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Tuesday, June 02, 2015

The Word and the Witness

One of the number one questions I am asked is:  "How can I find God's will for my life."
Did you know that God wants you to know His will for your life more than you want to know His will for your life?
It's true.
Some people look for a miracle to find God's will:  "God, if this is Your will, then do this miracle to let me know it's really You leading me."
But the problem with that is that if the miracle does not happen, these people are left wondering if they missed God's will.
Some people resort to magic or luck
Others are very pragmatic:  They divided a sheet of paper in half, putting the pros for a decision on one side and the cons on the other.  If the pros out weigh the cons, it is a go.  If the cons out weigh the pros, it is a no-go.  But many who choose the pros over the cons find out later they were conned when they made the decision.
Finally, others still go by their emotions.  How do I feel about it?  Does it feel right?
Obviously, and you know this:  feeling can be so fluid.  Ever changing.  You can feel good about it today and then tomorrow wonder why you ever did it.
People get married based on a feeling - and then can turn around in six months and wonder out loud, "Why did I ever - or How did I ever get myself into this?"
How do I know when God  is leading?
The answer is very simple and two-fold:  The objective revelation of God's Word and the subjective witness of the Holy Spirit.
We need both (both the Word and the Witness)
As you make that decision this week:  Read the Scriptures.  Let them seep into your spirit - and then ask God for a fresh revelation of the direction you should go.  Be open to hearing God's voice in your life.  Slow down and let the Holy Spirit speak.
Then:  Balance the two together.  The revelation that God gives you will never contradict God's Word.  The Bible is always a great guideline for what God is saying.
Just a thought for a Tuesday.

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