying God speaking (through all of those channels you identified).

    One of the clearest ways God speaks in the Scriptures is through silence (in 1 Kings 18-19, with Ezekiel on the side of the mountain, the best translation of the Hebrew is that God speaks “in the sound of silence”). It’s a shame our culture is so afraid of silence. I wonder how much we’re missing because we can’t shut our phones off?

    1. Jr.,
      I so agree with you that hearing form God is an art. That’s why I love the verse from Hebrews 5:14 that says “But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.”

      It says “constant practice” leads to being trained in discernment. So often we think it’s just supposed to come or not come at all.

      I so wanted to write about how to practice hearing from God, but that really is a whole ‘nother post all together. But, all that to say, you are right. I have gotten better and better over time. My husband relates it to tuning into a radio station. We have to adjust the dial sometimes to hear a clear and crisp voice.

      And thank you for adding the idea of silence. I did not know about the Hebrew translation being more closely “silence.” But, knowing our God, I’m not surprised!

  4. “And if you ask nicely (and enough of you ask) I may write a separate post on how to move in the prophetic because there is a lot to say on the subject. That outta go over well, dontchathink?”

    Consider yourself asked, sister.

  5. I have had dreams and visions on occasion, and I too have heard an audible voice from God on rare occasion, but I would say you are right about all the other sources and need for discernment, confirmation and balance also.

    If you feel like writing more on the subject, I say go ahead…

  6. Nicole,

    Consider: At the heart of covenant is our availability. In marriage, we are ever available for our spouses. In Salvation, we should be ever available to our Father. I would say that part of that availability is indeed an openness and willingness to be listeners, as His sons, rooting ourselves in His Fatherhood over us.

    I have heard it said, “It is not my ability; it is my availability” in reference to intentionally living the life we have been given through Christ to its fullest. Methinks that this availability has everything to do with our ability to hear our Father when He speaks.

    1. I would definitely agree about being available and open to what the Father has to say. In Hebrews 3 and 4 there are a few times that it says “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.” The beauty of hearing from God is that every day is new in His grace if we’ve harden our hearts to His voice in the past.

    2. “I heard a pastor once say that “Scripture is the vocabulary of the Holy Spirit.” I like that. If you want to know the voice of the Spirt, you must know the Word.”

      Love this! I really think this is the crux of hearing from God because if we don’t know the character of God from His Word, how can we confirm that what we’ve heard is truly from Him? I heard a pastor say once that if we are not opening ourselves up to learn the voice of our Shepherd and His revealed will in the Word, then why would we expect to be able to discern His voice and will apart from it?

      As for me, I’m a very visual learner and thinker, and God often speaks the really important things (read: the things I have trouble getting) in pictures. Sometimes they are very simple and other times they have some layers to them. Sometimes they are things that are actually in front of me and He gives me sort of an object lesson and other times they are more abstract. Many times they tie into scripture directly, but they also sometimes are more focused on a truth that is found throughout scripture.

      Loving these posts on hearing from God and prophecy! Keep ’em coming!

  7. It’s hard for me to grasp that Christian’s don’t “hear” God. Maybe it’s just me, but God is never “not accessible”. He’s the one that claims that his sheep hear his voice and that he knows them and that we follow him.

    I admit, we live in a world of many “voices”. Perhaps we just listen to those instead? If we are sons of God, there is no mystery in God’s voice. If scriptures are to be believed, we recognize his voice. It can’t be foreign to us, it’s familiar. We can’t be fooled by other “sheppards” if we know the Good sheppard.

    1. Moe,
      Sadly, I have read “famous” uber-popular Christian bloggers and authors (I won’t name any names) who say they aren’t sure they have ever heard from God. And yet these people have thousands of people looking to them for answers, guidance, truth.

      It is heartbreaking.

      Although, as I commented to Jr., while I agree with you that if we know God we should know His voice, it also takes practice. I have become better able to discern God’s voice over time and it has taken practice, among other things. The church also fails to teach this fact–that yes, God speaks, but there is also room to improve our listening and hearing.

      1. Nicole,

        I agree with Moe, here. His voice is literally programmed into our spiritual DNA as sons. There is nothing that says we must work at hearing His voice, or that we need to practice at it. I mean, of what benefit would this be to our Father if we had to struggle and strain at the simplest of communication with Him?

        Just a thought.

        1. Donald,
          I, for one, think there are examples of people needing to practice hearing from God in scripture.

          Samuel, for instance. Yes, he was a child when God first came to him, but it took three times (plus him asking for some help) before Samuel discerned that it was God’s voice he was hearing.

          Also, the verse I shared above with Jr. , Hebrews 5:14 says “But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.”

          This verse says that constant practice leads to the power of discernment. Much of the practice of hearing from God is discerning His voice from all the “other voices,” that Moe mentioned.

          Romans 12 mentions this idea, a swell. Paul writes “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

          Again, it says “by testing” or practice, we will be able to discern the will of God.

          Lastly, John 14:26 says “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 have said to you.”

          It is the Spirit who will “teach” us “all things.” There is a level of participation on our part, but the Lord is also responsible for instructing us in the process of hearing Him and recognizing His voice.

          Thoughts?

          1. Nicole,

            You raised some great points, indeed! My intent, however, was not to discuss discernment, but to illuminate the words of Jesus when He said that His sheep know His voice. He presented no alternatives or ‘but”s there. He said that we will know His voice. Samuel struggled to understand our Father’s voice, true, but within The New Covenant we do not have the same obstacles that Samuel would have had. He could only be filled with The Spirit, or the Spirit would come upon him, as a temporal element, since sin had not been rendered paid for completely as with you and I. This is why John the Baptist was able to be filled with the Spirit in his mother’s womb, since he had not yet entered into the sin of all mankind by yet being born. But I digress.

            I fully understand the impetus you are presenting to seek discernment, for sure! If only The Church would grab hold of this! But to hear our Father’s voice is not something that requires this. We have made it into something that requires this by our belief that it can’t be that easy. I mean, to hear from God surely requires fasting, prayer, sacrifice, etc, etc. I disagree. Like I said, of what benefit would it be to our Father to have His sons not be able to hear Him from the get-go. Even your children knew Jonathan’s voice before they were born, and definitely they knew his voice once they entered into the world! How much more so is that to be when it comes to God our Father?

            I believe the enemy takes opportunity as soon as possible to instill doubt and wonder not when it comes to hearing our Father, but when it comes to believing our Father. Perhaps it is at that time that discernment comes into play. I’m thinking out loud as I type this, so I am letting you know I haven’t given it much prior thought. I could be completely off-base!

            I believe our Father’s voice is the first thing we hear and acknowledge as newborn sons of God in The Spirit. It cannot be any other way. It requires no effort on our part, until, as mentioned before, the enemy comes in with other voices to confuse us.

  8. PLEASE blog about the prophetic!!! This line of communication has recently been introduced to me and I feel like I can’t get enough!

  9. Nicole,

    This is a fabulous post! Since Christ is our new reality (John 14:6), His ways of communicating with us are endless. Knowing this makes each day a treasure hunt which leaves us more in love with Him with each passing day. The mystery of Christ in us (Col. 1:27) is quite profound indeed. Thanks for this Nicole:)

    1. Jamal,
      Well-said. I love the visual of a “treasure hunt,” whereby we are invited to continually discover the voice and mind of Christ.

      I think you touched on something else too, which is that if our God is infinite, it would follow that He chooses to reveal Himself and speak to us in an infinite number of ways.

      And here’s to the hope of glory…

      Thanks for stopping over to comment!

  10. Hi Nicole,
    I recently started reading your blog- a little over a week ago and its now one of my favourites :)

    I actually wrote about how I hear from God recently as that topic has been on my mind a lot. I am doing a series on my blog and will be sharing my reader’s experiences of hearing from God in subsequent posts. I started with mine though. It might interest you http://hismasterpieces.blogspot.ca/

    Thank you for this post and your website

  11. Excellent post on this topic and very good comments. I have experienced all the categories you listed and still do.
    I also agree with you not everyone in the Christian community believes this. I asked a well respected minister why he thought he did not “hear” God and finally he said, “I don’t believe God ‘speaks’ to us like this anymore.” Unbelief will hinder one hearing God.
    I know more women that admit to various communications with God than men. Some men informed me they were taught that only the minister could hear from God.
    There was a time, I got up at night to pray and once my wife asked how I knew when to get up. I explained an angel would wake me. One night, about 2AM, she was awakened and noticed a person standing by our bed. She thought I was returning to bed, until I sat up and left the bedroom.
    She learned there are many ways and resources he has when we are open to him. I will clarify-there was a time-the need for that event passed and my prayer time continued.
    Thanks.
    It is nice to have a place and people to share similar thoughts and experiences with. Please keep writing on these topics. I appreciate the quality of your audience in the respect each has for one another in their replies.

  12. Hi Nicole!
    Thanks for the twitter follow, and now I’m visiting your blog. This is such a fun top and one that I touched on back in the days when I had a blog. Sigh. But anyway… I think God probably talks to each of us in a very personal and unique way. He’s spoken to me through my children, through complete strangers, and sometimes with a visual thrown in. Sometimes humor is involved…no kidding. I expect Him to speak to me, especially when I’m seeking Him about something very specific, and yet, it’s always a surprise when He does because it’s so obvious that it blows me away, everytime. I know, I’m being vague here. But trust me…. I’m saving you some very long-winded stories. I have no idea about dreams and visions or an audible voice. Maybe I’ll have to ask Him about that at some point. : ) Blessings to you!

  13. Hi Nicole! I’ve been reading your blog for a few months & find it really encouraging and challenging. Thank you! This is my first time commenting though. Your post reminded me of a quote I read by Amy Carmichael about guidance that I thought you might enjoy.

    ” In the matter of guidance there are three important points: 1. The Word of the Lord in the Bible. 2. The Word of the Spirit in our heart. 3. The circumstances of our lives, which have been arranged by God. All three must point one way. It is never enough for any two of them to be taken as showing God’s will. If the voice is God’s all three will agree” – Amy Carmichael ( taken from ‘Amy Carmichael, Her Life & Legacy’ by Elisabeth Elliot)

  14. So good, Nicole! I was speaking to a group of ladies about a year ago and telling them something the Lord had said to me, and I told them, “The Lord spoke to me, not in an audible voice…” I realized that every time I told someone that God had communicated to me I threw in that disclaimer so I didn’t look like a nut. Needless to say, I don’t do that anymore. We totally put God in a box when we limit him to communicating only through feeling and spirit. Maybe I haven’t heard a loud booming voice, but that certainly doesn’t mean I won’t, or He can’t. Yet I see so many believers rolling their eyes at those who claim to have literally heard God speak. Why do we do that? Why do we scoff at experiences that differ from our own, and write them off as charismatic? Frustrating. But, good words, as always. :-)

  15. The ‘but I don’t want to’ is a big one for me.. Just today I was told to do something I didn’t want to do.. I did it.. Now I’m just waiting to feel good about it ;)

  16. This is great, Nicole. A big part of our ability to “hear from God” is to first believe that He can speak to us through things OTHER than the Bible.

    One big difference between New & Old Testament prophecy is the whole thing about not worrying about getting stoned if you get it wrong. :)

    I’m in a community that encourages us to listen to the voice of God and share what we believe we hear. You can call it a still, small voice. I call it an “impression”. I don’t always know if it’s God but I’ll never know unless I share it. When I step out in faith, I share what I believe God is saying with someone else.

    The beautiful thing about growing in the prophetic is that God ALWAYS confirms His word. So there’s no worrying “was this really God?” If it gets confirmed (two or three witnesses, right?) then you know.

    We have to overcome this fear of not hearing from God. The only way we’ll learn to discern His voice is to practice sharing what we “think” we hear Him saying. More often than not, you’ll be surprised at just how much He confirms through others, through circumstances and YES through His word.

  17. Nicole,

    I appreciate the commentaries here, and I’ll add this: Proverbs 25:2: “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.”

    We are heirs with/in Christ; this makes us kings (queens, too). It is our glory to search out God’s glory. His mysteries may be confounding, but they’re searchable.

    Also, for further discussion, what do you all think of this: Amos 3:7: “For the Lord GOD does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.”

    I believe this is for today, and I find it thrilling.

    1. Renee,

      You said:
      “Also, for further discussion, what do you all think of this: Amos 3:7: “For the Lord GOD does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.”

      I believe this is for today, and I find it thrilling.”
      ——————————

      Okay…goosebumps. Definitely, goosebumps. Thanks, Renee!

    2. Responsibility and accountablility come with the revelations.
      Eze 3:17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.
      Eze 3:18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
      Eze 3:19 Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.
      Eze 3:20 Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
      Eze 3:21 Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.
      Eze 3:22 And the hand of the LORD was there upon me; and he said unto me, Arise, go forth into the plain, and I will there talk with thee.

  18. I’m just curious if the other girl that you “don’t really care for” reads this blog and how she would feel now knowing what you thought of her? Unfortunately you just undid all the good you did by obeying God in the first place. It’s a shame you couldn’t just do a nice act instead of bragging about it on the internet.

    1. Cherry,
      Hmm…well, it was years ago and I didn’t mention a person’s name for that very reason. I’m sorry if you took that as bragging. It was an example, not arrogance. I hope you can recognize the difference.

  19. Ok here is my response, and hopefully it is devoid of, snarky, offensiveness that is off topic.

    Man I really liked how you communicated, how we can communicate, with the ‘great communicator’.

    One area that may also be a way that God communicates with us is the weaving of people, or topics into our lives in a way that we could have never imagined, or constructed. I have witnessed this in my walk with the Lord. This can be an event that is current, or He may reveal a circumstance from your past just to affirm, ‘I gots your back’, or there is a lesson here.

    Oh and one more thing…

    “And if you ask nicely (and enough of you ask) I may write a separate post on how to move in the prophetic because there is a lot to say on the subject. That outta go over well, dontchathink?”

    Yep I do, and this is my request, and thx!

  20. I would very much like to know more about moving in the prophetic, and so I thought I would ask nicely! ;-) I did not grow up in a church who acknowledged Holy Spirit and I am getting to know Him. I started off with a bang, but have slowed down recently. Thanks! =)

  21. Nicole,

    Great post, sister! Do I hear Him? Yes. How do I know I hear Him? I know His Voice. Though too, He likes using many ways of communication, from visions that are well, real, though not sure if anyone else can see or not, there would have to be someone else there at the time. He speaks in an audible voice, oh and that “chuckle” like the purest joy and love together. The joking way He speaks, (those almost practical jokes) and we laugh, and on and on and on….His expression is endless.

  22. What you said is so true and you explained it so clearly and simple enough for those getting stretched in this area will find some comfort in knowing that it is a learning process! God is so faithful to speak to us every time we need it and anytime He wants to reveal his purposes, plans and destiny! One of the hardest lessons I learned was that I do hear from God and even when my mind doesn’t know how make sense of it, I need to always listen when He speaks cause like your accident it would have prevented a whole lotta pain and suffering! Thank you for sharing

  23. I truly believe God can speak – I remember when 17 years ago He spoke to me and told me if I didn’t get up and go back to church I would be dead in 2 weeks.

    Needless to say since that day I’ve been wanting to hear God’s voice in that way again to tell me what His wll is for my lie and what He wants me to do – and sometimes I get so frustrated. I’ve looked for pastors to speak over my life and tell me what to do from God – I just need a word from the Lord but more importantly I need to know the Lord still loves me in spite of my mess and in spite of the fact that when my son was murdered 8 years ago I got a little mad with God (ok – let’s say really mad) – but I didn’t walk away from Him I’m too scared of Him to do that.

  24. Hi Nicole,
    Glad to know somewhere across the globe someone can hear God speaking, one thing though.. From what I’ve been experiencing, It’s not audible, sometimes He speak so loud, we thought It was audible, but It’s not. Audible here means is if you can hear Him together with other people at the same time at the same place. Just like a normal sound. It’s not.

    But you have to be very careful, being a prophet doesn’t make you one, being able to hear from God doesn’t make you a messenger of God. Doesn’t make any sense? well my English is not very good, and I’m having some trouble explaining here.. :)

    maybe some other time, you probably won’t even read this anyway.. :)
    but I’m definitely bookmarking your blog.

    1. Sam,
      Interesting that “audible” means something a bit different than here. And you make a great point about the fact that hearing from God does not make you a prophet, nor does it make you a messenger of God. I think many people abuse their gift of hearing from God. And I know many prophets do the same, using it to control and manipulate others.

      However, I say all that, but also believe that each and every one of us can hear from God because He is speaking and wanting to speak to us.

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