During a conversation with a lady who had been a Christian for over sixty years, told me she couldn’t discern when the Holy Spirit was talking to her. As far as I know, this person truly loves and is dedicated to the Lord. However, she depends on other people to tell her what the Spirit wants her to do when making decisions. I’m not saying God won’t speak to us through others, but I am saying He wants a relationship where we can hear Him speak directly to our spirits. The role of other people should be confirmation. Worth noting: How can we tell if the person doing all our hearing doesn’t have a spiritual-hearing impediment?
Why settle for lunchmeat when you can have Filet Mignon?
Unlike some people, God doesn’t speak just to be talking. When the Almighty Creator speaks, we should be humbly-honored that He would say anything to us. We should never—take anything—God has to say—for granted! How many blessings have we missed because we couldn’t hear, then obey the commands from the Holy Spirit? God knows the way we should go; but can we hear it? (John 10:3-5)
We are better off being physically deaf than spiritually deaf.
The enemy wants us spiritually deaf; I wonder why? What doesn’t he want us to hear? He’ll tell us we can’t hear from God; but that doesn’t make any sense. How can we be guided daily by our heavenly Father if we can’t hear His directions? (Proverbs 3:5-6) How can we have an intimate relationship with someone we can’t communicate with? How can we understand God’s Word if we can’t hear spiritual revelations of the Word?
If we only take a religious approach to Christianity, we’ll miss the “meat” of knowing our Lord on a personal level. My precious spiritual moments weren’t within the walls of a church, or even with other Christians, but alone with the Holy Spirit.
What if Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Esther had been spiritually deaf?
I have never heard God’s audible voice; that’s not His typical mode of communication. However, some have experienced this rare phenomenon. For me, He speaks through: revelation of His Word, softly nudging my spirit, placing ideas in my mind, gut feelings, or just placing me in certain situations and circumstances where I can detect His leadings. I don’t always hear Him perfectly, but I’m not going to fall for the devil’s lie that he is the only one I can hear from.
Developing the faith to hear:
The more we hear a person’s voice, the more we are able to distinguish their voice from others. We learn God’s expressions the same way. Spending quality time alone with Him familiarizes us with His voice. When what we’re hearing lines up with His Word, then we must step out on faith, and act as directed. Still if we’re not sure if it’s God talking, tell Him why you’re unsure.
When I’m uncertain, I step out on what I think the Holy Spirit is leading me to do; as long as it lines up with His Word. I slowly walk in that direction asking Him to redirect me if I’m headed the wrong way. This is when I pay particular attention to the slight: nudges, promptings, gut feelings, and circumstances.
Another good way to develop your spiritual ear, is to jot down and date what you think the Holy Spirit is saying to you. Of course, I use the Paulette Talks Faith Journal and I recommend that you do, too. Nevertheless, the main point is not what you use to record, but that you record what you think the Spirit is directing you to do. When you write down what you think you’re hearing, it draws your focus to your spiritual ear.
If you mistake the Holy Spirit’s voice, don’t let the enemy discourage you. Those experiences will uncover the many deceptive voices of the devil; all the while, teaching you to better distinguish God’s voice.
See you next week on Paulette Talks Faith.