Christians are so cautious today about finding and focusing on God’s will for their lives, that sometimes it can be a hindrance. Often, any type of decision is one that we go to God for guidance. While Jesus modeled the life we should be living, and called us to live something similar, He doesn’t really care about the little decisions we make. What I mean is that God doesn’t really care what fast-food restaurant you choose to eat at. He doesn’t have an opinion on what team you should cheer for, or what color socks you should wear.
But what about when the big life decisions roll around? What then? How can we truly find God’s will in our specific situations? Last night, I taught a similar lesson to my local church youth group, and I thought it would be a fitting blog post for today. Here’s a few things you can do when you’re searching for God’s will.
Journey Through God’s Word
When you’re searching for God’s will in your life, what better thing to do then spend time in His word? Personally, it was after spending a lot of time reading scripture that pushed me to hear God’s call on my life into ministry. If you’re planning on hearing from God, you’re not going to do so unless you’re spending time in His word.
Spend Time in Prayer
Prayer is another thing we take for granted. In the beginning, God created everything. He made Adam and Eve from the dust of the ground. He breathed life into you and me, and we can talk directly to Him. Prayer is such a powerful thing. If you’re planning on hearing from God, it’s not going to happen if you’re not praying.
Listen to the Holy Spirit
If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit lives inside you. I know, creepy. When we come to believe that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, we are filled with God’s Spirit. The Holy Spirit is there to guide us, comforts us, and helps us in times of need. If you’re planning on hearing from God, start listening.
Listen to What People Have to Say
Surprisingly, God put people in our lives for a reason. If someone has experience in a certain area that you are questioning, talk with them. They’re experts for a reason. Go talk to people. Get advice from those that know what they’re talking about. If you’re planning on hearing from God, listen to what people have to say.
No matter what you’ve heard, God made you special and he made you with purpose. Find that purpose today, and start living the life you were created to live!
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