Seven Ways to Hear God Prophetically
Lesson 06: Via the Inner Voice
Lecturer: Apostle Colette Toach
Based on Chapter 07 of the How to Hear the Voice of God book by Apostle Colette Toach
The sixth method of hearing from God is what I call the inner voice. In 1 Kings 19 we have the account of how Elijah, after he had run away in fear from Jezebel, sat down and wanted to die. He went to a place where God spoke to him.
"And God said, Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord. And the Lord passed by, and a great and mighty wind tore in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.
So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. And behold a voice came to him, and said, What are you doing here, Elijah?"
The still small voice. This is something that is even deeper. Remember, what is being communicated from the spirit outwards, as it is communicated into the mind, it is communicated via the senses. The still small voice is God communicating outwards, not in pictures, but in the hearing. Not everybody is able to receive and to hear in the Spirit. But most of us are able to hear the still small voice.
You are going to hear this still small voice when things are still. You are not going to hear it where there is noise. That is what God was trying to show Elijah. There was this great big wind and earthquake and fire - the glory, the power, the anointing, the revival power, the river of God. No! The still small voice, not coming from without, not external, but a deep internal voice of God. It is speaking, not shouting, but speaking gently, whispering almost.
You can learn to hear the still small voice if you will quiet your heart before the Lord and wait in His presence. I think the Lord had a plan when He told Elijah to go and climb the mountain.
It wore out all of his physical resources. He was physically tired by the time he came to the mountain top. His mind was probably boggled from just seeing rocks in front of him all the time. Whatever it was he came to the place where he was totally still before the Lord. Then God could speak to him in that still small voice.
You are also able to hear the still small voice of the Lord. The still small voice of the Lord is a very quiet, deep, inner voice, and it comes out in words. The Lord will speak to you and you will actually hear His voice speaking deep within you. Now this is a difficult one. This is one that takes a mature prophet of God to use. I'll tell you why. Because the still small voice comes up into your mind. And your mind is the battleground that Satan can use and attack and Satan can bombard you from outside.
So this is a way of hearing from God that takes a seasoned prophet. It takes a man of God who knows the Word. It takes somebody who recognizes deception and will recognize and can discern if that voice is of God and if it is not of God. But you will find that you can come to the place where you enter His presence in silence and God will begin to speak up within you. There will be no journaling, there will be no prophesying, there will be no speaking in tongues, there will be no noise. It just bubbles up deep inside of you, the still small voice of the Lord rising up into your mind, and God begins to speak to you.
Very often God will speak to you this way when He wants to speak to you things that are secret, when He wants to tell you things that are not meant to be known to others. They are not meant to be made public. Satan cannot zero in on that one. He can read your journals; he can hear you prophesying.
He can have an idea of what God is saying to you and what God is doing in you, but when God speaks up into you in the still small voice you are the only one that can hear it. God will speak to you, and He will share secrets with you. He will give you direction that is not for public hearing. There are things that God wants to say to you alone. That is what God did with Elijah at this time. He gave him instructions on what he was to go and do, who he was to anoint and the plan that he was to follow through.