The Practice of Hearing God's Voice A Bible Study

How do you know the voice of your best friend so well? You have heard his voice over and over. You know what even the grunts and sighs of your best friend mean. This didn't happen overnight. But, because you have spent so much time together, you trained yourself to pick up on all the nuances of his voice. You can have the same experience, if not at a much deeper level, with God. The foundational principle is that we need to practice listening to His voice. "The sheep know His voice," (John 10:4) because they have heard it so often. Let's look at the best way to practice…

In order to hear God's voice most clearly, you need to get in position to hear Him. Just like your mobile phone needs to be in a good position to get a signal, you need to position yourself for the greatest reception of God's voice. What does this mean?

Read Hebrews 11:6 and James 1:6-7

According to these passages, what position do we need to be in to hear God's voice?

Faith means that you are actively believing that God can speak to you. His ability to speak to you is far greater than your inability to hear Him. Do you believe that? Standing in the position of faith means that you will trust the soft promptings He gives you. It means that you will not quit listening, assuming that you cannot hear properly. In faith, you will keep practicing.

Read 1 Peter 5:5

What position must we be in to hear God's voice? What does God give to those who are humble? What happens to those who are proud?

Walking in humility before God - recognising your great need and dependence upon Him - will cause the grace of God to flow in your life. With His grace comes the comfort of His clear voice into your life.

Read Psalm 51:6 and Psalm 66:18

What does God desire from us? What happens when we hold onto sin in our lives?

If our inner parts are clean and pure, it is easy for us to hear His voice. If our minds and hearts are filled with impurity, the voice of God will be hard to detect. Impurity (i.e. sin) produces "static noise" which makes getting clear reception very difficult.

Read 1 Peter 5:8-9

How does the enemy try to interfere in our communication with God? What are we supposed to do to the enemy?

It is important that we take up our position of authority and cut off the works of the enemy. Sometimes, our sin is deafening our ears to God's voice. But, other times, the enemy is bringing confusion or unbelief into our minds. We must resist him in the name of Jesus. And he will have to run away (James 4:7).

Read John 14:26 and Romans 12:2

What does the Holy Spirit talk to you about? Can you rely on what he says?

What happens when we are transformed by the renewing of our mind?

When the words of Jesus are already in you, it is easy for the Holy Spirit to clearly communicate to you. Being full of God's words through study, meditation and memorisation of the Bible puts you in a great position to hear Him.

Read John 14:23

What happens when we obey Jesus?

When we obey God's voice, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit promise to come and make their home with us (John 14:23). If the Godhead is living in your home, then I think you'll be able to hear His voice.

Get in position to hear God's voice!

The position of:

  1. Faith
  2. Humility
  3. Purity
  4. Authority
  5. Truth
  6. Obedience
The practice of hearing God's voice is really the practice of positioning.

Start listening to God's voice today!

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