Hearing God for Yourself

The top google search yesterday was 2024 astrology predictions… people want to know, what’s in store for 2024. They want hope and they want a future . . . and so many aren’t sure what that is right now. 

I’ve heard stories of when people go to the fortune tellers, and the foretell you’re going to have a bad back . . . like why would you even want that foretold over you? God’s solution would be, I want to heal your back in fact, the person prophesying over you would quite likely ask, can I pray for it now.

I heard a quote by Lars Finch that said

If God’s thoughts towards someone are as numerous as the sand on the sea shore, it shouldn’t be too hard to ask Him for one so that we can share it with them.

Prophecy often calls forth something in someone’s life that is not yet, it gives vision for what that tiny little seed will look like once it’s sprouted, how much fruit it can bear. Like Jesus calling Peter a rock long before he was one.

It’s amazing that God has given us the ability to look beyond our current circumstance and set our eyes on a promise. This is the power of vision. We take the Word God has given us personally or through a prophet and combining it with the Word of God which reveals His character and we fight the enemy. I’m not going to stay sick because God said I’m going to be doing this, I’m not going to stay broke cause God said I’m going to be doing this.
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing.

What are we believing? In the Son of God yes, & salvation yes, in Him coming back again yes, but also all the things that He says about us, the promises of God to us.
God will keep him in perfect peace whose mind/imagination is stayed on Him. Isaiah 26:3 Our minds are kept in peace as we are meditating on the promises of God for us.

Have you ever been around someone who’s Words drip life like honey? Everything they say is like honey? It’s not sickly sweet but it is nourishing to the bones. God actually has many kind words to say towards us and over us, if we would but stop to hear them, to read them. 

“A good man brings forth good from the good treasure or store that is in his heart and the evil man brings out evil from the evil treasure or store that is in his heart. For the lips speak from the fullness of the heart.” Luke 6:45

We only have good stuff come out by putting good stuff in.

Sometimes I will hear myself saying something as if for the first time even though I may have said that thing a hundred times before.

Our lips often reveal the strong holds in our hearts good or bad.

What have you been saying over and about your year?

What is God saying about your year?

And are you bringing your mouth into alignment to speak out those things over your year?

God has many things to say to us about our year. It says in John 16:13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

So let’s talk about a few ways you might here God speaking about your year to come.

I find one of the best ways to start hearing what is to come, is by praying in tongues.

God doesn’t hide things from us, He hides things for us.   

I’ve heard this before but it hasn’t made a lot of sense till a speaker I heard shared how as parents we will set up treasure hunts for our kids with clues or Easter Egg hunts where we hide them in semi obvious places, and half the time we tell our kids where they are if we can remember ourselves.

Side note, God always remembers where He has hidden these gems for us.

My husband writes technical drawings for stove plans and he tells me that sometimes engineers will leave something fun or funny in the small print for people that are reading all the details, which are literally called Easter eggs.

God has amazing revelations hidden in the Word of God for us, if we will turn aside to find them, just as Moses turned aside to observe the burning bush and it changed his life.

So often I’ve been going through a situation and feel prompted to look at a particular Scripture or look up a word in the original Hebrew or Greek and it’s just what I’ve needed to join dots together in my mind.   It’s like God saying, “Oooh, oooh, look over here, there might be an Easter Egg!”

What if there’s something in the seeking that enables you to become the kind of person that can carry the answer – Jim Baker  (a young completely different Jim Baker)

It’s the glory of God to conceal a matter and the glory of kings to search it out.  

Is this referring to us in our identity in Christ as Kings and Priests? 

God can speak to us anyway He wants and I’m in the process of writing a list of the many ways I’ve heard Him speak, but I’m seeing this pattern of the more you write down what you’re hearing, dreaming, noticing, the more He speaks. 

I love James Goll’s book The Scribe – Receiving and Retaining revelation through journalling.

Retaining information is so important.  How often do we give our children an instruction so that they can master a new skill but it goes in one ear and out the other, where if they had actually retained it, they could have totally levelled up.

Write down your revelation and more will be given to you. The shortest pencil is better than the longest memory. Writing down revelation was a very specific skill to the Israelites that other cultures often didn’t do, and in this way they preserved so much…

And the more books I read the more often I hear of authors having similar experiences,  like Joseph Prince, John Bevere and many others.   They are studying something God has put on their hearts and then they get this nudge, look in the Hebrew, look over here, cross reference this verse with that . . . wow whole new meaning.

O Lord, how great are Your works! Your thoughts are very deep. Psalm 92:5

3 Things that God has highlighted to me this year, are that we need divine protection more than ever, we need to be well rooted in our faith, and in turn teach our kids why we believe what we believe and the historical evidence there is to back it up, and we need to learn to hear God’s solutions for both everyday situations and bigger nationwide situations.

I woke up one morning and saw a picture of the word SAY written in white, on a royal blue background and inside a golden square frame.

Immediately the Scripture from PS 91:2-3 came to mind, I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge my fortress, my God in whom I trust.

I have looked deeply into Psalm 91 for ten years and even interviewed on this blog, Peggy Joyce Ruth, who did a beautiful Bible study on Psalm 91 and wrote a book on it filled with testimonies of God’s protection over people who prayed that Psalm over their life.

For a long time I didn’t buy Joseph Prince’s book on Psalm 91 because I wondered how any body else could do such a good job explaining that Psalm, but it was one of the three books highlighted to me in the Christian bookstore at the beginning of the year.

Just in the first four verses alone he explains how 4 different Names and characteristics of God are revealed.

Then he goes onto share thoughts on the Scripture from Ecclesiastes, time and chance happen to them all. He goes into the root of that word happen and he talks about how it is the same root word as when Isaac met Rebecca, a happening that happened as a result of prayer.

He includes many testimonies of God’s Divine protection over people as they prayed Psalm 91.

This book includes so many deep truths, I strongly encourage you to purchase it.

The other two books on my night stand are Mama Bear Apologetics and Releasing Prophetic Solutions by Christy Johnston.

We need to learn to hear what God is saying over our family, our children, our street, our city, our nation and to pray it but then also if He gives us a creative solution to a problem in our area, maybe He wants us to act on it?

I hope this blog post has helped you to understand better some of the ways that God speaks. For more specific examples, I invite you to check out my post, Hearing from God is not Just about a Voice

About Elizabeth

My name is Elizabeth Ainsworth, a wife and mother in QLD Australia who shares her ponderings of faith at Where Deep Calls to Deep

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