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I spent a great deal of my life trying to connect with God. I kept waiting by the phone for Him to call and by my mailbox waiting for Him to send me an invitation. The truth is the calls had been coming, my phone just wasn’t turned on, and my invitation had already arrived. I simply had to turn on the ringer and RSVP to His invitation.
It may seem strange to some, but most of my growing up years in the church, I didn’t know that God still spoke today. I didn’t understand that God wanted a relationship with a two-way conversation. I didn’t realize that we could speak to God just like we do with our friends or family and that He would respond.
There are many things that can hinder our ability to hear from God. However, the following 8 things listed below are some of the more prominent ones I have found throughout ministry and my own journey to hear from God.
8 hinderances to hearing from God
If we have any unconfessed sin in our lives, it is a huge hinderance to hearing the voice of God, because God does not abide sin.
When Jesus bore our sins at Calvary, Matthew 27:46 tells us, “about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Even King David also cried out, in times of trouble, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are You so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish?” (Psalm 22:1 NIV)
If we are having difficulty hearing God’s voice, we need to take an account and see if there is any sin in our lives, remember, God does not abide sin.
“If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened” (Psalm 66:18 – NIV).
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23-24 NIV)
2. Misunderstanding/Wrong Teaching
In my own life I had many misunderstandings surrounding hearing from God. Due to previous teachings from the conservative church background I had, I didn’t understand that God still speaks today. I had a view of God that didn’t leave room for Him speaking to me other than pointing out what I was doing wrong. These misunderstandings and wrong teachings actually formed and shaped a paradigm for me to hear from God, or not.
Hearing from God is founded in faith and belief. Fear and faith cannot co-exist, they battle for space within us. If we allow fear to take over then faith gets pushed aside. Faith is from God and fear is from the enemy. In 1 Kings 19 we see how detrimental fear can be to hearing God. Elijah, God’s prophet, had just had an amazing victory, when verse 3 tells us that he became afraid and ran for his life. Fear has a way of distorting truth and eats away at what God is doing in our lives. When we are afraid, it’s difficult to discern whose voice we are hearing making it challenging to hearing from God. We need to have faith that Scripture is true. If we are God’s children, we can hear and know His voice and the voice of another we will not follow.
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. (John 10:27 NIV).
4. Doubt (lack of faith)
Doubt states something about who we think God is. God’s nature is love and His promises are sure. Struggling with doubt reveals our insecurities about either God’s ability, our view of our standing with God or our lack of deserving. Allowing doubt and unbelief into our lives can become a hinderance to hearing God’s voice. When we doubt that God speaks at all, or we doubt that He will speak to us, it creates a blockage in our hearts and minds. If we doubt the truths of God’s word, we need to confess and repent. Ask God for forgiveness and to open our spiritual ears to hear from Him.
“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord” (James 1:6-7 NIV).
We are called to be dependent upon God not independent. Pride is sin, plain and simple. It’s a mindset and attitude that says, “I don’t need God,” “I don’t need to hear from Him,” or “I can do it myself.” As you read Samson’s story in Judges 13-16, we see he clearly had pride. Samson was overconfident and determined he didn’t need help from anyone or anything including God, he wanted to do things his way, and often took matters into his own hands.
“As has just been said: ‘Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion'” (Hebrews 3:15 NIV).
6. Distractions/Too Busy
We live in a day and time when life is busy. My to-do list is overflowing with an abundance of items from my personal, profession and ministry life. Society has taught us that “busy” is the new normal. In fact, we can keep ourselves so busy that we don’t have time to spend with God, let alone wait on God. Now throw in distractions like social media, TV, video games and other similar items and there’s so much noise it’s difficult to tune into God’s frequency.
Shame keeps us from accepting our true position as children of God and can be an obstacle to hear from Him. Shame tells us that we don’t measure up and we are not enough. Shame makes us believe God would never speak to us, or we are unworthy, and these feelings can separate us from God. It’s imperative we fight against shame with confession, inner healing and standing on the truth of Scripture.
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:1-2 NIV).
8. Listening to others instead of God
We all have been given the Spirt of God. Good friends can confirm and advise, but they can never replace the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. Sadly, it is all too easy for us to turn to others and ask their opinions and advice before going to God. I’ve been guilty of this very thing myself, have you? A crisis moment occurs, and we go to others first instead of God. We want their council; their opinions and we want them to approach God and hear for us. When this happens, we insert someone else in the middle of our personal relationship with God. God wants to speak to us, He wants us to come directly to Him, unhindered, vulnerable, and available to listen when He speaks.
What delight comes to those who follow God’s ways! They won’t walk in step with the wicked, nor share the sinner’s way, nor be found sitting in the scorner’s seat (Psalm 1:1 The Passion Translation).
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Debbie Kitterman is a natural born encourager who is on fire for God. She is passionate about equipping individuals, so they can go deeper in the relationship with God, reach their God-potential and claim their Kingdom inheritance. Debbie is a wife, mother, author, pastor, speaker and the founder of “Dare 2 Hear,” a ministry that trains individuals to hear the voice of God. She travels to churches internationally and is the founder and teacher of d2htraining.com, an online course designed to equip the believer in releasing God’s heart. Her writing and teachings inspire faith and build bridges for people to believe and expect the impossible. She is also an ordained Foursquare pastor, currently serving with her husband, John, as senior pastor of Restoration Church in Lacey, Washington. Learn more at: www.debbiekitterman.com
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