Jer 1:4 This is what GOD said:
Jer 1:5 “Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you: A prophet to the nations– that’s what I had in mind for you.”
Most of the time it is ourselves that hinder ourselves. For some reason we tend to believe what others have spent a time speaking into us, whether true or not. Peter J Daniels wrote a book* where he told his 2nd grade teacher she was wrong about him. While I was reading it I kept thinking I sure hope this woman is already dead, because this would embarrass her to death. The point of the book is this; don’t let others tell you who you are, or what you will become.
Empty yourself, of everything you know isn’t true. Be the person who God is constantly reminding you, you are. The person He has made you to be. He whispers it in your soul. It may sound like you for God isn’t going to use words that are not in your vocabulary. He’s not going to speak to you in Russian if you don’t know the language, and if it is something that is positive, loving, uplifting and lines up with God’s word then it can’t be the devil speaking that inside you. Why doesn’t God use his own voice to speak to you? Well, for one, it would probably scare you, and two, you are not Moses standing barefoot next to a burning bush.
The best way to hear God is one, learn His voice. That means invite him to speak to you, and pray that when he does you will know it is him. Secondly get in a habit of getting quiet. For me that is sometimes when I am in the car. I turn off the music, which at times bothers me, because I enjoy singing. I’m good at it. No, really I am. On more than one occasion people at a stop light will roll up their window because they just can’t take the awesomeness any longer. Know the kind of things God would speak to you. You do this by reading His word, you know the “Bible”.
Yes there are times God will speak to you through another person, but you will know when that is happening because it will feel very familiar. Why is that? Because most likely His Spirit has been whispering similar words to you for a while. Mothers, fathers, teachers, friends, please be careful of the words you speak into someone else, especially a child, for they just might be listening.
* ” Miss Phillips, You Were Wrong: A Formula to Handle Rejection” Hardcover – 1989