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How do you mainly *hear* God? [message #100052] Wed, 08 March 2006 20:21 Go to next message
Elizabby  is currently offline Elizabby
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How do you mainly *hear* God?[ 28 vote(s) ]
1.through the Bible 14 / 50%
2.through a pastor 1 / 4%
3.through my husband/father 1 / 4%
4.through other Christians 0 / 0%
5.through the guidance of the Holy Spirit in my heart 6 / 21%
6.through voices/visions 0 / 0%
7.through events and circumstances 0 / 0%
8.through letting my thoughts be directed during prayer 4 / 14%
9.some other way (please describe!) 2 / 7%

This is a tangent from one of the other posts about hearing from God. I know when I was younger, I wanted to hear an actual "voice" but I have come to understand that there are lots of ways God speaks to us. How does God speak to you - please describe!

(I think most people hear from God in multiple ways but I don't think you can choose multiple options, which is why I put "mainly" in the title.)


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Re: How do you mainly *hear* God? [message #100069 is a reply to message #100052 ] Wed, 08 March 2006 21:22 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Leslie Fay  is currently offline Leslie Fay
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I chose #3 mainly through my husband. God sure does use him to speak to me, and correct me! He does speak to me in many ways though. Usually when I hear something, maybe in a sermon, and I hear it again on the radio, then read it in a book or magazine, or someone brings it up in conversation (or on a message board!) all within a short time period, I kinda start to get the message! That doesn't always happen, I guess it's just when I'm a little slow. Smile


Leslie
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Re: How do you mainly *hear* God? [message #100111 is a reply to message #100052 ] Wed, 08 March 2006 22:44 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Linda Lee  is currently offline Linda Lee
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Since the Bible IS the Word of God, I would say that is the main way I hear Him. Whether it comes through what my husband teaches or thoughts that are directed toward me during prayer, it really comes down to what the Bible says. I don't believe that a husband or a pastor or any Christian can be "God's Voice" apart from the Word of God. I think that the Bible is the Holy Spirit's main tool. He may use others as secondary tools, but the Word of God must be present in some form, whether written, verbal, or simply as a confirmation of God's voice.


Linda
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mom to Lydia (21), Samuel (18), Logan (13), and Silas (4)
Re: How do you mainly *hear* God? [message #100115 is a reply to message #100052 ] Wed, 08 March 2006 22:59 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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This was a difficult question to vote on! I can't say there is a "main" way that I hear from God. If I were to pick the strongest areas I would have to say God has spoken to me through the Holy Spirit, visions, dreams, a quiet inner voice, through scriptures, through music, through studying nature, through circumstances. Usually they all connect in some way or another when it is the Lord really bringing something to my attention. (Maybe it just takes me that long to be obedient? ha!)
As long as we are open to the Lord's calling, he will speak to us in several ways. I would have to say that the only way I have NOT heard God is by hearing an actual "audible" voice.
Eve
Re: How do you mainly *hear* God? [message #100149 is a reply to message #100052 ] Thu, 09 March 2006 08:27 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Denise Kelley  is currently offline Denise Kelley
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I believe that the Word of God teaches the only way to hear God is through the Bible. So even if God uses my pastor or husband ultimately it's because they are looking into the Word of God and they share that with me. Even then, I'm responsible to search their answers out in Scripture if it seems that they are going contrary to God's Word.

I have a feeling that you would have tied all of that together, too. Smile I guess I just wanted to express my love for God's directive Word this morning. Smile


~Denna

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I would say all the above for me... [message #100159 is a reply to message #100052 ] Thu, 09 March 2006 09:12 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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When you say "speak", I intrepret that to mean, how God directs me.

Blessings,
KarlaB
Re: How do you mainly *hear* God? [message #100164 is a reply to message #100052 ] Thu, 09 March 2006 09:33 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I marked 'through the Bible' because that is my primary hearing aid. At one time or another in my life "all of the above" has fit.

The voices and visions or dreams has been more rare. But I think that is more about my state of mind and inclination to be listening than anything else. I believe God deals with all of us differently, but that we also must prepare our minds and hearts for hearing.

And I take after Denna in a way - back in Paul's day, I would have been a Berean. I really go through and scour through the bible is something a teacher or pastor does not set right with me, to 'prove' it.

edited for grammar.

[Updated on: Thu, 09 March 2006 09:36]


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I put some other way [message #100180 is a reply to message #100052 ] Thu, 09 March 2006 09:58 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Then I saw what you said about "mainly" and knowing that God speaks in different ways. I would have to say that it is often a combination of things. I'll read something, the Spirit will prompt or confirm it, someone will mention something that I've been praying about, and so on. That's how I ended up with this trip to New Orleans.


Teri in AZ

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Re: How do you mainly *hear* God? [message #100181 is a reply to message #100052 ] Thu, 09 March 2006 09:58 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I put "through the Bible." I think God can speak to us in many ways, and we can hear/feel the Holy Spirit's prompting in our hearts, and people can say things that point us in particular directions. But I believe it is imperative that we check back to the Bible to verify what we're hearing. I believe there are many people who are acting on the basis of "feelings" or "sensing the Spirit" or "hearing God in their hearts" and other similar intangible experiences, and in doing so, are going against Biblical instruction. The heart is wicked and deceitful above all things (Jeremiah 17:9), and Satan can appear as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14), so when we feel strongly that we are being led in a certain direction, it's wise to check it against scripture. I can't tell you the number of times I've heard people say they've prayed about things and "have peace" about certain decisions that are clearly prohibited in scripture. God won't contradict His Word, so we're always safe in following it.


Blessings,
Lisa R.
Ditto to Lisa R.'s reply. nt [message #100381 is a reply to message #100181 ] Thu, 09 March 2006 19:07 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. Psalm 119:35
Re: How do you mainly *hear* God? [message #100406 is a reply to message #100052 ] Thu, 09 March 2006 20:26 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Mary Jo  is currently offline Mary Jo
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I would have to say a Combo too. If you are talking about personal direction I would of course use the Bible as a guide but there is no verse that says where I should move to, or who I should marry etc...
Since I have a personal relationship with the Lord I have to spend time with him in prayer and hear his voice. I do that in accordance with scripture but my answer is not always a scripture.
That is why I put, through Guidance by Holy Spirit. Smile
Mary Jo
Re: How do you mainly *hear* God? [message #100523 is a reply to message #100181 ] Fri, 10 March 2006 11:27 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Good point....I talked at length just recently to a Christian woman who is not in church and is living with her boyfriend.

She walked up to me and asked me where I went to church, although I had never spoken about Christianity to or near her. We got to be coffee buddies until she got a couple of contract jobs to tide her over.

Eventually, she volunteered the information that the reason she left her local church was because she was sure that she was "led" to marry a certain man. He never became a believer, and was abusive on top of it.

She moved states, changed churches, relationships, etc. She was depressed at the time because her situation with her live-in boyfriend and his grown up daughter, her live in boyfriend and the grandson was just spiraling out of control.

She couldn't understand why it was all "going south" because she had prayed about it, thought she had God's confirmation somehow, and so how could these complicated things be happening to her....which was causing her to not trust God...and be clinically depressed.

A totally different scenario than most times that people are "shown" various things...but it pointed out to be the importance of checking the "leadings" to the clear, revealed Word of God. Even a cursory glance would tell her that 1) sex outside of marriage is wrong and 2) a believer becoming yoked together with an unbeliever is wrong (two unbelievers already yoked, when one becomes a believer is a different scenario entirely). So no matter how "led" she felt or what she interpreted to quiet her conscience, she was "out of the will of God" from the beginning of the relationship.

Problem is: she's not up to hear that yet. She wants someone to commiserate with her hard circumstances.

So I'm just staying in contact and praying like crazy. She says she's coming to church but I haven't seen her yet.


In Jesus

Sherry from NH
Re: How do you mainly *hear* God? [message #102077 is a reply to message #100052 ] Wed, 15 March 2006 09:15 Go to previous message
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I voted #5. though I do hear Him from his word and other ways, He seems to speak to me with feelings and inclinations in my heart, a "sense" kind of. I try hard to balance that with His Word and dirction from my hubby, so that I am not going on emotion alone. But more times than not the "feeling" i get is usually his leading.

Kim


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