If you want to hear GOD be intentional and purposeful about listening to the Voice of GOD. He is speaking are you listening?
There are many things in this world that try to compete with the voice of GOD. Let's look at some competitors:
Current Situations/Circumstances- Sometimes our now situations speak so loudly and what seems right or seems like the voice of GOD may be our emotions. We get caught up in the moment and we make rash decisions. It is ok to walk away and consult GOD. Scripture tells us to: Trust GOD, lean not to our own understanding and in all of our ways acknowledge GOD and He will direct our path. Do not allow your current circumstance to dictate or define you. GOD has great things in store for you.
the devil - Yes, we know that he comes as an angel of light and tries to twist The Word. he is the master deceiver. This is why knowing The Word of GOD is so key and will help you to distinguish when it is The Lord speaking or when it is the enemy. We have to use discernment in knowing that GOD is speaking to us. Jesus said my sheep know my voice and I know them, a stranger they will not follow, but will flee from him. John 10:5
Flesh - Within you is the flesh, spirit, soul. Carnal nature is an enemy of GOD and is always fighting against GOD. What is carnal nature? Glad you asked. It is the flesh, which is of this world. It is against GOD. There is the spirit and there is the flesh. The spirit is good and the flesh is bad and is always warring against each other.
According to Merriam Webster: Carnal is: carnal, fleshly, sensual, animal mean having a relation to the body. Carnal may mean only this but more often connotes derogatorily an action or manifestation of a person's lower nature. gave in to carnal desires fleshly is less derogatory than carnal.
It is imperative that we know, distinguish and listen to the voice of GOD.
GOD speaks in a variety of ways. He speaks to us in dreams, through the Holy Spirit, through His Word, through people and audibly. GOD will never contradict Himself. If He spoke to you it will always be backed by The Word of GOD. All scripture is GOD breathed. 2Tim 3:16-17. GOD is not a tempter and will never tempt you. In what ways does GOD speak to you? If you do not know follow the steps below. h
Give GOD Priority
Study His Word,
Be Intentional about spending intimate time with The Lord,
Do not doubt or have unbelief,
Trust Him and take Him at His Word.
In Judges 6 Giddeon was chosen to defeat the Midianites but Giddeon's generation had not seen any signs or miracles from GOD. So it was hard for Giddeon to know the voice of GOD. So Giddeon put a "fleece out" asking GOD if it was truly Him that he heard. GOD showed up and yes, it was Him. Read it and try it. I did and GOD proved Himself over and over. It was just what my faith needed to grow at the time so that I could recognize and know GODs voice. Read all about it in Judges 6:10-17, 36-40. If you cant hear GOD put out a fleece.
Fleece = A request for a sign from GOD.
Let us be intentional about listening to the Voice of GOD.