Trusting Your Heart is tip 1 of 4 in learning How to Hear the Voice of God. Remember, all 4 tips must work together in order to accurately discern God’s voice.
I’ve searched long and hard to discover how to hear the voice of God. Truth be told, I’m still discovering differing ways to guide me in discerning God’s voice.
Hearing from God is not something you learn once and then perfect. It’s not going to radio shack, purchasing the audio cords and plugging them in. Finding God’s voice in your life is a continual process. It’s something to constantly grow into.
How to Hear the Voice of God: Trusting Your Heart
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
Trust GOD from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for GOD’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Proverbs 3:5-6 (MSG)
I want to make the difference clear: Trusting God with all your heart is not the same as trusting your heart when hearing God’s voice. Yes, sometimes when we trust our hearts it will be counter-intuitive to our logic. Sometimes, it won’t make sense. And yes, listening for God’s voice all the time will keep you heading in the right direction.
However, we have a problem. Our hearts aren’t pure.
We have evil in our hearts. Sin screwed em up. Our hearts won’t be completely right this side of life either.
The more stuff of sin we have in our lives, the less we can trust our hearts to guide us in hearing God’s voice (tweet). The further away from Jesus we live, the harder it will be to tell God’s voice.
Generally speaking, the closer we are to a sound source, the better we can hear it. I can hear my wife’s voice perfectly on a recording with a good pair of headphones. I can hear her voice just as well when she is sitting next to me. However, if you put a wall between us, I can’t hear her as well. If we are no where near each other, say on opposite sides of the house, I can’t hear her at all.
It then follows, the closer we are to Jesus, the easier we can hear His voice. The closer we are to Jesus, the more we can trust our hearts to show us God’s voice (tweet).
Beware of living life by only following your heart.
To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes the reply of the tongue. All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD. Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:1-3 (NIV)
Only plans blessed by God will succeed. We are to give him our lives. If we align our hearts with him, we can then trust our hearts. If our hearts beat to the same drum as God’s, then we may trust our hearts more fully.
However, if our hearts are amiss, we will still think our hearts are correct. The impurity of our hearts is why we can’t completely trust it to lead us in God’s direction.
This is why we must rely on the other pieces of the pie for hearing God. These other parts are essential in learning how to hear the voice of God:
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