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People pray for God’s will in all parts of their lives, but especially the places where it seems to be most important and life changing.  As a counselor and a pastor, I have had people tell me that they believed, that “This is what God wants them to do.”  How do they know?  Usually it is based on feelings and the idea that God wants us to be happy.  This can cause a problem.  Our feelings are not an accurate gauge on which to discover God’s will.  You know we can have some pretty mixed up and messed up feelings.

Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world.  1 John 4:1 NLT

  • Satan can make sin sound good.

Even Satan can disguise himself as an angel of light.  2 Cor 11:14 NLT

How do I Know God is Talking?  Ask yourself some questions?

1)    Is it in agreement with God’s Word?

Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will remain forever.  Luke 21:33NLT

I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who in his love and mercy called you to share the eternal life he gives through Christ. You are already following a different way 7  that pretends to be the Good News but is not the Good News at all. You are being fooled by those who twist and change the truth concerning Christ.  Gal 1:6-7NLT

2)  Would Jesus do it?

Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had. 6 Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God. Phil 2:5-6

 …God chose them to become like his Son… Rom 8:29NLT

if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your hearts…jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and motivated by the Devil. James 3:14,15

3)  Have I sought counsel from mature believers?

…many counselors bring success. Prov 15:22 NLT

 …with many counselors, there is safety. Prov 11:14 NLT

 Let the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts and make you wise. Use his words to teach and counsel each other. Col 3:16 NLT

4)  Does it fit with how God has gifted you?

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Eph 2:10

God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well. Rom 12:6

5)  Is it about me or someone else?  God wants me to be responsible for me.

So why do you condemn another Christian? Why do you look down on another Christian? Remember, each of us will stand personally before the judgment seat of God. Rom 14:10NLT

 …Jesus said this to let him know what kind of death he would die to glorify God. Then Jesus told him, “Follow me.”  20 Peter turned around and saw the disciple Jesus loved following them–the one who had leaned over to Jesus during supper and asked, “Lord, who among us will betray you?” 21 Peter asked Jesus, “What about him, Lord?”

22 Jesus replied, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You follow me.”  John 21:19-23NLT

6)  Is it convicting but not condeming?

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.  Rom 8:1NLT

But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. 1 John 1:9 NLT

God wants us changing to be more like Jesus.  The enemy wants us to be shamed into losing our worth.

7)  Do I have peace from God?

You won’t know the peace is from God unless you are faithful to God.

For God is not a God of disorder but of peace 1 Cor 14:33NLT

 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts.  Col 3:15 NLT