People will often say to me that God has spoken to them. They are sure that the path they are taking or the decision they are making is directed by God.
I am going to make a confession that might make some of you gasp: I don’t hear from God that clearly. I am not saying I don’t feel led, but I always question if the leading is a random thought or God speaking. For instance, I feel led to write a book, or do I? Is it what God wants or what I want? How do I know for sure?
This week, I am asking my readers for a big favor; I want you to write the blog post. If you have any thoughts on this subject, please click “reply” and share your insights and experiences. For instance:
- How do you hear God’s message? Is it an audible voice or a thought?
- Do you ever hear from God through another person?
- When God speaks to you in the form of a thought, how do you discern that it is from God?
- Is it a feeling in your soul?
- Are you led by your conscience?
- Is it an emotional experience?
- Does He speak through something you are reading or during your Bible study?
- Does He speak at random times or only during your prayer time?
- Has another person ever told you they had a message from God that you needed to hear?
- Do you seek confirmation from more than one source, such as another person or your Bible study?
- Do you wonder if it is God speaking or Satan attempting to steer you in the wrong direction?
These questions are just prompts to get you started. Please comment about any aspect of this sensitive subject that touches your heart.
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I hope this will be an enlightening experience for all of us. I can’t wait to see what you share.
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Oh, and don’t forget to share your thoughts below about “Hearing from God.”
I hear from God in various ways. One way is I can hear Him like I hear a voice talking to me. For example at the beginning of 2012 I went to a women’s retreat. During my quiet time God told me that it was going to be a very hard year but that it would be ok and whatever happened would end in a year. Then He lead me to Romans 5:3-5 and 8:28. It was hands down the most difficult year of my life and it took a year for it all to be over. What He told me came to fruition.
A lot of times when I hear from God in a voice manner it’s not something I want to hear.( this is always the least of the ways I hear from Him)
Another way I hear from God is His Word. Our pastor says,” If you want to hear from God open your Bible.” So true! God’s word is alive and active sharper than any double edged sword.
His word gets to my heart and leads me where I need to be faster than anything else.
He also speaks to me through His people. His people informed by His word speak His truth over me. I know it’s from Him because they use scripture in context. Not taking random parts of His word to make me feel better. They tell me what I need to hear.
It’s so amazing that The God of the universe loves us so much that He talks to us exactly how need to hear from Him!!!! What!?!? It’s mind blowing to me. I am so undeserving and so grateful!
I agree. We can turn to the Bible for many answers. We know something is not from God if it is not backed up in Scripture.
Thanks for sharing.
When my mother-in-law was near death the hospice nurse informed us that we could take her to the hospital for treatment which might add hours or days to her life. She didn’t have a living will so the decision was up to us, her family. God spoke to me in my spirit – not an audible voice- and asked, “Why would you want to keep her here with you when she could be with Me?” I told my husband and his sister and we all agreed not to take her to the hospital. Within 48 hours she died peacefully in her own bed surrounded by her family. I am certain that God spoke to me in this situation.
Thanks for taking the time to share. I had a strong sense of God’s presence during the time of my parent’s death. When death is near I think God’s presence surrounds us. Because we are human he knows we don’t understand or accept death, and I think He is there to comfort and guide us during these times.
God has spoken to me many times but twice gave me chills. Once when my horse past and I couldn’t stop crying for 2 1/2 days. I just couldn’t say goodbye to my best friend I ever had of 16 years. On Monday I couldn’t even stop crying to go to work. That afternoon I went and sat by his grave. A beautiful zero wind day a breeze went under my chin and literally lifted my head up. Message look how beautiful and peaceful where your best friend lays. I then seen vision of my horse Brandy running across a beautiful lush field. No longer suffer from the brain tumor that was taking his spirit on Earth. He was happy and free again. I told my husband that night about this experience and that i also received a sense something about the date. I felt God was preparing me for loss of a loved one in the future as well. It was confirmed a few years later. The day my horse past was Sept 20th and my grandfather past few years after in early morning on Sept 21st.
Second time, was while mowing our yard I was thinking about planning my mom’s 75th birthday party which was a couple months away. No sooner then that thought went through my head, the whisper “Don’t plan. She’s not going to be here.” . I got chills and couldn’t shake. I’m so blessed for this message from God as it is what got me through what happened next. An hour later got call that my mom was being taken to hospital. Ten days later she past. God’s whisper that gave me a chill, was him preparing me and saying I’m with you and will carry you in the days ahead. So grateful for his loving presence in my earthly life. The signs given how wonderfully detailed he prepares eternal life as well.
In the past seven years I get small messages or insights. Some are hard to understand and sometimes does overwhelm me in question if I’m interfering with God’s plans or if Satan is sabatoging God’s message when tasks become difficult. Just when I’m really questioning, God provides proof and a nudge. The warmth he is with me, sitting right beside me at these times, touches me so deep as tears drop from my cheek. No greater feeling then God and his son’s love and presence!!! The greatest riches are free !!!
Thanks for sharing your experiences. Isn’t it amazing how the Holy Spirit prepares us for the future and comforts us in the present? Unfortunately, I think I often miss these times of preparation and comfort because I am busy with worldly concerns.
Thank you Denise, that was inspiring what God has and will do.