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Hearing from God

This is a guest post by Tracee Persiko. She is a speaker and a coach with a master’s in Professional Counseling. Her passion is people and empowering them to wrestle and live out their stories well. You can find her on Facebook or blogging about believing and living differently.
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I hear people say the phrase, “God told me…” a lot. This phrase is often used as an explanation for the responses and decisions people make. Sometimes there are no real words to explain the “why” behind our choices other than to say, “well, I felt like God said….”

What does God’s voice sound like? What does it really mean when someone uses a phrase like that?

These phrases can sounds crazy to a person who does not have a relationship with the Lord. Brows become furrowed and faces contort trying to figure out what that really means.

For those who are believers, Jesus stated that “his sheep would know his voice.” Just like with our good friends, we know the tone of their voices. We also know their hearts through the development of that relationship.

So how do we hear and know a relationship we can’t see? What does God’s voice sound like? How do you know it’s him?

I have three questions I ask myself when it comes to hearing from God. Hopefully they will help you as you cultivate your relationship with God. and learn to recognize His voice.

1) How am I wired?

This question has everything to do with our personalities. One key question to answer for yourself is whether or not you are a dominant thinker or feeler? Do you process by facts instead of hearing between the lines?

I am a feeler. I feel deeply about everything. This is also linked to discernment for me. I tend to hear what is not being said more than what is. That means something for me in how I hear.  When things feel off that means something. God motivates me through emotions of restlessness and frustration. I know our feelings can be deceiving, but they are also telling. I hear God by feeling deeply the stories and characters I am reading about in scripture. I know his voice of grace, because I really know what his grace feels like.

2) What am I drawn to?

What our hearts and passions are drawn to matter in a huge way. God speaks through the things we love. He has wired us uniquely to do something – to be drawn towards something that makes us light up.

I am not gifted at all regarding administration. I actually hate it! Nothing about that job stirs my heart in anyway. However, get me in a crowd of people talking about hard life topics and truth…I’m IN! That means something. That is vision defining for my life. I hear God through those passions. I learn about his characteristics and heart through my dreams. What we are drawn to means everything. Our passions are his voice in and through us.

3) How do I receive in my life? What gets into my heart?

How do you hear things like love, truth, and respect? How would you answer the question of knowing your loved? How do you receive?

These are huge questions to recognizing God’s voice in your life. Finding the answers to these questions builds a huge bridge between his voice and your heart.

I am still learning this one about myself. I am not good at receiving. This puts a wall up between God’s voice and my heart because I tend to dismiss those things. How I answer these questions is making all the difference to knowing him more.

Our personalities are wired uniquely to hear him. Our passions and the drawing of our hearts mean so much. How we receive is huge to hearing from him.

Try out some of these questions and see what happens. Would love to know if you start to hear from him more as you get to know yourself more.  

How do you hear from him? How do you recognize his voice?

About Jennifer O. White

I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.

6 Replies

  1. tracee

    What a gift to be hanging out with you today!

    1. jenniferowhite

      Tracee – thank you for the post. It’s eye opening for me. I found myself nodding and seeing my own personal timeline differently.

  2. j a n

    These are some good observations about hearing God’s direction. If I may, I’d like to add one other observation to #2, as I think it can have the most potential to be misleading. We are as humans – unfortunately – often drawn to things that are not what God has in mind for us. Speaking for myself, I find it impossible at times to separate my own selfish desires from what I feel I’m “being drawn to.” I’m struggling in a situation like that right now, and believe me, what I
    think God is calling me to (more grace & acceptance of others), and
    what I’m drawn to (kicking and screaming like a 3-yr-old for my own
    way) are a daily battle. 🙂

    God often calls us to things that feel wrong and backwards in order to grow us to be more like him. Moses & Gideon come to mind – who had no passion at all to lead. And yet that – and more! – was what God wanted for them. I’m thankful we serve a God who is so intimately involved in our lives!

    1. jenniferowhite

      Jan – you are SO right about this. Our feelings (when not Holy Spirit led) can certainly lead us away from God and His direction. Knowing His word more has helped me to be more sure which is me and which is God.

      Knowing how He called Moses, Gideon, and others to do more than they could ask or imagine inspires me to be more fearless. Fear is a chosen prison. I’m firing / divorcing the feeling of fear!

    2. Tracee Persiko

      Jan- great point! Our heart’s are deceptive. We do battle the tension what is good and right, and just our wants. Jonah didn’t want to go to Nineveh. He had no easy message either. I wrestle with the tension of pursuing what I know how to do, to make ends meet, and doing what is life-giving and passionate for me. Life long process.

  3. Thanks for sharing this Tracee.