For me, it happens most late in the evening when everyone else has fallen asleep or when my heart is broken.
I believe it is true that the Lord is close to the brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18). Perhaps that is why I hear God so often. I am a happy woman. Truly. But I have a quarky soul. I strive to be balanced and steady, but my natural tendency is to go up and down.
I blame my parents. My dad is a musician and my mom is a painter. Two artists.
My sister and I were doomed from day one with madness mixed with creativity, and hopefully a little bit of brilliance. My family has dreams from heaven. I know, it sounds weird. But we all dream and every once in awhile we wake up knowing that our dream the night before was from above.
My sister has two boys; one six and one nine. They have spiritual dreams too. They wake up knowing when their dream was “different” than their normal dreams and they ask pap pap (my dad) to interpret. We enjoy hearing each other’s dreams and trying to interpret. We use the Bible to help. We are not as coo coo as we sound (Ok, maybe a bit).
Dreams are just one way I hear the voice of God.
Not everyone has dreams from above, but I do believe everyone who wants dreams from above should ask for them. You never know; maybe you will see an angel, hear a message, or conquer unnecessary evils in your life all while you’re sleeping.
Many go straight to the Bible for all their answers.
This can be both wise and dangerous. The Bible is a narrative and sometimes direct answers are difficult to find without reading the whole Bible.
Admittedly, I have struggled to read the Bible from start to finish, but I have studied it from start to finish, if that makes sense. I know it well, but the Bible is complex and sometimes leaves us with more questions than answers.
I have made peace with this.
If the Bible is God breathed, why would I, a mere human, be able to simply open it up and understand all the messages perfectly?
I have reached a place in my journey that I am skeptical of any Christian who seems to have the Bible all figured out.
I hear the voice of God most within myself.
You see, when I became a Christian, I believe that God’s Holy Spirit took residence inside of my spirit.
I think all humans have a spirit, but I don’t believe that God’s Holy Spirit has invaded every human’s spirit. I think Holy Spirit wants to invade every human’s spirit, but Holy Spirit is self-controlled, gentle, and does not usually intrude guarded property.
Many times even Christians guard their property too tightly – their spirits, their families, their churches.
They will let Holy Spirit move as much as they are comfortable with, but the minute they feel they are losing control, they close shop.
Control is our worst enemy to hearing the voice of God through Holy Spirit and what is the root of control?
I have control issues in other areas, trust me, but not usually when it comes to Holy Spirit.
When I feel Holy Spirit, my eyes well up with tears immediately and I turn into mush. Sometimes my heart is broken, but I can feel Holy Spirit stitching my heart, making it whole again. Holy Spirit makes me very emotional and I don’t fight it.
Holy Spirit pin points the things in my mind that are still bound to sin struggles and gently whispers, “you are free.”
I used to be ashamed of my sins when I sensed Holy Spirit’s presence, but now I accept that I am totally pure, forgiven, and washed white as snow through the Cross and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. I am covered by the blood of Jesus and when God looks at me, God sees Jesus’ blood – perfection.
I no longer ask for constant forgiveness even though I daily struggle with sin. I asked for forgiveness when I gave my life to Jesus Christ years ago and Jesus took all my past, present, and future sins away from me forever.
I am fully pardoned.
Now what is the root of fear? I believe it is shame.
Here is how we hear the voice of Holy Spirit (who is God). We first accept Christ Jesus as our Savior, asking God to forgive us of all our past, present and future sins. We then let go of all shame and refuse to allow it to creep back in. We then let go of all fear of what we don’t understand. Finally, we stop trying to control the supernatural.
Open yourself up and allow the Holy Spirit of God to invade your life. Christian or not, I promise you will never be the same.
God is love and perfect love casts out all fear.
Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love (1 John 4:18).
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