Learning to Hear God When He Speaks

I guess I’m on a roll, so to speak, with Rev. Billy Cole’s sermons. I absolutely love to hear him preach. I wish I could have gotten the opportunity to hear him in person. He’s gone on to be with the Lord now, but I’m so thankful we have the digital copies of his sermons to glean from.

The one I watched was The Voice of God, and I’ll add it at the end of this post if you’re interested in watching it. It’s not quite an hour, but absolutely packed with goodies that kept me taking notes like I was cramming for a test! 🙂

Here are a few things I got from the sermon. I pray you get even more should you choose to watch it!

The Voice of God is the way that God speaks to you, specifically. He doesn’t speak to everyone in the same way, so it’s important to have that personal relationship that allows you to find out exactly how He talks to you. For instance, the Holy Spirit might move some people to action through dreams. Others might have a very emotional experience that prompts them to action. Still, others might only be moved by that still, small voice that would seem like nothing to someone else.

Once you learn how He speaks to you, you must learn how to act on what He is telling you to do. And that takes courage and faith. But also discernment.

For instance, sometimes God will speak to you, telling you to do a specific thing. Other times, He might speak to you, through a dream, or confirmation, or revelation, about things other people are doing that don’t necessarily prompt you to act. It may only be for your knowledge but without action.

The important thing to remember is that once you learn to hear the Voice of God concerning what He wants you to do, ONLY ACT on what you know He is telling you to DO. In other words, if He only moves you to action by speaking through dreams, then do not let a supernatural, emotive experience move you to ACT when He’s really only giving you knowledge about a person or thing.

It can be easier to discern the Voice of God if we understand that we have a parent/child relationship with Him and not that of a king/servant relationship. Consider these Scriptures:

“Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.” (John 15:15)

“Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” (Galatians 4:7)

“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:1-2)

A child does serve the parent. Some children take great joy in delivering things to the parent, whether it’s a refreshing drink or the daily mail. They might take joy in preparing and serving a meal or driving the parent somewhere.

But the child is not a servant. Just think about your job and how you do that job based on a “have to” situation. Most days, you don’t really want to be there. You wait and watch the clock until time to go home. No, that’s the SERVANT relationship and does not describe the parent/child relationship we have with Jesus. There is a preciousness in it that makes it utterly different.

To be used by God when He speaks to us, we have to be movable. If we are immovable, how can He use us? If we are His point of contact in this world, we MUST MOVE when we know and discern that He is telling us to do so. And this goes back to learning how He speaks to us so that we can be sure He’s telling us to move and not simply informing us about a person, place, or event.

And it’s also important to know that there WILL be times when you will think that Jesus has forsaken you. When that time comes, DO NOT let that thought linger. Remember that the Word says He will NOT leave you…

“…for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Hebrews 13:5)

If He leaves you, it’s because you’ve driven Him out, and that is entirely possible. But He will never leave nor forsake you as long as you are dedicated to Him.

Please feel free to watch the sermon for yourself. God bless you today.


  1. Many times I have missed what God was saying. Life gets busy and with it the opportunity to spend time in prayer and listening goes by the wayside.
    The story in the Old Testament about young Samuel. He did not know the voice of God yet. God would speak to young Samuel, but he thought it was Eli who had summoned him. Finally Eli recognizes what is happening with Samuel. Eli instructs Samuel to go back and lay down for the next time you hear that voice say, ‘speak my Lord for thy servant is listening’. Knowing the voice of God comes with understanding and discernment.

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      Oh, I love the story of Eli and Samuel! I actually thought about that while watching this video sermon, and how Samuel learned, at such a young age, to hear from God. It made me think about how important it is to teach our children to listen, discern, and pray for wisdom <3 Thank you for mentioning this!

  2. His sheep will hear His voice. Learning to discern how He speaks, took me several years. I wasn’t an easy subject! 😆 I was like Gideon, is this you, Lord? If it is let this and this happen. It didn’t come easy at all for me. The older I’ve gotten, I’ve learned. Now being brave enough to just do what He says or asks, is another lesson!
    Loved your summary of the sermon and your own take on it! 💜

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      Amen, Sis. I know I’ve done that MANY times!! Lol, Lord, is that You? Well, what about now? And how can I be sure? The being brave enough part… that’s me too!! I always pray to be able to move when He says move, and I think the time is coming when more of us are going to have to do that <3 It is SUCH an HONOR!! Thank you!

      1. Oh my goodness, yes! An humbling honor for Him to even want to speak! Especially when we are not so perfect. Welcome!

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