The biggest key to hearing God’s voice is being willing to do what he says.
Tania Harris has been learning how to hear God’s voice for many years and recently penned a book entitled God Conversations to inspire others to hear from him themselves. Tania attends Hillsong in Sydney and runs godconversations.com, which equips ordinary people to recognise and respond to God’s voice. We caught up with her.
When did you start pursuing God’s voice?
I grew up in a church-going family, but it wasn’t until I was 21 that I really started pursuing the voice of God. I understood that he spoke to people, but I’d never heard his voice.
Why is it so important to hear from him?
Relationships don’t grow without communication, and communication always has to be two-way. We all have those friends who do all the talking and never let you get a word in; it doesn’t make for a great relationship!
The same principal applies to God. Until we really start to hear his Spirit for ourselves, we don’t experience the fullness of what he has for us.
How do we know where God’s voice starts and our own inner voice stops?
Jesus is God’s ultimate conversation to us, so my first port of call is always: is this something Jesus would say? Is it consistent with his teachings? Does it bring love, joy, peace, freedom and truth in the same way every aspect of his life, actions and teachings did?
Why did you write the book?
There are good books out there on how to hear God’s voice, but they’re very ‘point one, point two, point three’. I wanted to really invite people into the journey.
The Bible tells us a lot about God speaking, but only tends to give us the highlights. You get stories like, “The Lord spoke to Mary and Joseph, ‘Get up and go to Egypt.’ And they got up and went to Egypt.” It doesn’t always go into the backstory.
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