“How to Know Exactly What God is Telling You”
Well, it’s confession time for me. I have made some real bad decisions that brought forth some real bad results. The sad thing about this situation is not the fact that I made myself look like a fool; it does not really take much for me to look like one; but the fact that I made those decisions under the umbrella that it was God who told me so. How do I know if it was not God who told me to do something? Very simple: What I said was suppose to happen; it didn’t! (Deuteronomy 18:22) Like many people, I did not plan for bad results, I made my decisions expecting the best outcome and I was convinced that this thing was of God. My intentions were good; I meant no harm; at least that’s what I thought, but I found myself face to face with my worst enemy: My own heart!
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
The heart is “the inner self that thinks, feels, and decides.” Let’s consider the power and vital importance of our own heart:
- The heart THINKS: “To consider ideas and make judgments.”
- The heart FEELS: Speaks of emotions. All emotions are felt in our hearts from love to hate, anger, sorrow, joy, etc.
- The heart DECIDES: This is the most dangerous aspect of the heart; it is in our heart that we make decisions.
The heart is “intentionally misleading.” This means that the heart is that force within us that operates against God’s will and is sold out to serve the desires of our flesh. ” (Galatians 5:17).
As I close this article the question remains: How can we know exactly what God is saying?
4. You know exactly what God is saying if your decision has the seal of approval of the word of God.
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)
Whatever decision we are about to make, must go through the power of the two edged sword of the Word of God first. It is the Word of God that will help us to discern (Understand something that is not immediately obvious) the “thoughts and intents of our hearts.” The power of God’s Word is needed to cut the flesh (our evil desires) out of our motives.
2. You know exactly what God is saying if you have the confirmation of two or three mature Christian witnesses who have an established relationship with you.
“…in the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.”
(2 Corinthians 13:1)
This verse speaks of two or three mature Christian’s brothers and/or sisters who verbally expressed confirmation and approval that what you are saying is of God.
It is important to point out that these two ways of knowing exactly what God is saying goes together; they are both needed. We are experts in finding Bible verses to justify the motives of our hearts. Through history the Bible has been used to justified horrible things; 2 Corinthians 3:6 tells us: “…for the letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life.” In the process of making my decision I had plenty of Biblical justification, but I did not even have one close mature Christian friend that witnessed positively about what I was about to do.
Let’s be honest, many times we don’t even want to go to our brother or our sister about a matter, because we already know that they will not approve of our decision. When we feel that way, it should represent our first red flag! The Bible also speaks to us about “The pride of the heart” (Obadiah 1:3). Pride isolates us and closes our hearts from whatever anybody else has to say. We convince ourselves that God spoke and therefore we need no one to tell us otherwise. It is a rebellious spirit with a godly form. We allow the pride of our hearts to separate us from the Body of Christ. In that separation we are at the mercy of the wickedness of our hearts and therefore we become easy prey to the devil’s destructive agendas for our lives. It is during these times that many relationships are broken. I deeply appreciate those that told me the truth, even when I was not willing to listen; they did it in love and today I love them more than ever as I consider them my dear friends.
I surely learned my lesson the hard way as I became my own false prophet. I repented, but I am still following the painful consequences for my disobedience. I have been humbled like never before in my life and, believe me; it does not feel good at all. However, I am learning from my mistakes and I hope that my foolishness and what I share in this article serve you both, as a warning and as a practical teaching tool. You make your own decisions and so must deal with the condition of your own heart.
The warning today is not to emphasis in being careful with the apostasy that is taking place out there; even as we should be indeed careful. My brother and my sister, the warning today is for us to be careful that we do not become our own false prophet by following the wickedness of our own hearts, even when our decisions appear harmless. It seems like when we follow our deceitful hearts, we become the most dangerous prophet of them all.