Hebrews 1:1-2 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son.
I once read a story about a man who visited his doctor to have his hearing checked. The doctor removed the man’s hearing aid, and his hearing immediately improved! He had been wearing the device in the wrong ear for over 20 years! Incredible!
There is a difference between listening to God and ‘really hearing.’ Every Sunday you might attend church and listen to a sermon but are you hearing God speak to you personally?
The Bible says, “faith comes by hearing…” (Romans 10:17)
Jesus often said “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.’" This statement suggests that it takes more than just physical ears to hear the voice of God.
How do we hear God? Hebrews 3:7-8 says, “Today if you will hear His voice, harden not your hearts.”
The key to hearing God is an open mind and a receptive heart. It is more than just being sensitive to God’s voice, it’s possessing a willingness to act upon what God says. For example: If God is speaking to you about getting involved more through giving, serving or, leading but you never do, you will eventually close yourself off completely to God. And one day when you really do need God to respond in your life, you will not see His power because you have closed yourself off to Him.
Here are some keys to developing an open mind and a receptive heart:
1. Humility – James 4:6 God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Pride is the one attitude that will totally block you from receiving anything from God. Humility is a gateway that opens up God’s heavenly grace to you!
2. Thankful – 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. Thankfulness is God’s will for your life! This means for you to hear the will and purpose of God for your life, thankfulness for what you have and where you are at, are important. Don’t grumble and complain because of things that have not yet materialised in your life. The only thing this does is block future blessings of God.
3. Generous – Proverbs 11:25 The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will be watered himself. Generosity is not only the key to personal blessing, it is the key to being continually refreshed, watered and nourished in life. Your heart is a well that continually waters your life (Proverbs 4:23). And the attitude of generosity prevents your heart from becoming hardened and dry towards the things of God.
4. Willing – Isaiah 1:19 If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land. The willing-hearted person will always find a way, find the time, and find the resources to get the job done. The willing have energy and they also have conviction. But if you lack the willingness to change in an area of your life, you will blunt your ability to hear God.