Increasing Your Ability to Hear with Your Spirit

There is a simple principle to increase the ability to hear with your spirit. Let’s first look at God’s promises to speak both wisdom and direction to us.

People desiring progress in their spiritual lives often ask how to hear from God. They want help and direction for their decisions. They desire wisdom and success for their lives. God has promised both:

If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of ]the giving God, Who gives to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given you. Jm. 1:5 Amp

God will give us wisdom liberally regardless of our faults. He obviously wants us to have the benefit of His wisdom.

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Is. 30:21 Amp

This is a straight forward promise of clear direction for our decisions.

Since God desires us to have the benefit both of His wisdom and clear direction, any lack of receiving it is a matter of our ability to hear it.

Just as with a pet learning the voice of its new master, we learn to hear God’s voice to our spirits through a simple process of repetition.

In helping people understand how to hear the voice of God in their spirits, I have used the illustration of a lost pet recognizing its owner. The organization which has the lost pet can easily tell if a person is the owner of that pet because the pet will instantly recognize and respond to the owner’s voice. The pet, depending on how friendly it is, may respond positively to anyone who approaches to give it attention, but there is a completely unique and obvious response by the pet to the sound of its owner’s voice.

Now let’s back up in the process. Those of you who are pet owners may follow this scenario more fully. When you first got a pet, it did not respond to your voice like it does now that it clearly knows it. When you first get home from work and call to your pet, it joyfully responds to the familiarity of your voice and instantly is reminded of all the good that is associated with you — just by the sound of your voice. How did it happen? The same way it happens with you and God. Your pet came to clearly know and recognize your voice from all other voices, sounds, and input it receives by daily listening to your voice. And not just daily listening, but many times in each day.

We come to clearly know and recognize God’s voice from all the other voices in our lives that run through our minds-our own thoughts, thoughts from TV and other media, thoughts put there by family and friends-through frequent, consistent listening. This is the main principle necessary to improve the ability of your spirit to hear wisdom and direction from God-frequent, consistent listening. You may ask, but how do I distinguish God’s wisdom and direction from all the other input in my mind if I’m just starting out in the listening process? The explanation of a safeguard will answer this question as well.


To begin to recognize God’s wisdom and direction when you aren’t used to hearing it yet in your spirit, and to safeguard yourself, you need to submit to the concept of absolutes.

I have some friends who believe that everything is “relative,” is changeable, that there are no definites in the universe. This has not proved to be a very beneficial concept for them in their practical, daily lives. Though many things do change continually in various aspects of the universe, you safeguard your own spirit by knowing and realizing certain concepts are absolute or unchanging.

For example, the Scriptures reveal God’s nature and aspects of His character, such as His unfailing love, His mercy, etc. They also reveal what type of things, according to God’s character, that He will or will not do. To safeguard your spirit from thinking that you are hearing certain wisdom or direction from God when the thoughts may not be His, it is necessary to know God’s character, His heart, what types of thoughts and actions are typical of His nature and personality. These are revealed to you in Scripture. Since He said of Himself that He does not change, as long as you know the characteristics of His personality or character or mind, however you wish to describe it, then you can judge the wisdom and direction you believe you are hearing in your mind by the absolutes of God’s character; God will not say something that contradicts, or is against, His character or nature. To use an overly obvious example, He will not instruct you to do something that harms yourself or someone else. Learn the absolutes of His character; then, even though you may just be starting out to listen with your spirit for the wisdom and direction of God, you safeguard yourself from error.

Jesus also used the example of animals learning and knowing the voice of their owner as an example of learning and knowing His own voice.

Mk. 6:34 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things. This verse reveals that He wants us to have the wisdom and direction that come from knowing His voice; since the people were without direction – like a group of sheep without the shepherd to care for them – Jesus responded by teaching them.

Jn. 10:3,4 The sheep listen to the shepherd’s voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. Notice Jesus says that he goes ahead of us so we can follow Him. Another illustration of His desire to lead us and that we have the ability to follow His voice!

Jn. 10:14 I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.

Jn. 10:27 The sheep that are My own hear and are listening to My voice; and I know them, and they follow Me. Amp

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