How to know if God is talking to you.
How can we know if God is talking to us? Can we rely on a voice in our head being the Holy Spirit, guiding and directing us? Often I have read or heard, someone saying God spoke to them. At times, TV evangelist appear to get a message from God, concerning money or financial advice. They are given a specific dollar amount to collect, that will create some miraculous breakthrough in peoples lives. Pastor and ministries can lead followers down all manner of dead ends, and into many false teachings, by proclaiming they have received a word from God. God is not a distant Father, he delights in talking to his children. I often thought prayer was a very one sided conversation. I spoke to God, and in turn was answered by a room full of silence. This is not the case. If we have been blessed to have earthly fathers who we are close with, and had many personal conversations with, this is how God wants us to talk with him, and how he wants to talk with us. If our earthly father or mother, or grandparent is no longer with us, we might reflect on many of the conversations we had with them, recalling many of the words we said to them, and what they in return spoke to us. God is not at this time with us, in a physical sense. John 4.24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
God is a spirit. He has for now given us his Holy Word, to speak to us in great detail. Through it he can speak to us on almost any topic we could possibly imagine.
John 6: 63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
Back to the question of knowing if a voice in our head is from God, Jesus had this to say.
John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Jesus said if you continue in my word, you shall know the truth. We will know if a thought or voice is truth from God, if it conforms with his word. The more God’s word dwells inside of us, the better we will come to know our Heavenly Father, and our older brother Jesus. What might a conversation with God sound like?
Father I’m worried about work. They told us today their will be layoffs announced next week, what if I am one of them?
John 14: 27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
I know, but we just bought this new house, and now this!
Philippians 4: 6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Well that’s what I am doing, but can you give me a sign, will I be laid off?
Romans 8: 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
So your saying, even if i am laid off, you can make it work out OK?
2 Corinthians 1: 20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
But what about in the mean time? I mean food and gas prices are both going up, and Timmy is going to need new clothes for school.
Mathew 6: 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Well I know you are right, thanks Dad for reassuring me. One more thing though, tomorrow I have to give a presentation to the board, and I’m worried I might not do well.
Mathew 6: 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Thanks again Dad, I am going to try and relax and trust that your in control.
Jeremiah 17: 7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.