Is this God or Nah?
By: Todd Crews
Have you ever been in a situation and thought to yourself "is this REALLY God?"
I recently heard a sermon on this topic and thought the pastor's insight was so good that I wanted to share it. I've written it my own way, but I hope it helps.
We've all been there before, thinking to ourselves
Does God really want me to take this job or leave this job?
Is this guy really the one for me?
Should I really say this?
Do I really need to do that thing?
It can seem extremely difficult trying to determine what God is saying versus what the devil is saying, what others are saying or even what we're saying to ourselves. Whenever you feel an impression that God might be speaking to you, it's good to ask yourself these questions...
1- DOES IT AGREE WITH THE BIBLE?
God will not tell you one thing in the Bible and tell you something different in your life. For example, someone may say "I don't need to go to church. It's just me and God." However, the Bible says "we should not stop gathering together with other believers..." (Hebrews 10:25) Make sure your desire and decision line up with the Bible.
Whenever you want to know God's heart you should look to God's word. Most of God's will is revealed in God's word. We should use it as a filter for making decisions and discerning our desires. Sure, it may not give you the name of your spouse, but it has quite a bit to say about marriage, making decisions, seasons of life, and preparation.
Jesus said, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away." (Matthew 24:35)
What does the WORD say?
2- WILL IT MAKE ME MORE LIKE CHRIST?
Remember, God's ultimate goal for every Christian is that we would be "conformed to the image of Christ." (Rom 8:29) In other words, God will use any one, any place and anything in our life to make us more like Him.
Sometimes our prayer requests, or preferences, don't always involve conforming, but God's plan will always involve this. Don't ever forget, God is more concerned with WHO your becoming than what you're DOING.
3 - IS MY CHURCH FAMILY CONFIRMING THIS?
If God is truly speaking, He will have people in your life confirm what He is speaking to you. This does not mean anyone. Many young adults will feel something from God, tell everyone and their mother about it, and as long as they get one person to agree with them they say, "See, I knew it was the Lord." Whoever is doing the confirming must be mature, Godly believers, and often times older than you or your spiritual leaders.
Proverbs 11:19 says, "The wisdom of the righteous can save you."
Big decisions usually happen one of two ways.
God speaks it to you, then leaders and loved ones confirm it
Leaders and loved ones speak it to you, and then God confirms it.
4- IS IT CONSISTENT WITH HOW GOD SHAPED ME?
The world tells young people they can be anything they want to be. This is false. The truth is; you can be anything that God shaped you to be.
"For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago." (Ephesians 2:10)
I love how Rick Warren said this...
- SHAPE = Spiritual gift + Heart + Ability + Personality + Experiences
5) DO I SENSE GOD'S PEACE ABOUT IT?
God's peace is a real thing. If you feel unrest, a sense of pressure, or overwhelmed you may be headed in the wrong direction.
God's peace is not based on outward circumstances, but rather inward serenity that comes from the Holy Spirit.
When you're making the decision God wants, there is a peace that comes along with it.
We may not know how something will end up and that should be ok with us. Our job is obedience; God’s job is outcome. Always remember, you don't have to know all the details or completely understand it to have peace.