I get this question a lot.
How do I know if I’m hearing God’s voice?
I’m sure you’ve maybe thought about this as well.
There are three sources of the thoughts that pop into our heads.
- 1) Us
- 2) God
- 3) Satan
Satan is usually easy enough to spot.
We all fall for his lies once in a while. However, for the most part if we stop and test what we are hearing it’s going to be pretty obvious it’s not God.
The Less Obvious
The issue most of us have is between option 1 and 2.
I mean sure we have our moments where our thoughts are pretty obviously garbage.
But we also have our good moments. One of the side-effects of renewing our minds and walking in our righteousness is that our thoughts become more like God’s thoughts.
Now don’t get me wrong this is awesome!
But it can cause us to blur the lines between the voice of God and the voice of our sanctified minds.
So how do we know if it’s God or not?
3 Simple Questions
I want to share with you a very simple strategy that has helped me in recognizing if God is speaking to me or if I’m just off in daydream land.
Firstly, we ask ourselves a simple question.
How does this line up with what I know to be true of the nature of God and His will according to scripture?
This whittles out a lot of stuff straight away.
Although we should be aware that our interpretation of scripture is far from perfect. I’d hate to ignore God because I’ve interpreted scripture incorrectly.
The next thing I do is ask 2 more simple questions.
You see the simplest way to recognise the voice of God is to look for the fruit of God.
Consider the fruit of the Spirit:
Now consider these two questions:
Does what you are hearing carry this fruit?
Does what you are hearing create this fruit in you?
If you can answer no to either of those questions there is a very high chance you aren’t hearing from God.
These questions have helped me a lot.
I’m not saying I’m incapable of coming up with thoughts that are scriptural and produce the fruit of the Spirit.
But let’s face it – on the off chance I do – they sound like ideas God might really like anyway!
What about you?
How do you evaluate if you’ve heard the voice of God? I’d love to hear from you about this as it’s something I’m sure we’d all love to grow in.