Tuesday, July 31, 2018

How to Hear God More Clearly

      Have you ever had a time where you felt that you could not hear God? Your spiritual ears were clogged? Maybe you feel that way now. If so, don’t be discouraged. Anyone could experience times like these. I definitely have! Here are some things you could do to unclog your ears and strengthen your connection with the Father. 

Meditate on the written Word of God. 
The first one is a no brainer. We must continue to read God’s written word and meditate on it daily. Even if we think we know the Bible, it is still important to keep ourselves immersed in it so when God speaks to us, we can know if it lines up with his written word. The written word is the standard. God would never tell us to do something contrary to it. God could also speak directly through his word to you. You might get a new revelation from a verse you read a hundred times or a verse might really speak to you at a certain time.
      Psalms 119:105 (ASV) reads “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and light unto my path”. 

Set aside time to rest in God’s presence.  
Whether it’s 2 hours or 20 minutes, put aside time to soak in God’s presence if you want to clearly hear from him. Turn off all electronic devices. Tune out the outside world and its many distractions. Sometimes we get too busy and distracted to hear God. Although God does speak in noisy environments, it is still easier to hear God when it’s quiet. Also, it’s easier to be distracted when phones and tablets are in our reach. Take some time off from a busy schedule to rest in God’s presence. Put on some worship music or just sit quietly. By doing this, we are developing our relationship with God. 
      Psalms 16:11(ESV) states “You make known to me the path of life, in your presence there is fullness of joy, at your right hand are pleasures forevermore”

Make sure you take time to listen when you pray. 
God often speaks to us in our times of prayer. Prayer is a two-way conversation with God. Listening is a skill that does not come naturally for a lot of people. You may carry this tendency to not listen in the natural into your relationship with God, always talking to him but not listening. I sometimes have difficulty with this as well. We all must make a conscious effort to listen. For example, if we ask for wisdom concerning a situation, we should take time to actually listen for God’s response after we ask instead of praying about something else.
       Matthew 13:9 (ESV) says “He who has ears, let him hear.”

Clear your mind of worry.
Anxiety will cloud out God’s voice. This has been a struggle for me at times. I would go to spend time with God with an intention to hear from him but would begin worrying about things and thinking in the natural. This would obviously stop me from hearing God’s voice because we must be focused on him and have faith that he will speak to us. If you struggle with this, ask God to help you overcome it and read the many scriptures about fear and anxiety. Meditate on God’s love for you and his desire to give you peace. This has helped me greatly.      
       Philippians 4:6 (ASV) says “In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God.” 

      These are just some ways that will help you hear God more clearly. There are many others. Prophetic training is another thing that can help. Check out the Samuel Elijah Prophetic College and what it has to offer on our Facebook page. Also, check out some other posts on this blog. Remember that God loves you and wantsto speak to you. Expect that he will. Be blessed!    
Minister Debra Szubrowski 
Blog writer

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