Hearing God

How interested is God in talking to me?

God is very interested in me. Any one that interest in me must want to talk with me. Luke 15:7. Luke 5:30-32.

How does God talk to us?

God is very different than us. He loves us, but one of the difficult points in loving Him is communication. We like to talk to our friends. We tell them a hundred different things. How can we talk to God? How can He hear us? How can we hear Him? How can we share experiences with God?

When Jesus walked this earth He heard and talked as we are use to doing. Often we read of Him in conversation with the disciples, with the religious leaders, with the common people. And Jesus tells us that He is identical to His Father. Jesus listens to and talks with us as we are use to hearing and talking with each other. Apparently so does His Father: Matt. 3:16, 17; John 12:27-30; etc. But we do not hear their voices today. Jesus, before His death, resurrection, and ascension, turned communication over to the Comforter, or Holy Spirit. Therefore we must depend on the Holy Spirit for communication and interaction. (John 14:16, 17, 25, 26.)

Communication with the Holy Spirit is challenging. We have never seen Him, or heard Him, yet He is the One we are to talk to and through. How can you communicate with an invisible Being?

To find out we need to first consider the nature of communication. Words and vocalization are only for purpose of transferring ideas. Any method of transferring ideas is a form of communication. We know we have received communication when we receive the other person's idea. In communication it is very important to make sure we receive the other person's idea clearly and accurately. The Holy Spirit does not use His own voice; therefore we look for the Holy Spirit to communicate His ideas to us through some other means than voice. Whatever means the Holy Spirit uses, we want to make sure that we clearly grasp His idea.

The Holy Spirit uses several methods:

  1. Through direct impression i.e. mental telepathy.
  2. Through some dreams. Joel 2:28, 29 Job 33:14,15 Gen. 20:3 Dan. 2:1-49 Matt. 27:19 Gen. 41:1-32.
  3. Through some personal advice. (We quote others in our speech. Why canít the Holy Spirit quote others for His speech?). 1 Samuel 25 (especially vv. 32-34) (other examples: 1 Chron. 21:3; Acts 5:34-39; 2 Kings 5:13; Ex. 18 13-24.)
  4. Through nature. Acts 14:15-17; Romans 1:19,20 Ps 19:1. (Science is subordinate to Inspiration. Deuteronomy 8:1-3; Matthew 4:4.)
  5. Through history. 1 Cor 10:7,10 (notice context).
  6. Through personal experience.
  7. Through inspiration. (We need to hear His current thought to us through the Inspired Writings.) Hebrews. 1:1; 2 Tim. 3:16, 17 (2 Peter 1:20,21).
  8. Why doesn't God talk to us more directly, or obviously?

    If people ignore the written Word what other method will they accept? Luke 16:19-31.

    Are all the ideas that pop into my head from God?

    Satan uses some of the same methods (see Genesis 3:1-6 & Matt. 4:6 for example) How can we tell the difference? How can we distinguish Divine telepathy from all other ideas? The same as in earthly matters. We know the difference between various friends by personality and character. So well does this method work that we can even detect masquerades (e.g. signatures). Character determines. Bible defines characters of each. In this sense the Bible is the final authority. Therefore the Bible is the test of all other truth.

    How can we encourage Divine telepathy rather than Satanic communication?

      1. Our motive: a sincere desire to arrive at truth will bring us to the truth. "What ever line of investigation we pursue, with a sincere purpose to arrive at truth, we are brought in touch with the unseen, mighty Intelligence that is working in and through all." Education, pg. 14.
      2. Know the character of each. We determine a fraudulent check by its signature. We often say a particular phrase or statement in a letter sounds just like something its author would say. We are to accept each because it harmonises with the character and personality of each as we have experienced them.

Can God be heard by everyone?

Yes.1 Tim. 2:3,4.

Yet there are certain conditions we need to meet in order to be certain that we continue to hear Him. The conditions for hearing God are: 1. We need to listen. 2. We must be earnest and honest with Him. 3. We must be willing to carry out whatever we understand of truth. (These apply to all methods that God uses to communicate with us.)

God shares every experience of our lives with us if we will look for Him in it. God has great interest in communicating with and befriending us. God sought us while we were yet enemies. He has, is, and will do everything in His power to communicate with us. Will we do all in our power to communicate with Him?

Does God notice if I ignore Him?

To ignore Him will anger Him. Ps. 106:7,8,24-27. Jeremiah 44:5,6.

But even though He is hurt and angered, He still wants us. Luke 15:11-32.

How much do I want to hear God?

How well I can hear God depends a lot on how much I want to hear Him.

We do well to pray Samuel's prayer: "Speak, for your servant hears." 1 Samuel 3:10.