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Different ways of hearing from God (guest post)

Please forgive my little hiatus. I usually blog on Fridays, Sundays and Mondays, but this past weekend I wasn’t able to. I took a very necessary trip for my church pastor’s 40th birthday weekend. I’m really glad I went because he was happy that we all came to honor him.

And honestly, even if he wasn’t, I’d still be more than glad that I went because the bible says to honor the prophets/ pastors/ priests/ men/women of God in your midst, and I felt particularly strongly about making an appearance at the party. Oh the blessings I’ve racked up for myself haha.


1 Timothy 5:17-20 – Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.”

A very good friend of mine (who I haven’t even seen in about five years) sent me this message. I really like how interactive the piece is, and I encourage you to please leave a comment after reading. Without further ado, please enjoy!

Different ways of hearing from God.

This entire year has a year of discovery and experiencing God in my life in different capacities. I had periods when I had to trust what He was doing, periods when I had to lean on him for strength and other periods when I couldn’t believe how blessed I was.

The times when I had to lean on God for strength were the most fascinating experiences to me. You see, I have heard people say things like “God told me to apply for this job” or “God directed me to go here” or “God told me to speak/not speak to her” or “God told me not to worry about this particular issue” etc. And I always wondered how these things could happen. Did the message appear to them in a dream? Did they fall into a trance? Did the Holy Spirit speak directly to their hearing while they did regular everyday things? And so on.

So this year, at the times when I made a conscious effort to lean on God for strength, I read the bible more than ever. Sometimes I’d go to sleep praying about a particular situation and wake up very early in the morning reading a passage (that I picked at random) relating to that particular situation.

On a particular day, several unconnected channels, for example, a Christian blog I follow, a sermon in church and my devotional, all touched on a topic I have been thinking about. Just as I began to wonder if the first word could be connected to my situation, another comes up in a different form. As if God was undoubtedly telling me something and before that day ended, I happened to read Luke 12:47

Luke 12:47

“And a servant who knows what the master wants, but isn’t prepared and doesn’t carry out those instructions would be severely punished.”

On another occasion, a was at a church event and a lady I had never seen before walked up to me and told me “Read Jeremiah 29:11, it will help you through what is happening right now.”

Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope”

Before I could call the lady back and talk to her about why she had approached me, someone else had taken her away. The strange thing is the next time I saw her, she didn’t seem to remember me or our previous encounter.

Although all these things have happened, I still struggle to understand and listen for the Holy Spirit when I’m in a tough situation. I am currently trusting God concerning a situation and I am hoping to share my testimony here later this month. Meanwhile, I wonder if people could also share some ways when they feel like the Holy Spirit has spoken to them concerning a situation.

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Hey, my name is Alheri and I'm obsessed with Jesus. This blog is me keeping my promise to Him for answering a prayer. Purple is my favorite color and my favorite scripture is Jeremiah 32:27 which says "Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?" (KJV) You can contact me at


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  3. Muyiwa says

    Hi Alheri’s friend (author of this article). Thanks for this article! Great and honest! I totally feel you especially at the beginning. For the longest time I literally used to wonder how people heard from God when they made such bold statements like some of the examples you gave. “Did He shout in your ear?” I would sometimes think. In growing in my faith and learning from wise ones, I am learning that the more closely we know God’s will (by reading the Bible), the better we can discern the Holy Spirit speaking into a situation. A beautiful example I once heard the magnificent Kari Jobe give was that she said when she was growing up she told her parents she wanted to hear from God like they always did and they told her (I paraphrase: “When we call you on the phone do you automatically know it’s us?” She said yes and that is because she hears their voice EVERY DAY so it’s easy to identify it. However if Mrs so and so calls she wouldn’t immediately know who it is if she does not regularly speak to her.

    So it is with our Father. The closer we press into prayer and reading His Word, the better we hear Him speak. And oh He speaks in many ways. For me personally, some ways are through the example you gave: CRAZY COINCIDENCES. One day (I kid you not) I encountered a specific verse in the Bible from four separate places. The same verse. And it was giving me comfort for a particular situation I was dealing with. Sometimes, it is someone speaking into my life, sometimes it’s through a blog post, sometimes a sermon, sometimes random conversation but at the end of the day we must test everything against the Word. Anything that contradicts what the Bible says is certainly not God speaking in that situation, however nice the thing may sound.
    Sorry for my epistle :”) Continue to press in. He loves to speak to His children. God bless you!


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