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.