Ways God Speaks to Us (Part 1)

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June 5, 2024

A life of high impact involves listening for and doing what the Holy Spirit prompts. Listening to the Holy Spirit can super size your life impact as you listen for His promptings (Acts 1:8 and Acts 8:29)!

In fact, God is already speaking to YOU.

Jesus tells us,

My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me.(John 10:27)

When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth. For He will not speak on His own, but He will speak whatever He hears.(John 16:13a)

But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.(John 14:26)

4 COMMON WAYS GOD SPEAKS TO US

1. The Bible

God always communicates to us through the plain meaning of Scripture and also through Scripture penetrating our hearts, based on our specific circumstances (2 Timothy 3:16; Psalm 19:10-12).

2. Whispers

The still, small voice of God often comes through a gentle nudge inside, something going off in your spirit, like a soft, beeping alarm, or thoughts that are not our own but from the Holy Spirit (Mark 13:11; Acts 8:29; Acts 13:2; Acts 20:23).

3. Images

Dreams as we sleep or visions that we see while awake, almost as if they are in our imagination, can be from God (Acts 16:9-10; Acts 2:17; Acts 10:9-18).

4. Burdens

You may feel overwhelming compassion, heavy-hearted, or compelled by God that you must do something (Acts 20:22; Jeremiah 20:9; Matthew 9:36; Luke 19:41-46).

Ask God often, “Do you have anything to speak to me?” If nothing comes to mind, simply make the wisest, most Biblically guided choices you can.

Is it Really God? A Quick test:

  1. Does it line up with the teachings of the Bible?
  2. Does it glorify God?
  3. Does it advance His Kingdom (rather than my own agenda)?

If time permits, you may want to seek the counsel of others (likely for larger decisions). But in the end, you are responsible for what God speaks to you.

Weekly Challenge

Up to this point in your life, how have you understood or experienced God’s voice or the ways that God prompts you?

In your own words, tell God, “I give You all that I am.” Surrender to Him and ask Him to fully empower your life with the Holy Spirit, to live as His laborer (Acts 1:8).