Can You Hear ME now? How God speaks

The Lord wants a personal, open relationship with you so much that He sacrificed His own Son to show you His love.

 Jesus Christ did not come to earth because of millions of people's sins. He came because the Father loves us, and Jesus was the mediator- the middleman- who made a deal, so to speak, for us to be back into good company with the Father. Like a good brother who sticks up for his younger sister in the heat of a battle, Jesus stood up for us and won favor and relationship back for us.
  God is not angry with you. God wants to speak to you.
 So, just how does that work?
  First, there are no formulas!  No perfect ways that are one size fits all for communicating with Him. He does it on a personal basis. So what works really well and is easy for me, might be something different for you.
 The most common way the Lord speaks is through His word.  There is danger when you try to "hear God" outside of knowing what His word says on a matter. Know the genuine thoughts and safety guidelines He prepared for us in the Bible.
Then when other ways of communication come, you can compare it to the Word and know you are on point. Hiding His word in your heart is vital!

 The other ways of communicating with God deal with spiritual gifts and understandings.

  Me, I am an artist. That is part of the skill set the Father gave me. So I perceive, conceive, and communicate well visually.  In prayer, I often "see" what the Father is saying. This can be called visions. They are rarely dramatic. Most often they are very gentle, subtle, and un-alarming; as if He were sitting with me, looking at a pile of photographs. He shows me one. Then He tells me what it is about.  It might be about me, my family, and sometimes about something another person is dealing with. If another person, I pray and ask if it is the right time to share it, and do I have the correct understanding of what is happening? That is VERY important, because if you share something without being sure you are supposed to, or while you are uncertain , you can cause confusion and  harm.

God  Speaks in a “Still, Small Voice”

     (I Kings 19:11–13). Sometimes God will speak through “the wind or an earthquake or a fire,” but most often He speaks in a still, small voice. Be attentive! Be expectant! Like waiting for a loved one to call you, you wait expecting to hear Him. He won't let you down, especially if  you are sincere.
  When we pray, God will hear, and He will answer us with “yes,” “no,” or “wait.”  In the Old Testament(covenant) the High Priest of the Tabernacle went into the Holy of Holies to receive guidance. On his breastplate were the Urim and Thummin.  Some translate the words urim and thummin to mean “curse” and “blessing,” others simply “dark” and “light,” although the literal translation seems to be “light” and “perfections.” Most scholars believe them to be two sticks or stones, perhaps precious stones, that God used in a miraculous way to reveal His will. They were used for national decisions like going to war, and for priestly matters.
   Today, we have the Holy Spirit available to us through His indwelling, or living inside of us. He speaks to our hearts.
 Hearing God’s clear answers to our petitions is essential. As you spend time with your heavenly Father through prayer, and as you learn to know Him through His Word, you will hear His voice; you will learn to view the circumstances of your life with discernment and perceive God’s answers to your prayers. God always answers our prayers, but unfortunately we do not always recognize His answers. That takes practice.
So, God speaks through His word. 
God speaks in images, or visions, and dreams.
God can speak through other people.
  God speaks in a gentle whisper.
  Again, knowing the Word of God will keep you from  many pitfalls especially if someone shares something with you  that they believe God "gave" them.
God speaks through dreams.
  Dreams may include a warning, an explanation, or many symbolic things that help you begin to fit pieces of a situation together.  That is always a blessing.
  God does not tell you to tell someone else what decisions to make for their life. He wants to speak to each person privately.
     Many believers fear that they will be deceived by Satan’s voice. However, God’s children can confidently identify His voice when He speaks. The way to avoid deception is to learn to recognize God’s voice well. Then, if Satan tries to counterfeit God’s voice, you will immediately recognize it as a deception.
In John 10:14, 27–28, Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. … My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. ” Stay as close as possible to the Shepherd, and you will always know if He is the One whose voice you hear.

Hear God’s Voice

Read your Bible; study it to learn God’s ways. Meditate on Scripture. Make yourself available to God through prayer. Worship the Lord. Be still in His presence. Invest in your relationship with your heavenly Father. (See Psalm 119:105, 77:12; I Thessalonians 5:17; II Timothy 1:3; Psalm 29:2; John 4:23–24; and Psalm 46:10.) Be attentive to the ways God is leading you as a member of a local church. Heed the Godly counsel of trustworthy fellow believers. As you do, you will learn to recognize God’s voice.
There is no shortcut to learning to recognize God’s voice, just as there is no shortcut to mature from infancy to adulthood—it takes time. Do you want to hear God’s voice? Then spend time with Him. The more you are with Him, the better you will know His voice. “Blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear” (Matthew 13:16).

Maturity Requires Discipline and Obedience

The depth of your walk with God is directly proportional to the zeal with which you seek him. If you seek after God in a halfhearted, inconsistent manner, you cannot expect to hear him speaking at the deepest levels. But if you will discipline yourself to concentrate on the Lord and if you diligently obey everything he says, then you will be prepared to experience God at an increasingly profound and personal level. God has invited you to go deeper in your relationship with him. The depth of that relationship ultimately rests with you.” (Henry and Richard Blackaby, Hearing God’s Voice, page 246)

 So, can you hear Him now? :)

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