How do you really know when God is trying to give you a message or tell you something?

Date: 12/17/2017 
What is the will of God for our lives and how can we be certain? Does the Bible give any insights or guidelines on how we can know for sure?
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Pastor Doug: All right, we're going to talk next to Mrs. Pamela? Hi, How are you, Pamela? Thanks for calling in.

Pamela: Hi, Pastor Doug, how are you?

Pastor Doug: I'm doing wonderfully. I appreciate your call.

Pamela: I have a question. How do you really know when God is trying to give you a message or tell you something?

Pastor Doug: There's a variety of ways. The first and foremost, God will speak to you through His word. When you read the word you'll say, "Oh, Wow, God is telling me in His word, do this or don't do that," but not every decision in life comes via the Bible. Sometimes God guides us through Christian counsel. If you've got several friends that maybe, they got a good relationship with the Lord, and they're counseling you in a certain direction, He may be trying to speak to you through them. Sometimes providence will tell you.

When I say providence, things happen, and God will start closing the door because He's nudging you in another direction, or He may open a new door and He's nudging you towards this new opportunity. You look at things happening around you, God does speak to us through our spirit but that's not always the safest guide because sometimes we get our own desires mixed up with the Holy Spirit and we can't tell the difference.

That can be a little bit dicey saying, "Or is it God's Spirit telling me this, or is it my own desires?" Even the devil can give you feelings. The feelings are not the safest guide. You just pray for providential indicators, and spend time in prayer, because if you commit your way to the Lord, He will direct your path.

Pamela: Okay. Thank you so much, Pastor Doug.

Pastor Doug: Absolutely. Pamela, I've got a book I'll send you for free. It's called, How to know the will of God. If you call the resource line, I'll be happy to send that to you. That's 800-835-6747, and tell them you're listening to Bible Answers Live and you've been offered the book, How to know the will of God. That sounds like it's up the alley of your question.



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