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Answer(How to Confirm God’s Will)
How can I know for sure that I am in God’s will, that He wants me where I am at, doing what I am doing, doing it in the manner I am doing it? Often people have prayed and sought God’s will; He spoke to them about something, but now they are not sure. “How do I confirm God’s will in my life?” they ask. God does not want us to be confused, wondering if we are indeed doing it His way, if we are indeed in His will or not. He has established ways whereby we can confirm His will in our personal lives.
Many people primarily, or only, confirm God’s will in their lives by talking to other people or seeking counsel from a pastor or man of God. Asking people is one of the worst things we can do, unless they are godly people or God-called people that are appointed and gifted to give counsel. God does use them, but He also has ways we can know His will and be assured in it.
The word “obey” is translated from a word that means to attentively listen to and give full consideration to. That is what God wants for people to do—give full attention and consideration to those that preach and teach the Word of God—but we must not place our trust in men, and we must therefore confirm what they say.
The following are a few ways that God both speaks to us about His will and confirms it in our lives. There is a principle that God established in the Scripture whereby He judges all things and has us also do likewise. It is that all things must be confirmed by two or three witnesses. To seek confirmation is good, it is what God wants us to do. It is how we can defeat doubt. Remember when you seek confirmation, it is two or three witnesses; never go with just one, and you don’t need to seek more than three. If you are not sure after two, seek another. Also, don’t use yourself as one, it has to be two or three besides yourself. In fact, they may be different than what you would prefer.
1. The Scriptures
The Bible is God’s Word and within it are all the truths, principles and standards that God uses to work in and through our lives. It is a book of history, devotion and spiritual food. It can speak to our heart, mind, soul and spirit, and can witness to us in all these areas.
“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. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.CLIC- Hebrews 12:4, 5
To understand how the Scriptures, the Son and the Father work in unity and confirm each other, read CLIC- John 5:30-47. Jesus declares it very clearly in the passage that they are witnesses for each other and confirm each other.
2. The Holy Spirit
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. CLIC- John 14:26
"But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning. CLIC- John 15:26, 27
3. Signs and Wonders
There are many people that seek signs, wonders and miracles, and many of them believe through them one will find God or enter into the spiritual world, but that is not the case. We come to God through faith by grace, through the person and sacrificial work of the Lord Jesus Christ according to the Father and administered by the Holy Spirit. We just have to repent, believe in Jesus and receive Him as our personal Saviour. That is the faith, but it is confirmed by signs, wonders and miracles.
We see God did miraculous works to prove to Gideon His will, but we also see in many others He did not. It is one way He confirms His will. He did many wonders in the lives of the disciples to confirm to the people that it was still the same Jesus working in and through them than before He went to heaven. It was to confirm the truth, not to establish it. God may use these things to confirm with you His will, or He may use two or three witnesses.
“I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust. This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men. CLIC- Acts 24:16, 17
The conscience is something that God has placed within people to set a standard. The conscience itself cannot be trusted; it can be seared and corrupted, but it can also be established. The conscience does not necessarily tell us what is wrong or right, but it does tell us that there is something wrong or right. It is there to communicate with us concerning God’s will in our lives. The more time we spend with God, in His Word, obeying Him, the more it will get established according to His will and the more we can trust it. When there is a warning in the conscience we must seek other confirmation in the Scriptures, from the Holy Spirit or from God’s mighty hand through supernatural means.
I hope that you will be able to confirm God’s will in your life. Do not be afraid to seek confirmation; it is not doubt, it is just a way to be assured. God bless you.