How to Hear the Voice of God
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So you want to hear more from God? That's great because actually that is what Christianity is all about: relationship! Christianity is first and foremost not about religion, it's really about relationship. The top two questions I receive most through Chosen To Reign are: "How do I learn how to hear from God?" and "How do I discover my life's purpose?"
I'm so glad you asked because I want to share some awesome resources with you that have been absolute game changers for me and how I discovered my purpose and how I have learned to hear the voice of God daily. In order to understand who you are, first you need to understand Whose you are. Understanding your Kingdom identity always comes before unveiling your Kingdom destiny. Friends, first let's set the record straight: You are created with immeasurable purpose on purpose. You quite literally are purposed by design. Even the fact that you were placed within this generation was all according to God's purpose. He actually chose you before the creation of the world and set you apart as his own (Ephesians 1:4). You are a part of the most epic love story the world has ever known and you play an irreplaceable role in this Kingdom Crowned, victory story. As a child of God, it is quite literally your birth right to have daily relationship with God and Jesus through the Holy Spirit - that is what Jesus in talking about in John 17 when Jesus asks the Father that "they may be one as you and I are one." The Christian life is all about union with God.
So let's dive in, becoming more connected with God shouldn’t be confusing or something we wonder if we are the only ones who can’t hear God. We CAN be clear when it comes to recognizing His voice. I want to be sure to encourage you here that learning to hear the voice of God is just like strengthening any other muscle. Let me ask you, did you automatically take off like Grease Lightening the first time you rode a bike? I know I most certainly did not! In fact, I grew up on gravel, so I didn't ditch the training wheels until third grade. Probably not something I should publicly declare, but none the less: learning how to hear from God is a lot like learning how to ride a bicycle. It's not hard but like everything else it does take practice. Soon you will get the hang of it, and once you do you'll never forget how.
Let's set a few foundational truths when it comes to hearing the voice of God:
1. We were all created to hear God’s voice, but we all hear differently.
2. We need to learn the filter by which we hear His voice.
3. We need to have permission to hear Him differently than other people.
4. We need to practice hearing His voice.
Many times we can feel less than, lost, or confused because we struggle to hear His voice in our lives. But, just because you need to work at something, doesn’t mean you weren’t created for it. You were created to hear His voice. Don’t give up; keep digging in.
I would love to encourage you to listen to Havilah Cunnington’s podcast episodes #49 & #50 on “Learning to Hear God’s Voice in Your Everyday Life.” She is one of my greatest personal Christian mentors and she breaks down hearing the voice of God in Such a powerful and practical way! I’ve linked part one the podcast episode for you here! After you've listened to part one, you can listen to part two here!
John Eldredge of Ransomed Heart Ministries is one of my favorite Christian authors who has written several books on relationship with Jesus and hearing from God. Truly, I would recommend everything written by John. If you are wanting to learn more about Jesus's personality and his desire for daily relationship with you, I would highly recommend reading John's book "Beautiful Outlaw." If you are wanting to know what daily communication with God looks like, John actually wrote a book based on his personal God journals called "Walking with God." He does an awesome job showing you what walking and talking with God looks like in his daily life and that you can have that same result, too. Finally, if you are interested in learning more about your irreplaceable role as a Daughter of the King you absolutely have to read "Captivating" by John and Stasi Eldredge. Chosen To Reign was actually inspired by this book!
I know this is a lot of information here. You can always come back to this page as you learn and look into the next mentioned resource. I promise you will be so glad you did! These tools were absolutely foundational in helping me learn how to hear God daily. In fact, I bet you'll be surprised by just how much and how often God loves to talk with you!
I would like to include a prayer here for you to say out loud that I think will be very helpful in jumpstarting this journey for you:
Jesus, I come to you now to be one with you as you are one with the Father and the Holy Spirit. I consecrate myself to you; my body, soul, and spirit, my heart mind and will. I take my place in the crusificition, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ and declare the promises of my royal inheritance as a Daughter of the King over my life. Jesus, I love you and I believe you are the Son of God. Thank you for giving your life to ransom my own. I bind and cut off all attacks from the enemy and allow only the Spirit of God to operate here and speak to me. I reject the agreement I have made that I cannot hear from God, and I cut it off in the name of Jesus Christ. Holy Spirit, grant me eyes to see and ears to hear you and lead me into greater relationship and understanding with you this day. In Jesus name, Amen.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. - 1 Peter 2:9
I've also added a Daily Prayer to our website for you. You can click here to view the Daily Prayer. Try to make a commitment to keep at it for two weeks, I think you'll be amazed with the results. I know Clay and I have been. We start off every morning with this prayer together.
As always, thank you for meeting me here!