An interesting tangent that we haven’t discussed here before came up on ‘The Ministry Mole is Back!’ thread, regarding writing as a means of knowing that we hear from God. Here is S&P’s comment:
…Try journalling. Write out questions you want to ask Him and if you feel like an answer has come – don’t withhold the pen. Keep writing.
Through scribing, I managed to hear and see His voice in the responses I wrote. I actually picked up a sheet of my writing with him two years ago. In what I believed I was writing that came from Him, I knew without a doubt it was.
What he spoke to me about what was going to happen in the following years, came absolutely true. I wrote His words and everything came true – each detail was incredibly accurate. It wasn’t vague.
I was asking what I was doing with my life and I didn’t see what He said until I rediscovered this prophecy.
It actually scared me.
What I am saying is that it is possible for all believers to hear from God. We’ve somehow convinced ourselves that we can’t and only the person preaching or those with obvious spiritual gifts can.
God speaks to us through our emotions, mind and spirit. Don’t believe me? Paul talks about our spirits with God’s Spirit groaning. Paul, also in an emotional letter to the Galatians wrote ‘in the Spirit’. The arguments, questions, rhetoric, satire and reason he also put forth in his letters, is ‘of the Spirit’…
Automatic writing is very much a new age channeling method – sorry, but I wouldn’t touch that stuff with a 10 foot pole.
S&P replied that he stopped once he was sure he could hear from God.
My own response is in the comment below – basically I wouldn’t touch automatic writing with a barge pole either, but journalling has had great value in my life at times in the assurance its given me over time that God hears my prayers, and that I hear from Him. Journalling is also great because it can show how God communicates with us at times in ways which we think are ordinary and forget about, but when you look back over the big picture, you can see what He has done. At other times, its proof you’ve really heard from God when you record a response that you ‘heard’ in some fashion, which is later confirmed by events. In that situation it can be tempting to doubt that you really did hear prior to events playing out, but the written testimony is there as personal evidence.
Can we use some kinds of things that are associated with the New Age as ways of learning about our own relationship with God? Has anyone got any examples where something that seems New Age is helpful in another context?
Are there any particular ways in which people here hear from God?