How Do I Hear From God? 5 Answers To Questions

Wondering how do I hear from God about health? Explore techniques and biblical wisdom to help you develop a deeper relationship and receive God’s guidance.

How Do I Hear From God? Answers to Top 5 Questions:

  1. Do You Have to be Born-Again to Hear From God?
  2. What Distracts You From Hearing God?
  3. How To Know You’re Hearing God’s Voice?
  4. What Does the Bible Say About Listening to God?
  5. How Do You Renew Your Mind?

 

The cancer advocate’s response didn’t surprise me when I told him I heard from God and I made my decision about surgery. He doesn’t believe in the Godhead, Father, Jesus, and Holy Spirit.

However, when I told some Bible-believing Christians, I was shocked at how many doubted I heard from God.

Your friends and family love you. They want to see you well and cancer-free. You have lots of options when it comes to healing your body from breast cancer. A small percentage is aggressive.

“Inflammatory breast cancer, which may be detected in the ducts or lobules, tends to spread faster than other types of breast cancer. This quick-growing, aggressive disease makes up about 1 to 5 percent of breast cancers in the United States,” according to the NCI.

You don’t need to feel rushed to make a decision about harvesting your eggs, mastectomy, axillary surgery, or chemo. Those are all lifestyle-altering decisions.

You may be feeling out of control. Start by leveling up your meal plan. Get my 7-day meal plan. Food is a simple, non-invasive way to make a healthy change while you are waiting to hear from God.

Ladies, the majority of you can take a week, a month, or longer to hear from God. To feel that supernatural peace that you are in the mighty hand of God.

“You will seek Me (God) and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13 NIV

“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You (God).” Isaiah 26:3 NIV

“The Lord gives strength to his people, and the Lord blesses his people with peace.” Psalm 29:11 NIV

If you or your family is in fear about the diagnosis, read this blog, “Breaking Free From Decisions Based on Fear.”

Let’s get into the top 5 questions.

 

Do You Have to be Born Again to Hear From God?

No, you don’t have to be born-again to hear from God.

A friend of mine was high on a drug that would normally stay in your system for 20 hours at the Coachella music festival. She heard a voice say, “You don’t belong here. You are my Warrior Princess.” She immediately sobered up, left, and turned her life around.

I also think about Muslims who heard from Jesus, a man in white, in a dream or vision, and then they converted!

If you are skeptical, this video looks at both sides. There is even an interesting false god who heals breast cancer.

 

Or Saul, who became Paul, that guy who wrote most of the New Testament in the Bible. He was a religious Jew who didn’t believe Jesus was the Messiah. He heard from Jesus on his walk.

You’ll hear from God more consistently when you are born again.

 

What Does It Mean to Be Born Again?

At age 7, I was in “Big Church” with my parents. Sitting on the Baptist pew bench, I was convicted that I was going to hell. I asked my parents questions on our drive home.

My dad enjoyed doing street evangelism. While my mom made lunch, my dad sat me down in the living room and took out an evangelism track. This little book had pictures and scriptures to make sure I understood what I was committing to.

“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 NIV

It’s simple. That is how you become born again. That is the same as being saved or salvation.

Here are more Bible verses, like what my dad shared with me:

  • “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
  • “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
  • “No one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” John 3:3
  • “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6
  • “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, ‘Anyone who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.” Romans 10:9-11
  • “I stand at the door and know. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20

 

If you haven’t yet, pray to God. Tell Him that Jesus is Lord of your life now and believe in your heart God raised Him from the dead.

Woot woot, you are saved!

How Do I Hear From God?

 

These 3 Make Hearing From God Easier:

  1. Google church near me and attend a Bible-believing church in your local area.
  2. Read the Bible. This app makes it simple.
  3. Pray. Ask God a question like “Should I pray right now?” then listen.

 

He’ll probably say, Yes! Since the Bible says.

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV

 

What Distracts You From Hearing God?

1. Fear

I think fear is the biggest distraction.

Fear of the future. Fear of making the wrong decision. Fear of how to tell your family.

You were diagnosed with breast cancer, which makes you feel scared. Or maybe if you are like most ladies, imagining yourself as a breast cancer patient makes you feel helpless.

Looking at the Feelings Wheel, there may be other emotions you are feeling instead.

2. Consistency

Consistency with reading and studying God’s Word. I learned this from my mom.

I’d wake up. I’d see her sitting in the living room reading her Bible and studying, writing all kinds of notes in her Bible and in her notebook. She woke up early so there wouldn’t be any distractions. No husband or 4 girls to take care of. Just her and Jesus.

I like to do the same thing. I wake up before Robert. The sun is barely rising. Our staff isn’t working yet. It is quiet.

3. Distractions

I have this Dream Planner and do this exercise every season. When I was first diagnosed, I did the Refocus Cloud monthly. Since it was so hard to even imagine what next week looked like.

Part 4 is looking at your distractions. Take a break from just one of these. You’ll definitely find extra time for hearing from God.

Polly lists out common distractions in her blog post:

  • Facebook
  • Cable TV
  • Internet Entertainment – Netflix, Hulu
  • Instagram, TikTok, Podcasts
  • Partying
  • Talking about what other people do
  • Analyzing text messages
  • Focusing on what you don’t have
  • Focusing on what you cannot control

 

How to Know You’re Hearing God’s Voice?

Suppose you’ve never heard from God. Start by asking Him, “Should I pray right now?” You’ll hear Him say “YES!” Why? Because the Bible says to pray without ceasing. So anytime you ask, “Should I pray?” You’ll get a feeling that tells you yes.

Sometimes you’ll hear a yes that sounds like your voice in your head. Or you’ll think of a person to pray for.

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV

For most of my life, I’ve heard from God after I read and studied the Bible.

I’m answering journal questions or asking Him, “How does this Bible verse apply to my life?” Words come to my mind. Sometimes I’ll think of other Bible verses and I’ll go look those up. I’ll think of a person, so I take a break to pray for them. Sometimes He’ll tell me something encouraging to text them.

Two years ago, I started hearing from God in a different way.

 

Through This Breast Cancer Season, God Told Me:

  • February 2021 – “Take a break from drinking. Get thermography.”Liz Cortes
    • Over and over, I’d hear this. I thought this was a weird thought. I didn’t know it was Him, so I didn’t listen.

 

  • October 2021 – AGAIN “Take a break from drinking. Get thermography.”
    • I asked my massage therapist if she knew of a place. She said, “I do thermography scans at a place twice a month.” There was a spot to watch. I changed my meal plan and followed the Estrogran-Free Lifestyle.

 

  • Beginning of February 2022 – “All your plans are wrong.”
    • By this time, I could recognize God’s voice. I argued with Him. I loved our vision for RebelFish Local and our life.
    • I asked Him, “OK, so what do you want me to focus on instead?” But heard nothing. I paused new business projects for sales and marketing for our company.
    • I kept seeking Him, patiently waiting, and praying daily till I heard again.

 

  • End of February 2022 – “You are smart. You are successful. Don’t work more than 10 hours a week.”
    • Looking back, I wish I would have asked God, “What do you want me to do with the rest of my time?” I assumed it was getting my body ready for kids since we talked about getting pregnant that summer.

 

  • December 2022 – “Be patient.”
    • Feeling overwhelmed and crying out to God, He said, “Be patient” while I was doing a 7-day water fast just before I flew to NCY a second time to meet with a plastic surgeon and get a PET scan.

 

  • January 2023 – “No surgery. Be bold.”
    • On day 1 of a 21-day fast with our church, I asked God, “Which team do I pick for surgery?” He said, “No surgery. Be bold.” Again I argued with God.

 

I think for most with breast cancer, you just want to get the tumors out of your body ASAP.

Most of the time, that’s the first step: lumpectomy or mastectomy.

I told my husband what God told me. I knew I’d need to tell everyone my decision but I wanted to make sure I really heard from God. I had to learn how to be BOLD.

I didn’t know how I’d tell the cancer advocate, who traveled with me to 3 cancer centers. Tell my sisters who were still grieving our mom dying from multiple myeloma.

For the rest of the 21 days, anytime anyone asked for an update or the next step, I said, “I’ll let everyone know my decision in February.”

I felt amazing health-wise. I felt like I was healed. But I knew for anyone to believe me, I needed proof. I also thought if I had labs and tests, then I could back up with proof of what I heard from God, “No surgery. Be bold.”

I got breast thermography done again. I went to 3 alternative cancer clinics. The labs and tests looked amazing at all 4 places! One doctor said, “I wouldn’t put that cancer label on you anymore. Keep doing what you are doing. Your blood looks great!”

Another doctor was confused; she said, “This doesn’t look or feel like cancer. I’ve been in this industry 40 years.”

I got mixed reactions as I told people what God told me. It led me to anxiety, depression, and fear for months.

I’d have thoughts saying, “Are you sure you heard from God?”

It wasn’t until April I went to a Mariners Women in Orange County, where Christine Caine spoke on Genesis 3.

“Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” Genesis 3:1

If this happens to you, it’s the same old tactic the serpent did with Eve in the garden.

Did God really say?

Yes, He did. Friend, you heard from Him.

 

What Does the Bible Say How to Hear From God?

Rooted is a 10-week class our church does every fall and spring.

I was inspired to write this blog after we co-led week 3, “How Does God Speak to Us?” and got some great questions. Many people asked for prayer so that they’d hear from God for the first time or more consistently.

Here are some notes.

God Speaks Through:

1. His Creation

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” Psalm 19:1-4

“For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.”  Romans 1:20

 

2. Other People

  • Exodus 18 – Jethro gives his son-in-law, Moses, godly leadership and wisdom.
  • Judges 4 – Deborah tells an Israeli general named Barak that God wants him to attack their enemy.
  • 1 Samuel 16 – Samuel is God’s mouthpiece to tell Jesse that his son, David, will be the next king.
  • Daniel 2 – Daniel communicates God’s plan for the future to King Nebuchadnezzar.

“Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” Proverbs 15:22

 

3. Circumstance

“Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia.

When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to.

So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”

After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.” Acts 16:6-10

 

4. Supernatural Means

  • Exodus 3 – God spoke to Moses through a burning bush.
  • Numbers 22 – To Balaam through his donkey.
  • Judges 6 – To Gideon through an angel.
  • Isaiah 6 – To Isaiah in a powerful vision.
  • Different Ways God Speaks in the Bible
  • Genesis 37:5-10 – A dream
  • Exodus 3 – Burning bush
  • Exodus 13:21-22 – A guiding cloud by day and fire by night
  • Exodus 19:9 – A thick cloud
  • Numbers 22:21-35 – Talking donkey
  • 1 Kings 19:12 – In a gentle whisper
  • Daniel 5:5-9 – Handwriting on the wall
  • Joel 2:28 – The Holy Spirit speaks through prophesy, dreams, and visions
  • Jonah 2 – A fish
  • Matthew 1:20-23 – A dream
  • Luke 1:13-17 – An angel
  • Acts 0:3-6 – Verbally
  • 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 – Gifts of the Spirit

 

How Do You Renew Your Mind?

To wrap all this up. As you renew your mind, it’s a lot easier to test and discern what is the will of God for your health.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2

God told me to “Take a break from drinking.” With any type of cancer, it’s best to stay away from sugar. Once in a while, when I wanted to celebrate or numb out due to being overwhelmed, I’d drink.

I was disobedient.

That opened a door for demonic oppression.

Our church does 21 days of fasting in January and July.

This time as I prayed and asked God, what kind of fast? Autophagy 36-48 hour fasting? Every other day 36-hour fasting? Water fast?

I didn’t hear audibly but had a feeling I needed to focus on renewing my mind.

For the month of July, Robert joined me in taking a break from drinking. I also took a break from media that included TV, movies, podcasts, and YouTube unless I was doing praise and worship or listening to an encouraging sermon.

Since I’d been struggling with fear, anxiety, and depression, I didn’t want to look at or listen to anything that made me have those emotions.

It worked!

I continued for a second month.

I got the gift of praying in tongues.

It was wild for a couple of days. That second month I forgot about my “media fast” when the hurricane was supposed to hit San Diego. I watched a Christian movie, podcast, or YouTube about interesting topics from Christians, but it left me feeling sad, angry, or stressed.

Then boom, pain in my body. Depressed and not wanting to get out of bed.

I was tempted a couple more times to listen to a podcast, read a book, or watch YouTube. I got the same side effects of pain and depression.

I started my third month of renewing my mind by continuing with no drinking alcohol and no media.

I was given this book and am doing the challenge, “The 30-Day Healing Dare Devotional” by Amy Keesee Freudiger.

As one of the 6 “Daily Faith Boosts,” she recommends, “Say NO to negativity!” Make a conscious decision to keep your mind focused on good things.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

I’m 7 days in. WOW, God is good as I’m reading the Bible, journaling using Amy’s prompts, visualizing the healing scriptures literally happening, and asking the Holy Spirit questions. I hear Him daily.

“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on His own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come.” – John 16:13

This has been my journey. I’m sharing what I’m learning at the moment.

I pray that it helps to encourage you.

I believe God wants you well.

He didn’t give you breast cancer. He hates sickness and disease.

He loves you so much!

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9

On Day 4, Amy said, “Look up 1 Peter 2:9, write it out, and meditate on it. Then speak it out loud, making it a first-person “I Am” statement.”

I am chosen. I am a royal priest. I am holy. I am God’s special possession that I may declare the praises of Him who called me out of darkness into His wonderful light.

Thank you for reading this. I have faith and believe that you are healed because God said so (Blog) in 1 Peter 2:24. I am cheering you along. You’ve got this!

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