How can I know when God is telling me to do something?

Answer: Pray, especially when you’re
unsure of God’s will for your life.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should
ask God, who gives generously to all
without finding fault, and it will be
given to him” (James 1:5
). “Be still before the Lord and
wait patiently for Him” (Psalm 37:7
). If you don’t know what to
pray, you can always personalize & pray
verses such as, “Show me the way I
should go, for to You I lift up my
soul” (Psalm 143:8
) and, “Guide me in Your
and teach me” (Psalm 25:5 ).
The primary way God commands us is
through His Word. “All Scripture is
God-breathed and is useful for teaching,
rebuking, correcting and training
in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16
). If
Scripture commands
something of us, there’s no need to
hesitate and wonder if it’s really
God’s will for us. He cares so much about
us that He already gave a plain
and clear guidebook to life – the Bible.
“Your Word is a lamp to my feet
and a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105
). “The Law of the Lord is
perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of
the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple” (Psalm 19:7
). “How can a young man keep
way pure? By living according to Your
Word” (Psalm 119:9
). Likewise, God never
contradicts Himself, so He’ll never ask
you to something contradictory to
Scripture. He will never ask you to sin.
He will never ask you to do
something Jesus Christ wouldn’t do. We
need to immerse ourselves in the
Bible, so we will know which actions
meet God’s standards. “Do not let this
Book of the Law depart from your
mouth: meditate on it day and night, so
that you may be careful to do everything
that is written in it” (Joshua 1:8
Christians also have the Holy Spirit to
discern what is, or is not, God’s
will for our lives. “The Spirit of truth . . .
will guide you into all
truth” (John 16:13 ). Sometimes
the Holy Spirit will either agitate our
conscience if we’re making a wrong
decision, or He will pacify and
encourage us when we’re leaning toward
right decision. Even if He doesn’t
intervene in such noticeable ways, we
can have confidence that He’s always in
charge. Sometimes God will alter a
situation without us even realizing He
has acted. “The Lord will guide you
always” (Isaiah 58:11 ).
If God is calling you to take a leap of
faith, be encouraged by His
presence. “Have I not commanded you?
Be strong and courageous. Do not be
terrified, do not be discouraged, for the
Lord your God will be with you
wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9 ).
And remember, “Cast all your anxiety on
Him because He cares for you” (1
Peter 5:7 ). “Trust in the
Lord with all your heart and lean not on
your own understanding, in all
your ways acknowledge Him, and He
will direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6
What we are not to do is expect to hear
voices from God. There is a
dangerous trend today where people
seek to hear a “word from the Lord,”
extraneous to what He has already given
us in the Bible. “The Lord told me
. . .” has become the mantra of
experience-driven Christianity.
Unfortunately, what He “tells” one
person often contradicts what He “tells”
another, and these extra-biblical
revelations have proven to be very
divisive, tearing apart church after
church as one person’s experience
seeks to take precedence over another’s.
This results in chaos, benefiting
no one except Satan, who loves to sow
discord among believers. We should
make the apostle Peter our example in
these matters. In spite of the
miraculous experience on the Mount of
Transfiguration, where he beheld the
glorified Christ speaking with Moses and
Elijah, Peter refused to rely on
that experience, declaring instead that
“We also have the more sure
prophetic word which you do well to
heed as a light that shines in a dark
place” (2 Peter 1:18-19, NKJV


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