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How do you know when God is talking to you? God speaks to us in so many different ways. I hear God talking to me through music a lot of the time, but there are many other ways He speaks to us, and when He does, we need to be able to recognize His voice.
God speaks to me through music a lot of the time. You may have heard Him, too. Have you ever turned on the radio during a hard time just to ear exactly the song you needed to? Recently I’ve been talking to a friend of mine who doesn’t know God. Sometimes it gets really difficult to talk to them. After a particularly rough day and I was halfway starting to give up hope, I got in my car and was headed home. As soon as the car turned on “Giants Fall” by Francesca Battistelli was on at the part that says, “With God you know that anything’s possible. So step into the fight. He’s right there by your side. The stones inside your hand might be too small, but watch the giants fall.” God was telling me not to give up hope, that he was right there and had everything in control. All I have to do is trust Him.
God also talks to us through prayer. Something I learned at Chi Alpha this last year was how to sit and listen to God through prayer. Sometimes God speaks to us in times of prayer, if only we are willing to listen. He can give us a thought or a feeling, sometimes an image in our minds, of what He wants us to pray for.
The last week of Chi Alpha we got these little cards. On them we were supposed to write three things that we were supposed to pray for and pour into this summer; a Christian, a non-Christian, and a residence hall floor at ISU. I had absolutely no idea what to do for mine. So I prayed about it. I opened up in prayer and just sat and waited for God to give me some names that He wanted me to pour into this summer. I ended up with 7 names instead of just the two.
Other times when I’ve been docile before God, waiting for Him to lay something on my heart to pray for, He’s been silent. Sometimes God talks through silence instead of words. The answer isn’t always no. Sometimes it’s wait.
With talking to God comes recognizing His voice. In my leadership class for Chi Alpha, we were taught that there are three voices in your head that you can choose to listen to. The first is the voice of the enemy. He’s the one that whispers condemnation in your ear. Then you have your voice; all your emotions and desires that can easily cloud your judgement. Then there’s God voice, and that’s the one you want to listen to. God’s voice always lines up with what the Bible says and is always right and is always truth.
But sometimes it’s hard to figure out if you’re listening to yourself or to God. Another friend of mine was having a hard time with a big decision. She had two paths that she was thinking about following. Both made fairly good sense, but they were completely contradictory. She was having a hard time discerning which voice was God’s and which was hers. I don’t know where she is at in that decision, but I told her that in order to figure out what God wanted for her, she had to get to know Him better.
So how do you discern God’s voice from your own? You have to grow closer to God. Spend more time with Him. Pray more. Spend time reading your Bible. You could also talk to someone like my friend did with me. Seek out a fellow believe who is not involved with the situation. That way you have someone who knows the Bible and who isn’t going to be influenced by anything that could cloud your judgment. Get to know God like you would get to know a stranger. The more you get to know someone the easier it is to recognize them. It’s not different with God!
I’m just the daughter of a small town girl… praying my way through this world.