A question was asked that is a common one, and an important one: How do I know that I'm hearing from God? Its not an audible voice that I hear, but more of a impression I get in my heart. Not a fleeting thought that pops in my head once, but an impression that settles upon me.
My good friend Lysa TerKerust provides some great guidance on this subject in her book What Happens When Women Say Yes to God. She has 5 questions she asks herself when trying to discern if something is from God:
- Does what I'm hearing line up with scripture?
- Is it consistent with God's character?
- Is it being confirmed through messages I'm hearing at church or during my Bible study time?
- Is it beyond me? As we're seeing in this study, God likes to do things through us that we couldn't do ourselves.
- Would it please God?
For me, sometimes a sensation I can feel accompanies it, but not always. As many of you spoke of, there is a certain peace that often comes once I decide to obey. I might still have some nerves or jitters about proceeding - especially if I think it is beyond me - but I receive a certain peace alongside those jitters.
Also, as I hope you are discovering through this study, the more plugged in I am to God - meaning the more I read the Bible and obey it, and the more I pray and think about spiritual things through out my day - the easier it becomes for me to recognize God's voice and to notice Him at work in my circumstances. And naturally, the more I am into the Bible, the better I can answer Lysa's 5 filter questions listed above.
Hope this helps someone. Be back later ~ Rachel
PS_Three of the P31 gals have had their blogs locked up this week by blogger and they can't get on to post at all. I don't know what that is about exactly, but pray it doesn't happen to mine.