“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” Romans 8:14
In previous Doses I have talked some about hearing from God on the inside, so I want to focus on that today. Our Heavenly Father is so wonderful, and He wants to help us and lead us away from things that can trap and harm us. He also wants to lead us to the plans and things He has for us to accomplish. That is why He sent His Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth (His way) and away from the darkness (John 16:13). To recognize when you are hearing from God, you must know Him.
So that would be the first step in hearing from God, you must first be a child of God. That is when you come to the point in your life when you recognize that you need a Savior and receive the Lord Jesus into your heart and life. The next thing to do is develop a personal relationship with Him through spending time talking to Him (praying) and reading His Word (the Bible) every day. As you begin to line your life up with the things He has taught in His Word, you will sense a nudging on the inside that you know lines up with His Word. Such as: If you tell a lie, you may remember that you read in God’s Word you should not lie, or if you gossip or talk about others, you may hear a “prompting” again that these are things you know are not pleasing to God by what you have read in His Word. Lining your life up with God’s Word will empower you to know what you should and should not eliminate in your daily habits.
Side note: Just because you have accepted Jesus into your life as Lord, doesn’t mean that whatever you are thinking or feeling is from Him. You have to yield to Him and let Him know that you want to get into agreement with Him. God lead us through our daily walking in relationship with Him. If you go through life obeying all the rules you read in the Bible, but never have a personal relationship with God, you will miss out on the purpose He has for your life. The other thing to watch out for is not doing things because you don’t feel like it or because it may not make sense in the natural world. Feelings are fickle and because they can change so quickly, you cannot depend on them to lead your life. Things such as tithing, loving your enemy, or submitting to one another in love may not make sense to you in the natural, but they are spiritual laws that God has set up to bless you. These are things that require faith and humility and may be uncomfortable to start. However, when you act in faith on the Word of God that He leads you to, He will give you the grace to follow through and receive His blessings because you are following.
Lastly, hearing from God is a step of faith, and His Spirit’s ways will always line up with His Word. If you are not sure God is leading you in a direction, ask Him for scripture to back up the direction you hear on the inside. He will bring it to your thoughts or will lead you to it in your daily reading. I promise you God is not trying to make it hard. He sent us His Holy Spirit to help us have an advantage over the rest of the world and know the things He is leading us to.
Today, I want to encourage you to talk to God about “hearing” from Him or getting a “word” from Him on the inside, so you can begin to learn what His voice sounds like. You can start by saying something like “I love you, my Father”. Then sit quietly and wait for a response on the inside. Let Him know that you want to start living your life being led by His Spirit inside you. He will begin small, so if you act on it, you will have little risk if you hear wrongly. Write down what you are hearing and review it often to reinforce and remember that He is leading you. God is so good and He has given us a Helper to help us in this life. Don’t ignore His leading, learn to listen to His voice on the inside, and He will guide your every step.
Today’s scripture reading: Romans 8:12-17