Is God Speaking to Me? Is It My Conscience? How Can I Tell?

Is God Speaking to Me? Is It My Conscience? How Can I Tell?

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Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason answers the question, “Can we trust that the inner voice in our head is God?”

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27 thoughts on “Is God Speaking to Me? Is It My Conscience? How Can I Tell?

  1. unraveled synapses

    Religion… socially acceptable schizophrenia

    August 7, 2022 at 2:57 pm Reply
  2. eric suddarth

    I needed this. Thank you.

    August 7, 2022 at 2:57 pm Reply
  3. katiesonlinename

    Greg!!!! You did it!! You answered a question I have wrestled with for YEARS!!! …and it was so simple "You don't have to wonder 'is God speaking to me?' If you have to wonder whether He is or not, then He's not."

    Of course! Oh my gosh why did I never realize this?! God does not try! He is the ultimate example of Master Yoda's famous quote: "Do or do not; there is no try." HE IS *GOD*!! Of course I would know if He was speaking to me!

    Your comments about using our subjective conscience to inform us of God's will, as we consider what God has already said and, perhaps, seeking counsel to see if our conscience is lining up with what God has said, is guidance I have received before and it mostly made sense. However, without the reminder that God is… well… GOD and we should expect that our actions can't "prevent" Him from anything He endeavors to do, it didn't quite answer the question all the way.

    Thank you SO much! That one little puzzle piece made ALL the difference: If God is speaking, I WILL know. If God is using tools like my conscience, then He expects me to figure it out using the tools He's already given ME!

    YOU ROCK! God bless you!

    August 7, 2022 at 2:57 pm Reply
  4. Miselor Derilus

    And be partnership also

    August 7, 2022 at 2:57 pm Reply
  5. Miselor Derilus

    Amen i hopefully one day you will be able to visit us here .

    August 7, 2022 at 2:57 pm Reply

    A professed believer who writes biblical songs, told me the other day that God didn't like one of his verses and told him to write something else and also shorten the song. He then says that he re wrote th verses and that God loved them and even chuckled. When this guy talks like this I get the creeps.
    Yesterday I was looking for something on Facebook for him and he said this: "I'm asking the Holy Spirit if it's still on Facebook and he's quickening right now".
    Nothing came through though!.
    Again, what a cringeworthy moment.

    August 7, 2022 at 2:57 pm Reply
  7. Chris Graf

    God is very subjective I feel to our lifestyle, which will determine the best means he knows he can reach us. It's something I never used to be great at. But asking him for help in that area is a great start.

    August 7, 2022 at 2:57 pm Reply
  8. Jose Dopwell

    God speaks to us through His word. It's no accident that it's called "the word of God." It says in Hebrews 1:1-3 that "but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son…" JESUS IS THE WORD (John 1:1-4, 14). The word of God informs our conscience. The Holy Spirit brings Scripture to mind to help guide us. That's one of the major reasons we must study, memorize and meditate upon God's word. It's often said that God's word will keep us from sinning, but sin will keep us from God's word (Psalm 119:11).

    For example, ANGER is a sin that IN THE FLESH we tend to excuse and justify. "IF YOU hadn't done this, I wouldn't be angry!! YOU TRIGGERED ME!! It's all your fault!! " Like Adam and Eve in the garden, we are natural blamers. But as born anew believers (John 3:3, 7; 1 Peter 1:3, 23) we learn from God's word that we have been given a Spirit of SELF-CONTROL (Galatians 5:22-24, 2 Timothy 1:7). We also learn that EACH MAN SINS WHEN HE IS LURED AND ENTICED BY HIS OWN DESIRE James 1:13-15). The devil didn't make me do it nor did the other person or the circumstance. I CHOSE TO BE ANGRY because I wanted to be angry. Furthermore we learn that if/when I'm angry with another believer in Christ, JESUS CONSIDERS IT MURDER AND PUNISHABLE BY HELL (Matthew 5:21-26, 1 John 3:11-15). So a sin that we may have been taught to blame others for BEFORE OUR JUSTIFICATION, becomes something we must CONSTANTLY REPENT OF as part of our sanctification (1 John 1:9, Proverbs 28:13). There is so much bitterness, violence and murder in the world because people justify and encourage anger and vengeance towards one another. Sadly, the same can be said about every other sin as well (Romans 1:32).

    God also uses the abundance of counselors to speak to us and help us in our Christian walk. ASKING MORE MATURE AND EXPERIENCED DISCIPLES OF CHRIST their advice concerning a possible course of action is usually a huge source of help. I say EXPERIENCED DISCIPLES OF CHRIST because, unfortunately, not everyone who is in a church building is walking with the LORD. You want to ask faithful people who have a solid understanding of God's word. We often want to ask our buddies for advice. But oftentimes people are our buddies because they seldom disagree with us. As believers in Christ we need to surround ourselves with others who are not afraid to speak the hard truths in love to us (Ephesians 4:15, 25, Proverbs 27:5-6, Proverbs 11:14, Proverbs 13:20).

    August 7, 2022 at 2:57 pm Reply
  9. Elton Ron

    God has spoken, and been heard by lots of people, twice, in the bible. Once, in each testament. Intuition, is how he appears to speak, to the individual, however, at some point in the future, I expect, he will again speak out loud.

    August 7, 2022 at 2:57 pm Reply
  10. Anand Bala

    How about Jeremiah 7:13 : "While you were doing all these things, declares the LORD, I spoke to you again and again, but you did not listen; I called you, but you did not answer."

    August 7, 2022 at 2:57 pm Reply
  11. KOG Kanpur

    Absolutely right!
    I don't serve an idol.
    My Hog has a mouth and He speaks.
    May God bless you and use you mightly!

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  13. Mr Bogdanoff

    If you hear God I think you need psychiatric help.

    August 7, 2022 at 2:57 pm Reply
  14. The Super Christian

    Can you help me discern God’s voice from my own thoughts?

    August 7, 2022 at 2:57 pm Reply
  15. MC


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  16. chrislewis73

    God didn't write a book and loose his voice. He speaks, listen to the still small voice…

    August 7, 2022 at 2:57 pm Reply
  17. Sebastien Roux

    What if our conscience is guided by God? Assuming that we stay in tune with the Holy Spirit.

    August 7, 2022 at 2:57 pm Reply
  18. geekchaser

    Something shadows. Nothing of this world has bestowed such blessings. Wanting to know why given a very terrible past. Yet the blessings keep coming. Worried about another test. The last test was after asked for patience. That one lasted over 14 years. Don't ask for that one. One has to worry what is next.

    August 7, 2022 at 2:57 pm Reply
  19. Regina

    Jesus loves you

    August 7, 2022 at 2:57 pm Reply
  20. Gail Rogers

    there is a difference however and seeking to hear God infellowship in our personal everyday lives and an intervention like we see in the case of Saul who became Paul. Growing in personal relationship with God is an invitation it's not something he's going to hit you over the head with or knock you off your horse and so an invitation is something that we have to willingly pursue and he rewards us when we do pursue him and we hear more clearly when we eliminate the distractions in our lives

    August 7, 2022 at 2:57 pm Reply
  21. Sponge Bob

    I always ask God for guidance in my studies because sometimes I really procrastinate. I tried many plans on how to have a good study habit. I tried watching many motivations. I tried pushing and forcing myself. I tried really hard to motivate myself. I will always pray that God would help me. I would be motivated to study for 1 week to a month and I will go back to the old me. My studies would be like a wheel. I went up and then I came back down. Like for now, I was really doing my best for the last weeks but now, here I am getting lazy to study. Sometimes I ask God if He wants me to do sonething else in my life. As I was forcing myself to review today, I dont know but i felt like i want to pray. And as I was praying, it's like someones telling me to drop my schooling and something better to come. So now, I am confused if this is really the plan of God for me? pls help. i am confused, i dont really know what to do 🙁

    August 7, 2022 at 2:57 pm Reply
  22. maybe i think so

    I'm going to be fourteen in a week and my biggest desire is to talk to jesus and just give him a big hug but I don't know how to do that

    August 7, 2022 at 2:57 pm Reply
  23. Christine Dalton

    I'm not an incredibly religious person but I know when it's God speaking to me. He doesn't mince words and he's very direct in his guidance. And he always has good reason, which I may not understand at the time he directs me. But it's always in my best interest that he guides me. He'll also give an explanation as to why he's telling me to do something when I ask him. And I don't need to ask myself, "Was that just you, God?" There is no doubt. I've been hearing him more lately since I've decided to stop eating processed foods and go back to a healthier diet to heal myself of aches and pains and other diet related issues.

    I'm not really much of a bible thumper. I can't quote you scripture. I think the fact that I turned away from television and news and all the worldly hype and the junk food and just spend so much time in solitude…just makes it easier for me to hear him? But like the video said. If he has something that he absolutely MUST tell you. You will be left with no doubt.

    August 7, 2022 at 2:57 pm Reply
  24. mari flores

    ask him about me to my name is Andy Nunez thank you just ask him and tell me what he says about me

    August 7, 2022 at 2:57 pm Reply
  25. Bob Catz

    Please I need help bad if you hear Gods voice ask Him if that really is Him that I am hearing from because I'm scared now that it isn't Him please ask the Lord for me please. Thank you.

    August 7, 2022 at 2:57 pm Reply
  26. Bible Munch

    "God doesn't try to speak to us, he speaks to us." I love that.

    We are made in the image of God, and God is a communicating God.

    Communication with God, is an amazing reality of our relationship with him!

    Thanks for the video!

    August 7, 2022 at 2:57 pm Reply
  27. MrReierz

    Thankyou for this take on the subject! It is important to not forget the sovereignity of God! However, you must remember that Eve was told by God not to eat from the tree, yet she believed the serpent when he questioned Eve's ability to hear – "Has God really said… ". Perhaps God said something, but our doubt and disbelief take the word out of power when it reaches our hearts (remember the Parabel of the sower). If Gods word always was received the proper way, regardless of the medium broadcasted through, as you hypothesized, we would expect people to come to faith in that particular word 10 out of 10 times! Yet we see people not coming to faith in basic doctrines, because they reject that the broadcaster is from God, like the jews rejected the prophets and Jesus. Could it be that the same principal holds for God speaking to us directly?
    Anyhow you look at it, you said you do believe that God "can use" our consciense to guide us. This seems to me like you are only pushing the problem deeper down, because I could only ask: "So how can I tell if God is using my conscience or not to guide me in this situation?"…
    The question of topic should really be: "Does God communicate to me in particular situations or not?", If He does then we should learn about how, to avoid confusion. You could say "perhaps we only got the bible to teach us" , but i dont know of any scripture that teach the bible is the only way to revelation. I do however see alot of scripture teaching about The Holy Spirit AND the bible as teacher (And the two of them cant conflict).

    August 7, 2022 at 2:57 pm Reply

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