Can I Really Hear God?
by Ron & Tonia Woolever
The Bible makes it clear that our God communicates. While He can and will make his thoughts known to anyone he pleases, Jesus assured us that His sheep — those who belong to God — will know His voice.
Yet most Christians — even those who believe the Scriptures — just don’t believe they can hear God, or are afraid to try. It seems intimidating, and for some, presumptuous. Yet this is God’s idea!
Ron and I have written Can I Really Hear God? to educate Christians about hearing God in everyday life. It is a fairly small book — just 105 printed pages — but packed with Scripture and pointers on how to develop what Jesus called “ears to hear.” It is like a primer, a great reference book to help you while you learn.
Like all relationships, knowing God can only happen through authentic communication. Hearing God’s voice is the privilege of every born-again child of God. Communication with Him is key to experiencing the great promises of the New Covenant of Jesus:
- Being personally taught by God.
- Experiencing the Lord’s unfailing love, guidance and comfort.
- Abundant life as sons and daughters of God learning to walk in His character, fruitfulness and power.
All babies are born with the capacity to hear and speak, yet they don’t begin to do it right after birth. These faculties must be developed as they grow. This is just as true for the relationship you have with God as your human spirit relates to His Spirit. He created your new, born-again spirit with the capacity to know His thoughts, to know what He desires and perceive what He is doing. You only need the Holy Spirit’s assistance, faith to believe in His indwelling presence, and the habit of being attentive to that presence.
Proverbs 3:32b says of the Lord,
“He is intimate with the upright.”
In God’s dictionary, the “upright” are those who belong to Him and sincerely want to walk with Him. “Upright” is not a synonym for “perfect.” Plus, the Hebrew word translated here as “intimate” is pictured by two people sitting on a couch in intimate conversation!
God WANTS to communicate with you. He doesn’t want you to guess what He wants, how He feels, or the wise way to handle your issue. He LOVES to mentor, teach, and personally comfort His children. In fact, without this you will never enjoy the full life with God Jesus promised to believers. If you don’t learn to perceive God’s voice, you can easily end up living as a lonely, insecure orphan instead of the beloved child of God you truly are.
Only through communicating with God can Christians effectively fulfill the purpose for which they were created. That is, to truly know their God, walk with Him on earth, and reveal Him in truth to the world. This is the calling of every Christian. You will accomplish a fraction of what is possible if you try to live only by the written Word of God.
Bottom line: the Bible says you can and must know His voice! Here is the basic difference: you can constantly remind yourself that Jesus loves you — or hear Him whisper it just when you need to hear it.
Can I Really Hear God? will teach you everything you need to know to begin this journey of communicating daily with the Lord. It is available in Tonia’s website store and in the Shammah Ministries store on Amazon.com, where it is also available as a Kindle ebook.
Table of Contents
- Why Is It Hard to Pray?
- Can I Really Hear God?
- My Sheep Listen To My Voice
- The Difference Between God’s Word and God’s Word
- Abundant Life Comes From Personally Hearing God
- The Wonderful Counselor
- The Thoughts of God Are A Treasure
- Learning To Hear His Voice
- Guidelines For Talking With God
- Hindrances to Hearing God
- Hindrances to Answered Prayer