Hearing the Voice of God

25 November 2012


1.   Introduction


·         Mk.1:17-18 ““Follow Me and I will make you become fishers of men. They immediately left their nets and followed Him”

·         Each of us is called by God to be connected to Jesus and to “Follow Him”.

·         Foundational to following Jesus is hearing and responding to Him speaking.


2.   Communication is Essential to Relationship


·         Jn.10:27 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me”.

·         If we belong to Christ we havge the capacity to hear Him speak to us.

·         Communication is essential to cultivate and develop relations.

Communication = active listening and responding.

·           Without communication relationships wither and die, they become sterile.

·           When did you last hear God speak to you?

What did He say to you?

What are you doing about it? – How are you responding?

·         Jesus cautions            (i) Gospels: He that have ears to hear – let him hear (8x)

(ii) Revelations: He that has an ear to hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches (7x)

·         Mk.4:23-25 “For whoever has (ears to hear) more shall be given”.

·         God speaks to us individually and corporately we must listen and respond!

·         When we are no longer hearing the Holy Spirit we become passive, spiritually asleep.

·         Two helps                    (i) Sundays: Bring Bible – take notes – listen for the Holy Spirit

(ii) Small Group: Ask one another questions – What is the Holy Spirit saying to you? How are you responding?


3.   What does the Voice of God sound like?


·         1 Cor.6:17 “He that is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him”.

·          We are joined spirit to spirit with Jesus – constantly connected to Him.

·         He lives within our hearts and desires to reveal Himself within us.

·         The more we become aware of His presence the easier to hear His voice.

·         He is not some nebulous force but a person with thoughts, feelings, personality.

·         Jn.7:37-39 “Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water”.

·         God’s spirit within us “flows” like a river = is spontaneous, moving.

·         Western lifestyle focus on the mind and reason – Bible focus is on being Spirit conscious.

·         The movement of the Holy Spirit is flowing, spontaneous words, thoughts, pictures, impressions and feelings.

·         God’s voice is like a still small voice within us (1 Kg.19:12).


4. Common Hindrances to Hearing God Speak


·         Listening to God =- listening in to spontaneous words, thoughts, pictures, impressions, feelings within. These are easily blocked or hindered.


·         Common Hindrances:

i) Hidden sins                                      iv) Having “mind-sets” or idols in the heart

ii) Disappointment with God                v) Over dependence on mind and reasoning

iii) Unresolved grief and offence        vi) Demonic oppression

·         Inner impressions that we receive can come from three different sources

(i) Self – selfish           (ii)  Evil Spirits – evil, demanding        (iii) Holy Spirit – good!


5. Keys to Hearing the Holy Spirit speak (Hab.2:2)


(i) Free Up Your Spirit

·         If your spirit is weighed down there is little or no flow.

·         Speak in tongues – activate your spirit (1 Cor. 14:14,4)

·         Soft music can help.


(ii) Focus Your Thoughts

·         Fix your thoughts upon Jesus – use a picture from Scripture.

·         Remove external distractions.

·         Press through internal distractions by focussing/fixing your thoughts.

·         In order to see you need to look – fix your mind on Jesus the Source.


(iii) Faith – Expect to Receive

·         Expect to receive spontaneous thoughts, words, impressions, pictures, feelings as you still your heart and look.

·         It is easy to think that God won’t speak to me.

·         Faith is based on what God says “My sheep hear my voice!”

·         Voice =NT5456= Phone = sound, frequency, tone, voice, words.


(iv) Feel – Identify the Impressions You Receive

·         Identify the flow of thoughts, ideas, words, pictures, impressions.

·         Value them as being a flow of the River of God.

·         Write them down (journal) expecting more to come.


6. Process What You have Received


Test it                                                                    Respond to It

·         Agree with the Word of God?                         What must I do?

·         Edify, Comfort or Exhort?

·         Open to the Counsel of Others?

·         Exalt Jesus or Self?

·         Fruit of Peace?