5 Keys to Clearly Hear God’s Voice

Leaders today face an overwhelming amount of noise. From emails, texts, blogs, tweets, social and traditional media and more, these same insanely distracting and never-ending streams of noise significantly impact leaders (business, family, ministry, etc.) who desire to be led by the Spirit of God.

This is one of the greatest everyday challenges my coaching and business clients face everyday.  Their fundamental question to me is, “How can I, amid all these overwhelming distractions, clearly hear God’s voice for me and my business/ministry?”

Here are 5 keys, directly from the prophet Habakkuk, to more clearly hear God’s voice.

5 Keys to Hearing God’s Voice

Key #1: Meet Him 

“I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart…” Habakkuk 2:1a

This is where most business leaders get stuck – even before they get started. You must block off significant chunks of time (what I call “time blocks”) to meet with God.

More so, just like in the wonderful movie, War Room, you must get away and get alone to your special, quiet wherever it is.

CAUTION: Ten-minute devotionals wrapped within someone else’s commentary are totally insufficient to fully hear God’s voice.

Key #2: Watch for Him

“…and watch to see…” Habakkuk 2:1b 

Watch with your spiritual eyes for God to speak to you through His Word, the Holy Spirit, dreams and visions. (Joel 2:28-29 & Acts 2:17-18)

Also watch with your physical eyes. For example, God often speaks to me in circumstances that point me toward His desires such as multiple unsolicited testimonials, supernatural appointments that are only explained through His hand, daily revelations of “oh wow”, and words from others that serve as a co-witness. (Romans 8:16)

Key #3: Listen to Him

“…what He will say to me, and what I will answer when I am corrected.” Habakkuk 2:1c

Listen with your spirit, heart, and soul – not just your head and physical ears. Be sensitive to His promptings in the Spirit for He is speaking to you. It’s our responsibility to adjust our spiritual antenna to tune into the God Channel! (For more on how to be more sensitive to His promptings, see my book, Our Unfair Advantage: Unleash the Power of the Holy Spirit in Your Business.)

As God clearly speaks to you, be ready for correction and redirection. God corrects those He loves (Hebrews 12:6) so be ready to receive and obey whatever He says for you to do.

Key #4: Write it Down

“Then the Lord answered me and said: ‘Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.’” Habakkuk 2:2

Whatever the Lord tells you, respect it enough to write it down. Keep a journal of all that He says to you. Physically or digitally record His revelations to help you remember these heavenly insights into your destiny.

Whatever the Lord tells you, respect it enough to write it down.

Key #5: Wait for It

“For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” Habakkuk 2:3

As people pre-wired for action, leaders are ready to get on with it, to make things happen. However, today may not be the appointed time. Yet His promise is that “it will surely come” so wait on it.

One More Key: Clear Your Mechanism 

I’ve previously posted on the technique I use to quickly jump into hearing His voice for my business and life. Check it out in my post “Clear Your Mechanism & Hear God’s Voice.”

You Can Hear God’s Voice

It’s easy to overcomplicate even simple things in life. Is hearing God’s voice difficult? Only if we convince ourselves it is.

Take these rather simple yet power keys and integrate them into your communion time. Then prepare yourself for fresh, overwhelming, and joyful revelations as you march boldly into hearing His voice and better understanding His destiny for your life.

About Dr. Jim

Dr. Jim Harris is President of The Jim Harris Group, an international speaking and advising firm dedicated to helping believers in business unleash their unfair advantage in the marketplace. He is the author of Our Unfair Advantage: Unleash the Power of the Holy Spirit in Your Business and numerous other award winning business books.


  • Gerry Dagonese says:

    Having been introduced to Our Unfair Advantage: Unleash the Power of the Holy Spirit in Your Business via a podcast interview on The Kingdom Influence Show, I promptly ordered a copy. As a firm believer in what appears to be a general lack of attention to both His role and importance of The Holy Spirit in the lives of believers, reading the book strikes a number of cords for me. Thank you for both the writing as well as the much-needed message. Insomuch as I am not completely through the book, I understand the topic may be covered more fully later on but wanted to mention this: You talk about an “inner knowing” and trusting in that but I believe this almost limits the Spirit to a box framed around our own understanding — something similar to an intuition. Alternatively, I believe the Spirit does (if He chooses) actually speak to us in different other ways which may be much stronger than what sounds like an intuitive sense. That intuitive sense is one possibility which may grow stronger as we purpose ourselves to hear from Him and ask the Lord to sensitize us to His speaking. On the other hand I have had experiences where the Spirit spoke to me in non-audible but nevertheless equally strong and undoubtedly Spirit-manifested directives. These I heard clearly “in my heart” (I have no better way of explaining the experience, but they were clear as well as distinctly stronger and different than an intuitive sense). One of those times occurred during one of my own inept attempts to witness to someone in dire need of the hope of salvation. After more than one attempt by me, in my heart I heard the Spirit telling me to “just be direct” with him. As a result of only what our God can do, we have another brother. The point of this is that there may be much more to hearing from our Lord than an “inner knowing.” We can and would be better-served as well as better servants by learning to listen to and ask for His “abundantly clear” directions in the businesses we are entrusted to steward. Thank you again Dr. Jim. The book is a treasure.

    • Dr. Jim says:

      Great stuff Gerry. Yes, the “inner knowing” is simply a phrase to encourage us to drop our decision making 18 inches- from our head to our Spirit. As well it simply implies more than just head knowledge or even intuition (which is often an inner guess). Thanks for you great insights and I very much appreciate your kind comments.

      • Gerry Dagonese says:

        It has taken me a while to get back here; as mentioned in my original comment above I had not finished reading the book. No sooner did I post the comment above that I continued the reading and read how you covered in more detail the inner knowing. Thank you.

  • Jason Brown says:

    Dr. Jim hits the center of the bull’s-eye again! Why and How? He does not come up with a cute acrostics or a fancy diagram outlining some logical process, but simply shares what he has learned and applied directly from the Lord. In his own life. He is a practitioner first, and then an instructor and encourager to all of us in leadership positions. Thank you Dr. Jim for your example!
    Jason Brown
    Marketplace Chaplains

    • Dr. Jim says:

      Totally humbled by this Jason. May God richly bless you for your kindness and encouragement toward me.

  • Eric Snyder says:

    Timely advice! Facing numerous challenges today and the temptation is to rush off and git ‘er done! Time with the Lord is the better response; appreciate the admonition!!

    • Dr. Jim says:

      As you know Eric, I post what I need to do too!!! Keep after Him and then ALL GOOD THINGS will follow!

  • Jim Young says:

    Following this advice daily from 4 am to 6 am will change your life. 2 hours with the Lord each morning before the rest of the world gets going will enable you to more clearly operate in the power of the Holy Spirit. Key is going to bed by 9 pm at the latest each night. Get 7 hours sleep is important too!

    • Dr. Jim says:

      Jim, I also invest between 5-7 AM most days to the Lord. You are 100% spot on – this time dramatically improves your walk, insights, and revelations from the Lord. Thanks for sharing.

  • Amanda says:

    Another extremely helpful post, thank you! I’ve always struggled with how to spend my time with God, whether to read, pray, or listen, or all 3. Apart from what you’ve said here, and in your Clear the Mechanism post, which I’ll try right now, how would you recommend I spend my time with God? How much time should I spend?

    • Dr. Jim says:

      How? However He leads you (Check your Mechanism). How long? Until. Whether it’s 2 minutes or 2 hours, stay at it “until” you have peace: an answer, an inner knowing, a new revelation on a verse or parable or concept, or simply realizing you really gave this time your best focus (even if no breakthrough occurred). For me the key is simply staying in His presence, tuning out my stuff, & focusing on His. It took me a while – a couple of years actually- to get to where I could quickly jump into communion time. I pray these insights speeds up your learning curve Amanda.

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