Have you ever thought, “I don’t hear from God like others do.”?  Do you fear you are not hearing God?  John Chapter 8, verse 47 says that some people do not.

  • 47 Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”

You should actually read chapter 8:13-47 to get the context right.

  • How sad. How very very sad to think that people don’t hear God!
  •  I have known professing Christians to tell me they do not hear God. This scares them.  So let’s talk about what does it mean to hear God?
  •  First, the people Jesus is talking to in the above verse are not Christians.
  • Second, the Bible tells us many ways of “ hearing” God. We don’t have just hear with our ears.
  • So let’s look for ways to know we know when God is speaking by asking ourselves these questions:
  • You do not call things of Christ foolishness do you?

    • 1 Corinthians 2:14  The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.
  • Is His name is near!

    •  Psalm 75:1 We praise you, God,
      we praise you, for your Name is near;
      people tell of your wonderful deeds.
    • Does God pop into your mind when you see a beautiful sunset?  A newborn baby? When a loved one is dying?
      • People who not hear God, do not think of Him at the times that are glorious and comforting for His children.
  • Do you wait for Him?

    • Luke 12:35-36 “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, 36 like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him.
  • Do you follow Him?

    •  John 10:4-5 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”
      • Do you follow Jesus?  If you do not “hear” Him, how do you?
        • If you are a child of God, you hear Him. You hear  Jesus. These verses do not say you might know his voice, or you should, it says you do!
          • We try to over complicate things so many times.
          • Isaiah 30: 20-21Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. 21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”
            • You KNOW what way to go. Sometimes we might not chose it, but we know!
    • Do you bear fruit?

Mat 13:13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they see not, and hearing they hear not; nor do they understand.

Mat 13:14  And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah which said, “By hearing you shall hear and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see and shall not perceive;

Mat 13:15  for this people’s heart has become gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and they have closed their eyes, lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.”

Mat 13:16  But blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear.

Mat 13:17  For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which you see, and have not seen them;  and to hear what you hear, and have not heard them.

              Mat 13:18 Therefore hear the parable of the sower.

Mat 13:19 When anyone hears the Word of the kingdom and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and catches away that which          was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown by the wayside.

Mat 13:20 But that which was sown on the stony places is this: he who hears the Word and immediately receives it with joy.

Mat 13:21 But he has no root in himself, and is temporary. For when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the Word, he immediately  stumbles.

Mat 13:22  And that sown into the thorns is this: he who hears the Word; and the anxiety of this world, and the deceit of riches, choke the Word, and he becomes unfruitful.

Mat 13:23 But that sown on the good ground is this: he who hears the  Word and understands; who also bears fruit and produces one truly a                 hundredfold; and one sixty; and one thirty.

  • Remember that fruit bearing trees and vines can look dead for a season, they do not produce all year round. There are times that we need to grow, to refresh, and to renew our spirits!
  • Are you ever still? Or are you too busy to hear?

    • Psalm 46:10 says,“Be still, and know that I am God.”
      • So do you calm yourself enough to hear?
      • Do you quiet yourself enough to hear? When you pray do you do all the talking?
      • God spoke to people in the Bible quite often in dreams. I think that is partly because we won’t be still enough in a day to hear the full story He has to tell us!
  • If you still feel you are not hearing, ask Him to help!

    • “‘If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him'” (James 1:5)
    • Do not trust in your ability to hear Him!  Trust in His ability to speak to you in a way you can understand!
  • Another thing is to be sure you not just expecting a genie in a jar affect.  If you are only trying to hear God when you need something or want something, consider these verses:

    • 1 Samuel 15:22 But Samuel replied:
      • “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
            as much as in obeying the Lord?
        To obey is better than sacrifice,
            and to heed is better than the fat of rams.
      • Sacrifice is trying to either redeem you to God or trying to get something from Him.  Obedience is what pleases God. It is what He delights in!
        • “For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings” (Hosea 6:6).
        • “To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices” (Mark 12:33).
        • §  “Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:7-8).
        •  “Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God” (Luke 11:42).
      • o   Sacrifice is when you are more concerned about what you want, need or expect. Obedience is more concerned with what pleases God!

I hope this helps you be assured that you do hear from God if you are His child. Just be sure to listen!  He has glorious things to say!