I can no longer count the amount of times I have heard from God. Whether you believe I have heard from God is another matter. I can only tell you about my experiences in the hope that you will join me on this quest to hear from God. Whether you join me on this journey or not is entirely up to you. If you do join me on this quest then I warn you that your empty aspirations will be challenged. Your assumptions, your preconceived perceptions, your apathy, your version of reality will be shaken to the core. I know this because this is precisely what happened to me when I decided to explore if hearing from God was possible. Learning to hear from God will take you beyond what you are comfortable to believe in. In my opinion, this is the best kind of exploration of life because it takes you beyond the limitations of your own life. This way of living propels you into the truth that lies beyond the boundaries of what we believe to be comfortable and convenient. So if you are ready then let me describe what hearing from God is actually like. as Paul the apostle writes in 1 Corinthians 2 verse 4 and 5, “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”
“Learning to hear from God will take you beyond what you are comfortable to believe in.“
Hearing from God can mean the difference between a day of hell and a day of bliss. We have all heard it said that sticks and stones shall broke my bones, but words will never hurt me. The reality is that words do hurt you. Words can create a turmoil of torment and hell raging inside you. On one occasion, I was standing in my apartment in California. I was having a discussion with my housemate. We were talking about our ability to lead people when all of a sudden he told me in a condescending tone that, “You don’t influence people!” At the time it did not feel like this statement effected me, but it was a statement that needed to be dealt with. It became apparent that God did not agree with this condemning statement. Later that day I went to a friend’s house. There were a few people in the house who I did not know. There came a point in the evening when one of these strangers called to me across the room. At this point everyone was listening. The stranger said to me, “I feel like God has given me a word for you. God wants you to know that you do influence people.” That is all that the stranger said to me. My jaw felt like it had dropped to the floor. I knew that God was real. I knew that God was speaking to me. I knew that God had heard the condescending statement that was spoken over me and I knew God was letting me know that God did not agree with it. Hearing God speak that day was the difference between embracing condemnation from hell and knowing the hope and love of heaven.