21 Days to the Manifest Presence of God: Day 12 (Hearing God Speak)

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Welcome to Day 12 of my series about developing an awareness of God’s presence! You can refer back to Day 1 if you’d like to know my backstory for the series.

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    Today, we are going to start learning how to start hearing God speak to you personally. As you go through this exercise, you will hear God’s still, small voice speaking to you inside your heart!

    Learning to hear God speak quietly to you is one of the most valuable things you’ll ever learn. You may not always be sitting in your special place with God with an open Bible. But the Holy Spirit is always with you, and He’ll talk with you all day long if you learn how to listen.

    Here’s a question:

    Imagine with me that someone plays you a recording of 10 different voices. You aren’t told who any of them are, but one of them is your mother.

    Would you be able to distinguish your mother’s voice from all the other voices?

    Of course you would. You would know instantly who was speaking, as soon as you heard her voice.

    You can learn to hear God, and distinguish His voice from all others, just like that. The same way you are deeply acquainted with your mother’s voice, you can become deeply acquainted with God’s voice.

    Here’s how to get started:

    No matter where you are right now, sit back for a second and be still. Focus your thoughts on Jesus.

    Then ask God: “Father, how much do you love me?”

    And listen for His answer.

    Pay attention to the very first thing that comes into your spirit. Listen for a still, small voice.

    It may not be a voice that you are familiar with. But you will hear the love in that voice. And don’t be surprised if you hear something phrased in a way that you would not usually phrase it.

    After all, this is God speaking. He can say anything He wants to say.

    VERY IMPORTANT POINT: If you hear anything that is NOT loving, that is NOT God. Don’t believe anything that is not loving. Just focus your thoughts and imagination on Jesus again, and ask Him to help you hear.

    Ask again: “Father, how much do you love me?”

    And listen to His answer.

    God’s answer will touch your spirit. It may sound completely foreign to you if you aren’t used to hearing words of love. But that first thought that comes to mind-that is an affirming answer to the question, and lines up with the Bible–that’s God Himself speaking to you.

    Pay attention to what God’s voice sounds like.

    Listen to the timbre, the pitch, the volume. Hit “save” in your “heart drive.” That is the voice of God. You’ll hear it again as often as you want to, and you’ll want to learn to pay attention and recognize His voice above all others.

    This morning, when I was thinking about this question, God answered me by showing me a mental picture. When I thought, “How much do You love me?” I saw God, my Father, opening His arms like the children’s book and saying, “This much!” But in my mind’s eye, I saw the Father’s arms opening wider and wider and wider, encompassing all the heavens and the galaxies. And they kept going. (God is infinite, you know.) God was showing me a picture of His unending love for me.

    He loves you just as much, and He longs to talk to you in exactly the same way. Will you quiet yourself for a few moments and listen?

    Did you hear God telling you how much He loves you when you tried the experiment above? If so, what did He say?

    Related: Click here for the “21 Days to the Manifest Presence of God” table of contents! 

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    1. WoW! I am so glad I found your page. As I did the exercise I instantly became overwhelmed and tears of joy rolled down.
      I saw God opening his arms wide and He said “you see I created all of this, then I saw the dark night sky, the stars and the universe. And he said I love you so much more than that”
      And when I read the rest of your post I was even more amazed. To Him all the glory!

      I will definitely share your page with the ladies from our intercessory group.

      God bless you always!

      1. Hi Maria! WOW is right! What an amazing thing for Papa God to show you! Thank you so much for sharing that with me. Feedback like yours makes my whole week. 🙂
        Thank you for reading and sharing!

      2. May Acosta says:

        Hi Jamie!
        When I did this exercise, it was really amazing!
        And it’s true that God speaks! All praise to my Abba! In Jesus name.
        Thank you Jamie, God bless you always!

    2. So blessed. God said that he loves me “infinity”. That’s such an Anja-esq way to say things. I’m truly blessed by your posts. Thank you!

      1. I love it! I can totally see Him saying that! Our Papa is so PRECIOUS!!!!
        And thank you for reading! 🙂

    3. I got, “More than you could ever know.” Then I asked again, and heard, “More than you could ever know.” I asked ONE more time (I’m needy like that), and he said, “More than you’ll ever understand.”

      My husband got the scripture John 3:16.

      My oldest son heard, “Look outside.” So he looked out his window, and saw lush spring green everywhere. Then he heard, “I made all this because I love you. I love you more than all this. I love you more than the universe…which I also made.”

      1. That’s so amazing, Nettie. Thank you for letting me know. I’ve been blown away by this ever since you wrote it and have just gotten way behind on comments and hadn’t had a chance to tell you so until this last weekend. But I’m so wasted for God. How amazing that He speaks to us this way!!! He’s incredible!!! Thank You Papa!!!

    4. He told me that He loves me so much that He died for me, and He instantly refered me to John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this,than to lay down one’s life for his friends ” NKJV
      Thank you so much for your posts, I have been so blessed by them as I grow nearer to His presence

      1. Wow, Helen, that’s amazing. What a good, good Father He is. 🙂
        Thank you so much for reading and sharing! Have a wonderful day!

    5. Last week was when I tried this exercise. I had been desiring to hear God speak for a while and I heard Him for the first time while reading this blog!

      He said “My arms are open wide.” The second time, it was “To the ends of the earth.”

      I had never known the incredible quality of my Father’s voice. It’s so loving and gentle and comforting, yet still firm. It’s indescribable.

      He even kept speaking to me, since I was so excited about this breakthrough. I asked Him for a word; any word. He replied “I hold you in My hands,” and “He is the Bread of Life, consecrated, so that you may know Me, and I know you.” I had to think for a bit, but I realized He was telling me how necessary is is to focus on His Son in order to hear from Him! It sounds silly writing it out, but I had never done that before reading this.

      Then, I asked Him which task I should tackle next, as per your teaching on “Divine Flow,” but this time He surprised me with “Take your time and think.” He’s so personable. 🙂

      Thank you for your obedience! You are truly anointed for this and God is moving powerfully in your work here.

      1. Wow, that’s amazing, Kelsey. Sooooo beautiful. He’s a good, good Father! I’m so glad you let Him speak to you! (And thanks for letting me know.) 🙂
        Have a great evening!

    6. Hi Jamie,

      I just wanted you to know that I’ve actually been learning to hear him quite well for the last year and a half. However when I read this blog post I had never stopped to ask him the question, “Father, how much do you love me?” I’m shocked I never even asked. And yet I’ve heard him say, “I love you” many times when I was feeling down after sinning. He would always comfort me. But again I never ever asked this question! Until now.
      What I saw was the Lord’s son sitting on a park bench with me, speaking to me. Had had the most tranquil happy face. He smiled at me and for the first time I saw him as both my Heavenly and even as replacing my earthly father. It is by his spirit I am sired anew. A true child of Christ. A child of the Living God.
      In this moment I asked him, “Father how much do you love me?” This was his response. “I love you more than the stars of Heaven. And I see to each one for I love them all. But you I love above them all.” At first I thought, “Did I really hear that?!” Then I continued reading the rest of your post and was floored to see that his response to me has matched up with not only yours but everyone else s!!! Upon reading your heard response it sunk in and I let it be true in my heart. Thank you for all you are doing to serve and be served by him. Thank you in Jesus name. Amen!

      1. Wow, that is amazing, Andrew! So glad you shared. Our Daddy is AWESOME! I’m so grateful to Him for encouraging you!
        Have a wonderful day, and thank you for reading my blog!

    7. Hey Jamie. I been longing to hear God speak to me for awhile now. I’ve been dealing with unforgiveness and shame and rejection, (even though I thought I was fine) and I only know this because I’ve been going up for altar call after altar call (I go to a holy spirit filled church so it’s common when people hear God). I even looked at your 13 signs why you’re not hearing God and I said to myself “unforgiveness and bitterness *sigh*”. But this past Sunday, while being prayed for, one of the things God told her to tell me was that it’s not what I have to keep doing to be delivered from all I have been dealing with, but I already delivered you when I died on the cross. So after church yesterday I thought I was finally set free from everthing holding me down, and I couldn’t wait to get to the activity today. I thought I was finally going to hear God for the first time, and I didn’t ): I asked him to help me to hear him the second time, I sat there for 10 minutes, and I still didn’t hear him. All the comments are amazing, and I was happy for everyone, but I still felt a little sadness inside me because I have been going up for altars calls and praying about this, and I still haven’t had a complete breakthrough yet. Could you pray for me Jamie. I’m at the end of my rope, and I don’t know what to do. . I won’t give up because I believe that he is my Abba and that he wants to speak to me. I’m just a little discouraged. Thank you in advance for your time.

    8. Ossie copeland says:

      He said Love that take my pains I have. He Love He ! Love! Thanks Jamie

    9. Maria Dimba says:

      God said he loves me very much, you. Thank you

    10. Karen Thomas says:

      Hi Jamie, I am so glad I found your website. It has been so helpful to me. Jamie I need you to pray with me please for an injustice that is trying to raise its evil head at my job. Please pray with me that whatever the devil is trying to plot against me will not work and affect my job. Please pray with me that my children will find the right path in their lives and that they will attract real friends in their lives.
      Thank you,

    11. He said “I love you with all that I AM”

      1. That sounds so simple compared to the other posts but it was so profound. All that he is? He is love; the alpha and omega; creator of the universe, the one that lives in me and in you and in all who seek Him earnestly. He is the same as He was yesterday, tomorrow and forever. He is bigger than all diseases and the One who brought me from the brink of death and healed me from cancer. He is my Daddy. Whew! He is the Great I AM !! That’s why He answered “I love you with all that I AM.” Whew! I am overcome

    12. Hi Jamie, love what God is doing through you. I’m not good at listening to God that much. How do you focus your thoughts on God? When I asked I heard lyrics from an old song ‘I love you more than the sun and the stars that taught how to shine you are mine and you’ll shine for me too. I love you yesterday and today and tomorrow I’ll say it again and again. I love you more.’ A lot of the time when I’m trying to listen, the overactive part of my brain tries to invent responses for itself. So I’m not exactly sure if I’m hearing God or myself.

      1. Hi Linda! FANTASTIC question. Here’s how to tell:
        Let me ask you this: When was the last time you sat around and your brain automatically started telling you how much you love yourself? (Probably never?) Also, do you think the devil would ever tell you how much he loves you? (Answer: No, the devil doesn’t love.) Basically, the human brain doesn’t sit around telling itself it loves you. The devil certainly doesn’t. So what you heard was God. You can tell because it wouldn’t have come from you, and it lines up with His Word. Boom! Congratulations–you heard the Lord!!

    13. Jamie,
      Thank you for being God’s vessel to us. I asked God the question and he said “Enough to take away the burdens of the world off me.” Jamie, i am going through some issues here at home, and i ask for prayers.

    14. Maribeth Bieber says:

      Well what I heard was not as wonderful as everyone else’s but He said more than the birds in the sky.
      I asked Him again. He said more that he snow flakes that fall.

      He knows I am always praying for snow and always feeding the birds. I just didn’t feel as special. But I still know He loves me🙁.

    15. Paul Israel says:

      For me it is the opposite. Unlike other people, i tried to hear from God many times and from long ago but I can’t even hear a small thing. There’s absolutely nothing. I tried everything, but nothing. Nothing at all. However, it doesn’t mean that God does not talk. I believe that he talks to people.

    16. Thanks Jamie. When I asked”Father, how much do you love me?” I heard “very much” then he referred me to the cross. I asked again and I heard “just as much as my Word tells you”. I was asking again and I heard “you cry too much. Believe that I am with you” then I was referred to the cross and all that Jesus suffered there for us. Hallelujah. Amen.

    17. KimA.Hill says:

      Kim says:As I was focusing on Jesus the picture was showing me in my mind.Jesus with the crown on his head and the words that your debt was paid in full.That’s how much the Father loves me.I will do this exercise more often.I truly desire to hear from the Lord.

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