Many times we are uncertain that whether we have heard the voice of God. The Bible gives us seven basic keys to come out this uncertainty.
Scripture: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (II Timothy 3:16-17). This is simple way of hearing His voice.
Holy Spirit speaks in our heart: “For this is the covenant…, says the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and I will write them on their hearts… (Hebrews 8:10-11). When we have word of God written in our heart, the Holy Spirit is speaking to our heart.
Prophetic Utterances: “…Do not despise prophetic utterances (Word of Knowledge or Wisdom, and Prophecies). But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good” (I Thessalonians 5:19-21). God uses people who have been divinely gifted to speak on God’s behalf on some specific issues.
Godly counsel: “Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety” (Proverbs 11:14). When we listen the counsel of the Godly, sometimes God opens our hearts to understand His voice.
Peace of God: “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. (Col3:15). When we hear God, there will be peace whatever may be the situation.
Circumstances/Timing: Acts 18:1-3 narrates how the circumstances, timing and profession (tent making) connected Paul and Aquila & Priscilla which resulted in soul winning and ultimately in church planting.
Confirmation: “By the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed” (Matthew 18:16). Either the vision or spontaneous thoughts or insight received while reading Bible, may be confirmed by prophetic utterances or prayer or counsel of the Godly.
Many times the Lord will confirm His direction to us through three, four or more of these areas, when we earnestly wait upon Him to hear from Him.
O Lord, grant me the grace to listen your voice carefully through these 7 areas and to walk my life in deep fellowship with you.
CCF acknowledges with Thanks to CIM (Christian Institute of Management) for allowing to republish this article by CCF core team member, which originally was published in Management Devotional of CIM.