How do I know if I’m actually hearing God?

Yesterday we began discussing how to hear God’s voice.  Make no mistake – He wants to speak into our lives.  However, God can speak to us in different ways.  For example, God can speak to us through:

  • Prayer: “… the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayer.”  I Peter 3:12 (NIV).  But the Bible indicates that God not only hears, but also answers prayers.  “I sought the Lord, and He answered me.”  Psalm 34:4 (NIV).
  • Promptings of the Holy Spirit: Jesus said, “… when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth.”  John 16:13 (NIV).  The Holy Spirit not only lives with us but “in” us.  John 14:17 (NIV).
  • Bible Study: “For the Word of God is living and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”  Hebrews 4:12 (NIV).
  • Other Christians: “People learn from one another just as iron sharpens iron.”   Proverbs 27:17 (GN).

But how do you know if you are hearing God?  How do you know if the prompting you’ve received is really from the Holy Spirit, or if the advice you are receiving from other Christians reflects the will of God?  The best way to evaluate whether you are hearing from God is to match-up what you’re hearing with His Word.  Answers to prayer, promptings from the Holy Spirit, and good advice from Christian friends will never contradict God’s Word.  That’s why it’s so important for Christians to immerse themselves in the Bible.  There is simply no substitute for an in-depth knowledge of God’s Word.

If you need help getting started on a Bible reading plan, try the plan on page 16 of your CLASS 201 book.  If you don’t like to read, cut the daily readings in half.  You’ll still get through the entire New Testament in 60 days.  Or pick a book like Matthew, Mark, Luke or John (biographies of Jesus) and begin by reading one chapter a day.

Remember, if you read approximately 15 minutes per day, you can read through the entire Bible in a year.  Also, the following is a web site that gives you several different Bible reading plans:  http://www.backtothebible.org/devotions

The important thing is to find a Bible reading plan that works for you.  Read God’s Word every day and the change in your life will be noticeable.  May God’s Word fill you with truth and joy today.