[This post is part of A Biblical Foundation to Hearing God’s Voice series]
It is much easier to know God’s will when you know His voice. Consume the Word of God, especially while you’re learning to recognize His voice.
Hebrews 5:14 tells us that the spiritually mature has a keen sense of discernment due to the constant practice of distinguishing between good and evil. My mentors and spiritual authority figures have helped to keep me from going astray while making decisions, especially the years of coming into a greater spiritual maturity.
This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him. 1 John 5:14-15 (NASB)
You can be sure that you are asking according to God’s will if you are declaring what He has already promised.
Some examples of God’s wonderful promises:
- Our needs met. (Philippians 4:19)
- His granite strength for our day. (Psalm 138:3)
- The measure of faith. (Romans 12:3)
- A liberal outpouring of wisdom. (James 1:5)
You might be wondering: how do I know God’s will about situations that aren’t in the Bible? That’s a great question. Let’s start by covering when you make a minor decision.How do I know God’s will about situations that aren't in the Bible? Click to learn some tips.
Minor Decisions to Know God’s Will
God didn’t create you to be a robot; He gave us a will and the choice to follow Him. He is in control of your life, but He does not force you to obey Him. Besides obeying His leading, you make dozens of decisions daily.
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. That would be kind of comical, right?
“Lord, should I make the peanut butter and jelly or the grilled cheese today?”
Your time would be better spent praying for others, for example.
Major Decisions to Know God’s Will
A great way to know you have heard from God on a personal (non-doctrinal) issue is when you receive multiple confirmations. God speaks through different avenues to bring confirmation to us for specific direction. You might see doors to one choice closing while all the doors to the other choice open wide.
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 might sit down at a restaurant and suddenly there is a random commercial about that school. Then, perhaps later you’re in the waiting room flipping through a magazine and happen to see an article about someone who attended that school. You may run into an old acquaintance and 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. We met when I was only 14. He was the sole 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 as well as our pastors and mentors. In all, I received seven confirmations from the Lord!
3 Keys to God’s Will
Take a cue from Paul and Timothy in Colossians 1:9 and pray this:
And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, Colossians 1:9 ESV
God won’t contradict His Word. He will confirm it.
Delight in It
Psalm 40:8 (ESV) says, “I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”
Pray this. If you delight in God’s will (that He has revealed to you), you will do it.
Meditate on the following two verses:
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Matthew 7:21 ESV
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10 ESV
These verses show us that God’s will is done by not only God but people. Follow through. Are you all talk and no action? Remember the old adage, “Actions speak louder than words.” You will see God’s will come to fruition through your obedience to Him.
How Can I Know for Sure It’s the Will of God?
Here are a few questions to ask when you’re in the middle of making a decision. Reflecting on these might help dispel any doubt:
- Does it line up with what the Bible says?
- Is this decision wise or foolish?
- Do I have peace instead? Or feel troubled in my spirit?
- Will this bring honor to God?
- Can I honestly ask the Lord to help me achieve it?
Don’t stress over whether or not you’ve made the right decision.
Hasn’t God promised to show you what you don’t know when you ask (Jeremiah 33:3)?
Didn’t He say you’d receive what you ask of Him in faith (Matthew 21:22)?
Isn’t His secret with the righteous (Proverbs 3:32)?
He is certainly with you and knows the details of your life. He cares what happens to you and will lead you because you are His child.
Do you have an experience you can share about knowing God’s will?
A Biblical Foundation to Hear God’s Voice Series
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