How does hearing from God work?
Outer ear collects sources of sound – the sound waves. For us to “hear”:
It has to be within our range of hearing
It has to be loud enough
It has to be clear enough
Middle ear directs the sound to the ear drum where the sound is transferred from the vibrations of the ear drum to 3 little bones that conduct the sound through the cochlea where the sound is turned into nerve impulses and sent to the brain to interpret and understand what we hear.
We’ll look at 3 reasons we miss out hearing that have a spiritual similarity:
- we don’t hear because we aren’t listening –our ears are not pointed towards where the sound is coming from
- there is so much noise that the signal gets muffled or confused
- there is infection that needs to be cleaned out to restore our ability to hear clearly
Our spirit hears everything our physical ears hear and our brain processes. But there is another level of understanding that we can access with our spirit that allows us to filter messages that have a deeper spiritual meaning.
So we need to engage our spirit and focus it on listening, interpreting and understanding those meaningful messages.
- As with our physical ears, we need to point our spiritual ears where God is speaking. We need to tune our spirit into God’s frequencies.
What are His frequencies?
The previous blog asked some specific questions and gave ideas to help you identify how to listen in some of these areas.
So the first question is: Are you tuned in and exposing yourself to the sources God is broadcasting on?
Listen to Christian sermons and podcasts. Read the Bible. Spend time in prayer. Become aware of God’s Creation around you. Examine your circumstances for what is bringing you blessing, confusion, pain. Ask God to make you aware of how He is speaking to you and spend time in that area.
- Like our physical ears, the message we are trying to receive won’t be heard if there is too much other noise surrounding and masking it
So many things compete for our attention every day: books to read, movies to see, music to listen to, places to go where there is noise and busyness. Advertising tries to convince you that their product is exactly what you need to solve all your problems and meet all your needs. Whether it’s insurance, a new car, or the latest tech, we are overwhelmed with media and input and our minds flooded with so many options and choices that they block out the messages God is speaking to us.
And that’s just the outside noise. What about the inner voices you speak to yourself every day? We are usually much more critical of ourselves and those negative voices have an impact on our ability to hear from God as well.
The next question is: Are you tuning out the world and the other voices that are clamoring for your attention so you can focus on hearing God?
There’s a simple solution.
Before you pray, or read scripture, listen to a sermon or podcast, take a nature walk, or search your life circumstances, invite the Holy Spirit to silence all ungodly voices and distractions. Ask that confusion, preconceived ideas, biases, and misconceptions be sent away. And ask the Holy Spirit to reveal truth, clarify meaning, and show application to your life.
- The infection that needs to be treated to restore our spiritual hearing is sin.
Sin is like an infection blocking our ability to communicate with God effectively. Sometimes there is sin we are aware of that needs to be dealt with. Being willing to turn from it and ask for forgiveness is the way to remove that block to your hearing God. If you are unsure of any sin, invite God to search you and show you where sin may be causing a hearing problem, and remove it.
The question is: Have you cleaned out your spiritual ears lately?
Thankfully, God has prepared a way for our sin to be forgiven and be removed as far as the east is from the west.
I John 1:9-10 tells us: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
If it would help to have a guide for personal reflection on possible sin issues, see “When Hearing is Blocked” on my main menu.
When you are ready to tune into God’s frequency, and invited the Holy Spirit to silence other noise and lead you into hearing; be prepared to be blown away!
I believe God is speaking to us any time we are willing to listen. And I believe when He says something, it’s important enough to write it down. Keep some kind of record of how and when you hear from God.
But don’t run off with some word you think you heard without checking it out. Hold it up against what the Bible says. And maybe even ask other believers what they think for some confirmation.
Next time I’ll share a simple way to know if what you heard is from God.