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Hearing from God – The Audible Voice

English: Holy Spirit depicted as the dove (det...

English: Holy Spirit depicted as the dove (detail) above Child Jesus in two Trinities by Bartolomé Esteban Perez Murillo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many people expect to hear God audibly and many people get confused when we talk about God speaking audibly because they wonder what it will be like. God can speak to us in any way he chooses. The most important thing he wants is that, we understand and obey him.

Acts 9:1-7 says “Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one.” (NKJVPaul heard God speaking audibly with him and telling him what to do.

In Acts 8:26-29, Philip had a great experience; an angel spoke to him and later same day, the Holy Spirit spoke to him. It reads, “Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert. So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship, was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet. Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.”” (NKJV)

There are many Bible passages that revealed how God spoke audibly to people.

The audible voice is a not very common experience with many people. It is not commonly agreed why this is so and I am not going to attempt going into that argument. Many people have heard God talk to them as if someone was just by their side. God understands us and knows what is best for us. Some people might not find that experience comfortable and God is not going to embarrass them by relating with them that way.

I will not advice anyone to be dogmatic about the way they want God to speak to them. The way he uses is not as important as what he says and you understanding and obeying it. It is important that anyone who wants to hear from God devotes some time to prayers and study of the word of God. Hearing from God is not something to boast about, it is one of those essential things that a child of God should believe God for.

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