Finding Your Direction
"O Lord, I know that the way of
man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps"
The following article will give you some spiritual principles to help
you find direction for your life.
Be born of the Spirit
Apart from God, one can not find true meaning or direction
for his life. Man is simply subject to the opinions of others.
However, God has a plan for every person. However, to receive
that plan, one must be born of the Spirit of God (John 3:1-8). The
plan can only be discerned spiritually (I Corinthians 2:10-16). If
you have not experienced the new spiritual birth, please contact
me and I will be glad to share with you how God can make you a new spiritual
Know the meaning of your name
God, in His sovereignty, has not only created each of
us, but He has also named us through the authority of our parents.
The Bible is our example: the name "Abraham" means "father of many".
He became the father of the nation of Israel. The name "Moses" means
"to draw out". He delivered the Israelites from Egypt in the exodus.
The name "Barnabas" means "an encourager". He was an encourager.
What does your name mean? God has a purpose in your name. Names
often have a negative and a positive meaning. Look for the positive
one. A good baby name book often is a help if your name is not in
Know your spiritual gifts
The spiritual gifts that are found in Romans 12:4-8
are often called the motivational gifts because they are what move
us to act. They are: prophecy, ministry, teaching, exhortation, giving,
ruling, and mercy. An individual may exhibit characteristics of several
of these, but one or two will stand out as being the dominate ones.
Each gift has both strengths and weaknesses. God will usually lead
someone to work in the area of the spiritual gifts that he as received
Know that you can hear God's voice
First, one needs to have assurance that he is a child
of God. The book of I John was written to encourage Believers to
know that they are children of God. "These
things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God;
that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe
on the name of the Son of God" (I John 5:13). Second, one
needs to know that they can hear and obey God's voice. "My
sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me" (John
10:27) Every Believer hs the spiritual capacity to hear God's voice.
God also knows our weaknesses as well our strengths; therefore, He will
enable us to do what He desires for us to do. We can hear, and we
can obey His leading.
Know that you can receive forgiveness and cleansing
for all your sins
The enemy often keeps a Believer from finding direction
for his life through deception and guilt. The accuser says, "You
can't find God's direction for your life. After all, look at all
the bad things that you have done." Therefore, we need to know that
when we confess our sins, that God both forgives us and cleanses us of
all unrighteousness (I John 1:9). We are then free
to pursue God's direction for our lives. Even if we fall down, God
is still willing and ready to help us up again (Psalm 37:23-24).
Be baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit
We must understand that the Holy Spirit is to become
the personal guide for the Believer (Romans 8:14). The Holy Spirit
is to guide us into all truth (John 16:13). The question is, "Have
you received the Holy Spirit as your guide since you have become a Believer?"
(Acts 19:2). If not, you can receive the fulness of the Holy Spirit
by asking the Father (Luke 11:1-13). He is ready to give to you the
good gift of the Holy Spirit. Once we have been immersed in the Holy
Spirit, we are to be daily filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18).
Then we are to walk by the Spirit (Galatians 5:16, 18, 25).
Be committed to obey before you ask for direction
Do you really believe that God has a plan for your life?
(Psalm 37:23). Do you really believe that God's plan is the best
plan? (Romans 8:28). We should understand, in one sense, that plan
"A" is the only plan. There is not a plan "B". This is the
reason that we must die to self before we can follow the Spirit.
"And he said to them all, If any man will come after
me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me"(Luke
9:23). Then we are ready to do as Samuel did. "And
the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel.
Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth" (I Samuel
3:10). Samuel committed himself to be a servant of God before God
gave him direction.
Have a fear of God coupled with a trust in God
"The secret of the LORD is with
them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant" (Psalm 25:14).
A fear of God is knowing that God will discipline us any time and every
time we disobey Him. "The fear of the LORD
is to hate evil . . . ." (Proverbs 8:13). "The
Fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility"
(Proverbs 15:33). Wisdom is the ability to see from God's perspective.
If we can trust God to discipline us when we do wrong, then we can also
trust Him to give us direction to do what is right. "Trust
in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths"(Proverbs
Believe that God will enable you to do what He asks
It would be "unfair" for God to ask us to do something
that He would not give us the ability to do. God will always enable
us to do right no matter how difficult the situation (I Corinthians 10:13).
God is in control. "For promotion cometh neither
from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge:
he putteth down one, and setteth up another" (Psalm 75:6-7).
He will carry out His plan in our lives. "The
LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth
for ever: forsake not the work of thine own hands" (Psalm
138:8). Paul also declared, "I can do all things
through Christ which strengtheneth me" (Philippians 4:13).
Test the spirits
We as Believers have the capacity to hear both the Holy
Spirit and evil spirits speak to us. Actually, the Christian will
hear the inner voice of self, the voice of the Holy Spirit, and the voice
of the enemy. How do we know when God is speaking to us or we are
hearing another voice? We question the voice! First, does the
spirit confess the Lordship of Jesus? (I Corinthians 12:3). Second,
does the spirit confess that Jesus Christ came in the flesh? (I John 4:1-4).
Another way to check is to ask the natural authorities (parents, pastor,
teacher, boss, husband, and governmental authorities) which rule over you
(Hebrews 13:17). Remember that God works through the authorities
over us. Next, you may check with a Christian counselor or counselors
(Proverbs 11:14). You can also check with your conscience (I Timothy
1:5, 2:19, 3:9). Often there is something about the voice that just
does not seem quite right. Next, you should check with your spouse
(if married). We all have blind spots which those who are close to
us can easily recognize. The wife is the help meet, while
the husband is the covering (Genesis 2:18, I Corinthians 11:3).
Last, and most important, check with the Word of God. If what is
said is contrary to the Word, reject it.
Be sure that your spirit is involved
We are not to live by the lust of the flesh, the lust
of the eyes, or the pride of life (I John 2:16-17). We are not to
live by our intellect, our will power, or our emotions. We are to
follow after the spirit! "But the natural man receiveth
not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him: neither
can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he
that is spiritual judgeth all things, ye he himself is judged of no man"(I
Corinthians 14:15). Usually we may consider what is the opposite
to our "natural" inclinations.
Ask God to confirm what you have heard
We should understand that we can overdo this; however,
it is not wrong to stop and ask God to confirm what you have heard.
Gideon did this several times, and God heard his prayers (Judges 6:36-40).
The Word says that something is to be established in the mouth of two or
three witnesses (Deuteronomy 17:6, II Corinthians 13:1). Furthermore,
a confirmation by God helps build our faith and strengthens us to do the
work that God has set before us.
Understand that the Holy Spirit both leads and drives
Sometimes, the Holy Spirit will gently lead us along,
even going before us each step of the way. We are just encouraged
to follow His leading. At other times, the Holy Spirit will prod
us in the back. We are almost compelled to do what He directs.
Jesus was both led by the Spirit and driven by the Spirit (Matthew 4:1,
Mark 1:12). For sometime I have been praying about preparing a series
of teaching. The Holy Spirit has been leading me in my thoughts.
However, this morning the Holy Spirit began to prod me into outlining the
series. In a short time, I was able to outline a number of classes.
God is good.
Understand that there are some things to avoid
First, we are to avoid pressured decisions (Proverbs
29:20). Second, we are to avoid partnership because there is no head
(Proverbs 6:1-5). Third, we are to avoid shady decision (Song of
Solomon 2:15). Fourth, we are to avoid decisions that bring harm
or hurts to others (II Corinthians 6:3). Fifth, we are to avoid "you
owe me" decisions (Romans 13:8). Sixth, we are to avoid "something
for nothing" schemes (I Chronicles 21:24).
Rely upon past experience in hearing God's voice
Over a period of time and through experience, the sheep
learns to discern the voice of the Shepherd (John 10:14)
"The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down
in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth
my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear
no evil: for thou art with me: thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou
anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness
and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in
the house of the LORD for ever" (Psalm 23:1-6). Amen.
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me through Whole Person Counseling.