God has been speaking since the creation of the universe. The creation story in Genesis shows us that God spoke the earth, elements, and space into existence. In Genesis 1:3, God said “Let there be light.” and there was light.
Throughout the Bible, we can read about how God spoke to people. There are many different ways that God does this. In a few cases, God spoke and it was an audible voice from heaven. Other times, God spoke through a prophet. God gave one person a message, and they communicated it to other people.
In Numbers 22, God even spoke to someone through the mouth of a donkey.
If God wants to communicate to us, He will always find a way that gets us to listen.
I believe that God is still speaking to people today. This can be through the Bible, other people, dreams and visions, or through our spirit.
If God is speaking to us, it’s important to recognize that it’s God. I believe that God is always speaking to people, because communication is the foundation of every healthy relationship. We live in a busy world, so we usually don’t pay attention to what God is saying. It’s awesome when you realize that God is speaking to you.
But, how do you know? How can you be sure that it’s God?
Here are 5 signs that God is speaking to you.
The best way to hear God’s direction and guidance is through the Bible. The Bible is the written word of God, but it’s not an ordinary book.
The Bible tells us that the Word of God is living and active.
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
Hebrews 4:12 NIV
What does that mean?
It means that the Bible is a living document. Every time you read your Bible, it is relatable and applicable to your life right now. Even though the Bible was written thousands of years ago, you’ll find that you’ll read exactly what you need to hear today.
The Bible wasn’t written to us, but it was written for us.
If you want to hear God, the best thing you can do is spend time reading the Bible.
It’s also important to be familiar with what the Bible says, because it helps you recognize other times when God is speaking to you. If you hear something that doesn’t align with the Bible, it’s not from God.
For example, the Bible says that stealing is wrong. If you hear someone say “God told me to steal this!” it’s obviously not from God.
When you’re reading your Bible, God will often highlight specific verses or stories. This is when the Bible comes alive. The verses that are highlighted to me are always encouraging and helpful for whatever I’m dealing with.
The first thing that God said wasn’t good was for man to be alone.
Having other people in our life is a necessity. People will never be perfect, but God’s desire is for us to have relationships with other people.
In the Old Testament, God would choose specific people as prophets. God would give His message to the prophets, and trust them to communicate that to other people. We also see this happening in the New Testament, but God’s desire isn’t to have one or two people acting as prophets.
In Joel 2:28 and Acts 2:17, the Bible says that God will pour out His Spirit, and sons and daughters will prophesy.
The definition of prophecy is, forthtelling which reveals the mind or message of God in a particular situation. It can also refer to foretelling, i.e. predicting the future as the Lord reveals it(1).
In simple terms, that means that other people can hear from God, and share that message with us. It’s important to use wisdom, especially if that person is telling you to do something extreme. They might not be hearing from God.
Usually, if God is speaking to you through other people, more than one person will have the same message.
I like to ask 3 simple questions when someone shares a word from God with me.
1. Is this good for me?
God has good plans for you, and He doesn’t want to hurt you. If someone tells me to jump off a bridge, I know that’s not from God because it’s not good for me.
2. Is this good for God?
Does this benefit God? If someone tells me to give money to a homeless shelter or volunteer at church, that is good for God. He wants us to love people and serve the community. Some things might selfishly benefit me, but if they’re not also good for God then it’s not Him speaking.
3. Does it align with the Bible?
It’s essential that we’re familiar with what the Bible says so we can recognize when it’s God’s voice. Something might seem good at first glance, but if it doesn’t line up with scriptures then it’s not from God.
There are many times throughout the Bible where God speaks to people through dreams and visions. Visions are similar to dreams, but they happen when you’re awake. God can give you a vision while you’re praying, or just daydreaming.
Some of these can be quick, but other dreams and visions can be very specific and in-depth. The entire book of Revelation describes a vision that God gave the apostle John.
Not every dream is from God. For example, demonic spirits can cause us to have frightening nightmares or night terrors.
The dreams and visions that are from God are usually encouraging and inspiring. Some dreams that are from God can be intense or thrilling, but they shouldn’t be terrifying. I’ve found that it helps to write down the dreams that you have. When I did that, it helped me remember more specific details.
Since we are created in the image of God, we also have three parts–similar to the Trinity. We are body, soul, and spirit.
Once we’re saved, the Bible says that the Holy Spirit lives within us. The Holy Spirit is God, and He becomes one with our spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17). Hearing God through our spirit is what most people are referring to when they say “God spoke to me.” God can speak in an audible voice to us, but it’s more often a spirit-to-Spirit connection.
This can be hard to understand because God’s voice feels similar to our own inner voice. I’ve found that when God speaks to us, it’s more of a random thought that pops into our head. And just like you become familiar with how your friend’s and family members’ voices sound, you become more familiar with God’s voice.
We wish that God would shout at us from Heaven so it was obvious that He was speaking to us, but that doesn’t happen. In 1 Kings 19, God explains that He speaks to us through a still small voice.
If we want to hear Him, we need to quiet the other voices and sounds in our life and give Him our full attention.
The last sign that God is speaking to you is through your circumstances.
God tells us that He will open and close doors of opportunities. He says that when He opens a door, no one can shut it, and when He closes a door, no one can open it. Revelation 3:7
I’ve found myself trying to press ahead and walk through a door that God has closed, or just not opened yet. That ended up being a waste of my time and energy. Through my circumstances, God was trying to tell me “No” or “not right now”.
A closed door of opportunity feels disappointing. We might be hoping for a new job, or a new house, but it doesn’t happen. This could be God trying to redirect us to something different and better. We’re usually disappointed because we’re comparing our life to someone else’s life. God has us on a specific path and He knows what’s really best for us.
Other times, God wants us to get out of our comfort zone. To do this, God might change our heart. The job we once loved becomes less enjoyable, or we start feeling frustrated with where we’re living.
If you’re experiencing a shift in circumstances, you should ask God to lead you on the right path. Proverbs 14:12 tells us that there is a way that looks right to us, but in the end it leads to destruction. Ask God to highlight the open doors that He wants you to go through, and to close the doors that aren’t right.