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8 October 2010 One Comment

I often receive emails from people all around the world who read my Words from Jesus and they want to know how they can also learn to personally hear from God!

Recentyl I participated in a Webinar, titled “God’s Vision For Prayer“, where I was able to personally connect with Dr. Mark Virkler, president of “Communion With God Ministries“, who has put together the following 4 simple keys on “How to hear God’s voice“.

I’m happy to share these keys with you…


How to hear God’s Voice (by Mark Virkler)

Christianity is unique among religions, for it alone offers a personal relationship with the Creator beginning here and now, and lasting throughout eternity. Jesus declared,
“This is eternal life – that they may know God” (John 17:2). Unfortunately, many in the Christian Church miss the great blessing of fellowship with our Lord because we have lost the ability to recognize His voice within us. Though we have the promise that “My sheep hear My voice” (John 10:27), too many believers are starved for that intimate relationship that alone can satisfy the desire of their hearts.

I was one of those sheep who was deaf to his Shepherd until the Lord revealed 4 simple keys (found in Habakkuk 2:1, 2) that unlocked the treasure of His voice.

Key #1: God’s voice in your heart often sounds like a flow of spontaneous thoughts.

Habakkuk knew the sound of God speaking to him (Hab. 2:2). Elijah described it as “a still, small voice” (I Kings 19:12). I had always listened for an inner audible voice, and God does speak that way at times. However, I have now found that usually God’s voice comes as spontaneous thoughts, visions, feelings, or impressions.

For example, have you ever been driving down the road when a thought came to you to pray for a certain person? Do you believe it was God telling you to pray? What did God’s voice sound like? Was it an audible voice or a spontaneous thought that lit upon your mind?

Experience indicates that we perceive spirit-level communication as spontaneous thoughts, impressions and visions, and Scripture confirms this in many ways. Therefore, when you want to hear from God, tune to spontaneous thoughts.

Key #2: Become still so you can sense God’s flow of thoughts and emotions within.

Habakkuk said, “I will stand on my guard post…” (Hab. 2:1). Habakkuk knew that to hear God’s quiet, inner, spontaneous thoughts, he had to first go to a quiet place and still his own thoughts and emotions. Psalm 46:10 encourages us to “be still, and know that He is God”. There is a deep inner knowing (spontaneous flow) in our spirits that we can experience when we quiet our flesh and minds. If we are not still, we will sense only our own thoughts.

To receive the pure word of God, it’s very important that my heart be properly focused as I become still, because my focus is the source of the intuitive flow. If I fix my eyes on Jesus, the intuitive flow comes from Jesus. But if I fix my gaze upon some desire of my heart, the intuitive flow comes out of that desire. To have a pure flow I must become still and carefully fix my eyes upon Jesus.

Fix your gaze upon Jesus (Heb. 12:2), becoming quiet in His presence and sharing with Him what is on your heart. Spontaneous thoughts will begin to flow from the throne of God to you, and you will actually be conversing with the King of Kings!

Key #3: Fix the eyes of your heart on Jesus, seeing in the Spirit the visions of God.

Habakkuk said, “I will keep watch to see”, and God said, “Record the vision” (Hab. 2:1,2). Habakkuk was actually looking for vision as he prayed. He opened the eyes of his heart, and looked into the spirit world to see what God wanted to show him.

God has always spoken through dreams and visions, and He specifically said that they would come to those upon whom the Holy Spirit is poured out (Acts 2:1-4, 17).

I had never thought of opening the eyes of my heart and looking for vision. However, I have come to believe that this is exactly what God wants me to do. He gave me eyes in my heart to see in the spirit the visions of God. There is an active spirit world all around us, and it’s full of angels, demons, the Holy Spirit, the omnipresent Father, and His omnipresent Son, Jesus. The only reasons for me not to see this reality are unbelief or lack of knowledge.

In order to see it, we must look. Daniel saw a vision in his mind and said, “I was looking… I kept looking… I kept looking” (Dan. 7:2,9,13). As I pray, I look for Jesus, and I watch as He speaks to me, doing and saying the things that are on His heart. Many Christians will find that if they will only look, they will see, in the same way they receive spontaneous thoughts. Jesus is “Emmanuel, God with us” (Matt. 1:23). It is as simple as that. You can see Christ present with you because Christ is present with you. In fact, the vision may come so easily that you will be tempted to reject it, thinking that it is just you. But if you persist in recording these visions, your doubt will soon be overcome by faith as you recognize that the content of them could only be birthed in Almighty God.

Jesus demonstrated the ability of living out of constant contact with God, declaring that He did nothing on His own initiative, but only what He saw the Father doing, and heard the Father saying (Jn. 5:19,20,30). What an incredible way to live!

Is it possible for you to live out of divine initiative as Jesus did? Yes! Fix your eyes upon Jesus. The veil has been torn, giving access into the immediate presence of God, and He calls you to draw near (Lk. 23:45; Heb. l0: 19-22).

Key #4: Journaling, the writing out of your prayers and God’s answers, brings great freedom in hearing God’s voice.

God told Habakkuk to “record the vision” (Hab. 2:2). This was not an isolated command. The Scriptures record many examples of individual’s prayers and God’s replies (e.g. Psalms, Prophets, Revelation).

I call the process “two-way journaling,” and I’ve found it to be a fabulous catalyst for clearly discerning God’s inner, spontaneous flow, because as I journal I am able to write in faith for long periods of time, simply believing it is God. I know that what I believe I’m receiving from God must be tested. However, testing involves doubt and it blocks divine communication, so I do not want to test while I am trying to receive. With journaling, I can receive in faith, knowing that when the flow has ended I can test and examine it carefully, making sure that it lines up with Scripture.

You will be amazed when journaling. Doubt may hinder you at first, but throw it off and remind yourself that it’s a Biblical concept, that God is present, speaking to His children. Relax. When we cease our labors and enter His rest, God is free to flow (Heb. 4:10). Sit back comfortably, take out your pen and paper, smile, and turn your attention toward the Lord in praise and worship, seeking His face. After you write your question to Him, become still, fixing your gaze on Jesus You will suddenly have a very good thought. Don’t doubt it; simply write it down. Later, as you read your journaling, you will be blessed to discover that you are indeed dialoguing with God.
A final note: Knowing God through the Bible is a vital foundation to hearing His voice in your heart, so you must have a solid commitment to knowing and obeying the Scriptures. It is also very important for your growth and safety that you be related to spiritual counselors. All major directional moves that come through journaling should be confirmed by counselors before you act upon them.” (Dr. Mark Virkler)
If you need a coach (or mentor) to help you learn how you can personally hear from God and receive your own Words from Jesus , please visit my page: Life Coach Renato at: http://renatoamato.com/en/coaching/coach-renato/
Dr. Mark Virkler this month published one of my “Words From Jesus” in his October 2010 Newsletter. Click here to read: “Renato Amato shares Journaling From Italy“.

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