FAQ: I have prayed and asked God for a sign or to tell me what to do next in my journey but how do I know when it is actually Him leading me?
Sometimes the answers we seek are obvious or are already clearly outlined in God’s Word so we simply need to apply wisdom in those instances. If however, things are not clear then I have outlined some keys to help you to grow in learning how to hear and be led by God.
It’s Simple – Let God’s Peace Rule & Reign!
“For you shall go out with joy, And be led out with peace…” Isaiah 55:12a
I believe when making important decisions or knowing which path to take when there are different options, the answer can be as simple as allowing God’s peace to guide you.
For example if you make a decision on something but have what I call “a check in your spirit” where you have an “inner unrest” or “uneasiness” then I would suggest you pull back and seek God for further wisdom before you proceed.
If on the other hand you do have an “inner rest” and peace regarding that decision then continue. The more you learn to how to let God lead you the more confident you will become, so it will be easier to trust when He is leading you in a certain direction.
How to let God’s peace lead you
1) Confusion is not from God!
“For God is not the author of confusion but of peace…” 1 Corinthians 14:33a
Confusion, fear, anxiety and worry are never tools used by God to lead us. These all come through worry and stress. They can also come when we over analyse our situation, take our focus off God or when we allow our natural circumstances to overwhelm us.
The antidote to confusion is simple! Jesus is the Prince of Peace and the wisdom, understanding, revelation and power of God. Therefore, the answers you’re seeking and the peace you need are not coming from your own understanding or from an external source because God’s Kingdom and Spirit are already resident within you.
Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” Galatians 4:6
Don’t allow confusion to rule any longer! Cast your cares and don’t worry, be anxious or over analyse. Learn how to be still in His presence and draw from His wisdom and understanding so God’s peace can rule and reign instead.
2) Don’t go by your own feelings, thoughts, understanding or emotions!
We need to learn how to discern the difference between the voice of God’s Spirit and the voice of our own natural man and understanding. The problem is simply that we don’t know how to discern the difference between them. So we need to learn how to look beyond our natural thoughts, feelings and emotions.
When I was first learning how to discern God’s voice and leading my emotions and thoughts were all over the place. But over time I discovered that the voice, peace and leading of God are spiritually discerned, not naturally understood. In fact I’ve found that when God’s reveals something to me it is never by my natural emotions or feelings. I’ve learnt not to rely on them or be driven by them. This was important for me to understand because there have been many times in my life where my natural responses were contradictory to how God was leading me, so i have had to quieten my natural thoughts and understanding and look past my natural feelings and emotions by not allowing any fear (negative responses) or excitement (positive responses) govern my decisions, and let God’s inner peace lead and position me in His rest instead.
3) Start Small
If time permits start on smaller things that aren’t urgent or super important to you. We all need to learn how to grow in this area, so begin with day-to-day or simple things that may not be so dear to your heart. This is important because when we are desperate or in an emergency situation it can be difficult to discern God’s peace and leading if our thoughts and desires are in the way.
This journey will not be like a one off race that will need to be won but a lifestyle where we continue to learn and grow in our relationship in the Lord so we can continue to trust when He is leading. So take one day at a time and keep your focus on Him and most importantly enjoy the journey!
4) Learn from Hindsight
We can all learn, grow and gain wisdom from hindsight. One way how we grow in this area can be through trial and error. It does take time to learn how to discern the difference between our own thoughts, the opinions or advice from others and from those that come from the Father. If we are honest with ourselves I’m sure we’ve all faced situations that we can look back on and see where we have (or may not have) correctly discerned God’s leading. While this can be exciting when we experienced a breakthrough or positive outcome, it can be painful when we didn’t experience the outcome we desired. If this has happened don’t allow any feelings of failure, guilt, or shame to condemn you. Also don’t focus on what you could have (or could not have) done or on the outcome but only focus on the solution! Fix your eyes on Jesus. He is the author and perfecter of your faith and He knows your pain and what you are going through. Spend time with Him and allow Him to reveal Himself to you.
5) Be Kind to yourself
We are all learning and growing so don’t put too much pressure upon yourself. Don’t place time restrictions on your faith because that rarely works! Find other believers who will encourage and support you in your journey without judgement or condemnation. Know that your Heavenly Father is not judging or condemning you either. His love is with you and for you always.
We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37b-39
6) You are not alone!
I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. John 14: 16-18
You are not an orphan but a child of God! You are not alone because God will never leave nor forsake you! When Jesus finished His work on this earth, ascended into Heaven and sat down at the right hand of the Father He then sent His Spirit to help you. His role as the counsellor is to reveal Jesus finished work and your inheritance to you and help you every step of the way.
“These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. John 14:25-26
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. 8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. Phillipians 4:6-9 NLT
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