By Sharon Ereaux
As a follower of Christ, you are already ‘hearing’ from God somehow, even if you don’t know it.
Jesus said “My sheep hear my voice, they know me” (John 10:27). He will communicate with us in whatever way we will ‘hear’ Him. That may be through thoughts that you think are your own, or answers and direction from a Bible verse that seems to ‘jump off the page’ or comes to your mind, or perhaps guidance from a book or a fellow believer, or circumstances. Honour this, and thank Him for it.
I like to talk about sensing God, because we can use all our senses in the spiritual realm. Our inner hearing and inner sight as well as spiritual taste, smell and feeling, inner knowing and more.
Rest in Him.
It is ultimately the Father who is leading you in the process of learning to sense Him more and more. Trust that He is faithful to help you in the learning process. This helps us to engage from a place of rest.
Be assured that it is what the Father wants for you. He invites us to seek His face (Psalm 27:8, 2 Chronicles 7:14), and Paul prays “that the eyes of your understanding may be enlightened” (Ephesians 1:18). We can sense Him, not with our natural eyes, but with inner eyes of spiritual understanding. And He wants us to.
Practice stilling your mind.
Note that we don’t empty our mind. We still our mind to allow our spirit to lead. The mind isn’t silent, but it isn’t in charge either.
Go beyond emotions.
Ask the blessing of shalom-peace upon your emotions if you need it. We may have unhelpful emotions which can be resolved in time. Unhelpful feelings don’t need to dominate us. We notice them but then go deeper within to our spirit. This is also to allow your spirit to lead.
Be governed by your spirit.
Agree that your spirit is to be over your soul and your soul over your body. Consciously let your spirit expand. Let it happen by faith now even if you do not sense it happen.
Know that your spirit is your link to Holy Spirit and to all of heaven. Your spirit will increasingly govern your mind and your body. “The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the spirit is life and peace.” [Romans 8:6 TNIV (2011)]
As we start to pay attention to the ways that we are already hearing from God we give ourselves opportunity to grow in faith and confidence. This opens us up more and more to hear, see and sense in new ways.
When we act on what we hear, see or sense, even when we aren’t sure, this can confirm that we have indeed heard, and that experience boosts our faith even more. It also pleases the Lord when we take those steps of faith in service of Him. Then we are growing in intimacy which also sharpens our sensing and increases our desire for it.
Sensing God’s expression.
Seeking God’s face and His expression toward us is a lovely way to grow in hearing, seeing and sensing. He invites us to do this (Psalm 27:8, 2 Chronicles 7:14). This is a blessing in many ways. It can be very healing. You may sense His pleasure, His delight, His love, His concern or many other wonderful things.
There are many promises in Scripture about God’s feelings towards us. “The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” [Zephaniah 3:17. TNIV (2011)]
Use this place of rest, trust and increasing faith to help you hear, see and sense in the spirit. Ask questions of the Lord and seek Him with confident expectation. Wait, but also notice a thought or image that comes quickly. Often His response comes quicker than we could imagine one. I have found this to be helpful reassurance, how an answer can come when I’ve hardly finished the question.
Another way of sensing that you may begin to notice is ‘resonating’ in agreement and harmony with another, whilst engaging heaven. This is a valid form of sensing in your spirit as we are spirit-beings that have a frequency and in times like that our frequencies are aligning.
When we have made the Lord our first love, then what our heart desires will be in line with His heart. So when we sense what our heart cries out for, we are also sensing our spirit and His spirit stirring us. Spend time sensing what stirs your heart.
Also setting your heart on a question is helpful. Our heavenly Father responds to our desire. He never forces His way. Desire and confident, hopeful expectation with love will take you a long way in your journey with Him.
Here is another helpful article we have on seeing in the spirit. https://growingpeopleframework.wordpress.com/seeing-in-the-spirit/