Knowing God's will. I have wrestled with that monster more times in my life than I care to admit. The fingers of doubt and uncertainty tap on my shoulder to distract me whenever God wants to take me to the next level of knowing Him. It's the age old question! How do I know if I am acting in the will of God? How do I differentiate between not being in His will or if this is open warfare keeping me from pursuing God's will? Do I just move forward?! Will it be a mistake?...or what?! HELP!
Sometimes it feels like we are in a spiritual fog-wrestling with our feelings over our faith. Asking yourself a few gut honest questions may help provide some clarity and put our feelings back in check with our faith.
* Am I really asking God or am I relying on my own thoughts/actions?
* Am I spending time in fervent prayer- fasting?having focused devotions? or involved in an in-depth Bible study?
* Am I seeking Biblical, godly counsel from a trusted Christian mentor or pastor?
* Does this line up with Scripture? (spoiler alert- if it is not Biblical-the answer is NO...)
* Does this use my God given gifts and abilities?
*Does this take time or emotional energy away from my current obligations? (family time,financial issues,spouse etc)
* Does this idea/person/direction draw me closer to God or does it bring distance?
* Do I rationalize or justify things to get my end results?
* Have I surrendered the outcome?
* Have I sinned or manipulated people and/or situations to get my desired outcome?
* Does this increase my reliance and trust in God for the end result?
* Do those in authority over me approve or encourage this? pastor, teacher, leader, husband, or parent?
* Have I avoided or ignored any "red flags"?
* Does this allow God to move more freely in my life?
During this time of wrestling or seeking there are also 3 things that are helpful in preparing for an answer from God.
1. Surround yourself with Scripture!
" Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." Psalm 119:105
Get some note cards and begin writing out verses that encourage you to praise, trust and rely on God. Choose verses on building your faith and God's faithfulness or promises. Post them in places where you can read them throughout your day-on a mirror-the fridge-the dash of your car etc. Keeping your mind saturated with Scripture keeps the adversary from playing with your thoughts.
"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect." Romans 12:2
2. Secure yourself with TRUE prayer warriors!
"He who walks with wise men will be wise but the companion of fools will suffer harm."
There are those that say they will pray and then there are those beautiful people that actually do. Link arms with the mighty prayer warriors that are going to walk through this valley with you! Choose one or two godly and trustworthy women who are willing to really pray for you, hold you accountable and to follow up.
" Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart." Ecc 4:9-11
3. Surrender yourself and wait!
It truly is a trust thing...take a few moments to pray over these scriptures.
"But now, O LORD, You are our Father, we are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand." Isaiah 64:8
"Your ears will hear a word behind you, 'This is is the way, walk in it," whenever you turn to the right or to the left." Isaiah 30:22
May you hear God sweetly singing over you today-and know that the LORD hears your heart as you trust in Him for direction. When You don't move the mountains-I am needing You to move, I will trust in you.