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Discerning God's Direction

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“The Lord confides in those who fear Him” (Psalm 25:14)

What decisions are you facing today? They may be major life changing decisions. But more than likely, they are of the “garden variety”. When the decisions you face are major, you often turn to God in prayer – hoping He will give you guidance. But all too often we make many of our decisions without turning to God and, as a result, we often find ourselves outside of God’s will for our lives.
Isn’t it time to seek God’s will in every decision you need to make? When you sincerely desire His will over your own desires, He will give you clear direction – always.

So how do you know you are hearing God’s voice? First, remember Psalm 119:105 – “your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path”. The bible is God’s primary way of speaking to us. If you spend time daily in the word, with the help of the Holy Spirit, you will be guided to verses that will guide you in the decisions that you are seeking God’s help in making. I am frequently amazed at how verses that I’ve read many times before simply “jump off the page” and address a specific situation when I am actively seeking His guidance.

Second, turn to God in prayer. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find” (Matthew 7:7). Again, when you truly seek His will, He will answer our prayers and provide clear guidance. How will you know? “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me” (John 10:27) He doesn’t always answer right away. But listen to the quiet promptings of the Holy Spirit. If you don’t have clarity, be patient and wait for His answer in His timing. But when you do hear His promptings, they are consistent with God’s word, and you have a sense of peace with what you are “hearing”, then you can be pretty confident that you are hearing God’s direction.

Remember how Paul preached to the Colossians so that “they may know the mystery of God, namely Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Col 2:2-3)

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