7 Biblical Ways to Hear God’s Voice

(The following is an adapted selection taken from my ebook “7 Biblical Ways to Hear God’s Voice.”  It’s available free for our readers.  Learning to hear God’s voice literally revolutionized my life, so I really enjoy being a part of others’ journeys to hear Him better as well!)

The Role of the Holy Spirit when Hearing from God

When Jesus was about to leave earth after his resurrection and go back to heaven, He told his disciples that it would be better for them once He was gone. Better than Jesus? YES! Why? Because even though Jesus was God, He was still limited to His body being in only one place at any given time. The Holy Spirit is not. The Holy Spirit is with us 100% of the time because He dwells within us. He is always ready to comfort, teach, direct, instruct, help, correct -whatever you need.

He loves to speak to us in that “still, small voice”. He gives wisdom when we ask for it just like He promised to in James 1:5. He gives discernment when we are unclear about what is really going on in a situation.(1)  And He brings light into areas of darkness like He did for Daniel.(2)

I believe this is the most common way that we as Jesus-followers are meant to hear from God -through the Holy Spirit. We are A.D. -post-Christ’s initial coming. We are living in the age that comes after the curtain was torn. Jesus gave His life to restore us to right relationship with the Father. That is the whole point. We are now to come boldly before the throne and talk with our Daddy.

I spent my entire childhood hearing from God through both forms of His Word: logos and rhema. (I explain more about these in the book.) But it wasn’t until I learned that I could hear the voice of the Holy Spirit within my own being that my relationship with God began to grow to new levels of intimacy.

Ibelieve that this type close friendship through intimate communication was the original way that God wanted to relate to mankind. We see him speaking to Adam and Eve in the garden.

You can hear His heart cry in Scripture: Oh, that my people would listen to me! Oh that Israel would follow me.(3)

Many times in the Bible, we see people being led by the Holy Spirit in this way. In the Old Testament, only a select few were led personally by the Spirit of God. In the New Testament, our supreme model, Jesus, receives the Holy Spirit after being baptized and is then “led by the Holy Spirit into the desert”(4). Upon Jesus’ return to heaven, the Holy Spirit comes upon those gathered in the upper room and Joel’s prophecy is fulfilled: the Spirit is poured out upon all.(5) We can see that after Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascension, the playing field is leveled. The curtain is torn in two; all who believe in Jesus can receive the Holy Spirit.

Personal Example-

After 10 years in China, my husband and our two small children and I relocated to Cambodia. We gave away or sold almost everything we had and boarded a flight to Phnom Pehn. We were staying in cheap hotels, hoping and praying that God would open up a place for us to live. Nothing was coming. I was getting desperate.

Around day 14, I put our baby girl down for her nap and took some time to ask the Lord if there was any specific direction He had for us. All that came to mind was a name: Sophia. I could have written it off as some random thought, but I have learned along the way not to ignore that small voice. I googled, “Real estate agent Phnom Pehn Sophia” and a man’s name and listings popped up. Apparently, Sophia is a male’s name in Cambodia. Anyway, to make a long story short, we ended up renting a house through…you guessed it, Real Estate Agent Sophia (and the property exceeded my expectations!)

It’s hard to find the language for this type of leading because in our modern societies, we so rarely rely on our spirits (which are now indwelt by the Holy Spirit) to direct us. We have been educated in the Greek way of thinking which is to rely almost solely on our minds. Even though this type of leading by the Spirit is extremely common in the Bible, we find it hard to get past our own worldview. And many wise and well-meaning Christian teachers only serve to enforce these faulty thought patterns.

It will most likely feel strange at first. That is not because it is wrong but because it is new. Most likely you will make mistakes, but if you start out asking the Holy Spirit to guide you like this in small decisions, the consequences of hearing incorrectly shouldn’t be too grave.

If you are making bigger decisions, I would definitely recommend you ask the Lord for confirmation along the way as well as seek out wise counsel. Remember, we are His sheep and we hear His voice.(6) He wants to lead us more than we want to be led, so fear not!

(My ebook “7 Biblical Ways to Hear God’s Voice” is available free for our readers.  Learning to hear God’s voice literally revolutionized my life, so I really enjoy being a part of others’ journeys to hear Him better as well!  Click here to subscribe and get your free copy.)

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Brooke Grangard


 (1) Hebrews 5:14  (2) Daniel 2:22  (3) Psalm 81:13 (4) Matthew 4:1  (5) Joel 2:28. Acts 2:17  (6) John 10

19 Comments

  • Natasha Limberopoulou May 10, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Greetings from Greece! Such an encouraging post Brooke! It is a deep, intimate relationship. I will be praying for you and your family and the work you do there. Blessings, Natasha xxx

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    • Brooke May 10, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      Thank-you so much, Natasha! I love Greece (although I only visited a small portion of it). It’s filled with lovely people. God bless you.

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  • Rachel Britton May 11, 2016 at 11:17 am

    I was interested to read about your move from China to Cambodia. My husband and I have just sold our house in America (we are British) and over lunch today we were discussing giving away a lot of our furniture rather than putting it in storage. We do not know where we are moving next but I will be listening for the Holy Spirit’s leading.

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    • Brooke May 11, 2016 at 1:02 pm

      Thanks for sharing, Rachel. It sounds like an adventure! I hope I get to hear (in a post maybe?) about the rest of the journey! Like Lucy learned in the Chronicles of Narnia, he (Aslan) is not always safe, but he is good.

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  • Brenda May 12, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Beautiful, Brooke. Many years ago, I did a Beth Moore study on the Holy Spirit, and I’ve been enamored with Him ever since. So thankful for His influence on our daily lives. Thanks for sharing, Brooke, and prayers for your missions work. ((grace upon grace))

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    • Brooke May 12, 2016 at 10:56 am

      He’s amazing, isn’t He (the Holy Spirit). I’m enamored as well!

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  • Sophia May 12, 2016 at 11:40 am

    I think the more time you spend with God the more you will recognize his voice. I remember when God was first speaking to me I was not sure, what the holy spirit was. But as I grew more with God I learned to hear his voice more clear.

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    • Brooke May 12, 2016 at 3:33 pm

      I totally agree. I was the same way. I once heard it compared to answering a call on your phone from a new friend -at first you don’t know who it is saying hello on the other end of the line, but after getting to know each other better, you begin to recognize the voice when they call. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Michele Morin May 13, 2016 at 7:43 am

    Brooke, I appreciate the way you have emphasized both the personal nature of God’s communication with his children, and the fact that there is a biblical way to hear from God that is not just loosey-goosey everything’s up for grabs.

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    • Brooke May 13, 2016 at 9:34 am

      Thank-you, Michele. I continue to be amazed that the Bible can translate to all generations and cultures and be the standard for hearing from God!

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  • Ginger Harrington May 13, 2016 at 10:03 am

    I’m looking forward to reading your ebook. I enjoyed your post today. You make a great point about how we haven’t trained ourselves to rely on our spirit due to the our western culture/dependance on the mind. I am writing about spiritual focus and this is definitely the hardest area for me, to discern God’s voice in the midst of things. Hearing Him through meditating on Scripture comes more easily for me, but God is growing me in this area as well.

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    • Brooke May 13, 2016 at 12:46 pm

      Thank-you, Ginger. I hope to read more about your spiritual focus topics. That sounds interesting. And yes, for me too, hearing God’s voice will always be an area that I can grow in and become more sensitive to. Thanks for reading!

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  • Tina at Mommynificent May 18, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    I really appreciated this post and am looking forward to reading your book. I’d love for you to share this post and others like it at my all-things-books weekly link-up, Booknificent Thursday at Mommynificent.com!
    Tina

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    • Brooke Grangard May 19, 2016 at 12:42 pm

      Thanks, Tina! And I’d love to share it. Thanks for letting me know.

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  • Victoria Morgan June 4, 2016 at 1:09 am

    Great article Brooke. So many people get side tracked in the world and forget to slow down and listen to hear God’s voice. What a blessing that by excepting Jesus Christ as our savior we have the Holy Spirit within us.

    Thank you for sharing your faith and His awesome gift to us.

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    • Brooke Grangard June 7, 2016 at 5:29 pm

      Thanks, Vicki! It’s so easy to get side-tracked and miss what’s most important in life.

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  • Tami September 7, 2016 at 11:20 am

    I love your article. It really felt relatable since I sometimes find it hard to center down The Holy Spirit’s Voice from many other thoughts. Thank God for this article

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