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A Proven Method to KNOW God’s Will: A 10 Step Process- Part 2

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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

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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.

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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.

and then

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)

Previous blogs in this series:

How to KNOW God’s Will: Part 1

6 Hindrances to Knowing God’s Will

A Proven Method to KNOW God’s Will: A 10 Step Process

 

 

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A Proven Method to KNOW God’s Will: A 10 Step Process-Part 1

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I want to know God’s will in every decision I have to make. How about you? But sometimes it’s hard to know God’s ways or His will in any given situation. We need His wisdom. And He wants to give it to us!

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. (James 1:5-6)

The Lord has taught me a method that always works in determining His will–if I diligently apply the principles listed below. And when we are confident that God will show us what to do…

Our anxiety level in making decisions will significantly decrease!

Keep in mind that every decision doesn’t require this much time, effort, and all the steps listed below. Nevertheless, each decision must be bathed in prayer and yielded to God.

Here are the first 5 steps in this

Proven Method of Knowing God’s Will

1. Prepare your heart

This is the most important step! Ask God to reveal any hidden sins, impure motives, or un-submitted emotions and desires. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes and heart.

Oftentimes, the Lord doesn’t reveal His will simply because we really don’t want to know it. We just want Him to comply with our will. Sorry, God doesn’t work that way!

Therefore, reaffirm your desire to truly know His will and that you trust Him to answer. Commit to obey in advance—no matter what He shows you to do. (At the same time, plead for the ability to carry out that commitment!)

The more you are open and yielded to God, the easier it’ll be to know His leading. But remember, it may still take a lot of time and effort to discern God’s will regardless of your level of intimacy and submissiveness.

2. Think things through carefully

Examine the situation from all angles. Do you have all the information necessary to make an intelligent decision? If not, do what you can to get them. Wait until you have the facts before you move.

3. Ask questions

For example:

  • If I had my way, what would I like to do? Would that violate God’s Word in any way?
  • What action lines up best with my God-given calling?
  • What would bring God the most glory?
  • Is my motivation selfish?
  • Is what I am sensing from God? Or is it from me, the world, or my conniving enemy?

4. Use pen and paper

Write down the pros and cons, your feelings, what you believe God wants, and any other insights. This is a very effective and much under-utilized tool.

5. Put in the effort

Seeking the Lord’s will should never be a half-hearted pursuit (See Pr 2:1-13, Mat 7:8). You may even want to fast if:

  • the decision is critical.
  • you are still unclear after a diligent search.
  • the deadline is fast approaching.

So until next time my friends when I will cover the rest, begin to use these first 5 steps in determining God’s will. This process has worked for me.

Not because I’m so good at it, but because God’s Word is true!

If we apply God’s principles and do life God’s way He will come through because He is faithful!

For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does (Ps 33:4)*

To the faithful you show yourself faithful…. (Ps 18:25)

Then I will praise you with music on the harp, because you are faithful to your promises, O my God…. (Ps 71:22)

Previous blogs in this series:

How to KNOW God’s Will: Part 1

6 Hindrances to Knowing God’s Will

 

New Living Translation (NLT) Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

* THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®.  NIV®.  Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica.  All rights reserved worldwide.

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