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How To Hear God's Voice

When you pray, how do YOU know God when God is talking to you? I don't actually hear a voice, but sometimes get a "feeling". How do you know that "feeling" is from God? If you pray for a mate, how do you know he was sent by God?

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God is not the author of confusion. Do not gauge your life's decisions by your feelings. Feelings can trip you up.

The Word of God is your Voice. Is this man a Christian, rooted and grounded; or is he someone you need to clean up before he makes it to the altar? It it's iffy and sketchy now, no clear Word from God, no confirmation, what do you think?
---Cindy on 1/19/08


caring----when you say you were in a "remote" relationship, what exactly do you mean? Were you apart? Or just not in a relationship? I feel like I was blind before & God opened up my eyes & heart to the fact that a man really could love me.
---ljt on 1/7/07


"but you will find out that if its a man, he will present himself to you, in some way you would not have thought of"

If I could explain on here, how he entered my life, you'd all know why I am convinced, God sent him. Thanks for your prayers.
---ljt on 1/6/07


lisa---Thank you very much for your point of view. I appreciate everyone's contributions, as they give me new encouragement and increase my faith each time.

kay----thanks also for continuing to pray.
---ljt on 1/6/07


ljt - God helps you to decide but He also expects you to do your part. I went through a "remote" relationship. We maintained total honesty and dignity and now we are married.

She's who she said she is and I am to her whom I told her I am. Now she THINKS I'm the nicest person on earth. Of course, I'm not going to disagree with her :))
---Caring on 1/6/07




Ljt, I believe that you will not hear a voice or see a person appear to you in life as some would have you belief. I hear what many say in other answers that Jesus was there while showering or while shaving. That His voice was lot and clear and was a spirit that looked like someone. Many here that are charasmatic overemphasize this experiences so that to show how spiritual they are in comparison. It is a part that I don't agree with in the Christian walk.
---lisa on 1/6/07


2. "Blessed are those that believe and do not see" is a great passage. Because it demonstrates the faith we have and yet do not see who we believe in, which is Christ, yet we believe by faith that He is who He says He is and promises to sustain us no matter the concequences. You get to see His work in your life, later on in time. You are able to see how He worked through your life when you were down. You appreciate all the work He did, whether it was not getting a certain job, or the wrong guy.
---lisa on 1/6/07


3. His work many times is instantly, and other times it takes a long time, but we don't question because our faith is completely in Him along. Of course you have to continue with your life, but you will find out that if its a man, he will present himself to you, in some way you would not have thought of. But it will be when God permits it. Sometimes those that are spiritual think the first guy is it. And later find out he was the wrong guy.
---lisa on 1/6/07


4. I have talked to sisters who are so much in a hurry that when they do meet the first guy, they tell me, that is the guy I was praying for. And later find out he was mean and abusive. I can understand that many are in a hurry, struggling and need a man in their life's but they need to use patience, which is something not many have. Just be you, ask for God's will, and go forward with faith, that God will answer your prayer for your best interest. Whatever that might be.
---lisa on 1/6/07


"Kay
You're right, God doesn't lead me by signs, nor do I look for them."

Sheryl, I don't look for them either.

"I value your sharing and trust the Spirit's working in you too. God bless you."

Thank you. God bless you, too.
---Kay on 1/5/07




ljt, I truly know how you feel. You are still in my prayers.
---Kay on 1/5/07


Ever felt like you are in the process of learning something, but you don't really know what it is? I feel that way now. This connection with my friend is so powerful, that it's almost creepy. I pull away from it and resist the urge to pray about him. I KNOW that part is wrong. I just wish something would change.
---ljt on 1/5/07


ljt
My heart does go out to you. I find that may greatest confidence and comfort comes when I trust God fully to do whatever He deems best, even when persevering through tremendous pain. My faith is in Him to keep His Word, Scripture as it is. I encourage you to read your Bible often to learn more about God's character and promises. True Knowledge will get you through anything. God Bless.
---Sheryl on 1/3/07


Kay
You're right, God doesn't lead me by signs, nor do I look for them. Your type of experience is one that I only know about through friends and family. As I consider your blogs, I think that we are very different parts of Christ's Body. I bet you are describing the "head of the elephant" and I am describing the "tail". But both are the elephant. I value your sharing and trust the Spirit's working in you too. God bless you.
---Sheryl on 1/3/07


Sheryl, I don't recall saying anything like that. I've never told ljt anything about trusting her emotions or having peace about her emotions. We can't depend on our emotions. The peace that I'm referring to is the peace that is placed within us by the Holy Spirit when we are following and trusting God's directions.
---Kay on 1/1/07


Sheryl---Thank you so much for writing your prayer down--it will help me to have something concrete that I can focus on before prayer. I try so very hard to not let myself be consumed with this, but sometimes it just does. I don't want to misinterpret anything in this situation. Again, I only want the Lord's will, nothing is worth it, if it is not His will.
---ljt on 1/1/07


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Sheryl, I also said nothing about seeing some guys name written everywhere. God does give us signs of encouragements as He leads us in a particular direction. It sounds to me as though God has never led you with signs and visions. God can use whatever method He wants to encourage us or to reveal a future event to us. People shouldn't put Almighty God in a box by telling Him what He can or cannot do. If God wants to give ljt signs regarding her future then so be it.
---Kay on 1/1/07


"Many women have followed this format and have been wrong, though they believed their men were promised from God. If God had promised those men, then either God broke His promise or the women were wrong. Signs are not promises."

Only problem, IF the sign is from God, then its as good as a promise. Any message, vision, dream, or sign from God can be trusted as a promise of God. God will never go back on any of His words. Do you not believe this?

---Kay on 1/1/07


Kay & Sheryl---thank you both again, for your responses. I've prayed and asked God that if he has someone else in mind for me, then he must completely remove these feelings for LB. Until then, I will assume this is a trial that I'm to learn something from....
---ljt on 1/1/07


Kay---no, I have not read the book. I will definitely check it out. Thanks.
---ljt on 12/31/06


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My prayer would be:
Father, I love (Adam). I will be faithful to wait on him until you either make us one or change the situation. No matter what happens, God, I know you love me and will do what is best for me: either singleness or marriage. While I wait I will serve you whole-heartedly. I ache for (Adam), but you alone are my True Love and you alone can satisfy my deepest needs. Keep me from being distracted, and comfort me.
---Sheryl on 12/31/06


ljt, I understand exactly how you're feeling. I have given up several times, but something always gets me back on track. I've noticed that when I give up theres a lack of peace within my spirit. Sometimes I experience conviction. Just a few days ago I was tempted to give up again. Then my mother calls me and without knowing that I was being tempted to give up says to me "love never gives up". I felt a deep conviction within my spirit. Did God use my mother to correct me? Maybe so.
---Kay on 12/31/06


Kay's advice seems to me to be that if you are praying sincerely, seeing the guy's name everywhere and feel peace about your emotions, then you are in God's will and the man on your heart is your promised husband from God. Many women have followed this format and have been wrong, though they believed their men were promised from God. If God had promised those men, then either God broke His promise or the women were wrong. Signs are not promises.
---Sheryl on 12/31/06


"Too many people have been wrong following Kays advice. Gods promises cannot be broken."

sheryl, when did I say that God's promises can be broken? I simply said that IF God is truely speaking to ljt then His message to her is as good as a promise. God is faithful to His promises and if He sends us a message, we can fully trust Him at His word. I don't see anything wrong with telling ljt this fact.

---Kay on 12/30/06


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sheryl, I believe God is molding our character and giving Himself glory through the situations that we are experiencing. I can honestly say that I'm now a stronger believer than I was 2 years ago. God wants us to seek Him in all things, temporal and eternal. He wants us to take everything to Him in prayer, and thats what we are doing.
---Kay on 12/30/06


Sheryl---thank you for your words. Believe me, I fought very hard against falling in love. I try to not pray for him, (which I know is wrong). But, it's like something keeps at me to continue. Is this God?--this is the part where I get confused.
---ljt on 12/30/06


ljt, are you familiar with Elisabeth Elliot? She has a book called "Quest for Love" that I found very helpful. It contains true stories about individuals in similar situations to ours. I thought that chapter 12 was very touching. The guy in the story had to wait 6 years for God to reunite him with the love of his life.
---Kay on 12/30/06


Here is a small part from the chapter: "Dick could not simply give up and look for someone else. Why search elsewhere when you have already found what you want? his heart said. But what he wanted was outside his reach. Yet she continued to fill his thoughts and his prayers..He was sure she was God's choice for him. Time could not erase her face from his mind, nor her name from his lips. His loneliness for her did not subside even in the face of his demanding work among the Honan's masses."
---Kay on 12/30/06


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The chapter also mentions how God used little signs along the way. Its very encouraging. You ought to read it, if you haven't already.
---Kay on 12/30/06


ljt
Because you love this man, pray for the desire of your heart. But hold him loosely, for unless God speaks to you from Heaven, sends an angel messenger or it is clearly written in Scripture (He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.-1Cor.) then the voice you hear may not be His. Too many people have been wrong following Kays advice. Gods promises cannot be broken.
---sheryl on 12/30/06


Kay and ljt
You and God know better what is happening in your situations than I, but I encourage you to care more about what God is doing for eternity: molding your character, revealing his glory, etc. than grasping so fervently something that will pass away. There is no marriage in Heaven. God cares more about what you are becoming than what you want. In the end, I hope you have more of God through this, regardless of if the man comes through.
---sheryl on 12/30/06


kay---I believe that God did reveal his plan for me by sending this man. Until then, I had sworn off men for 25 years. This man opened my heart, God has sent no others before or since. I thank God everyday for sending him to me, even though we are apart for now.I am trusting in God's perfect timing--not mine or his.
---ljt on 12/29/06


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Sheryl, I understand what you are saying. But our God has promised us that if we call upon Him, He will answer us and SHOW us great and mighty things (Jeremiah 33:3). Its a promise by Almighty God that if we ask, we will receive. If we need a sign of encouragement from God regarding His will for our lives, then God will definitely supply that encouragement. He has also promised to lead us in truth. If we are fully depending on God, I don't believe that He will allow us to be deceived.
---Kay on 12/28/06


Sheryl---So you are saying I should not pray for God's will in my life regarding this man? I didn't say that God promised to send me him. I said that it answer to prayer, he came into my life. No one else has been there before or since.
---ljt on 12/28/06


"Do not count on signs, do not count on what you hope for (especially if it is temporal), count only on God: he is alone is love, joy, peace, and life."

Sheryl, I agree. But if God is leading us in a certain direction down the road of life, He will supply road signs to direct our journey.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths."-Proverbs 3:5-6
---Kay on 12/28/06


"A promise cannot be broken and therefore God cannot promise you this man you love."

Sheryl, IF God has revealed to ljt that this particular man is to be in her future, then its as good as a promise.
---Kay on 12/28/06


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"kay---your postings have been very helpful and have opened up my eyes."

ljt, thank you! You have been a source of encouragement for me. :)

"Since this all began, my prayer life has changed drastically."

Same here.
---Kay on 12/28/06


"I feel like God is working in me and LB, preparing me at least, for something, maybe him, I don't know. After prayer, I always feel hopeful and closer to God (and to LB, for some reason)"

ljt, WOW! We really are walking down the same road! Its amazing how God is working in our lives in such similar ways.
---Kay on 12/28/06


Sheryl, the thing about my situation and ljt's is that we believe that it is God who is giving us the desire to pray for our particular situations. It is God who places His desires within our hearts. If God is truely leading us in a certain direction then we will have a desire to go in that direction.
---Kay on 12/28/06


It is by the heart that God leads and encourages us to pray for specific events and people. Prayer starts in the heart of God, with HIS purposes and desires. God then places those desires in our hearts. Then we express those desires back to God in prayer.
---Kay on 12/28/06


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Philippians 2:13-"For it is God who works in you both TO WILL and TO DO for HIS good pleasure."
*to will-to desire
*to do-to accomplish
Mark 11:24-"Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them."
Psalm 37:4,5-"Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass."
---Kay on 12/28/06


ljt
I have a right; you blogged about prayer, so I'm sharing.
We should tell God what we want, but in the end, we should really try to align our thinking with what God wants. He very seldom promises life's specifics. God's promises are extremely important. You have many promises through God's Word, but the man you currently love is not one of them. A promise cannot be broken and therefore God cannot promise you this man you love.
---Sheryl on 12/28/06


You are looking for signs. Have you talked with many people who have seen signs, after much prayer, fasting, and apparent Spirit leading only to discover in the end that they were deceived? I know people like that. Do not count on signs, do not count on what you hope for (especially if it is temporal), count only on God: he is alone is love, joy, peace, and life.
---Sheryl on 12/28/06


kay---your postings have been very helpful and have opened up my eyes. Since this all began, my prayer life has changed drastically. I feel like God is working in me and LB, preparing me at least, for something, maybe him, I don't know. After prayer, I always feel hopeful and closer to God (and to LB, for some reason)
---ljt on 12/28/06


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The Holy Spirit will always draw us to God, glorify God, increase our faith, give us hope, love, joy, peace, patience, etc. Even though I've been waiting for 2 years, the signs from God have given me hope, joy, peace, love, and the patience to wait for CJ. I've learned that if we're leaning toward the direction that God wants us to go, the Holy Spirit will give us peace and encourage us to continue in that direction.
---Kay on 12/28/06


Sheryl---I don't think you have a right to question what another person decides what is right for them in their prayers. I don't know about you, but my prayers are between me and God.
---ljt on 12/27/06


ljt, it seems as though God is working in our lives in very similar ways. While laying in bed one night I had an overwhelming desire to pray. I didn't know what to pray, but I knew it involved my relationship with my man. The desire to pray was like a deep burden as if I was supposed to pray for this specific thing. As I began to pray, I could hear a soft voice gently whispering words to me. The voice would say a particular word and then I would use the word in a sentence and pray it back to God...
---Kay on 12/27/06


..The words that the Spirit of God whispered to me on that night were "reassure","wishful thinking", and "resurrect". In my prayer I asked God that if He was definitely leading me to believe that He was going to RESURRECT my relationship with CJ, to REASSURE me because I didn't want all the signs to be WISHFUL THINKING. I felt as though God wanted me to use these particular words and I'm so glad that I did!
---Kay on 12/27/06


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The next day I received an email from Proverbs 31 Ministries entitled "Modern-Day Isaacs".
"...his [Abraham] heart ached for reassurance. Somewhere along the journey, I believe God gave him assurance that He had it under control..His faith wasn't just wishful thinking..He [God] is also more capable of resurrecting it [our dreams] as well."
I believe this was God's way of confirming that He is definitely leading me and that the signs aren't wishful thinking.
---Kay on 12/27/06


ljt, one way that we can distinguish whether a message is from God is by the results that follow. When you receive signs regarding your future with your "soulmate" do they draw you to God or away from God? Do they increase your faith or do they make you feel hopeless and worthless? If a message makes you feel hopeless, worthless, faithless, or depressed, it wasn't the voice of God that you heard.
---Kay on 12/27/06


So this blog really isn't about prayer, is it? It's about getting what you want from God. Well good luck with that.
---Sheryl on 12/27/06


kay---when you say that visions or signs or dreams bring out the fruits of the Spirits in our lives what do you mean exactly? Could you give me an example to help me understand?
---ljt on 12/27/06


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kay--Prayed 2 months ago asking for a sign, the sign I got was seeing his name & "soulmate" written next to it. Since then I see and hear soulmate ALL the time. I WANT to believe. Every time I pray, I also am led to verses in Psalms saying "wait" & "trust". Until God shows me differently I'm accepting these all as divine messages.
---ljt on 12/27/06


cheryl & grace--Thank you for your messages. You both gave me food for thought. I think God speaks to each person in a way that only that person can understand. He might use signs or verses. Just like in the Bible, people today sometimes need a "physical" message along with words. Like Thomas for example.
---ljt on 12/27/06


ljt, it will be 2 years next month. I'm guilty of telling God that 2 years is enough time. Then I have to remind myself that God's timing is perfect and He isn't in a big hurry like we are. I'm also guilty of reminding God that I'm not getting any younger (as if He didn't know!). I think God may be taking His time just to teach me to have patience, something that I do lack.
---Kay on 12/27/06


"I've gotten several signs after praying, but for some reason I keep wanting more validation---does that make sense?"

ljt, you sound EXACTLY like me! I'm good at asking God for a sign of encouragement, and then several days or months after He supplies the sign, I think myself to death wondering was it really from God or was it just wishful thinking. I remind myself of Gideon in Judges 6:17,36-40. So what kind of signs have you received, if you don't mind sharing?
---Kay on 12/27/06


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"How to know it's truly God speaking, not you or Satan: (1) do you have peace about it, (2) read The Bible, does it line up with God's Word . If the answer is yes to both of those then it is God's voice."

Leslie, I agree.

A dream, vision, or sign from God always produces the fruits of the Spirit in our lives. And it will never contradict the Word of God.
---Kay on 12/27/06


I write my most earnest prayers. I pour out my thoughts and emotions and then I ask the Holy Spirit, What does God think? Having studied the Bible deeply and regularly, verses begin coming to mind, revealing to me God's character and goals. It is like a conversation and I come away with a changed mind, thinking more about Gods plan than my own. Praying for a mate? If you marry him, it is Gods will to stay married: so be very, very wise.
---Sheryl on 12/27/06


I don't know how you can tell whether it's God's voice or your own voice. If there are 2 voices in my head telling me opposite things - how do you know? Is God guiding me to do something? or is he saying sit still and let me handle this? If I decide he's saying sit still - am I doing that simply cause I don't want to deal with the problem and hope it will go away or is it really God?
---grace3869 on 12/26/06


kay----may I ask how long have you been away from your male friend? For me it has been 3 months. I've gotten several signs after praying, but for some reason I keep wanting more validation---does that make sense?
---ljt on 12/26/06


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How to know it's truly God speaking, not you or Satan: (1) do you have peace about it, (2) read The Bible, does it line up with God's Word . If the answer is yes to both of those then it is God's voice.
---Leslie on 12/26/06


ljt, I'm in a similar situation. Of course, at the time (when I was with my man) I wasn't emotionally or spiritually ready for marriage. I had a lot of growing up to do. I believe God separated us for the purpose of showing me that I needed to seriously put away my immature ways. Question is now, when will God reunite me with my man?!
---Kay on 12/26/06


"When I pray about this man, I do hear my voice and it is very clear with the message. Yet we are apart. I'm making myself sick thinking about it."

ljt, I've had dreams, visions, and signs regarding my situation. I've asked God for signs of encouragement as I wait and He has answered my prayers in exact detail of my asking. So many times I have given up on my man, but God always gives another dream, vision, or sign.

God Bless You!
---Kay on 12/26/06


You know we will not always know the answer to our questions. yet when it comes to knowing God's voice to me it's about waiting.
When in doubt, Wait. You will know God's voice without a shodow of a doubt when he speaks.
---mary on 12/24/06


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When I pray about this man, I do hear my voice and it is very clear with the message. Yet we are apart. I'm making myself sick thinking about it.
---ljt on 12/24/06


Have had no relationships for 25 years, prayed for someone,God sent me him. Now we're apart. I'm confused, does that mean it's not the right relationship? Why would God make me wait 25 years for someone, send me him, then take him away?
---ljt on 12/24/06


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