Re: How do you hear the Voice of God?
I heard the voice of God for the first time as a child, and it was through the example of my parents and the teaching of the Gospel by wonderful teachers in my church and others. I heard God as a still small voice in my heart drawing me to Him.
When I became a teenager and up to early adulthood, I horribly backslid. I fell so far that I could not imagine God ever wanting me. Nevertheless, I often heard God's voice during those backslidden years as God tried to bring me back into fellowship with Him, but I kind of just pushed Him away. In August of 1988, I fell into a deep spiritual terror and I called on the Lord to help me. It was at that time that Gods voice rang loud and clear. He delivered me from the danger that was then present, but He told me if I did not come to Him I would not be fully or finally delivered. I surrendered to Him and it was like the lights came on. I saw everything clearly. I saw who I was, I saw my sinfullness, I saw how I had hurt God and the people around me, but I also saw a loving God who delights in mercy, and that was ready to pardon and forgive me without reservation. It was at that point that God changed my heart.
Since that time I hear God's voice when I read the Bible, when I pray, during times of worship, and in church services. Often when I pray, I not only pray by speaking to God, but before and/or afterwards I take the time to just quietly sit in His presence and listen for Him to speak. I often pray the words " Speak Lord for your servant is listening. I also pray this right before I go to bed, and sometimes God communicates with me as I drift off to sleep. It is good when the last things you think about before you go to sleep are things of God.
I believe that everytime we read the Bible God is speaking to us, the real issue is are we listening or not.
1 John 1:7- But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
2 Corinthians 7:1- Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.