Being in God’s will is a very popular topic of study for a lot of Christians. We all want to be where God wants us to be don’t we? I know I wrestled with the will issue a lot as a new Christian. I remember struggling internally over different situations, not knowing which course to choose, fearful that I would somehow miss God’s will. Part of my problem was, I’d made so many wrong choices when I was living apart from God, that I felt unsure of myself. Myself is the key word here. I was depending more on myself than on God to lead me. I had to learn to trust that God would guide me and that I didn’t need to depend on myself, to choose the right course of action. Nowadays when I’m praying about a situation or decision, I’ve come to know that God will indeed guide me. The main thing I need to do is, not jump back into the seat of authority. I hope these guide lines help you to hear God more clearly.
- Pray that you can discern what the Holy Spirit is telling you..
- Ask for God to reveal anything within your spirit that may lead you astray. (Example: sin, selfish gain or greed)
- Check to see if the situation is addressed in scripture.
- Test the answer against God’s word. It shouldn’t contradict.
- Seek out godly advice. Is the person you’re going to for advice consistently following and living a life for Christ?
- Ask for prayer
- Make sure you are at peace. You may feel slightly nervous if God is asking you to step into something different, but peace will over-ride any nervousness you may have.
Sometimes it takes a while before you get an answer. The best thing to do it that situation is wait.
A great bible study that I highly recommend is Experiencing God, Knowing and Doing the Will of God, by Henry Blackaby.