Hearing God

Posted · 1 Comment

When you know God’s voice, you can hear him in any situation.

One of the questions I get asked a lot, is how can you hear God? How do you know when God is speaking to you? Something Barry said in his message on Sunday struck a chord in my heart – the more you know God, the more you’ll be able to hear his voice. When your know and love God more and more, you find that he is able to speak to you in different circumstances, situations, songs, shows — anything really!

I’m instantly reminded of John 10, where Jesus says, “The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.” Reading that in conjunction with 1 John 4 gives an insight i previously missed.

The more you know God with your heart/soul/mind/strength, the more you’re able to hear his voice.

So then the question is, how do you know/love God more? Because most of us are eager to hear him, but don’t know how to get started. We surmise that the Bible, church, fellowship are all parts of the process – but how?

Well a key part of it seems to be letting God seep into your very being. So that it is his life that flows through your veins. Barry talked about reading God’s Word, saying that it’s not just about memorising scripture, but receiving it. It’s one thing to know, study, understand God’s Word. And it’s another thing to let that seep into your very being – so that the truth of God is received in your heart.

I’ve seen amazing pianists before. People who play with technical skill and ability. And yet it comes across cold or impassioned. The greatest pianists not only play technically well, but bring across the spirit of the piece as well. As if the piece itself sings out.

I’m beginning to realise that if we are to be people of God’s spirit, it means giving God’s Word & his Spirit access deep into our hearts – letting his message convict, challenge, inspire, release, encourage, still, and heal.

Perhaps the biggest barrier to really hearing God, is our own unwillingness to listen.

This was a continuation in a series on 1 John. You can find the message as well as the worship at the BCEC Sermon Page or listen to the sermon directly – 1 John 4:1-6.

One Response to "Hearing God"
  1. Gill says:

    I have listened to some of your sermans and receive something from God through them, so thank-you. Listening to God is something that has been on my heart a lot recently, since God really spoke to me about my spiritual life and how much time I spend listening to Him and reading His word. I knew God was speaking to me, it’s unmistakable when it happens.

    At the beginning of his testimony the speaker did say how he was introduced in his previous church. I just felt very sad by this. I agree it isn’t our choice who God builds up to speak and God can speak through anyone he choses. Introducing someone in this way to me is offensive. I am not from an ethnic minority and I have to say that not everyone would be put off or upset because the speaker is not of the same culture as them. I can understand why it was said but that does not make it the right.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.