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Three barriers to hearing God’s voice


sometimes receive comments from those who are having difficulties in hearing God’s voice. Here is a list of possible barriers that could be a hindrance, along with some biblical keys to overcome them:


. The Barrier of Doubt or Unbelief

The first thing we need to do is settle the fact that God is speaking to us and wants us to hear Him: ‘My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.’ (John 10:27, NLT) Some people think that they cannot hear God speak unless they have a prophetic gift or special ministry. But this is a misconception. God wants to have a relationship with us! This is why Jesus paid the price of his life on the cross. Communicating with our Father is the basic right of sons and daughters and the joy of our God. It is what we are created for! (Romans 8:14). Never be intimidated by someone else’s gift or the way another person hears from God. God has uniquely wired you to hear from Him.


. The Barrier Consciousness



Sometimes people allow shame, condemnation or a sense of unworthiness to make them feel as though they are separated from God—and therefore, unable to hear His voice (Romans 8:1-2). We

need to remember that for Christians, the barrier of sin separating us from God has already been dealt with on the cross. Sin is not the problem – sin-consciousness is.

What we are hearing from God will be in accordance with His nature – e.g. the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)

God’s voice will never contradict Instead our inheritance as Chris- what the Bible says (2 Timothy tian believers is to live in the 3:16) knowledge of our righteousness in God’s word will build the church Christ, rejoicing in the power of and promote unity (1 Corinthians God’s grace and forgiveness and 14:3) knowing the cleansing power of Jesus’ blood. (Hebrews 9:14,10:19- What you hear from God will withstand the accountability of over22) sight (1 Thessalonians 5:19-22) Rather than view sin or temptation as a barrier between God and us, The antidote to fear is relationship God wants us to take the very issue (1 John 4:18). Think about when that is troubling us into that place the phone rings and you pick it up. with Him (Hebrews 4:15-16). Sin How different are your responses loses its power when we bring it when the caller is a telemarketer versus someone you love? You see into the light (1 John 1:7-9). it’s not about the fact that someIf an issue of sin, addiction or one is speaking—but recognising temptation is continually troubling the person behind the voice. As you, in addition to prayer, find a you grow in relationship with God, safe place to share and be account- you will get to know His voice. You able—for example to a Christian can trust that what He has to share mentor or leader. As James says; with you is good and from His confess your ‘sins to one another.’ Spirit. (Luke 11:11-13) (James 5:16) Tania Harris is a pastor, speaker and the founder of Some people are fearful that God Conversations, a ministry what they are hearing may not be that equips people to recognise God’s voice. Tania is an from God. ordained minister with the It’s true that there are many voices Australian Christian Churches. around our lives, and that we need Hillsong is her church home to weigh up what we are hearing to in Sydney, Australia. Follow ensure it is from God. Maturing in her on www.godconversations. discernment is a process, so weigh- com ing up what we hear is important. Remember:


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