How Do You Know When God Is Talking?

“My sheep hear My voice.” (John 10:27, NKJV)

“I am the Lord, the one who heals you.” (Ex. 15:26, TEV)

Back during my first year of dating my husband-to-be, he and his brother found an entertaining way to amuse themselves when I would call on the phone. (Yes, this was before cell phones became ubiquitous, back in the Stone Ages 😊) Their voices are so similar to each other’s that they found they could pass the phone back and forth between themselves and I wouldn’t realize it. Under the impression that I was talking just to my honey, I was instead talking to both of them alternately. They found this trick absolutely hilarious!

Today, two decades later, there’s no way they could pull that one on me. After so many years of daily hearing my husband talk, his voice is one of the most familiar sounds in my world.

In the same way, the more we walk with the Lord, the more we learn to distinguish His voice from all the other sounds coming into our hearts’ ears. Recently, He was talking to me about the healing property of His voice. Part of His core identity is Jehova Rapha, our Healer. Healing is not just what He does; it’s who He is.

Here’s how to recognize His beautiful voice: His voice sounds like His name. He is Healer, so everything He does carries His healing essence. It’s His very nature. Just being around Him, near Him, is healing. His company, His presence, His closeness holds a profoundly rich healing quality. His voice flows in a healing tone because its timber emanates from His core nature. His voice is peaceful because He is Jehovah Shalom. His voice is not angry because He is not an angry God; He is exceedingly slow to anger and abounding immeasurably in unfailing love and mercy. His voice is loving and gentle because He is love.

What are some of the ways the Lord has taught you to recognize when He is speaking? I’d love to hear in the comments about your own journey of learning to listen for His voice!

6 thoughts on “How Do You Know When God Is Talking?

  1. I love this so much, Jennifer! I can just picture Israel and Pablo passing that phone back and forth! So cruel!! 😂 What a great analogy to knowing God’s voice after so many years with Him that you can’t be tricked with a counterfeit!

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    1. Chuckling. Yep, they sure had fun with it. I caught on when I heard their stifled chortles 😆. The analogy could be even further extended to include how the enemy tries to disguise his voice as God’s, like when he is condemning us for a sin. The more we walk with Jesus the more we know how sweet His voice is!

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      1. He never condemns us. There is no condemnation to those in Christ. When he corrects it is always so gentle and kind. Romans 8:1. Condemnation is always the sound of the devil. Remember Jesus told the woman that was about to be stoned. Never do I condemn u.

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  2. Great article!!
    Interesting you connect hearing the Lord’s voice with healing! Lately, I’ve been feeling sympathetic pains which God uses to reveal the same symptoms in others I meet. This is usually followed up with a prophetic word that shines light on the situation and results in healing. It makes sense that the way our body “hears” from our head is not through audible sounds but through our nervous system. We feel pain and respond directly to electrical impulses automatically. In the same way, God communicates to us automatically through feelings and spiritual impulses. Not only the obvious audible voices etc.

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    1. What a wonderful insight, Isaac! I’m so grateful that you shared it! That’s an extension of the Body metaphor that I hadn’t heard before, and it blesses me. And I rejoice for the ministry He is working through you, bringing His healing to the ones He loves! Blessings to you!

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