Want to make fewer mistakes in decisions? Want to live with fewer regrets? You can learn to know God’s will and make right and godly choices in any given circumstance. You can learn how to live God’s way. The Lord Himself wants to teach and empower you. The end result will be a sweet abundant life. Trust me–there’s nothing better than being right with God!
Last time I covered the first 5 steps in a proven method which the Lord has taught me over the years in knowing His will. Here’s a recap of the first five.
1. Prepare your heart
2. Think things through carefully
3. Ask questions
4. Use pen and paper
5. Put in the effort
Here is the rest of the…
Proven Method of Knowing God’s Will
6. Put in the time
Don’t wait until the last minute to start your search of God’s will. Procrastinating puts you in “demand mode” when seeking God for guidance. If a decision is important, it’s worth the time and effort to pray about it.
If an immediate decision is required, do your best and trust God for the outcome. That’s why it’s vital to remain in fellowship with your Lord. You won’t have the time to carefully evaluate your heart if it’s an urgent matter. Stay close to your Father so you will be able to hear His still quiet voice.
Also, determine if a decision really has to be made now. Ask questions like:
- Can I get an extension?
- Is this a sales pitch, tempting me to make a hasty purchase?
- Is this pressure from others because they want it now?
- Is this in line with God’s will as far as I know?
- Are my emotions interfering? (See Blog: 6 Hindrances to Knowing God’s Will)
7. Read the Bible while seeking answers
This is where a lot of us go wrong. God does communicate to us in other ways, but His Word is the primary way in which He makes His will known to us. Seek God’s direction during your quiet time with Him, and then…
8. Keep your antennas up
Stay in tune with your Lord throughout the day, looking for answers in a calm, confident manner.
9. Enlist others
Ask for counsel, or at least request prayer from godly people that you trust.
10. Get confirmation
Not all “signs” or “open doors” are from God. Don’t automatically assume it’s from the Lord. I’ve made way too many mistakes thinking God was leading me when it was Satan, my strong emotions or impatience getting in the way. Don’t run ahead of God; make sure you have a green light. Others can greatly help you here.
This process works! I hope you will try it.
Next time I will give you a personal example of how I applied these steps in a very critical decision.
So until then, my friends, as you seek the Lord for direction:
Praise Him before you know His will.
Praise Him as soon as you do know it.
Praise Him by telling others how He came through for you again!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good…. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” (Jer 29:11-13 NLT)
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Originally published 2/12/20
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