by Dr. Charles Stanley
Thursday June 3, 2004
InTouch Early Light Devotional
He Will Show You His Will
Sadly, we frequently fool ourselves into believing that what we want to do is also what God wants us to do. Therefore, when we believe we have heard from the Lord, it is important for us to ask some serious questions.
Is it consistent with the Word of God? God
will never tell you to do something that goes against His perfect, unchanging Word. If you feel called to do something contrary to Scripture, you can be certain that it is not the Lord who is urging you to do so.
Can you confidently ask God to enable you to do this? If you are uneasy about asking for the Lord's help and empowerment, that may be a sign that He has not given you the direction. We must never be ashamed to call upon God's power in the endeavors He sets before us.
Is it wise? God never calls us to act foolishly. Therefore, if there is no foreseeable purpose in the action, you may need to question the message.
Does it fit with your identity in Christ? We are the children of God, who are being conformed day by day into the likeness of Christ. If you feel led to do something that goes against that image of Jesus in your life, then you can be sure God hasn't called you to do it.
God has not left us in a void. He is here with us, in the presence of the Holy Spirit, enabling us to hear His voice and perceive His guidance. Before rushing into action, be sure that you have heard Him correctly.
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