I remember early on in my walk with God, whenever I would hear people say ‘’God told me’’ I would feel left out. It was as if God was talking to everyone but me. But as I grew in my faith I realised that people weren’t necessarily hearing God’s audible voice. God can speak to us in different ways.
How does God speak to us?
- Through His word
I’m sure many of you have been in church and felt that the pastor knew exactly what you were going through, because the word for that service spoke directly into your situation.
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
The word of God cuts deep and it is there to lead, direct and teach us throughout our journeys. That is why it is so important for us to meditate on his word so that no matter what situation we find ourselves in, we can stand on his word (Joshua 1:8).
Whenever we are going through something, find ourselves conflicted and in need of God’s assistance, we can turn to His word. His word gives us comfort, correction, wisdom, guidance and so much more! A good habit to get into when walking through the troubles of life is to find at least 1 scripture that relates to your circumstance to meditate on. This way we are constantly reminded about what God has to say about our current situation.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.
11 It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.
- Through the holy spirit
Jesus told his disciples that although he would be departing, his disciples would receive the Holy Spirit who would never leave them (John 15:31).
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is the ‘’still small voice’’ that tells you ‘’not to go there’’ or to’’ turn to that scripture’’. We have been sealed with the Holy Spirit for a reason, it will bear so much fruit in us if we allow it. Many of us lead very hectic lives, and usually by the time we get home the only two things on our mind are food and sleep. We skip out on spending time just basking in his presence. It is impossible to hear the ‘’still small voice’’ amidst all the commotion. Therefore it is vital that we take some time out to just be still.
John 14:26 (AMP)
But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you.
There are also times when we hear very well but we choose to ignore. We know we are not supposed to go there or be doing that but we continue, often to our own detriment.
John 6:63 (ESV)
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
There are many times when we get in a muddle because we don’t know if it’s the spirit leading or whether our own desires have got in the way. Many a time when we are on the wrong track, we won’t have peace about that particular situation. So that is a good indication that we are not being spirit led. But in situations like this I think it’s best to go back to his word and seek him with fasting and prayer to be sure.
- Through other people
God can also speak to us through other people as well. There are times when it feels as God has placed certain people in our lives, because they speak life into us and constantly motivate and encourage us. God can use people to support you in your time of need and to help you grow.
God can also use people to prophecy into your life about particular situations, however we have to be very careful with some of these ‘prophecies’.
‘’God told me that you are my wife’’
‘’God told me that you need to sow x/y amount’’
Sadly there are people out there that take advantage of others and try to manipulate people to do what they want by attaching ‘’God told me’’. Firstly, you need to first check if what the person is telling you is in alignment with his word. If it is contrary to his word then it is not a word from God.
Also, you have to get confirmation from God for YOURSELF! Don’t make any rash decisions based on what somebody has told you, without getting personal confirmation from God.
At the end of the day if that person truly did bring a word from God then it will come to pass. So if it doesn’t then it was not a word from God…
‘’For I am the LORD: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass’’.
If the prophet speaks in the Lord’s name but his prediction does not happen or come true, you will know that the Lord did not give that message. That prophet has spoken without my authority and need not be feared.
Amen! Knowledge is power.
Written by the lovely Bernie. x