We live in a noisy environment that makes it difficult to distinguish the voice in our head and that coming from our God. So your mind can play tricks on you, especially when you just begin your walk with Him.
Recently, I was sharing my encounter with a group of friends about how “whenever I pray, a Scripture chapter and verse comes to mind and whenever I pick up my Bible, it isn’t there.” It has happened to me countless times and I don’t know if it has ever happened to you.
And I begin to wonder, could that be my mind speaking to me? Or if it is God, what then could be wrong? All I could say was that “God was training me to hear Him and to obey Him.” If I keep turning the wrong scripture in obedience, I would receive the right one someday and that turned out to be true.
If you’re struggling to know if you’re hearing God’s voice or if it’s all in your head, you need to read through, you might find the answer you seek.
A Still Small Voice
See 1 Kings 19:12 — “12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.” (KJV). He does not shout. No! The voice comes gently, more like a whisper but also audible enough. You will still be able to hear Him if you stay silently.
Does it goes in line with the Scripture?
See 2 Timothy 3:16 — “16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” (KJV). Whatever it is that you have heard should be backed up or traceable to the scripture. It doesn’t necessarily have to be exactly as you’ve heard. But you should be able to point out that, this is a similar or close instance.
You do not feel condemned
See 2 Corinthians 7:10 — “10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.” (KJV). When God speaks, He doesn’t condemn. Even if you’re chastised, it is done in love, you’d feel the need to correct your mistake, but you’ll never feel condemned for it.
An unexplainable peace or conviction
Do you feel at peace or do you have this conviction in your mind after hearing that voice? If yes, it’s clearly the voice of God you’ve heard. The voice of God is like a “GO that has no doubt and doesn’t look back.” However, if it doesn’t give you peace, the voice should be questioned.
It must Portray God’s character
Numbers 23:19 — “19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” (KJV). It means whatever you have heard should promote forgiveness, peace, mercy, love, truth, justice, righteousness, etc. Anything contrary to this Character isn’t from Him.
It is against idolatry, false ideologies, and wrong doctrines
Romans 12:2 — “2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (KJV)
Now, how do you feel after hearing those voices that speak to you? Can you relate to any of the tips shared above? Getting acquainted with God’s voice requires obedience, when you’re obedient to what He says to you, He will speak more to you.
Whether you have been hearing Him or not, intensify your relationship with Him. It’s only by building your relationship with Him that you get accustomed to hearing Him, or how have you been able to distinguish your parent’s voice from every other voice even if they use a new phone number to call you?
When next you feel you’ve heard God, run it through all of the tips shared here, the feedback will give you the answer you seek.
Hope you learnt some crucial things. Please comment and and share. God bless you.