Call on Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things that you do not know. Jer 33:2&3

Often I talk with folks struggling to know how to hear the voice of the Lord. Hear is a teaching on that subject I have given a number of times:

  1. Slow down and give yourself time! Get alone, or alone with the group if you are seeking answers corporately, and get quiet. Jn 4:24 (worship Him in spirit and in truth) and Micah &:7 (wait; He will hear). Keep your bible close. Often the Holy Spirit will direct you to passages that share His heart.
  1. Depend upon His promises to answer. Ex 15:13, Ps 32:8, Is 30:21, Jn 10:27, James 1:5
  1. Get rid of YOUR will and desires! Get sanctified! (Sanctification is a state of separation unto God; all believers enter into this state when they are born of God: “But it is because of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctificationand redemption” –1 Corinthians 1:30. This is a once-for-ever separation, eternally unto God.) And consecrated! (Consecration for the Christian is being set apart for the purposes of God. This is not an optional concept for a disciple of Jesus Christ,) Remember that “we overcome by Blood of the Lamb, the word of our testimony, and that we do not love our lives to the death”! Rev 12:11
  1. There are 3 voices each of us hear when we search for answers: ours, Holy Spirit’s, and satan’s. In the Name of Jesus, always rebuke both the devil and your own voice from your mind, asking the Lord to remove any evil from within or without ( 2 Cor 10:4). Resist the devil (James 4:7) Sing and pray in the Spirit until His anointing comes (the Lord inhabits the {spontaneous} praises of His people–Ps 22:13).
  1. You need confirmation! Things are established by two or three witnesses the Bible says (2 Cor 13:1). Ask the Lord to bring you two or three good friends who are “all in”, “sold out for His purposes”! Preferably mature and reliable to wait on God and tell you the truth (remember: people will not tell you the truth if you punish them for saying things you disagree with—you might not agree, but always honor their efforts to support you with truth). Praying together also brings power and truth (Matt 18:20).
  1. Wait. Wait. Wait!! Til you hear! Is 40:31 He promised!
  1. Get rid of your human reasoning and understanding. Is 55:8
  1. Repent! Forgive!! Live in these! You will need humility, faith, a contrite spirit, a yielded will. 2 Cor 7: 10&11—repentance works powerfully! 1 John 1:9—if you are faithful to confess He is faithful to forgive and CLEANSE YOU FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS. What a promise!!!
  1. In remembrance of Him, His sacrifice and love, partake of Holy Communion after laying your heart before Him and letting Him create in you a clean heart (Ps 51:10).
  1. Holy Spirit speaks in many ways, so train yourself to be alert and sensitive; willing, and instantly and determinedly obedient (1 Sam 15:22). He may speak through the scriptures, audibly, in a dream, impression, through a person, circumstance, or open/closed doors, or many other ways. But He WILL answer, because He promised, if we seek Him will all our heart, He will answer.