What’s Hard About Hearing God’s Voice? – Tania Harris

Monday, September 4th, 2017

‘Doing what He says!’

Hearing from God is the easy part, but doing what He says is another story.

“The truth is God’s Words are designed to change us and make us more like Him.”

“This often involves transformation and that’s why I often say it’s hard because it involves change. And as humans we resist that quite often.”

“She told me she had no trouble discerning that the voice telling her to lie on the railway tracks wasn’t from God. And the reason she had no trouble was that she knew what God was like,” said Tania Harris.

(‘God Conversations’ author Tania Harris.)

Some say they hear an audible voice while others experience an inward dialogue between themselves and God. Two of the many ways people hear God’s voice.

‘The hard part is the easy way’

The Bible also illustrates how God speaks through the Scriptures and through the words of Christ and the prophets.

Then there’s prayer and the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity who brings His Word to life in us.

“Hearing from God this way might be the easy part,” 20Twenty host Neil Johnson suggested before introducing Tania.

Tania is heard daily on Vision Radio and is in demand to speak at conferences around the world.

As for whether there’s an easy way and a hard way to hearing from God, Tania could only chuckle and say the hard part is the easy way because it’s God who is the One who orchestrates His messages.

“What I’ve found as I’ve travelled around and talked to people, and found for myself, hearing from Him is the easy part, but doing what He says is often the most difficult part.”

‘How do I know it was God?’

“And it’s the part that stops us from hearing more I believe,” Tania confessed, saying that’s the key – having a responsive heart to What God is saying.

Neil posed a question we’ve all asked: ‘How do I know it was God (speaking to me) in the first place, and if He’s said to do something that creates all sorts of conflict with what I’m doing right now?”

First of all, Tania said the voice of the Holy Spirit is always consistent with the Person of Jesus.

“I always say, if you really want to know and to discern what God is saying to you then get to know Jesus first. Lay that foundation and understand the kind of things God will say,” Tania answered.

“And obviously everything the Spirit says will be consistent with God’s character and nature that we see most perfectly in the life and teachings of Jesus.”

‘Hear His Spirit’

“But I don’t think anyone should start trying to listen to the Holy Spirit until they understand that. It’s really important. Otherwise we can’t discern It because obviously voices and visions and all these sorts of things can come from different sources,” Tania informed.

Tania recapped saying we need to know what God is like and the sorts of things that He says.

“And then we position our hearts to hear His Spirit,” said Tania saying His Spirit is a spiritual voice.

“And when we hear directly from the Spirit He might use words in our thoughts or He’ll use pictures in visions when we’re awake also in dreams when we’re asleep. That’s the primary way that God used in the Bible.”

Tania said this process is a very important and discernment needs to be exercised.

“That involves testing it against what God is like in the Scriptures and also testing it against the community that we come from.”

‘What did you hear?’

Tania said God doesn’t just speak to one person but to many.

“What God does is that He discerns it through His people,” Tania said, providing Acts 10 as an example.

This was where God spoke to the church the apostle Peter and to the Roman army officer Cornelius.

“You see them getting together, two people hearing from God and they say ‘What did you hear?’ and the people of God discuss it. If this is from God let’s talk about it,” Tania explained saying that’s the kind of process of discernment we need to go through.

But it’s what comes next that’s difficult. As mentioned earlier, doing what God says.

“Jesus said, ‘My people recognise My voice. I know them and they follow,’” quoted Tania.

“So often I believe we do hear from God and we go, ‘Oh, it’s too hard!’ and we move on.”

‘It’s change that’s hard’

“The truth is God’s Words are designed to change us and make us more like Him. They’re designed to design our lives, to give glory to God, to live for the Kingdom.’

“This often involves transformation and that’s why I often say it’s hard because it involves change. And as humans we resist that quite often.”

But isn’t all this rather complicated? Christians have to deal with the Trinity; one God with three identities.

Neil Johnson suggested that for Christians to be hearing from God, Jesus is a great starting point. Tania agreed.

She said she had been doing her doctorate in this area and had interviewed a lady who had struggled with schizophrenia for 20 years.

“She told me she had no trouble discerning that the voice telling her to lie on the railway tracks wasn’t from God. And the reason she had no trouble was that she knew what God was like,” Tania shared.

‘Test what you hear’

“She’d been taught very thoroughly in her church that this is what God is like. Look at Jesus and she knew immediately. I think sometimes we fear this,” Tania admitted.

But there’s no need to fear because God makes His voice clear.

“Experience testifies to the fact that He Himself tells us to test the revelations we hear and He helps us with that testing,” Tania declared.

“I think that the heart that’s positioned to follow God and to know Him and wants to hear His voice, there’s some safety in that.”

Tania said God challenges us and He says wonderful things.

“I’m your provider, I’ll look after you, I’m going to give you the desires of your heart.”

‘Do whatever God says’

Tania shared from her experience in this field of ministry saying people often say to her they can’t hear what God is saying. They’re praying about a job or a relationship and as you talk to them you realise they had heard God.

“He’s saying ‘Learn to live according to the ways of Jesus. So give to others, serve, sacrifice your needs ahead of others. Lay your life down, take up your cross, follow, forgive that person, love your enemies, these kind of things,” listed Tania saying this is where we trip up a little bit.

“He was saying, ‘Forgive this person.’ And often we don’t realise that God knows what we need first. So after we’ve forgiven that person the issue of the job will become clear.”

“We just have to be prepared to do whatever God says,” Tania confirmed, adding that’s the key if we want to get better at this – hearing the voice of God.”

“Just be responsive to what God is already saying in your life.”
 


Footnote:

Excerpt from Tania’s testimony

‘Hearing God’s voice not only led me to unexpected places, but drew out the best of who I was. God’s heart is for every person to know Him for themselves. His words are powerful and transformative, revealing a God who is eminently personal, delightfully creative and surprisingly funny. Hearing Him speak gives us the faith and inspiration to live beyond our wildest imaginings. My prayer and the prayer of my team is that you will recognise the voice of God in your own life, and in doing so, you’ll find the courage to follow.’

http://godconversations.com/about/tania-harris/

 

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