How to Hear God's Voice
Les D. Crause
In the Old Testament, God's voice was heard through various means, the most common, and the most powerful, being the prophets. In the New Testament God still fulfils a large role in the prophet. The prophet still hears God's voice and speaks it forth. How does a prophet hear from God? Are there specific ways that God speaks? Can a prophet develop a greater capacity to hear the voice of God?
In this lesson I want to deal with prophetic listening and the ability to hear God's voice; how the prophet hears God's voice, how God speaks and how it is possible for us to hear and to take heed and receive from Him, especially as the prophets of God, that we may speak forth His words into the earth. We first have to hear, and before we can hear we have to learn how to listen.
Hear God's Voice in Seven Ways
I am going to look at seven ways that God speaks; seven ways that a person can hear; seven ways that the prophet can hear God's voice and know what it is that God is saying, and receive instructions from the Holy Spirit. Seven is the number of perfection or completion. I did not plan it that way, but as I waited on the Lord He gave me seven different ways of hearing from Him. It is so vitally important that we learn to hear well.
Hearing God's Voice 1: The Spiritual Urim and Thummim
The first method that God used to speak in the Old Testament was the method called the Urim and the Thummim. In that first verse that we looked at it said that, "God did not answer Saul by Urim..." Urim was one of the ways that Saul tried to hear from God. The Scripture says that God did not answer him by Urim. So we need to understand what the Urim is, and we need to go back into the Old Testament and look at a few Scriptures.
The general consensus amongst those who have studied this, is that the Urim and the Thummim were two stones. These stones were either the stones that were embedded in the breastplate of the ephod worn by the priest, or they were two stones that were contained in a pouch that was on the side of the ephod where he could place his hand. Somehow these two stones would give a person direction from God. It was not the kind of direction that says, "What must I do? Where must I go?" but the kind of direction that says, "Should I do this or should I not do that?" And the answer would come either as a yes or a no.
So when they used the Urim and the Thummim to obtain direction from God in those times, they would know which direction they were planning to go. What they would do is to present to the Lord a question. "Lord, shall I do this?" And they would hear God's answer back by Urim or Thummim, yes or no. It seems that if you had a Urim the answer was yes, and if you had a Thummim the answer was no.
I want to show you a Scripture that indicates how David used it. In 1 Samuel 23:9 it says:
"When David knew Saul had secretly planned evil against him he said to Abiathar the priest, Bring the ephod here. Then David said, O Lord God of Israel, Your servant has certainly heard that Saul seeks to come to Keilah to destroy the city because of me. Will the man of Keilah deliver me up into his hand? Will Saul come down, as Your servant has heard? O Lord God of Israel, I beg of you, tell Your servant. And the Lord said, He will come down. "
God answered him with a Urim. And so in the Old Testament there was this means of hearing from God, a means of receiving a yes or no answer from God.
God has placed within you a spiritual Urim and Thummim. He has placed within you a sign, a revelation that will cause you to receive a yes answer or a no answer. You can come to God in prayer still with that kind of question. "Lord, must I do this?" And the answer will come up from within your spirit as a, 'yes, yes,' or a 'uh uh, no way.' You will sense it in your spirit. You will feel it. You will feel it as a surge which says, "Yes, it is good, do it." Or you will feel a check in your spirit. It is a gut feel, an inner thing. It is a very deep thing, and what is actually taking place is that you are hearing God's voice speaking to you out of your spirit.
Hearing God's Voice 2: Dreams and Visions
Hear God's Voice Through Dreams
When you dream, what you have received from your spirit in your dreams has to come via the senses. In your dreams you see things, hear things, taste things, smell things, and touch things. All of those senses come out in your dreams. There is no other way that your spirit can communicate outwards through your mind except through the senses.
So as you dream, you need to identify in your dream what is being communicated to you via those five senses. What did you see in your dream? What did you hear? Did you taste something? Did you smell something? Did you feel something? All of these things come out and they are coming out to communicate a message to you. Your spirit cannot speak to your mind in words. Your spirit cannot speak outwards in an audible voice. It has to speak via the senses, and the most common sense is always the sense of sight. So most of your dreams are going to be taken up with pictures, things that you are going to see, and what comes up out of your spirit in dreams is going to take various forms. This is a very common way for the prophet to hear God's voice.Query has failed