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My Heart Behind Hearing God's Voice

Updated: Apr 30, 2020

As a kid growing up in the church, I always felt like something was lacking in my experience with God. I would hear a regular message preached on Sunday mornings:

"You have to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ!" That's what I wanted. More than anything. But I didn't know what it looked like. I didn't have the practical tools or understanding to develop my relationship with God to the depth that I longed for.

I would read my Bible and memorize Scripture, but I saw a great divide between my actual experience and the experience Jesus said I should have. "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me."

-John 10:27

I remember praying and asking God to speak to me, but I didn't hear Him respond back to me. When I went to college, I entered into a season of earnestly seeking God with all of my heart. One night at a college worship service, I heard the voice of God so clearly ask me a question I will never forget:

"Do you want what I have to give you?" The tone of His voice is what moved me. There was an overwhelming love and kindness in His demeanor. It was like He had a beautiful gift, a surprise waiting for me, but He wanted me to make the decision to accept it. In that moment, I knew God was inviting me to lay down my life and my dreams in a greater measure and fully trust him to write my story.

So I said, "Yes."

How could I say no to Someone so loving?

Instantly, I felt the power of the Holy Spirit ignite in the soles of my feet and flow throughout my body. I started to weep, and then my tears turned to overwhelming, joyful laughter. I knew it was God, but I didn't know at the time I was receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The living God of the Bible became so real to me. From that time on, I began to hear his voice and saw the power of God touch people around me.

When that happened, my whole life changed. I discovered my identity in Christ and His love for me. I found greater clarity and vision for my life's purpose. I began to make a positive impact on friends, neighbors, and strangers in my world by encouraging them with God's love through prophetic words.

For the past 10 years, I have continued to develop and grow in the prophetic gift on my life and have a passion to teach others to do the same. I have watched the power of a prophetic word lead people to Jesus, lift desperate people out of depression and anxiety, bring physical and emotional healing, restore families and relationships, and give direction for difficult situations and major decisions. Ultimately, I have watched as God has revealed his love to me and through me.

Let love be your highest goal! But you should also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives—especially the ability to prophesy. - 1 Corinthians 14:1

In this hour in history, we need to hear God's voice more than ever. God is looking to reveal himself to us and the world around us. It's time to pursue God like never before so we can live on purpose and impact the world.



I created this website to provide resources to help you grow in your relationship with God. Keep checking back to find free videos, prophetic words, and devotionals to encourage and equip you. I will soon launch in-depth online courses to help those of you who want to dive deeper into growing in hearing God's voice and developing your prophetic gift.

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About the Author

MARIEL VILLARREAL is a writer, speaker, and prophetic mentor. Her heart is to encourage this generation with right-now prophetic words that reignite hope during the waiting between a prophetic promise and its fulfillment. Through her ministry, the Embolden Co., she holds seasonal prophetic mentorships, training programs, and retreats to empower people around the world to develop their spiritual gifts and hear God for their lives—so they can bring revival to the nations. 

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