[This post is part of the Hearing God's Voice series]
It is much easier to know if you are in God’s will when you know His voice. It is wise to consume the Word of God to become spiritually mature, especially while you’re learning to recognize His voice. My mentors and spiritual authority figures have also helped keep me from going astray while making decisions. (See Hebrews 5:12-14.)
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. 1 John 5:14-15 NKJV
You can be sure that you are asking according to His will if you are declaring what He has already promised. Some examples of God’s wonderful promises:
- Needs met. (Philippians 4:19)
- Strength. (Psalm 138:3)
- Measure of faith. (Romans 12:3)
- Wisdom. (James 1:5)
What about situations that aren’t in the Bible?
MINOR DECISIONS: You make dozens of decisions daily. God didn’t create you to be a robot. You have the mind of Christ and He has given you wisdom. You don’t need to seek God on what to make for lunch every day. “Lord, should I make the peanut butter and jelly or the grilled cheese today?” Your time would be better spent praying for the salvation of others, for example.
MAJOR DECISIONS: When a major decision needs to be made, seek God for His answer and He will bring you confirmations (2 Corinthians 13:1b). God speaks through different avenues to bring confirmation to us for specific direction:
- Written Word
- Prophetic word
- Direct revelation
- Indirect revelation
- Anointed preaching/teaching
- Providential circumstances
- Higher judgment
- Instruction from authorities
For a hypothetical example, let’s say that you need to go back to school and you are trying to decide which one. You would pray and ask God to show you what His will is and it would seem that everywhere you turn a certain school is being brought to your attention. You may sit down at a restaurant and suddenly there is a random commercial about that school. You may run into an old acquaintance after 10 years and you find out they just graduated from that school and gave it a good report. You might mention it to those closest to you and see if everyone including yourself is getting a peace, then it looks like you are receiving confirmations to go to that certain school.
I wanted to know God’s will concerning who I was going to marry. I asked God to bring him into my life at an early age. He showed up when I was 14. He was the only guy my parents didn’t have a problem with me talking to, because they knew he was the one for me. My brother was also able to confirm that. God told Justin audibly! In all I received 7 confirmations from the Lord!
How Can I Know for Sure It’s the Will of God?
My dad preached on this subject yesterday. I had my post already written, but I’m adding these 5 questions he gave:
- Is it consistent with the Bible?
- Is it a wise decision?
- Can I honestly ask the Lord to help me achieve this?
- Do I have genuine peace about it?
- Will this decision honor God?
Add your voice: Do you have an experience you can share about knowing God’s will? Any questions?Photo credit: Horia Varlan Creative Commons