3 Ways to Discern God’s Wisdom from Your Own
Written by Nicole | July 13, 2015
Sometimes we may know our God-given gifts and talents, but have no idea how God wants us to use them. Don’t give up. Don’t feel worthless. God has a plan for you, and these topics and ideas can help you kick-start your amazing gifts. I go into more detail on this in my upcoming book, Project Inspired: Tips & Tricks for Staying True to Who You Are.
1. Prayer. When something is from God, it will never go against Scripture, so it’s always great to be in the Word and strengthen your discernment muscles. God answers prayers, so keep track of His answers (even if the answers are “no” and “not right now”) because you can look back and see Him working! He will lead you on the right path if you are seeking Him regularly. God wants us in constant communication with Him. If it’s from Him, you will find the strength to do what you need to do to make it happen!
Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. (John 14:13-14)
Sometimes, God answers prayers by giving us specific steps or people in our lives to get us out of our troublesome situations—don’t be stubborn and stagnant when you need to move! Listen to that still, small voice.
2. Look for “God Incidences.” Are you seeing circumstances that repeat themselves in your life? Are you continually getting the same message from different places? These may be “God Incidences,” so pay attention! Have you ever had that experience where you hear a word that you never hear, and then shortly after, you hear it again! This happened to me with the word “Genesis”! Or do you ever get a message from a friend and then randomly get the same idea elsewhere—maybe it’s in a movie or on a bad episode of reality TV! The point is, God can use anything to speak to us, if we are paying attention. What is He teaching you right now in His Word? Are you getting this same message in another way?
3. Sometimes, God speaks only to us. He doesn’t share our dreams with others, and we must discern for ourselves when our path will take an alternative route. That can really make us question if we’re actually hearing from God, but sometimes His ways are radical—like in the case of Noah in the Bible. The man was building a giant ark when there was no rain! If you know God is directing your path and leading you in a certain direction, and it’s a godly path, follow it to its logical conclusion. Even if you make a mistake, God may be using that direction to show you exactly where He wants you to go!
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