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Recognizing the Voice of God

Pastor and author David Stine shares insights from his latest book, Hearing From God. Read Transcript

NARRATOR: 12 years ago, David Stine

was a student at Regent University.

When he heard God tell him to start a church in Washington,

DC, David listened.

Today he is the pastor of Metro Church,

a multi-site church in Washington, DC,

with over 3,000 members.

He says obeying God was critical for their success.

In his book, "Hearing from God," he

shares his five-step process and the tools

to hear God's message for you.

Well, joining us now is David Stine,

pastor of DC Metro Churches.

Great to have you here.

So good to be with you, Terry.

I want to talk about your book and all that's in it.

It's called "Hearing from God."

I mean, who doesn't want to hear from God?

I don't know anybody.

There's a good basic Christian question right there.

Even non-Christian, I think, it's sort of are you there?

And if you are, how do I connect?

God spoke to you.

You have your own hearing from God story

about establishing a church that now has 3,000 members,

am I right about that?


TERRY MEEUWSEN: Tell us how that happened.

I was actually on a doctoral retreat with Regent University,

2005, April, and we were in the Shenandoah foothills

at a great retreat center there.

And the moderator asked us to go and get alone with God

out in the woods.

And Terry, honestly, I wasn't super excited about this

at the time, which has been kind of the story a lot

of times I find with a lot of folks.

It's like, do I really have to set aside time for this?

And to my great surprise, I got alone

and was on my knees in a place and had

a little clearing in the soil and was

poking holes in the dirt.

And, and I felt like that still, small voice

that scripture talks about, it said, count, count those.

And there were 17 in kind of a circular pattern here

and then three in New, and three in this area up here.

And immediately I heard the voice of the Lord.

It said those are the 17 campuses

that you're going to plant in the DC area and three

in New York.

TERRY MEEUWSEN: And you had none at this point, correct?

DAVID STINE: None, no, I was pastoring in Florida

at the time at a great church, Celebration Church there.

And it wasn't for another two years

that we actually moved up.

And we'll celebrate 10 years this September.

Hold fast to the vision, [INAUDIBLE]

Write it down because you're going to need it.

It will surely come to pass.

Yes, that's right.

That is awesome.

When you were 14, you know, sometimes

God speaks to us through other people.

I mean, sometimes it's directly like that, sometimes

in His Word, and sometimes through someone else.

When you were 14, God did that through your grandfather.

He did.

That was really the eye-opening moment for me.

At that point in time, I was not following the Lord.

I was attending church and didn't really have

a relationship with God, we could say.

And I was diagnosed though with a very serious illness.

It was actually leukemia and was given six weeks left to live.


The doctors down on Oschner Clinic

in New Orleans, Louisiana, and they really

couldn't explain what I had and had pretty much decided

it was leukemia, and I didn't have long to live.

I'd lost a ton of weight.

And it was in that time my grandfather, who knew the Lord

and I knew that he knew the Lord,

he was kind of the Moses in my life.

I didn't know Him, but I knew somebody did.

And he had just visited me in the hospital

a couple of days prior, had already had the news.

And he called me on the phone, and here I

am laying in the hospital bed.

And he says, David, the Lord gave me a vision.

And I believe it's for you.

And it was this beautiful picture, Terry, he said,

the Lord showed me this picture.

It was you.

You were in the hospital bed just

like I saw you the other day, and you went up

into the clouds.

And I'll never forget, he paused for a second at that moment.

And I thought, Grandpa, do you have anything else?

This isn't sounding very good.

And he said, no, no, no, he said,

you came back down out of the clouds

and you were dressed like a normal 14-year-old young man.

And he said, David, I believe that the Lord has healed you.

He's going to heal you.

And it was at that moment, Terry,

that I really just knew something had happened.

And it was an eye-opener to know that someone else had heard

for me, but then to know that the Lord was actually

interested specifically in me so much so that he would heal me.

And I walked out of the hospital two weeks later.

TERRY MEEUWSEN: Unbelievable.

No cancer at all and have not had cancer since that time

and was instantly better.

Within six weeks, I regained weight and everything.


He sent the word to heal their disease.

It is definitely a way that He speaks.

You know, there might be people

who are watching right now, David, who would say,

well, I don't even really know the Lord.

Can I hear from Him?

I mean, can somebody who has never heard God speaking, even

a believer who's maybe been in the word, gone to church,

done the stuff that followers of Christ do,

if you've never heard, how do you begin that process?

Well, in the book, I highlight a five-step process.

And there is, as you know, hundreds of different Bible

study methods.

TERRY MEEUWSEN: But I love your process.

I think it's very doable for all of us.

Talk a little bit about those steps.

It's five steps, and I do like a 40-day experiment in the back

and set you up every day to where you can walk through

and discern the voice of God for yourself,

the still small voice as well as the message that He has through


But the starting place is just to know that He speaks.

And I've found the life verse for me is John 10:27,

and Jesus is talking.

It's the chapter where he's talking about abundant life.

And kind of as a conclusion of that, even

says "the sheep listen to My voice."

He says, I know them, and they follow Me."

And so I've really pulled from that that I believe,

Terry, the Christian life is not just pointing your life

towards the Bible.

It's pointing your life towards scripture for sure.

But then in addition to that, in order based on that scripture

to follow Him, we need to hear His voice each and every day,

or at least in major decisions, big and small I'd say.

TERRY MEEUWSEN: What are some of the things that

keep us from doing that?


TERRY MEEUWSEN: Carving out the time for one thing.

It's the first step is just to get a time

and place of those five steps.

And I've found that to be the make-- it sounds so easy,

doesn't it?

It does, but in today's crazy world,

it's almost like Nehemiah building the wall, like you

want to say, I can't come now.

I'm right here.

I can't, I'm doing a good work.

I cannot come down.


Well, I found that time and place for me

is really the best starting point.

That's why it's point number one.

And I've found the things that don't make

my schedule don't make my life.

And that's just where we are in our day and age.

And so I just encourage the reader

and would encourage the watchers today, you know,

it really is about setting aside that time.


He is speaking.

We just have to position ourselves to listen.

I think we've all learned that about it's similar to dieting.

Without a plan, it's just a good intention.

A great idea, but no follow-through.

Great ideas don't do much for you.

What are some of the things that help us to do this?

You mentioned that you have five things.

You kind of built it off of the whole scientific method

of doing things.

And so one is finding the time or taking the time,

slotting it in.

Go down that list.

Be still in WORSHIP Is just kind of that,

I mean, just stilling ourself.

It's kind of the classic example of the fact

that there's radio waves all around us.

We can't see them but they're happening.

And if we tune in--

TERRY MEEUWSEN: Reminds us of who He is.

We can hear.


And so being still in worship is such a critical step.

And then just simply opening the word of God and taking

time to just simply read His word.

And then after we do that, and this is really the challenge,

and I do this every day for the 40 days,

is that you listen and write.

And that's when you just pause yourself.

TERRY MEEUWSEN: I love that.

What is the Lord saying to me?

And then right back through your own pen.

I've found it to always come back to me

in a completely different pen, even though it's from my own.

It's a practice I do every day, and I just so recommend it.

It is the faith step in hearing from God.

And then the last step is just to share and obey.

Because you really want to have some accountability.

You want to make sure it lines up with the word of God.

And then obedience, I've always found

the Lord is more willing to speak to me

if I agree ahead of time, Lord, no matter what you say,

I will obey.

One of the things I like about that five-step method is it

really puts an accountability factor in there.

I think for so many of us, we often

say, well, how do I know if it's me

or how do I know if it's God?

But if you follow those five steps,

you come to the end result of that,

knowing that it's God's voice that you've heard.

It's really a wonderful book.

If you want to learn how to recognize

God's voice more clearly in your life, this book is a must read.

It's called "Hearing from God."

It's available wherever books are sold.

You're going to love it.

Get into the 40-day program.

It's a plan, and it's a discipline,

and it'll take you a long way.

Thank you so much for being with us.

Thank you so much for having me.

What a great message for all of us, all of us.


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