Episode 20: Making Time to Hear God.

Episode 20: Making Time to Hear God.

Episode Description:

Do you ever become so busy you ‘forget’ God? Are there times when you are so focused that God doesn’t get a thought? Do you tend to plan and then ask God to bless your plans rather than listen to God’s thoughts first? Join Gary & Jane as they unpack this topic. Hear numerous personal examples of how they intentionally make time to listen to God. Gary & Jane also share how they meditate on God by practising ‘stilling’ their thoughts.

Episode Notes:

First Principle: Be intentional

  • Sometimes a barrier to hearing God may be that we don’t make time to hear God.
  • Still my heart Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God” but the whole chapter is about the almighty God and His power and strength and being able to be still and trust God despite our circumstances.
  • Sometimes I am so focused I don’t think about God and what He would like.
  • Sometimes I forget to ask God. So I need to train my mind. Hourly prompts.

Second Principle: Be careful not to go overboard.

  • So heavenly minded we are no earthly good.
  • Have friends who ask God absolutely everything.
  • Be careful of decision overload.
  • If something comes to my attention, giving God the credit.
  • Capture every thought – 2 Corinthians 10:5, Romans 12:2.

Third Principle: Practice ‘stilling’ your thoughts and focussing on God.

  • We all have 168 hours in week. 10,080 minutes. Important how we use them.
  • Dreams – spend 1/3 of our life in bed.
  • Soaking / meditating / stilling our thoughts.
  • Pray at beginning to silence any other voices.

Prophetic activation:

Turn heart and thoughts to Father God and ask Him:

  • Father God, what would you like to tell me about how I manage my time?
  • What would you love me to know?
  • What would you love me to stop doing? Start doing?  Change?
  • Holy Spirit, what are you praying for me regarding this?

Time Stamps:

[0:35] – Gary & Jane share briefly how they have heard God this week.

[4:17] – First Principle – Be intentional.

[5:48] – Jane shares practical ways she is intentional.

[7:09] – Gary shares a practical example of how he is intentional.

[8:48] – Second Principle – Be careful not to go overboard.

[11:37] – Third Principle – Practice ‘stilling’ your thoughts and focusing on God.

[14:28] – Jane explains how she meditates/soaks/practices stilling her thoughts.

[17:46] – Gary & Jane share more practical examples of intentionally listening to God.

[20:11] – Prophetic activation.

[21:09] – Gary & Jane both share a prophetic word for a listener.

[24:40] – Gary prays for you.

[25:28] – Jane explains about the survey at https://garyandjane.co/survey

Resources / Links Mentioned:

Bible Verses Mentioned:

  • 2 Corinthians 10:5
  • Psalm 46:10
  • Romans 12:2
  • Matthew 28:18
  • John 14:12
  • Luke 10:19-20
  • 1 Samuel 12:16

Connect with Gary & Jane:

Support the show:

  • Share this podcast with someone who would value hearing from God.
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Episode 19: What if I’m scared to hear God as I might not like what He says?

Episode 19: What if I’m scared to hear God as I might not like what He says?

Episode Description:

Have you ever not wanted to hear God or been unsure about hearing God because you didn’t know what He would say? Have you ever thought that God may ‘nail’ you on something, so you didn’t want to hear God? Do you think God may ask you to do something you don’t want to do? Join Gary & Jane as they unpack this topic using Jonah from the Bible as an example. Dealing quickly with disappointment and unforgiveness is encouraged so bitterness doesn’t develop. In this episode, Gary & Jane encourage listeners not to live paralyzed by fear but to take the next step of adventure with God.

Episode Notes:

First Principle: Our view of God and His character

  • God is a loving God who wants an intimate relationship with us.
  • God is not wielding a stick and wanting to punish us.
  • God sees the BIG picture.
  • A classic story from the Bible is Jonah.
  • A reminder to deal with unforgiveness and bitterness we may have towards God.
  • Hebrews 5:13-14. We need to become mature and get into solid food.
  • Our character and how we respond when we don’t like what God says are important.

Second Principle: Am I afraid God will nail me of sin in my life?

  • Jonah 4:2 “I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.
  • We are all on a growth journey.
  • Secrets bring shame – we need to expose them to the light.
  • 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God didn’t give us a spirit of fear, but power, love and sound mind.”

Third Principle: Past experiences may determine my attitude.

  • Was it actually God I heard?
  • Is it my perception?
  • If fearful of what God may say is holding you back, it is worth looking into and having prayer ministry to remove misconceptions, barriers, etc.
  • Joni Eareckson Tada’s definition of faith – “Great faith isn’t the ability to believe long and far into the misty future. It’s simply taking God at His word and taking the next step.”
  • Don’t be paralyzed into not taking the next step of adventure with God.
  • Some reasons why Christians don’t obey God quickly or are scared of what God may ask them to do.
  • Evan Roberts, instrumental in the Welsh Revival in 1904-1905 emphasized immediate obedience to God. He would say that when we delay, we allow our mind to question everything, and we can expect something different.

Important Principles: How can I obey God immediately?

  • Know God and His thoughts for me through intimacy with Him. Spend time with Him, read the Bible, confess sin, etc.
  • Purpose in my heart to immediately obey God.
  • Take the first step. Don’t dally.
  • Surround myself with people of great faith.
  • Receive wise, godly counsel.

Prophetic activation:

Turn your heart and thoughts to Father God and ask Him –

  • Is there an area of my life that I have not obeyed you in yet?
  • God, what do you want me to do about that?

Time Stamps:

[0:55] – Gary & Jane share briefly how they have heard God this week.

[4:18] – First Principle – View of God and His character

[4:53] – Jane starts unpacking the story of Jonah.

[7:24] – A reminder to deal quickly with unforgiveness and disappointment.

[8:47] – Second Principle – Am I afraid God will nail me of sin in my life?

[10:18] – Secrets bring shame and need to be exposed to the light. Prayer for listeners.

[11:55] – Third Principle – Past experiences may determine my attitude.

[13:12] – Is it my perception?

[17:43] – Reasons we may not obey God.

[21:27] – How we can obey God immediately.

[23:24] – Prophetic activation.

[24:14] – Gary & Jane both share a prophetic word for a listener.

[25:54] – Gary prays for you.

[26:40] – Jane explains about the survey at https://garyandjane.co/survey

 

Resources / Links Mentioned:

Bible Verses Mentioned:

  • Jonah
  • Hebrews 5:13-14
  • Jonah 4:2
  • 2 Timothy 1:7
  • 2 Corinthians 6:14 – don’t be yoked together with unbelievers
  • Matthew 14:22-33
  • Hebrews 11, especially verse 1
  • 1 Corinthians 2:14

Connect with Gary & Jane:

Support the show:

  • Share this podcast with someone who would value hearing from God.
  • Subscribe and leave a rating + review on your favourite podcast listening app.
  • If God is leading your heart to donate or support the show in any way, please visit https://buymeacoffee/garyandjanM Thank you so much.

Episode 18: Am I hearing God or is it just me?

Episode 18: Am I hearing God or is it just me?

Episode Description:

Have you ever thought, “Was that God or was it just me?” Often, we can doubt that we hear God because He may sound like our own thoughts or we are unsure what He does sound like. Join Gary and Jane as they unpack this question in this episode of Hearing God. As usual, they share ‘gems’ and examples from the Bible and their own lives. A fantastic question to ask when unsure is, “What happens if it is me and it isn’t God?”.

Episode Notes:

First Principle: Intimacy with God.

  • We need to know God and what He sounds like.
  • The Disciples were with Jesus 24/7 and still didn’t recognise Jesus after He rose again.
  • John 15:26 Jesus said that after He went to Heaven, the Holy Spirit would come as our comforter, advocate, and continue the communication.
  • Misconception of what God sounds like – the fruit of the Spirit Galatians 5:22-23
  • When I go, “I wouldn’t normally think that”, it’s usually from God.

Second Principle: Capture your thoughts,

  • God speaks spirit to our spirit but also to our soul, our mind. So God can often sound like our own voice.
  • 2 Corinthians 10:5 “We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
  • We need to take charge of our thought life.

Third Principle: Do I have an incorrect theology?

  • Unbelief – don’t believe that God would be interested in us or what He would say about us. This can tie in with our self-worth – do we feel worthy and valued by God, that He would want to talk with me?
  • Disbelief – look to false news/culture/what friends say.
  • Fearful of the outcome if I followed through and it wasn’t God. Lack of trust in God, His goodness, and His Power.
  • Sometimes, we can want God to answer in a different way.
  • What have we got to lose if it is a good outcome?

Prophetic activation:

Turn your heart and thoughts to Father God and ask Him –

  • Father God, where are you in relation to me right now?
  • (Is He beside me, in front of me, behind me, across the room, can’t see him?)
  • Father God, what do I need to know about this?
  • For a few moments, change your focus to your earthly father.
  • Father God, I forgive my earthly father for being distant, for not hugging and giving me physical comfort, for making me feel seen and not heard, for ….
  • Father God, I am sorry for believing you would be the same and I repent of that and I ask you Father God to forgive me for believing that you wouldn’t ….
  • Father God, what would you love to show, tell, or give me now?

Time Stamps:

[0:55] – Gary & Jane share briefly how they have heard God this week.

[4:14] – First Principle – Intimacy.

[5:18] – Need to know what God’s voice sounds like.

[6:26] – When I wouldn’t usually think that, I know it’s from God.

[11:29] – Second Principle – Capture your thoughts.

[12:39] – God speaks to our spirit and soul, thus He can sound like our own voice.

[15:33] – Third Principle – Do I have an incorrect theology?

[17:26] – What happens if it was me and it wasn’t God?

[19:12] – Prophetic activation.

[21:29] – Gary & Jane both share a prophetic word for a listener.

[22:59] – Gary prays for you.

[23:47] – Jane explains about the survey at https://garyandjane.co/survey

 

Resources / Links Mentioned:

Bible Verses Mentioned:

  • John 15:26
  • 1 Kings 19:1-12
  • Galatians 5:22-23
  • Philippians 4:7
  • Jeremiah 29:11
  • Judges 4:17-21
  • John 10:14
  • 2 Corinthians 10:5
  • 1 Corinthians 13:9
  • Daniel 5

Connect with Gary & Jane:

Support the show:

  • Share this podcast with someone who would value hearing from God.
  • Subscribe and leave a rating + review on your favourite podcast listening app.
  • If God is leading your heart to donate or support the show in any way, please visit https://buymeacoffee/garyandjanM Thank you so much.

Episode 17: When I thought I heard God, but it didn’t come true

Episode 17: When I thought I heard God, but it didn’t come true

Episode Description:

Have you ever felt God said something to you, but it didn’t come true? Did you believe God said you would get a certain amount when selling your house, but you had to settle for less? Did the person you felt God say to marry, end up divorcing you? In this episode of Hearing God, Gary and Jane unpack this important topic of ‘when I thought I heard God, but it didn’t come true’. They use examples from the Bible, stories from their own lives, and examples from friends. They also share vital principles to keep in mind when making life decisions.

Episode Notes:

First Principle: What did you ask God, and what did God say

  • Unpack what God really did say.
  • My memory tends to adjust things over time, so I find it helpful to write down what I feel God is saying, especially if it is a big thing.
  • What do the wise people in your life say?
  • What does Scripture say – usually quiet on specifics of which person to marry, job,
  • What are the motives behind what you did?
  • Am I asking God the right question?

Second Principle: Timing

  • A classic Bible example is that Abraham and Sarah said they would have children.
  • Do we short-change God working a miracle, or do we get impatient?
  • Do we act now, but what we hear from God is for later?

Third Principle: What’s your faith quotient?

  • Look at what is influencing my decision – is it someone manipulating me or standing to gain from me doing a certain thing, or are my desires overpowering God’s voice?
  • What’s the real motive behind your decision or action?
  • Sense of peace. Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Important Principles:

Don’t make big life decisions or act on just one way of receiving from God.

Caution to not elevate hearing the voice of God above the Bible.

Important questions to ask include:

  • What does the Bible say?
  • Does it line up with the character of God?
  • What do the wise, discerning, and trusted people in my life say?
  • What do I believe I heard God say?
  • Do I have an internal sense of peace?

Prophetic activation:

Turn your heart and thoughts to Father God and ask Him –

  • Lord, has there been a time in my life when I have short-changed you or a miracle by acting too quickly?
  • What do I need to know about that?
  • What else would you like to share with me?
  • Is there anything you would love me to do in response?

Time Stamps:

[0:50] – Gary & Jane share briefly how they have heard God this week.

[4:35] – First Principle – What did you ask God, and what did God say?

[4:56] – Jane shares a time when she remembered incorrectly.

[7:19] – Am I asking God the right question?

[8:49] – Second Principle – God’s timing may differ from ours.

10:18] – Do we short-change God working in our life and give up waiting for a miracle?

[11:35] – God can take a long time to act quickly.

[12:01] – Third Principle – What’s your faith quotient?

[13:41] – Gary & Jane share how they practice hearing God with finances.

[15:24] – Important Principles.

[16:39] – Caution not to elevate hearing the voice of God above the Bible.

[17:57] – Jane shares about ‘2 Pairs Each’.

[19:32] – Jane shares about the finances for the trip to Mozambique.

[23:27] – Prophetic activation.

[24:44] – Gary & Jane both share a prophetic word for a listener.

[28:27] – Gary prays for you.

[29:15] – Jane explains about the survey at https://garyandjane.co/survey

 

Resources / Links Mentioned:

Bible Verses Mentioned:

  • 1 Corinthians 2:16
  • Genesis 15-19
  • Philippians 4:7
  • Ephesians 3:20

Connect with Gary & Jane:

 

Support the show:

  • Share this podcast with someone who would value hearing from God.
  • Subscribe and leave a rating + review on your favourite podcast listening app.
  • If God is leading your heart to donate or support the show in any way, please visit https://buymeacoffee/garyandjanM Thank you so much.
Episode 16: How else can God talk to me?

Episode 16: How else can God talk to me?

 

Episode Description:

This episode of Hearing God expands upon the various ways God communicates with us, as explained in Episode 4. Gary & Jane unpack this topic, encouraging you to read the Bible and never underestimate God and what He can and will do. They share numerous Bible stories and practical examples of how God has supernaturally communicated with them.

Episode Notes:

First Principle: There are no formulas with God.

  • When we think we have worked out God, He smashes all formulas.
  • God prioritises relationship with us over rules.
  • Don’t disregard God communicating with you if it’s not the usual way you receive from God.

Second Principle: Various ways God can communicate with us.

  • Remember – God is outside of time, what we can think etc, so if God wants to do something new, He will.
  • The Bible
    • 2 Timothy 3:16 – all Scripture is God-inspired
    • Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.
    • Hebrews 4:12 The word of God is alive and active.
    • Romans 15:4 – Bible written to teach us, encourage us and give us hope.
    • Sounds like a prophetic word from 1 Cor 14:3
  • Supernatural manifestations
    • Moses & burning bush Exodus 3:1-4
    • Fleece – Judges 6:37-40 – Gideon didn’t trust God and still needed a fleece even after a powerful encounter with an angel.
    • Soul blinded by a light flashed from heaven, then sight restored in Acts 9:1-19
    • Balaam and the donkey in Numbers 22:1-35
    • Daniel 5:5 fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the wall plaster.
    • Acts 5:1-10 Ananias & Sapphira struck dead after lying.
    • Often say to God, you have done it before, you can do it again.
  • Character of God
  • Co-incidences or God-incidences
  • Dreams, visions, mystical sense eg angels
  • Nature
  • Music and lyrics
  • Signs, numbers, colours
  • Smells
  • Miracles
  • Supernatural manifestations of weather
    • John 12:27-30 – God speaking to Jesus after Jesus was predicting his death. Some thought an angel had spoken from heaven; others heard thunder. What is your ear inclined to?
    • John 14:12 – Whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing and even greater works than these.
  • Other people
  • Wise advice eg people or books
  • Holy Spirit – John 14:26 – Jesus said the advocate would come and teach us all things.

Important Principles:

  • God can do and will do whatever He wants.
  • Don’t underestimate God. Don’t box God in with your preconceived ideas.
  • Be open to God speaking to you however He wishes.

 

Prophetic Activation:

Turn your heart and thoughts to Father God and ask Him –

  • If I were a food, what would I be and why?
  • What would I taste like, the colour, texture, smell, how you eat it, things it pairs with etc.
  • Don’t forget to ask God why that particular food.

 

Time Stamps:

[2:18] – Gary & Jane share briefly how they have heard God this week.

[4:30] – First Principle – there are no formulas with God.

[5:27] – Example of daughter hearing from God.

[6:46] – Gary shares what he would say to someone unsure if they heard God.

[7:53] – Second Principle – God speaks in various ways in the Bible.

[8:08] – How the Bible describes itself.

[9:06] – Bible stories of supernatural manifestations.

[10:17] – Encouragement from Jane to mature, grow up, and trust God.

[16:09] – Other ways God can speak.

[16:34] – Supernatural manifestations of weather.

[21:14] – Important Principles.

[21:41] – Prophetic activation.

[22:27] – Gary & Jane both share a prophetic word for a listener.

[24:32] – Gary prays for you.

 

Resources / Links Mentioned:

 

Bible Verses Mentioned:

  • Judges 4:16-22
  • 2 Timothy 3:16
  • Psalm 119:105
  • Hebrews 4:12
  • Romans 15:4
  • Psalm 32:8
  • 1 Corinthians 14:3
  • Exodus 3:1-4
  • Exodus 14
  • Judges 6:37-40
  • Acts 9:1-19
  • Numbers 22:1-35
  • Joshua 10
  • Acts 5:19
  • Acts 12:3-19
  • Daniel 5:5
  • Acts 5:1-10
  • John 12:27-30
  • John 14:12
  • John 14:26

 

Connect with Gary & Jane:

 

Support the show:

  • Share this podcast with someone who would value hearing from God.
  • Subscribe and leave a rating + review on your favourite podcast listening app.
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Episode 15: Does God Think I’m Worth Talking To?

Episode 15: Does God Think I’m Worth Talking To?

 

Episode Description:

When we believe God wants to talk to us, it changes the way we believe, think, and feel about ourselves. We realise we are seen, heard, noticed, valued, and begin to feel worthy. When I recognise how God speaks to me, it can change the way I feel about myself. Does God really think I’m worth talking to? Yes. Gary & Jane unpack this topic looking at both personal and christian identity and share many practical strategies and examples.

Episode Notes: 

First Principle: Our identity as a Child of God

  • When we have a relationship with God, we are adopted into His family as His son/daughter.
  • The Bible is full of statements about our identity.
  • Ephesians 2:10 – His workmanship
  • 1 Peter 2:9 – chosen race, royal priesthood
  • Ephesians 1:5- adopted as God’s child
  • 2 Corinthians 5:20 – ambassador for Christ with all the privileges of an ambassador.
  • Importance of reading the Bible
  • When we realise the authority we carry as a child of God it changes the way we pray – John 14:12.

Second Principle: Our unique identity

  • Your specific individual identity
  • How you are known in Heaven
  • Jamie Winship – book “Living Fearless – exchanging the lies of the world for the liberating truth of God”.
  • Ask Jesus what He calls you, how He refers to you.
  • Is there a nickname God uses for you?
  • 1st thought principle – encouraging, aligns with Scripture, not condemning.
  • If it appears negative, ask God what you need to know about that.
  • Jane gives examples about hpw being called a healer or builder may mean various things.
  • May be shame associated with our identity.
  • Prayer
    • Silence the voice of the enemy.
    • Father God, is there a lie I’m believing about myself?
    • Is there a false name/identity I call myself?
    • Lord please shine your light on the truth.
    • Please show me my true identity.

Third Principle: Other ‘clues’ as to your identity

  • Meaning of your name.
  • Prophetic words that speak of identity.

Fourth Principle: Think outside the square.

  • If God calls you builder, it might not be building with your hands, it might be building people, building wealth and resources, it might be related to building blocks – eg teacher
  • Ask God questions to seek clarification.

Prophetic activation:

Turn heart and thoughts to Father God and ask Him:

  • God, what do you want me to know about my identity?
  • God, what do you want me to do in relation to that?
  • God, is there a favourite nickname you call me?
  • How am I known in Heaven?

Time Stamps:

[0:55] – Gary & Jane share briefly how they have heard God this week.

[2:55] – First Principle – our identity as a child of God.

[5:40] – Jane shares about realising the authority she has as a child of God.

[7:27] – Second Principle – our unique identity.

[7:45] – Jamie Winship (Living Fearless) and Jennie Allen’s podcast.

[9:17] – Is there a nickname God calls you?

[12:18] – Jane gives examples of different meanings of the one role.

[12:57] – Jane shares how shame may be associated with a name and leads in prayer.

[15:24] – Third Principle – other clues to your identity.

[17:36] – Fourth Principle – think outside the square.

[18:32] – Prophetic activation.

[19:24] – Gary & Jane both share a prophetic word for a listener.

[21:38] – Gary prays for you.

Resources / Links Mentioned: 

Bible Verses Mentioned:

  • Ephesians 2:10
  • 1 Peter 2:9
  • Ephesians 1:5
  • 2 Corinthians 5:20
  • John 14:12

Connect with Gary & Jane:

 

Support the show:

  • Share this podcast with someone who would value hearing from God.
  • Subscribe and leave a rating + review on your favourite podcast listening app.
  • If God is leading your heart to donate or support the show in any way, please visit https://buymeacoffee/garyandjanM Thank you so much.

Episode 14: If I Can Pray, I Can Prophesy.

Episode 14: If I Can Pray, I Can Prophesy.

Episode Description:

Have you ever prophesied? It may be easier than you think. In this episode of ‘Hearing God’, Gary & Jane unpack the difference between prayer and prophecy and show that if you can pray, you can prophesy. Both prayer and prophecy have the same root of faith. The releasing action is prayer or prophecy. We pray and prophesy by first listening to God in our spirit to see what He’s praying for and then partnering with God to release that. As usual, Gary & Jane share practical strategies and powerful personal examples.

Episode Notes:

First Principle: If you can pray, you can prophesy.

  • Prayer is a dialogue, not a one-way communication.
  • The difference between prayer and prophecy.
  • Both prayer and prophecy have the same root of faith. The releasing action is prayer or prophecy.
  • We pray by first listening to God in our spirit to see what He’s praying.
  • Jesus is always interceding on our behalf. Hebrews 7:25.
  • Prophecy is co-creating with God by speaking into being the seed of what God wants to do.

Second Principle: I practice stilling my thoughts and emotions to sense God’s flow of thoughts and emotions within me.

  • Habakkuk 2:1-2
  • Psalm 46:10
  • Position our hearts and thoughts in the affection and wonder of God.

Third Principle: Write it down. Practice.

  • Habakkuk 2:2
  • Write out your prayers and God’s answers.
  • Does it line up with Scripture and God’s character?
  • Keep it simple.
  • Change the wording of your prayer to a simple prophetic statement.

Fourth Principle: Speak Life.

  • Pray the outcome. Decree and declare.
  • Isaiah 55:11
  • We build up our authority in the spiritual realm.

Prophetic Activation:

Turn your heart and thoughts to Father God and ask Him how He sees an area of your life that concerns you.

  • “Father God, what is your heart for that area?”
  • “God, what would you love the outcome to be?”
  • “Holy Spirit, what are you praying for me in that area?”
  • “Father God, is there a Bible verse you would love to encourage me with?”

Time Stamps:

[0:37] – Gary & Jane share how they have heard God this week.

[3:05] – First Principle – if you can pray, you can prophesy.

[5:15] – The difference between prayer and prophecy.

[7:29] – Second Principle – practice stilling your thoughts and emotions.

[9:26] – Third Principle – Write it down. Practice.

[12:49] – Fourth Principle – speak life.

[13:50] – Jane gives an example of how she prays for healing.

[16:43] – We can build up our authority in the spiritual realm.

[17:14] – Jane shares a powerful testimony of speaking life over a situation.

[20:10] – Prophetic activation.

[21:15] – Gary & Jane both share a prophetic word for a listener.

[23:09] – Gary prays for you.

Resources / Links Mentioned:

Bible Verses Mentioned:

  • Psalm 25:14
  • Psalm 100:4
  • Hebrews 7:25
  • Jeremiah 33:3
  • Habakkuk 2:1-2
  • Psalm 46:10
  • Judges 4
  • Isaiah 55:8-11

Connect with Gary & Jane:

Support the show:

  • Share this podcast with someone who would value hearing from God.
  • Subscribe and leave a rating + review on your favourite podcast listening app.
  • If God is leading your heart to donate or support the show in any way, please visit https://buymeacoffee/garyandjanM Thank you so much.

Episode 13: Recognising How God Speaks to Us

Episode 13: Recognising How God Speaks to Us

Episode Description:

Have you ever wondered if God is speaking to you or if it’s just you? Have you ever been unsure of what God wants you to do? Do you want to hear God? In this episode of Hearing God, Gary & Jane share practical strategies and examples so you can recognise when God is speaking to you and create spaces to hear God more clearly and quickly. They also cover co-incidences, or as Jane says, ‘God-incidences’.

Episode Notes:

First Principle: Learn what God’s voice sounds like

  • Episode 3 – covered what God’s voice sounds like.
  • Read the Bible.
  • Speaks life, brings hope, always loving and honouring.
  • He may convict but never condemns.
  • Always agrees with Scripture and the character of God.
  • Sounds like the fruit of the Spirit – Galatians 5:22-23
  • Affirms us in our identity, relationships, and purpose.
  • Find a mentor. Buy a coffee and unpack, get feedback.
  • Journal out your prayers and God’s response.
  • Trigger point – every hour, stop and turn your heart/thoughts to God.

Second Principle: Ask God to reveal Himself to you.

  • God speaks through the Bible, nature, music, others, signs, etc.
  • Episode 3 – first thought principle.
  • Episode 1 – God wants to be intimate with us. He desires a relationship with us.
  • Jeremiah 33:3 “‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”
  • God has so much He wants to share with us. Often we are not listening or aware.
  • So much competing for our time, focus, and energy. Remove distractions.
  • I think sometimes we are afraid of what we may hear.
  • Show that you’re serious. Practice.
  • Dreams – decrease if numbing senses (alcohol, sleeping tablets)
  • Journal
  • Episode 1 – Habakkuk 2:1 He was eagerly expectant. He waited to hear God. He made the first move.
  • Create a ‘thin’ place e.g. car, favourite chair,
  • Find places that increase your reception of God – movement, water, nature, quiet,

Third Principle – Co-incidence or God-incident

  • Notice co-incidences in life & ask God what it’s about. God loves questions.
  • God is wisdom and truth. When hearing truth and wisdom from others, God may be using them to speak to you.
  • Times when you feel a prompting or something doesn’t make sense, explore with God.
  • If I wouldn’t usually think it, then who is thinking for me? Is Holy Spirit bringing it to my attention?
  • Faith = risk. Courage to step out.

 

Prophetic Activation:

Turn your heart and thoughts to Father God and ask Him to remind you of when you were a child/younger and God was talking to you or communicating His love to you, but you didn’t recognise it. Flesh it out with Him asking further questions, what He would love you to know about that etc.

Time Stamps:

[0:41] – Gary & Jane share how they have heard God this week.

[3:05] – First Principle – learn what God’s voice sounds like.

[5:01] – Jane shares more practical steps to take.

[7:24] – Second Principle – ask God to reveal Himself to you.

[10:10] – Sometimes, we may be afraid of what we may hear, so we don’t listen.

[12:46] – Encouragement to create a ‘thin’ place with God.

[14:52] – Third Principle – co-incidences or God-incidents.

[20:39] – Notice the unusual or repeated incidents.

[22:24] – Prophetic activation.

[23:27] – Gary & Jane both share a prophetic word for a listener.

[26:09] – Gary prays for you.

 

Resources / Links Mentioned:

 

Bible Verses Mentioned:

  • Galatians 5:22-23
  • Judges 4
  • Jeremiah 33:3
  • Habakkuk 2:1
  • Matthew 2
  • 1 Samuel 18-19

 

Connect with Gary & Jane:

 

Support the show:

  • Share this podcast with someone who would value hearing from God.
  • Subscribe and leave a rating + review on your favourite podcast listening app.
  • If God is leading your heart to donate or support the show in any way, please visit https://buymeacoffee/garyandjanM Thank you so much.

Episode 12: When My Mind Goes Blank Hearing God for Others

Episode 12: When My Mind Goes Blank Hearing God for Others

Episode Description:

What do you do when you are trying to hear God for someone and your mind goes blank? This episode of ‘Hearing God’ deals with this very issue. Gary and Jane unpack this topic and share many practical tools and examples. This episode is brilliant at giving you strategies so you can help people feel seen and heard by God.

Episode Notes:

First Principle: Thank God.

  • Psalm 100:4
  • Focus off myself, on to God.

Second Principle: Have Prompts.

  • Gary uses a notebook.
  • Jane ‘tests’ Gary.
  • Be careful not to ‘read’ a person’s face.
  • Does something stand out eg bright red shoes?
  • Prophesy using their name.
  • Reminder re first thought principle.
  • Look for identity words.
  • Identity precedes destiny.

Third Principle: Preparation.

  • Spiritual preparation – nurture intimacy with God.
  • Psychological and physical preparation eg not tired or hungry.

Fourth Principle: Hold Your Peace.

  • Our emotional state can impact our ability to hear God.
  • Philippians 4:6-7.
  • 2 Corinthians 10:5. Take captive every thought.
  • Be honest if absolutely nothing. Get back to the person.

 

Prophetic Activation:

Turn your heart and thoughts to Father God and ask Him, “If I was a tree, what sort of tree would I be and why?”.  Flesh it out – fruit, where planted, how big, purpose, who it shelters, etc.

 

Time Stamps:

[1:03] – Gary & Jane share briefly how they have heard God this week.

[2:40] – First Principle – thank God.

[4:47] – Second Principle – have prompts.

[4:58] – Gary shares how he uses his notebook with one word prompts.

[6:55] – Jane ‘tests’ Gary with the word ‘orange’.

[11:42] – Jane shares a time when she didn’t say what God was revealing to her.

[14:39] – Look for Identity words.

[15:25] – Destiny words.

[16:57] – Third Principle – preparation.

[17:38] – Fourth Principle – hold your peace.

[20:10] – Prophetic activation.

[20:53] – Gary & Jane both share a prophetic word for a listener.

[22:58] – Gary prays for you.

 

Resources / Links Mentioned:

 

Bible Verses Mentioned:

  • Psalm 100:4
  • Philippians 4:6-7
  • 2 Corinthians 10:5

 

Connect with Gary & Jane:

 

Support the show:

  • Share this podcast with someone who would value hearing from God.
  • Subscribe and leave a rating + review on your favourite podcast listening app.
  • If God is leading your heart to donate or support the show in any way, please visit https://buymeacoffee/garyandjanM Thank you so much.

Episode 11: What to do when I can’t hear God for Myself

Episode 11: What to do when I can’t hear God for Myself

Episode Description:

This episode of Hearing God is packed full of strategies that can help us move forward in our capacity to hear God, especially if we are feeling stuck or as though we can’t hear God. Gary & Jane share many practical strategies and examples. The prophetic activation is encountering God through the gift-giver activation.

 

Episode Notes:

First Principle: Ask a different question.

  • Change the question you ask God.
  • Change things up in your relationship with God.
  • Am I enjoying my relationship with God?
  • Am I treating God like Santa Claus?
  • Praise shifts the atmosphere.

Second Principle: Check obedience.

  • Is there somewhere I am still to obey God?
  • Is there an unbelief in hearing God?
  • Is it because it is not the answer we want?
  • Do I need more assurance or a ‘sign’?
  • Is there a preconceived idea of what God sounds like?

Third Principle: God may appear silent, or the answer may look different.

  • Speak life over your situation.
  • Ask God, “What are you not saying?”
  • Ask God, “What is your perspective of where I am right now?”

 

Prophetic Activation:

Led through the Gift-giver encounter of imagining Jesus walking up to you and giving you a present.

 

Time Stamps:

[1:23] – Gary & Jane share briefly how they have heard God this week.

[5:29] – First Principle – ask a different question.

[7:13] – Encouragement to change things up.

[8:38] – Gary asks if we’re treating God like Santa Claus.

[9:27] – Second Principle – check obedience.

[10:06] – Jane asks if it is because we are not getting the desired answer.

[12:14] – Jane shares a dream she had.

[16:03] – Encouragement to try prayer ministry.

[16:53] – Third Principle – God may appear silent, or the answer may look different.

[19:01] – Practical steps to apply in your life.

[21:38] – Prophetic activation – gift giver encounter.

[24:54] – Gary prays for you.

Resources / Links Mentioned:

Bible Verses Mentioned:

  • Psalm 119:105
  • Psalm 100:4
  • Exodus 3 &4
  • Romans 12:2
  • Jeremiah 29:12-13
  • Jeremiah 33:3
  • Deuteronomy 1:8
  • Isaiah 55:11

Connect with Gary & Jane:

Support the show:

  • Share this podcast with someone who would value hearing from God.
  • Subscribe and leave a rating + review on your favourite podcast listening app.
  • If God is leading your heart to donate or support the show in any way, please visit https://buymeacoffee/garyandjanM Thank you so much.

Episode 10: Helping Our Kids Hear From God

Episode 10: Helping Our Kids Hear From God

Episode Description:

Children often hear God easier than adults as they don’t seem to have the same ‘hangups’, ‘junk’, or preconceived ideas about what God sounds like. They tend to trust that if they ask God a question, He will answer them immediately. In this episode of the Hearing God Podcast, we cover fantastic principles to help our children increase their faith and hear from God. As usual, we share numerous examples and ideas for practising.

Episode Notes:

First Principle: No Junior Holy Spirit
  • Kids have the same access to God/J/HS we have.
  • Matthew 19:14. Matt 18:2-4 Jesus talks about becoming like little children to enter the Kingdom.
  • The Lord calls to Samuel when he was a boy in 1 Samuel 3.
  • Often greater capacity to trust God will speak and answer them.
  • Often don’t have the junk that we have. Accept the first thought will be from God.
  • 4–5-year-olds Sunday School class. Asked to draw a picture from God for the child opposite them.
  • A powerful example when I misrepresented God.
Second Principle: Build their faith.
  • Build anticipation and awareness that they can hear from God.
  • Make it normal e.g. what did you dream about last night?
  • Bible stories increase faith.
  • Brainstorm with kids God’s character and what He sounds like.
  • Teach your child the Bible and who they are in Christ.
  • Protect your kid’s innocence e.g. movies they watch. Let God show them what angels and the supernatural look like, not what movie directors think.
  • Be careful not to open the door of fear with what they see/hear/read.
Third Principle – practice.
  • Turn into a game.
  • Different creativity expressions e.g. cooking, Lego, painting, dancing, singing,
  • Examples from our family of people impacted by the kids hearing God.

Prophetic Activation:

Ask God to show you which children’s toy represents you at the moment and why? Ask further questions about the toy.

Time Stamps:

[0:39] – Adults tend to query, “Is that me or is that God?” Kids believe it’s God. [1:07] – First principle – no junior Holy Spirit [5:15] – Jane shares an example when she misrepresented God with her daughter. [7:41] – God communicates differently to different people. [9:18] – Second principle – build their faith. [11:57] – Protect your child’s innocence. [13:06] – Third principle – practice. Have fun. [14:03] – Jane shares powerful examples of people impacted by her kids hearing God. [19:12] – Prophetic activation. [19:58] – Prophetic word for a listener. [21:57] – Gary prays for you.

Resources / Links Mentioned:

Bible Verses Mentioned:

  • Matthew 19:14
  • Matthew 18:2-4
  • Romans 8:11
  • 1 Samuel 3
  • Isaiah 43:1

Connect with Gary & Jane:

Support the show:

  • Share this podcast with someone who would value hearing from God.
  • Subscribe and leave a rating + review on your favourite podcast listening app.
  • If God is leading your heart to donate or support the show in any way, please visit https://buymeacoffee/garyandjanM Thank you so much.
Episode 9: Part 2 How Can I Grow in My Ability to Hear God?

Episode 9: Part 2 How Can I Grow in My Ability to Hear God?

Episode Description:

This episode is the second part of how we can grow in our ability to hear God (episode 8). It is full of practical ways we can practice hearing God. Two common questions people have are “What if I get it wrong?” and “Is this just me or is it God?” Gary and Jane cover these questions, as well as share numerous practical examples.

Episode Notes:

  1. Practice (second part)
  • What if I get it wrong?
  • Is this just me or is it God?
  • First thought principle
  • 1 Corinthians 14:3 – a prophetic word is encouraging, comforting, and strengthening.
  • Prophetic words help people encounter God’s love.
  1. Third Principle – feedback
  • Ask people, “does this resonate with you?”
  • Does it come true? Is it confirmed?
  • Have a mentor.
  • Record yourself.
  • Journal promptings and answers.
  • Actively grow in this area.
  1. Fourth Principle – have fun
  • Celebrate the step of faith, not just the outcome.
  • Start with the visible, then go to the invisible eg prophetic activations.

Prophetic Activation:

Ask God to highlight a Bible verse or a chapter/book/person of the Bible that relates to you. Ask God questions about how it applies to your life.

Time Stamps:

[0:56] – Common questions – “What if I get it wrong?” and “Is this just me or is it God?”

[4:09] – Gary shares how he practices with a notebook and list of words.

[5:07] – Jane ‘tests’ Gary.

[7:00] – Third Principle – feedback

[7:39] – A significant example of a prophetic word coming true.

[10:20] – Jane shares more practical ideas for growth in this area.

[12:30] – Fourth Principle – have fun

[13:21] – Practical activations available on the https://unlockingthegold.com website.

[18:15] – Prophetic Activation.

[19:13] – Prophetic word for a listener.

[21:08] – Gary prays for you.

Resources / Links Mentioned:

Bible Verses Mentioned:

  • 1 Corinthians 14:3
  • 2 Timothy 4:2

Connect with Gary & Jane:

Support the show:

  • Share this podcast with someone who would value hearing from God.
  • Subscribe and leave a rating + review on your favourite podcast listening app.
  • If God is leading your heart to donate or support the show in any way, please visit https://buymeacoffee/garyandjanM Thank you so much.

Episode 8: How Can I Grow in My Ability to Hear God?

Episode 8: How Can I Grow in My Ability to Hear God?

 Episode Description:

God desires to communicate with us. He longs to be involved in every aspect of our life and for us to be intimate with Him. Sometimes we can feel like we are not able to hear God clearly or to recognise what He is saying to us. This episode is full of practical ways we can practice hearing God. We ended up splitting this episode into two as we had so many tips for growing in our ability to hear God.

 

Episode Notes:

  1. Cultivate intimacy with God
  • Focus on God.
  • Be obedient to God in the little things. Eg parable of the faithful steward.
  • Grow awareness of Holy Spirit promptings. John 10:27
  1. Practice
  • 2 Corinthians 5:7 we live by faith not by sight.
  • Step out of comfort zone and take a risk.
  • Rahab with spies in Joshua 2.
  • A lifestyle of taking every opportunity.
  • See a need and fill it.
  • View people through supernatural eyes.

 

Prophetic Activation:

Ask God if there is someone He would love you to ring/text/message to encourage. Then contact them.

 

Time Stamps:

[1:02] – First Principle – cultivating intimacy with God.

[3:58] – Jane shares how she has grown an awareness of the Holy Spirit promptings.

[4:52] – Gary shares recent examples of Holy Spirit promptings.

[9:08] – Janes shares about starting the podcast.

[15:47] – Second Principle – practice.

[16:59] – Jane shares examples of taking every opportunity to step out in obedience.

[22:20] – Prophetic Activation

[23:08] – Encouraging word for you.

[24:41] – Gary prays for you.

 

Resources / Links Mentioned:

Bible Verses Mentioned:

  • Matthew 25:21
  • Proverbs 3:5-6
  • John 10:27
  • Luke 5:12-15
  • 1 & 2 Samuel
  • 2 Samuel 5:17-24
  • 2 Corinthians 5:7
  • Joshua 2
  • James 2:15-17
  • Isaiah 40:31
  • Romans 12:2

Connect with Gary & Jane:

Support the show:

  • Share this podcast with someone who would value hearing from God.
  • Subscribe and leave a rating + review on your favourite podcast listening app.
  • If God is leading your heart to donate or support the show in any way, please visit https://buymeacoffee/garyandjanM Thank you so much.

Episode 7: Guidelines for Prophesying

Episode 7: Guidelines for Prophesying

Episode Description:

Prophesying is hearing God’s heart for others. It is exciting, rewarding, and a privilege, but it also carries the weight of responsibility. In this episode of Hearing God, we unpack guidelines for prophesying safely. We also cover important principles for prophesying over children.  The outcome is that we can release the Father’s heart in a way that keeps everyone safe and reflects God accurately. As usual, Gary and Jane share numerous practical examples.

Episode Notes:

  1. A Prophetic word is encouraging, comforting & strengthening. 1 Corinthians 14:3
  • HEART protocol – God’s heart for the person. Encouraging / comforting / strengthening. Appropriate permission / touch / language / tone / timing. Record the prophetic word. Together in community.
  • What to do with a negative prophetic word.
  1. Communicate God’s heart for the person.
  • 1 Corinthians 13:2
  • Prophecy is both the impartation of God’s Spirit and His message.
  • Accurately re-present God.
  • Chase healing for myself.
  • Ask, “why am I wanting to give a prophetic word to that person?”
  • We want to make God look great, not ourselves.
  • Prophecy is an invitation, so avoid putting demands on the person by using ‘should’.
  • Everyone has the ability to hear from God and to prophesy. Joel 2:28-29.
  • Prophesying identity – Judges 6 – the angel with Gideon.
  1. Keep people safe.
  • Accountability is important.
  • Always record the prophetic word.
  • It is important for the receiver to judge the prophecy – 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21.
  • Never presume.
  • Always ask permission.
  • Use ‘clean’ language, not ‘God says’. 1 Corinthians 13:9.
  • If you make a mess, clean it up and apologise.
  • Guidelines/principles for prophesying over children.

Important points:

  • A prophetic word should not take the place of hearing God for yourself. Rather, it often confirms what God has already revealed to you.
  • Just because we have a prophetic word, it doesn’t mean it will come true. We need to partner with God to see it come to fruition.
  • Prophecy always agrees with the Bible. It never contradicts Scripture.

Prophetic Activation:

Ask God, “Jesus, what mode of transport do you see me as, and why?” Ask God more questions eg fuel, colour, size, what it carries, the purpose etc.

Time Stamps:

[0:53] – First Principle – 1 Corinthians 14:3 – encouraging, comforting, strengthening.

[1:48] – HEART protocol.

[4:13] – Second Principle – communicating God’s heart for the person.

[4:56] – We want to make God look great, not ourselves.

[6:07] – Everyone can communicate with God – Joel 2:28-29.

[6:41] – Prophesying clear identity statements eg The angel to Gideon from Judges 6.

[8:44] – Jane shares a time when she was becoming judgemental.

[10:01] – Third Principle – keep everyone safe.

[16:50] – Jane shares guidelines for prophesying over children.

[21:22] – Prophetic Activation.

[22:08] – Prophetic word for a listener.

[23:59] – Gary prays for you.

Resources / Links Mentioned:

Bible Verses Mentioned:

  • 1 Corinthians 14:3
  • 1 Corinthians 13:9
  • 1 Corinthians 13:2
  • Joel 2:28-29
  • Judges 6
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21
  • Romans 12:6

Connect with Gary & Jane:

Support the show:

  • Share this podcast with someone who would value hearing from God.
  • Subscribe and leave a rating + review on your favourite podcast listening app.
  • If God is leading your heart to donate or support the show in any way, please visit https://buymeacoffee/garyandjanM Thank you so much.


Episode 6: What if I hear something negative about someone?

Episode 6: What if I hear something negative about someone?

Episode Description:

1 Corinthians 14:3 states that a prophetic word should encourage, strengthen, and comfort. But what happens if you hear/sense/see/feel something negative about someone? This episode contains practical strategies you can implement if you are prophesying and hear something negative. Attention to cleansing your life in preparation for hearing God is also covered. As usual, Gary and Jane share personal examples.
 

Episode Notes:

  1. Look at what you are focussing on.
  • We become what we behold.
  • What are we feeding ourselves spiritually, physically, emotionally, intellectually & relationally?
  • 2 Corinthians 3:18 “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image (or likeness) with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” If we expose ourselves to the glory of God, we will be transformed.
  • Guard your kids’ minds so they see the angelic sphere from God’s perspective, not a movie producer’s influence.
  • Actions to take to ‘clear the lens’.
  • It may even be that we are concentrating on the wrong things.
  • Second heaven – what we can see with our spiritual eyes – and where Satan is ruling – Ephesians 2:2 “the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.” Our view might be on the second heaven.
  1. Look at the purpose or why God has shown you
  • Is it to pray or say? Know when to keep your mouth shut.
  • Ask Questions of God – why has God shown me this? What am I meant to do with it, God? If I’m to share it, how would you like me to share it, Lord?
  • Can God trust me with His secrets? God is likely to show you more if He can trust you.
  • We need to ask God for His timing. Is it a word for now, or do I keep it between God and me?
  1. Is it a negative word or our perception?
  • Take a moment to ask God – how can I bring out the best in this?
  • 1 Corinthians 14:3 “But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.”
  1. Turn it 180°
  • 1 Corinthians 13:9 “For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.”
  1. Important points:
  • God can redeem negative things.
  • Prayer to close the psychic door.

Prophetic Activation:

Ask God, “Jesus, if I was an animal, which animal would I be and why?” Ask God further questions – the purpose of the animal, its role, how it moves, the colour, etc.

 

Time Stamps:

[0.46] – Importance of 1 Corinthians 14:3 – encouraging, comforting, strengthening.

[2:50] – First Principle – look at what you are focussing on.

[3:54] – Jane shares several examples from her life.

[6:25] – Gary shares practical strategies to ‘clear your lens’.

[7:53] – Jane shares about the three heavens.

[10:25] – Second Principle – Look at the purpose or why God has shown you.

[13:38] – Third Principle – Is it a negative word, or is it our perception?

[16:40] – Turn it 180°. Jane shares several examples.

[18:34] – Jane shares about the psychic door and prays for listeners.

[21:33] – Prophetic Activation.

[22.33] – Gary & Jane share a comforting word for listeners.

[24:37] – Gary shares about receiving a negative prophetic word and prays to break it.

[25:12] – Gary prays for you.

 

Resources / Links Mentioned:

 

Bible Verses Mentioned:

  • 1 Corinthians 14:3
  • 2 Corinthians 3:18
  • Song of Solomon 2:15
  • 2 Corinthians 12:2
  • Ephesians 2:2
  • John 10:10
  • Ephesians 6:12
  • 1 Corinthians 13:9

 

Connect with Gary & Jane:

 

Support the show:

  • Share this podcast with someone who would value hearing from God.
  • Subscribe and leave a rating + review on your favourite podcast listening app.
  • If God is leading your heart to donate or support the show in any way, please visit https://buymeacoffee/garyandjanM Thank you so much.

 

Episode 5: What Should a Prophetic Word Do?

Episode 5: What Should a Prophetic Word Do?

Episode Description:

A prophetic word is hearing or receiving something from God for someone else and then communicating it to them. It is hearing God’s heart for them. We emphasize that a prophetic word should not replace hearing God for yourself but often confirms what God has already revealed to you. This episode unpacks 1 Corinthians 14:3 – that a prophetic word is strengthening, encouraging, and comforting. An important outcome from this is that it will bear good fruit. We briefly address what to do if we hear something negative for someone. As usual, Gary and Jane share personal examples.

 

Episode Notes:

1 Corinthians 14:3 says,

  • NIV: “But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.”
  • RSV: “he who prophesies speaks to men for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation.”
  • The Message: “But when you proclaim his truth in everyday speech, you’re letting others in on the truth so that they can grow and be strong and experience his presence with you.”
  1. A prophetic word is encouraging.
  • A prophetic word encourages or exhorts.
  • It calls us up to be the person God created us to be. It can awaken potential.
  • It can encourage us to step into the things of God we haven’t encountered before.
  • It encourages us to rise to the challenge and embrace what is only possible in God.
  1. A prophetic word is strengthening.
  • A prophetic word can strengthen or edify.
  • It strengthens us through instruction and improvement.
  • God uses prophecy to shed light in all areas of our life and show us the way we are to go.
  1. A prophetic word is comforting.
  • A prophetic word can bring comfort and consolation. Comfort means relief in affliction.
  • Prophecy reassures us that God sees our pain, distress, anger, etc and in fact, He feels it too.
  • A prophetic word can remind us that God will carry us through the hard times and see us safely out the other side.

Cautions:

  • If a prophetic word is not encouraging, comforting, or strengthening, you don’t say it. In our next episode (episode 6) we give you great tools for what to do with a prophetic word when what we hear is negative.
  • A prophetic word doesn’t automatically mean it will become true. You need to partner with God to see it realised.
  • Don’t add to what we feel God’s saying when giving prophetic words.

 

Time Stamps:

[0.38] – Jane talks about what a prophetic word should do from 1 Corinthians 14:3.

[1:50] – Gary unpacks encouraging, strengthening, and comforting.

[3:23] – Gary shares about a time when a prophetic word encouraged him.

[5:00] – Jane shares a few significant times when prophetic words were strengthening.

[7:11] – An example of everyday prophetic words.

[9:17] – What to do if we sense a negative prophetic word.

[10:03] – Jane shares several significant times when prophetic words were comforting.

[15:46] – Gary emphasizes that an important outcome is that it will bear good fruit.

[15:56] – Just because you receive a prophetic word, it doesn’t mean it will come true.

[16:11] – Prophetic activation.

[16:47] – Gary prays for you.

 

Activation:

Ask God, “Jesus, what tool would you like to place in my hand and why?”

 

Resources / Links Mentioned:

 

Bible Verses Mentioned:

  • 1 Corinthians 14:3
  • Proverbs 31:25
  • Jeremiah 29:11

 

Connect with Gary & Jane:

Support the show:

  • Share this podcast with someone who would value hearing from God.
  • Subscribe and leave a rating + review on your favourite podcast listening app.
  • If God is leading your heart to donate or support the show in any way, please visit https://buymeacoffee/garyandjanM Thank you so much.

 

 

 

Episode 4: How does God talk to us?

Episode 4: How does God talk to us?

 

Episode Description:

Sometimes we can feel like we are asking God for answers but not getting any. Sometimes it may be because our ‘antenna’ is tuned to the wrong frequency. In this episode, we unpack four different ways we can ‘hear’ God – through hearing, seeing, sensing/feeling, and knowing/perceiving. We cover the internal and external ways for each method. As usual, Gary and Jane share personal examples.

 

Episode Notes:

  1. Auditory or hearing God.
  • Most common
  • When we talk about ‘hearing’ God – we can presume it’s the only way.
  • Still small voice internally – 1 Kings 19:11-12
  • Jeremiah 1. The word of the Lord came to me.
  • Loud voice externally
  1. Visual
  • Habakkuk 2:1 “I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me.”
  • See things in the spirit
  • Internal sight eg Amos 7 – plumb line
  • Psalm 139 – my eyes saw your unformed body
  • External eg Jeremiah 1:11-13 seeing almond tree branch
  • Jeremiah 18:1-11 Jeremiah being instructed to go to the potter’s house and God showed him through the potter what he was crafting about Israel.
  • If God draws your attention to something, stop and ask Him what it is He is trying to tell you. Exodus 3:3-4 Moses saw a bush on fire that wasn’t burning up, so he thought “Hmm, I’ll go over and see this strange sight.”
  • Kids seeing demons. Focus on the opposite.
  • Dreams so important. In Matthew 1 & 2, Joseph had three dreams which saved the life of Jesus because Joseph obeyed the dreams he had.
  • Joel 2:28 & repeated in Acts 2:17. Your sons and daughters will prophesy; your young men will see visions and your old men dream dreams.
  1. Sense/feel
  • Using senses – feel, touch, taste.
  • Gut intuition. Impression. Imagination.
  • The Gospels are full of stories where Jesus showed compassion towards people.
  • Changing spiritual atmospheres is briefly addressed.
  1. Perceive or know
  • Luke 5:22 – Jesus knew what they were thinking in their hearts.
  • Idea comes into my head.
  1. Important points:
  • Cultivate intimacy with Father God, Holy Spirit, and Jesus.
  • Important to hear God for ourselves and not go running to prophets.
  • We can intentionally grow in the four various ways.
  • Seeing – people can shut that sense down.
  • Prayer to cleanse people’s imagination.

 

Activation:

Ask God, “Jesus, if you could play a game with me, like a childhood game, what would it be and why?”

 

Time Stamps:

[0.50] – God uses an assortment of ways to communicate with us.

[1.48] – We can feel like we are asking God for answers but don’t get any.

[2.08] – Intimacy with God from Episode 2.

[2.22] – Our antenna can be tuned to the wrong frequency.

[3.28] – Gary introduces four different ways of hearing God.

[3.57] – Jane unpacks the auditory way of hearing from God.

[9.13] – Visual way of hearing from God.

[12.09] – A strategy for kids having nightmares or seeing demons.

[12.52] – Gary shares a strategy for you if you are feeling overwhelmed.

[13.10] – The power of dreams.

[13.59] – Gary shares a dream that influenced our direction.

[14.49] – Jane shares on sensing and feeling as ways of hearing from God.

[15.16] – Changing atmospheres.

[18.01] – Gary shares on perception or ‘knowing’ as a way of hearing God.

[21.23] – Jane prays to cleanse people’s imagination.

[22.39] – Prophetic activation.

{23.22] – Gary prays for you.

 

Resources / Links Mentioned:

 

Bible Verses Mentioned:

  • Numbers 22:21-39
  • Jeremiah 33:3
  • John 10: 3, 14, 27
  • Habakkuk 2:1
  • 1 Samuel 3
  • 1 Kings 19:11-12
  • Jeremiah 1
  • Amos 7
  • Psalm 139
  • Jeremiah 1:11-13
  • Jeremiah 18:1-11
  • Exodus 3:3-4
  • Matthew 1 & 2
  • Joel 2:28
  • Acts 2:17
  • 1 Corinthians 13:9

 

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Episode 3: What does God’s Voice sound like?

Episode 3: What does God’s Voice sound like?

 

Episode Description: 

Learning to recognise God’s voice is crucial and comes through intimacy with Father God, Holy Spirit, and Jesus. This episode of Hearing God unpacks the four different voices we may hear – God’s, Satan’s, other peoples, and our own voice. We look at what each voice sounds like and give practical examples from our own lives. We unpack the ‘first thought principle’ of hearing God’s voice, conditional on if you are in a great place with God. We emphasize that we need to look at what ‘fruit’ the voice will bring. Listeners are encouraged to ask God questions.

 

Episode Notes:

  1. God’s voice
  • Learn to recognise it through intimacy with God.
  • God’s voice brings hope and speaks life. It’s always loving and honouring.
  • May convict but never condemns. Always agrees with Scripture.
  • Sounds like the fruit of the Spirit – Galatians 5:22-23
  • Affirms us in our identity, relationships, and purpose.
  • Brings revelations and perspective and understanding you wouldn’t have come up with yourself.
  • Jeremiah 29:11 – God’s thoughts, plans and desires for us.
  • Still, small voice eg Elijah fleeing from Jezebel in 1 Kings 19:11-12.
  1. Satan’s voice
  • Steals, kills, and destroys. It brings shame and condemnation.
  • It can sound accusatory and brings negative thoughts. It contradicts.
  • Uses “you” language and not “I” language.
  • Unsettling, manipulative, pushy, angry, controlling, brings fear and humiliation.
  • Discouraging and brings hopelessness. Driven and invasive. Unrest.
  • Focus off God and distorts Scripture.
  • John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.”
  1. Other’s voices
  • May be positive or negative.
  • Usually the words a significant person in our life has said.
  1. Our own voice
  • Reasons/rationalises and uses logic to assess and process information and draw conclusions.
  • Easily swayed through our emotions and how feeling.
  • Double minded or striving.
  • Feels too familiar and can trace the thought pattern.
  • Eg “I’m not sure I’m hearing correctly.”
  1. Important points:
  • First thought principle as long as in a healthy place with God.
  • Look at the fruit of the thought.

Activation:

Ask God, “Jesus, if you could meet me anywhere in the Universe, where would it be and why?”

Explore it further with Jesus by asking more questions, for example:

  • What do you most like about that place?
  • Why did you choose that place?

Time Stamps:

[0.33] – Jane shares on the importance of intimacy with God.

[1.05] – Gary shares how God’s voice will always agree with Scripture.

[1.44] – Jeremiah 29:11

[2.17] – 1 Kings 19:11-12

[3.06] – Learning to recognise God’s voice.

[3.11] – Jane shares several examples of hearing the audible voice of God.

[5.45] – Guidelines we operate under when releasing prophetic words.

[7.22] – Gary shares what Satan’s voice sounds like.

[8.59] – John 10:10

[9.28] – Jane shares an example of feeling peace.

[11.24] – Voices of other people.

[12.16] – Gary shares on recognising when it’s our own internal voice.

[13.25] – Gary shares on the first thought principle.

[16.37] – The fruit of the thought is important.

[17.00] – Prophetic activation.

[18.00] – Gary prays for you.

Resources / Links Mentioned:

  • Prayer Ministry / Inner Healing through various places. Contact your local church or various ministries like Bethel Sozo, Elijah House, Ellel Ministries, Heart Revive (Portico Church – online), Restore (Stairway SASH) or Restoring the Foundations.
  • If you would like to become a Christian, please contact a local church, or find an Alpha course near you.
  • Visit Jane’s website https://unlockingthegold.com and subscribe to get your free 84- page pdf copy of ‘40 Days of gratitude’.

 

Bible Verses Mentioned:

  • Galatians 5:22-23
  • Jeremiah 29:11
  • 1 Kings 19:11-12
  • 1 Corinthians 13:9
  • John 10:10

 

Connect with Gary & Jane:

Support the show:

  • If God is leading your heart to donate or support the show in any way, please visit https://buymeacoffee/garyandjanM Thank you so much.
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Episode 2: The Importance of Hearing God for Myself.

Episode 2: The Importance of Hearing God for Myself.

Episode Description:

It is so important to learn to hear God for ourselves. Sometimes we may feel we can’t hear God, but God uses a variety of ways to get our attention. We are individuals and God, as our creator, knows us intimately. He will speak to us in ways that make sense to us. God is not limited to communicating with us in only one way. Spending time and becoming intimate with God is vital.

Episode Notes:

1. We need to ‘know the real deal’ and be able to spot the fake.

2. Get to know God’s voice.

    • John 10:14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.”
    • John 10:27 “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”

3. Different ways God can speak to us.

    • Gary’s call to church planting through reading Jeremiah 1.
    • Deep sense of peace when praying.
    • Sensing / feeling
    • Knowing / perceiving
    • Seeing pictures or symbols / dreams /visions
    • Still small voice / auditory voice
    • Etc.

Activation:

“Jesus, what do you love most about me and why?”

Time Stamps:

[0.25] – Jane shares about learning to spot the real before focusing on the fake.

[1.24] – The importance of getting to know God’s voice.

[2.02] – Jane shares how the Bible came alive watching sheep in Israel.

[3.59] – Jane shares recent experiences of hearing God.

[6.49] – Gary shares his call to church planting through reading the Bible.

[8.12] – One way God speaks to us is through the Bible.

[8.19] – God communicates to us in a variety of ways.

[9.54] – Psalm 91:1-5

[10.56] – Jane shares how hearing God for herself changed the way she prays.

[11.53] – The prophetic often confirms what God has already been sharing with us.

[13.20] – The importance of hearing God for myself.

[13.43] – Gary shares about prophesying about future husbands and wives.

[16.48] – Activation – ask Jesus what He loves most about you and why.

[17.31] – Gary prays for you.

Bible Verses Mentioned:

    • Jeremiah 1
    • Psalm 91:1-5

Connect with Gary & Jane:

Support the show:

    • If God is leading your heart to donate or support the show in any way, please visit https://buymeacoffee/garyandjanM for more information. Thank you so much!
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Episode 1: God wants to Communicate with Us

Episode 1: God wants to Communicate with Us

Episode Description:

God’s desire is for communication with us. He wants to have a relationship with us and share thoughts, insights, solutions, strategies, and secrets with us. God also wants to hear our thoughts, struggles, dreams, and desires. If you want God to speak to you, He will always answer you. He is a loving God who wants to communicate with us. We can hear God for ourselves. This episode contains keys to help you hear from God.

Gary and Jane share their first memorable experiences of the father heart of God. They share how our identity is often based on what our earthly father’s relationship with us was like, and how we often view God through the lens of our relationship with our earthly father.

Episode Notes:

1. God created us for relationship.

    • God desires intimacy with us.
    • Psalm 139:13-18. God created us and knows our innermost thoughts and desires.
    • Jeremiah 33:3. God wants us to call to Him and He will always answer us.
    • Often, we are not listening or unaware of how God is speaking to us.
    • If you want God to speak to you, He will always answer you.

2. An expectation that God still speaks today.

    • Do you believe that God still wants to communicate with you today?
    • We need to position ourselves to hear God.
    • Habakkuk 2:1 – eagerly anticipate and expect God to speak to us.

3. Father heart of God.

    • Often, we determine what Father God is like by our experience with our earthly father. 
    • How we view God is often through the lens of our relationship with our earthly father.
    • Our identity is often based in what our relationship was like with our father.

Activation:

Ask Father God, “How do you see me dressed?”

Explore it further with God by asking more questions, for example:

    • Why am I wearing those clothes?
    • What do the colours mean?
    • What would you like to say to me through this?

Time Stamps:

[0.23] – Jane shares how God created us for relationship.

[1.18] – Gary shares about his experience ministering at the Mind, Body, Spirit Festival.

[2.50] – Jane shares on the need for an expectation that God still speaks today.

[3.41] – Gary shares on the Father heart of God.

[4.34] – Our identity is often based in what our relationship was like with our father.

[5.05] – Gary shares when he first encountered the father heart of God.

[6.42] – Jane’s experience seeing a man experience the father heart of God.

[9.44] – An opportunity to ask God where He is for you.

[11.44] – Jane shares her first memorable experience with the father heart of God.

[14.54] – Encouragement to ask God questions.

[16.12] – Activation – ask Father God, “How do you see me dressed?”

[16.51] – Gary prays for you.

Resources / Links Mentioned:

    • Ellel Ministries
    • Ken Symington – book “Loved like never before: Discovering the Father Heart of God”. His course is available through Ellel Ministries.
    • A.J. Jones – “Finding Father” available through Amazon or  https://alynandaj.com/store/finding-father-book/
    • Prayer Ministry / Inner Healing through various places. Contact your local church or various ministries like Bethel Sozo, Elijah House, Ellel Ministries, Heart Revive (Portico Church – online), Restore (Stairway SASH) or Restoring the Foundations.
    • If you would like to become a Christian, please contact a local church, or find an Alpha course near you.

Bible Verses Mentioned:

    • Psalm 139:13-18
    • Jeremiah 33:3
    • Habakkuk 2:1

Connect with Gary & Jane:

Support the show:

    • If God is leading your heart to donate or support the show in any way, please visit https://buymeacoffee/garyandjanM  Thank you so much. 
    • Subscribe and leave a rating + review on your favourite podcast listening app.
    • Share this podcast with someone who would value hearing from God.