Are you in God’s will? Are you doing what God wants you to be doing? Are you making decisions that God wants you to be making? Sometimes answering these questions can feel like grabbing Jell-O!
How can you be sure? How can you really know? Wonder no more! Take this 3-step test to know if you’re in God’s will.
Have You Been Praying for Wisdom?
Ephesians 1:16-17 – Remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him…
Scripture is very clear that prayer is a critical part of understanding God’s will. We see multiple examples of this taking place in the Bible (c.f. Mat 6:31-34, 2 Cor. 12:7-10). Prayer is a supernatural encounter with the One who knows your past, present, and future. Prayer is engaging with the One who has a plan for your life and wants you to follow it. God is faithful to meet with you when you are faithful to meet with Him. God is faithful to reveal to you when you are faithful to listen. Prayer slows us down and allows time to reflect and gain God’s insight and wisdom for a given situation.
The key to prayer is consistency and for it to be relational and organic. It’s important to talk with God on a regular basis because often understanding God’s will is a process and requires time. It is also important to talk with God in a way that is relational, back and forth, talking and listening. Prayer is not an “abracadabra” time, but a personal time with the living God. I would also recommend that you have a pen and paper handy during your prayer time in order to journal any thoughts or reflections God gives you.
Have You Been Consulting The Word?
2 Timothy 3:16-17 – All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
The Bible is our road map for life. It contains practical truth for everyday living. The only way to truly know God’s will in your life is if you are following His word. We can easily deceive ourselves into a place of sin and compromise without realizing it. The enemy is really good at helping us rationalize and fool ourselves. The only way to protect against this is to read and study God’s word on a regular basis and apply it to your every day life.
Are you living according to God’s word? Does your life and behavior reflect that of a follower of Jesus? God’s word will reveal this to you. If you are living in disobedience and unconfessed sin, there will always be a communication breakdown with the Lord. Therefore, it is critical you study and apply God’s word daily to your life in order to truly understand God’s will for your life.
Have You Been Seeking Counsel?
Hebrews 10:24-25 – And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another…
Being a Christian is being part of a spiritual family. We are all brothers and sisters in Christ and it is important to always include trusted spiritual family members in any of your decisions. A third party godly opinion is always helpful in making sure you aren’t fooling yourself. God will often use other people in your life to confirm His will, but you must allow them in.
Isolation is a telltale sign that you are at risk and not in God’s will! God wants you connected and consulting with other Christians who know and love you and who aren’t afraid to tell the truth, even if it hurts. In doing so, you are protecting yourself from the enemy’s ploys and his attempts to cause you to step outside of God’s will.
One final note, watch out for the open door/closed door method for determining God’s will. Yes, sometimes God will open and shut doors of opportunity, but many times the enemy will tempt us away from God with an “open” door. The only way to know the difference between a temptation and an opportunity is to apply this 3-step approach.
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