Hearing God's voice
Mark 4:23 If anyone has ears to hear It’s a choice
Isaiah 28: 23 Listen and hear Pay attention Desire to Hear
Luke 8:14 The seed is the word
Those on the path ARE the ones who hear Takes faith and obedience
1 John 5 :13 If we ask according to His will He hears us Confident in prayer
John 10 1-5 And those who are His hear His voice and will not listen
To another voice He calls them by name It is personal
Mat 7 15-20 True or false prophets Fruit gives them away
The Gifts are given for the common good No selfish intent
1 Cor 13 love is patient Kind
Love does not boast is not proud does not dishonor
Is not self seeking is not easily angered keeps NO record of wrongs
Does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth
Always protects always trusts always hopes always perseveres
Love NEVER fails
1 Cor 14 Pursue Love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts.
There are many references in both the old and new testament referring to people hearing God.
The first references are generally associated with Prophets. Prophets hear from God in different ways and for many different reasons. Moses was spoken to by God directly in stead of in mysteries. Many Prophets hear from God in dreams visions and through words in their spirit. More rarely God's voice is heard audibly. In the New testament, the Gift of Prophesy is often confused with the Office of the Prophet. The Office of the Prophet is generally used to defend the Church. More specifically it is used to defend the People from corrupt leadership in the Church. That is why the Fake Church prohibits the Prophet from any form of leadership in the Church. When a Prophet is used by God to rebuke leadership, there will be no mistaking it. It does not ook like the Gift of Prophecy at all.
The gift of prophesy, is for the edification, uplifting and strengthening of the church.
Luke 11:49 God in His wisdom said . "I will send them Prophets and Apostles." Why is this important for the issue of hearing God? Because you cannot be in sin and expect to hear God for long. Remember hearing God is a choice. It is also God's choice as to whether He speaks to you in the first place. Honor God's word and He will honor its promises for you. If you are not willing to repent of living in sin, it is better for you if you do not pursue God to hear His voice.
Acts 5:1-11 In short Ananias and Sapphira presented the Apostles with money from the sale of land. In their pride they boasted that they were donating all the proceeds from the land. That fact was not true they were only donating part. They were confronted by Peter who spoke by the Holy Spirit. When all was said and done, both of them were buried that day.
This is NOT an example of the gift of Prophecy.
You can hear God for yourself. He will speak through His written word (Bible). Also in your spirit. He may speak to you through other people operating in the Gifts of the Spirit. Either way, He will speak to You according to your faith. Usually the first thing you will hear is Him impressing upon you a feeling that you need to accept Jesus as you savior. Then He will deal with the sin you are in. Make no mistake about it, His goal for you is all good. He is looking to call you friend.
Personally I have witnessed multiple people being told by God events they could have in no way known. Spouses names and addresses they had not yet met. Births of children with people who were unable to conceive. Warnings that prevented premature deaths or serious injuries. Words of knowledge that encouraged and delivered people from bondage.
1 John 5:18 We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin
Whenever you think you have heard from God, weigh the content and context against the written word. God's words do not contradict.
I had a local Pastor tell me that God had spoken to Him and said "Not to let the gifts of the Spirit operate in his church. "
Two things should strike you immediately.
- He referred to the church as His(The Pastor's)
- That statement goes directly against 1 Corinthians 14 Desire the Spiritual gifts especially that you may prophesy.
That same church, as part of their membership requirements, would not allow the reference Jesus made to the tithe, "taking care of their parents," to be taught. Are they hearing God? You get the point.
Hebrews 4:6 "When you hear my voice , do not harden your heart." It is almost certain they are not experiencing God's rest.