Affirming the Will of God: Part 4
We have spent the last 3 weeks learning how to confirm the will of God in our lives. Today we review the 4th and final step according to Paul E. Little in the book “Affirming the Will of God”.
This step involves confirmation. We have sought the Word of God, evaluated the circumstances in our lives, and sought the counsel of Godly people. Finally, look for confirmation. This step involves a fair amount of regular prayer and waiting on the Lord. If you need to make a decision that is being pushed by time, then the answer is almost certainly going to be “No”
We live in a microwave world, where most people want instant results. However, we serve a crockpot God.
A God who understands that over time, in the stillness of His presence, we will confirm what He is saying. I see it in my own life as confirmation wrapped in peace. While peace does not always indicate you are making a right decision, being unsettled or ill at ease should cause you to pause and seek God more fervently. Being ill at ease also does not indicate that you are not moving forward in God’s direction but it does mean you need to slow down and wait for God’s peace and confirmation to wrap around you.
Martha and I have been praying fervently for the next step in expanding iWork4Him. We have been focusing on asking ourselves “Is every opportunity a direction we should be taking or a distraction we should be avoiding?” For us, this has been confirmed through Holy Spirit. We eliminate the emotion of the decision by taking time to pray over it.
Knowing that God is not in a hurry, helps us to be at peace with taking time to pray.
Eliminating the pressure and the emotion helps to filter out the distractions in order to determine the direction.
What is God saying to you today? Do you give Him your first moments of each day? Do you allow Him to align your day with His will by being quiet with him. Affirming the will of God is a discipline to be learned and might I say, this takes time.I have made many mistakes trying to get God’s will to align with my will.
We struggle together in seeking Him but we are seeking Him, nonetheless.
About the Author, Jim Brangenberg
Jim's Mission: To transform Christian-run businesses through mentoring Christian Business Owners (CBOs) by incorporating the servant leadership of Jesus Christ in their businesses, their home life and their walk with Christ.