The number one thing people say to me when I talk/speak/teach about hearing God’s voice is “how do I know it’s Him and not just my own thoughts?
Here are a couple of ways to test the voice you hear and see if it is God’s.
1. Is what you hear rooted in love, rather than fear?
When God speaks, He does not speak to instill fear. God is love and perfect love cast out fear. So if you’re praying and asking God a question, and the answer you hear makes you afraid, it’s safe to say it’s not from God. It might be your own fears speaking, or your flesh, or the enemy whispering lies. But God’s word are rooted in love, even if it might be tough love sometimes.
2. Does what you hear line up with scripture?
God has revealed all that He wants to reveal about Himself through the Bible. When I talk about hearing God’s voice, I’m not talking about new truths that haven’t already be revealed in the Bible. I’m talking about God taking the truths of His word, and making them more personal and applicable to our current circumstances – speaking the language our heart understands best. So if you hear something in your prayer time and it doesn’t line up with scripture, it’s not God.
3. Is what you hear good?
James 1: 16-17 says, “Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” If you ask God a question and the answer you hear is good, it’s likely from God. Don’t be decieved, friends. God can use anything He wants to reveal truth to you. Every good and perfect gift in your life is from Him.
So now that you have these three questions to ask, hopefully its a little easier to figure out if the answers you hear are from God, or just your own thoughts.
Here are a couple of questions you might want to try asking God in the next couple of days. Test your answers using the three questions above.
– God, if you were to give me a gift today, what would it be and why?
– Lord, if you were to write a word across my mirror as I’m looking in it, what would that word be and why?