I will take you from where and who you are to where and who you want to be! Ironically, God's message sounds just like the others. He also says, "I will take you from who you are to who you want to be," just like the 40'x50' billboard in bright lights hovering over Times Square. With a myriad of voices competing for the decisions we make each day, how do we distinguish God's voice from all the others?
Throughout my life I've asked four questions that have helped me to discern my decisions. I believe they must be asked in tandem, though, never one without the others.
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In my opinion, 90 percent of our questions about discerning the voice of God can be resolved by asking this simple question. The next time you hear God speak to you, directly or indirectly, check it with the life and teaching of Jesus.
Remember, we must ask these questions in tandem, not one without the other, because while my friends may say my prompting from God is "ludicrous," Scripture may reveal that Jesus would affirm it. Or vice versa, we may "think" Jesus would affirm the prompting based on a misreading or misunderstanding of Scripture but trusted friends could point us in the right direction. A few years ago I received a call from a good friend. It was great to hear his voice, but something was awry. He began to tell me his marriage was falling apart and he felt God telling him to "move on.
He called to ask for my support and to affirm his decision to leave a crippling situation, believing it was "God's best" for the both of them. I had little room with which to work, but knowing they had been married for fewer than two years, I asked him a few questions. Ever abused you, mentally or physically? Is she oppressive or has she been unfaithful in any way? I know marriage can be tough. I've been married to five different women in 14 years, all of them to a woman named Allison. At times we've both wanted to throw in the towel, and at times we've both wondered and asked God if we married the wrong person, but had we given up we wouldn't be together today, and we would've missed out on the adventure we're currently engrossed in.
Perhaps what you need to do is simply love your wife, best as you can, for the next six months. No complaining, no lists about what she's doing wrong. Just love and serve her, and see what happens.
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I'll even pay for counseling if that helps. But don't give up. Will had called me, a trusted friend, to see if his "prompting from God" was, in fact, a vision. Or so I thought.
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Two weeks later he posted pictures on social media of him with another woman. I guess "God" led him to someone better for him, after all. If you didn't sense the sarcasm and disappointment in that last sentence, I assure you, it is there. This is what baffles me, and I believe baffles those that aren't a Christian, the most: Men and women openly defying what Christ said in Scripture while, at the same time, declaring they're acting on a prompting from God.
My friend, Alex, who is an atheist, states this kind of behavior directly, saying, "That's bullshit, man. And I've been just as guilty of it, as well. Are you certain God told you to do something that Jesus openly opposed? It strikes me as odd every time someone runs in to a problem, be it at work, or home, in a relationship, or one of life's "general" problems, that they often believe the best way out of the problem is to leave. They quit their job, get a divorce, break-up, or move to a different city. Sometimes they'll do them all at once, leaving a chorus of problems in the wake of their departure.
Before you declare, "God told me" to leave, quit, or move, it would do us all some good if you first asked, "Am I running from something or someone? Am I simply too afraid to face the problem? While culture often tells us that at the first twinge of inconvenience or pain we need to move on because life is about our own happiness , the reality is, quite often, the most mature, spiritual, godly thing we could do when tempted to quit, or leave, or move, is stay right where we are; If we get a sense we're just running from a situation because we're afraid to face the conflict it might mean that God wants us to learn something from our pain, and He wants to lead us through it.
The caveat here, of course, is if you're in an abusive situation. For Job, God's silence was also a result of the depth of their relationship. In trust, God chose Job. God's silence isn't a license for us to turn our backs on Him. Instead, it's an invitation to press forward and seek Him even more diligently. The psalmists modeled crying out to God. Job also continually cries out to God, asking Him to answer.
For pages of the Book of Job, God is silent. But in chapter 38, God answers — and questions Job. God is in control and has been all along. He heard Job's cries for help.
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In trust, He waited for the perfect time to speak. Job was reminded. So you're ready to explore prayer, but you're not sure where to start. Here are some ways for you to begin. Some of us use the pages of our journals as a way to talk with God. If that's not you, but you're willing to give it a try, here's how to get started. A day set aside to be alone with God.
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