I have to say to my shame that there are certain basic things I never much practiced concerning how to hear God’s voice personally for myself. I believe the lack of knowledge here has limited the effectiveness of my communication with the Lord until now. Though I’ve heard God’s voice on many things, there are also many things in which I know I have acted presumptuously, and the bad results made me question the wisdom of trying to get specific guidance outside of just reading the Bible. However, the Bible is full of people who heard God in other ways besides reading the Holy Scriptures, and it contains many promises that God’s people can and do hear God’s voice (e.g. John 10:27).
Two principles I am learning are as follows:
1. When asking God to speak to us, evil spirits might give a reply also – by various means. Therefore, before expecting to hear from God, it is very good to verbally command the powers of darkness which may or may not be around to BE SILENT. Bind the powers of darkness before attempting to hear God on an important issue you are inquiring the Lord on.
2. The quality of our guidance depends on the condition of our hearts. The main problem we all face is PRIDE. The Bible says in Obadiah 3:
“The pride of your heart has deceived you.”
Pride is therefore the root of deception and all the horrible consequences that deception can spawn. When we are proud, we usually don’t know it, and the same applies when we are deceived.
It is therefore of the utmost important that we daily seek humility. This means recognising our need to inquire of God, and being willing to let God speak in His own way and time. Sometimes He will only speak to us through others – for example, those in leadership over us. At other times, we may need to seek God together with someone else in order to get the right answer – for example, with a spouse. There are many ways this could play out.