How to Hear from God
Have you ever wanted to hear God? Have you ever wondered how to hear from God? Well this is the perfect seminar to listen to. Larry and Carole Arendas go through the practical steps of how to hear from God.
I. Fact: God wants to talk with you more than you want to hear from Him
‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3 (NKJV)
- Call to Me – where “call” means to grab onto Someone passing by
- I will answer – to look at, heed, or pay attention to, respond
- I will show you great and mighty things – large in magnitude and extent: God Himself! “…you do not know.”
- For those who already hear from God— Keep on keeping on!
- For those not sure if they are hearing from God, we’ve got some checkpoints for you.
- For those who don’t hear from God but would like to, follow along with us.
- For those with reservations about “How to” teachings saying God is a creative Creator and His Spirit is dynamic, and ever changing. How can anyone have a “how to”?!
- God gave a “How to” come into His presence in the Old Testament
- Jesus did it!
- Jesus promised we would be able to know “how to”…“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” John 14:26 (NKJV)
III. Definition of “to hear from God”
- A believer in dialogue with God receiving vision, purpose, direction and guidance.
IV. One who hears from God is able to be Spirit-led
- The Holy Spirit Changed Paul’s travel plans “Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. Acts 16:6 (NKJV)
- Spirit-filled believers are promised the same Spirit-led attributes “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:8 (NKJV)
V. Two types of hearing from God: Scheduled and Spontaneous.
VI. Attributes of the “Scheduled” time to hear from God
- When is the scheduled time to hear from God?
- Upon rising in the morning. Why? Jesus did it!
- “Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.” Mark 1:35 (NKJV) See also Luke 5:16)
- “But I’m not a morning person!” – God wants your first (which may not be your best!)
- The early rising believer gets blessed!
- “Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them.” John 8:2 (NKJV)
- CONCLUSION: the early bird gets the Word!
- Where should the scheduled prayer time be?
- Go into your room and meet the Father in the secret place – your “prayer closet”. “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” Matthew 6:6 (NKJV)
- Your open reward from the Father will be hearing from God.
- “How to” do your scheduled time of prayer.
- Always start with expressions of love! (See John 14:21.)
- To know God’s will, we must know God. We know God better by coming into His Presence. Remember Disclaimer A!
- To come into God’s Presence we may follow the process described in the Old Testament’s description of the Tabernacle in the desert.
- We may enter into the Courtyard of Thanksgiving by thanking God for all He has given us and done for us, then move to the Courtyard of Praise, where we praise God for Who He is in songs using Scriptural verses. We then find ourselves facing the Holy of Holies wherein dwells the Presence of the Lord.
- We may here encounter a problem as described in Isaiah 6:1: “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.”
- If God’s train fills the Temple, there is no place for us to stand in the Presence of God
- Our good deeds don’t earn us a place before God! How then do we do this?
- Here’s how: “ But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.” John 4:23 (NKJV)
- We worshiped in truth when we thanked God and praised Him using scripturally based lyrics.
- How do we worship God in the spirit? “For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.” 1 Corinthians 14:2 (NKJV)
- We speak to God (worship Him) when we speak (pray) or sing in
- We speak to God “mysteries”. A mystery is that which cannot be understood by the mind of man but which can be revealed by God “He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself…” 1 Cor. 14:4a (NKJV) “I wish you all spoke with tongues…”1 Cor. 14:5a (NKJV) “What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding. 1 Cor. 14:15 (NKJV)
- When would Paul sing or worship in tongues?
- After praying in tongues, begin to sing in tongues when you sense your spirit “lifting”, or feeling more freedom or a “lightening”.
- Stop singing in tongues when you feel peace.
- The wise Christian will then ask God what is on His heart, knowing the Lord already knows best what we need and what is best for us.
- “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.” Matthew 6:8 (NKJV)
- “For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.” Matthew 6:32 (NKJV)12. Put on the full armor of God. A copy of that prayer is included.
- Praying to the Father, plead the covering of Jesus’ precious blood covenant over you, your family, and others, asking for a hedge of protection around each and every one of them against the lust of the eyes, the flesh, and the fiery darts of the enemy. (1 John 2:16)
- After asking the Lord what is on His heart, and seeking His will for yourself and others, ask the Lord to direct you to a Scripture he wants you to read. Look for insights and new revelation for yourself and others and record them. You may have the occasion to use those verses to help others. You may also want to read the Psalm and Proverb for that date.
VII. Checkpoints if you are not sure you are hearing from God.
- What you receive or hear from God should never conflict with Scripture. The “Rhema” should always agree with the “Logos”.
- If you are emotionally involved in a circumstances and don’t trust your personal objectivity, ask a pastor to pray about the issue. If God has used another person in your life and they hear from God and have no personal interest in the outcome, you may ask for their prayerfully derived input.
- If you “receive” something for someone you are praying for, preserve their free will and avoid any hint of spiritual manipulation by introducing your input with this phrase: “I would like to submit something to you…” with the mutual understanding the recipient has no obligation to follow what you present.
VIII. Summary of a Scheduled Prayer time to hear from God – The “Daily Dozen”
- Expressions of love for your wonderful Lord
- Praise – initially in words, moving to songs
- Start to Worship by praying in tongues.
- As your spirit “lifts” or you feel “lighter”, begin to sing in tongues.
- Stop singing in tongues when you feel a sense of peace.
- Ask God, “What’s on Your heart, Lord?” Record what God communicates to your soul through your thoughts, feelings, or desires.
- Continue asking God as led by His Spirit, e.g. “What’s on Your heart for me, Lord?”
- Each time you ask “What’s on Your heart, Lord?”, follow by praying in tongues. Stop when you have peace and wait on the Lord to communicate to your soul. If people have asked you to pray for them, simply ask God what’s on His heart for them.
- Ask God where He wants you to read in the Bible.
- Plead the covering of Jesus’ precious blood covenant over you, your family, and others, and ask for a hedge of protection around each and every one of them against the lust of the eyes, the flesh, and the fiery darts of the enemy.
- Put on the full armor of God.
IX. Now, let’s do it!
- The practicum – supervised practical application of previously studied theory, or actually doing something using knowledge and skills learned.
- Do the first 8 steps in the “Daily Dozen” and write down what you received on the form included titled “What was on God’s heart”. Sign your name only if you want to. Give them to us and we will look for any significant commonalities.
X. Spontaneously hearing from God
- Can be initiated by God or you!
- If God speaks to you, use the Checkpoints above to assess accuracy and disposition.
- How to pray if you need to hear from God spontaneously during your day and after your morning prayer time.
- “Lord, teach me to pray for __________________________________”, or “Lord, what’s on Your heart regarding this issue?”
- Pray in tongues until you get a leading or come to peace.
- Wait on the Lord.
- Record what you receive either by thought, feeling, desires, or in a vision or “picture”.
- Submit it to those with a need to know, with agreement with Checkpoint C above.
XI. The Practicum
- A very close friend, Kim, has been told cancer has returned. We saw God heal Kim when we prayed for a previous cancer attack. This could be considered another battle in our war against cancer with Kim. Please pray for Kim and write what you receive on the second part of the form.
“For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” Luke 12:12 (NKJ
The Armor of God
Spirit and Truth Ministries International
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11)
God wants each believer to put on spiritual armor to be able to defeat their spiritual enemy. The Greek tense of the command to “put on” tells us that the putting on is to be a continual action, a daily practice. A description of the pieces of armor is given in Eph. 6: 14-17. It is important to understand what each piece of armor means so that you will actually be praying rather than repeating a meaningless ritual.
Belt of Truth – In Jesus’ time, the “loins” or the waist area was considered the center of all carnal or fleshly needs and desires. God gave us these carnal needs, and His word spells out a Godly way for us to meet those needs. When you have “girded your waist with truth” you are telling God that you will satisfy your needs only as described in the Bible. For example, you can enjoy sex, but only with the person you are married to. You can enjoy food, but you will not be a glutton, with out of control eating.
Breastplate of righteousness – The breastplate protects the heart, which is the same as the “soul”. The soul is made up of three elements: your thoughts, feelings and will (or desires). Since no one is called righteous based on their own merits, we must remind ourselves that Jesus gave us His righteousness, (Romans 4:24) and we are able to deal with situations in a “righteous”, Godly way. As you put on your breastplate, commit to guard your emotions by responding to people and circumstances— not reacting without thought! Avoid ungodly feelings and thoughts about anyone. Let your will be submitted to God’s will.
Gospel Boots of Peace – You remind yourself to live and walk in peace and to be someone who brings peace wherever they go. You pray, telling God you are available to help others make peace with God. By bringing others the good news of God’s love for them, you spread the Gospel wherever you walk.
Shield of Faith – Pick up the shield of faith to remind yourself that your trust is in God. Roman soldiers had two kinds of shields, a small circular one for close hand-to-hand combat, and a large one they could hide behind. The shield referred to here is the large one, and God wants you to take refuge and be safe by trusting Him for all things. Our life is filled with daily choices between faith or fear. Choose to trust God!
Helmet of salvation – A helmet protects the brain or your thoughts. Since it is a helmet of salvation, God must know that your spiritual enemy will try to convince you that you are not in a relationship with Jesus. Your sins do not undo your relationship with Jesus, but the enemy will challenge your commitment to God when you sin. He’ll call you a hypocrite, and tell you God has to turn his back on you and your sin. God’s word says when we repent of our sins, God is faithful to forgive us and He “will cast all our sins into the depth of the sea”. (Micah 7:19) Therefore, any believer who sins and sincerely repents must remind themselves that “Jesus died for me and my eternity is assured!” As a child of God, you have received the ultimate identity and your self-worth comes from God’s unchanging love! As you put on your helmet of salvation each morning, remind yourself that you have the mind of Christ and you will take captive every thought by comparing each thought to the truth of the Bible.
Sword of the Word (the Bible) – When Satan or one of his demons attack, you will be prepared to defend yourself by using the Scriptures you have committed to memory. The Bible can also be an offensive weapon to help share your truth and counter demonic attacks and lies.
Praying in tongues – Praying in the spirit or in tongues is listed as a part of the armor! God’s Word also says that believers overcome the enemy by the “blood of the Lamb” which represents the covenantal agreement Jesus made with His Father by shedding His blood in dying for our sins. We also know that God put a “hedge of protection” around Job that Satan could not penetrate. You can add those protections to your daily morning prayer.
Your prayer for EACH day: (don’t go out spiritually naked!)
“Lord, I put on your whole armor— the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the Gospel boots of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and I take up the two-edged sword of your word and I pray in tongues. I cover myself with your precious blood covenant, and put a hedge of protection around me (and my family) and declare that no weapon formed against me will prosper.” Amen!
An Alternate Format for Scheduled Prayer Time to hear from God
- Express love and Thanksgiving to the Lord.
- Plead the covering of Jesus’ blood covenant over yourself and your loved ones asking for a hedge of protection around each of them against the lust of the eyes, lust of the world, and the fiery darts of the enemy.
- Put on the full armor of God, ending with this prayer: “So armed, I submit to you knowing all things that happen to me this day can before my good and your glory. In the mighty name of Jesus, I rebuke the enemy and all his contemplated works against our health, Your provision, and the work of the Kingdom.”
- Pray the prayer of Jabez: “Lord, I ask You to bless us abundantly as You blessed Jabez, expanding our influence, and by Your strong right arm keep us from evil that we do no harm but accomplish your purposes in our life.”
- Begin to praise the Lord for Who He is and what He’s done for you. Sing songs of praise!
- Begin to pray in tongues and as your spirit lifts sing in tongues until you feel peace.
- Ask the Lord: “Lord, what’s on Your heart today?”
- Ask “Lord, what’s on Your heart for me today?” Do the same for any others you want to pray for, recording what you receive.
- After seeking the Lord’s heart for His will, circumstances and others, you could ask, “Lord, what do you want me to do with this?” after each answer and pray in tongues.
- Ask the Lord where He would want you to read in the Word. Record insights as you read.
- Dedicate your day to the Lord and ask for His Presence to go with you.