Recently I was asked, “how do I know it’s Gods voice and not my own I’m hearing?” The simple answer is it takes time and dedication to discern God’s voice from our own. Over 2 decades ago I was determined to work out how I could tell if I was hearing from God, or not. What I came to experience was the difference between when my thoughts were His thoughts, and when my thoughts were my own thoughts. Along the way I made a number of mistakes. From those mistakes I’m now able to help you understand the process of discovering when your thoughts are His thoughts.
Essential Number One
Essential Number Two
Listen to your thoughts and understand their rhythm. For example if your thoughts are always filled with anxiousness then a thought that comes through that is peaceful and redirects you to peace will be from God. We each have our own unique way of going about our day, about how we process thoughts about our day to day life. This alone is why you need to listen to your thoughts so you can increase your personal awareness. No one will know you like you know you, apart from God.
Essential Number Three
Set your intentions for the day. If you don’t set out with a plan to hear from the Lord you’ll just stay focused on your own thoughts and events for the day. If in the morning you set your aim to hear from God at least once, you’ll remember to listen to your thoughts and track what’s happening. It’s through setting the intention you’ll slow your thoughts down and listen for thoughts that are not your own.
Essential Number Four
At the beginning of teaching myself to listen to God I had a rule of three, then a rule of two. If a thought came 3 times that I knew wasn’t mine I assumed it was God and followed through with the actions the thought produced. Eventually, I disciplined myself to reduce it to if I’m hearing the thought twice then I’m going to take action. This develops a deeper and deeper trust between you and God because you’re stepping out in faith in Him that what you’re hearing is correct. It’s through taking these steps that God will broaden His vision for your life.
Essential Number Five
Hearing from God is the same as having a conversation with a friend. You need to leave room in your thoughts for God to speak. If there’s no room between your thoughts for God to speak then how are you going to hear Him? Teach yourself to slow your thoughts down, leave gaps, and let the peace that surpasses all understanding flood your soul. It was through being willing to have conversations with God that I came to understand how He speaks with me. That He is as close as the air I breathe.
Essential Number Six
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