We all want to avoid mistakes because no one wants to be haunted by failures and others’ disappointments. However, humans as we are, it is impossible never to commit a mistake. Even the most intelligent people on earth have their shares of mistakes too.
For this reason, devoted Christians draw closer to God. They earnestly ask Him for wisdom in their situations. They desire to make the right decisions according to His will. However, even the godliest individuals still commit mistakes. Again, we are just all humans.
It is not true that God does not care nor guide His people. Some believers blame God for their circumstances, saying He should have stopped them from making the wrong decisions. The question is, did they ask God for wisdom?
One of the reasons why Christians make mistakes is the failure to listen to what God tells them. Sometimes, people are bombarded by problems or clouded by emotions that they cannot hear God anymore.
If you are afraid that you might be missing God’s messages for you, you can check out these signs that He is speaking to you:
1. He speaks through the Bible.
The moment you are reading the Scripture, God is already speaking to you. The Bible is not just a self-help book. It is a compilation of the Lord’s love letters for you. So whenever you study God’s Word, you are listening to His instructions on how you should live your life in a way that you will experience His blessings.
Joshua 1:8 says, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
2. A particular Bible verse keeps coming back to you.
Have you ever experienced being reminded of the same verse again and again? If a certain Bible verse keeps appearing in front of you wherever you go, consider it as a sign. The Lord may be using that verse as a reminder or warning about your current situation.
If you keep getting the same verse, pray and ask God to open your eyes to what He wants to show you. Meditate on the verse and find out how it applies to your circumstance. You can also ask a spiritual leader to explain the verse to you.
3. You feel like a sermon or specific scripture is intended for you.
Have you ever attended a church service, and the preaching made you uncomfortable? If you ever feel like the preacher is talking directly to you, it is actually God speaking through that person. If the sermon or a highlighted passage makes you guilty of your sin and gives you that desire to change, it means that the Holy Spirit is at work in you.
That is why, whenever you are in church, it is important to listen attentively to the sermon. Then, own the message you hear and figure out how you can apply it in your life.
4. You feel uneasy about something, leading you to prayer.
If you have the Holy Spirit inside you, expect supernatural convictions at times. It is one way God can communicate with you. For example, he can warn you about an impending danger by making you feel uneasy about something.
The sudden uneasiness you feel should lead you to ask God for wisdom. You must resort to fervent prayer, asking the Lord to reveal His will in that situation. Or, if you suddenly feel afraid or worried about a particular person, maybe God wants you to pray for them.
5. He speaks through His church.
The church serves as Christ’s body (as He is the head). Therefore, you should not take for granted the fellowship with other believers. Being surrounded by mature Christians will not only help you in your spiritual growth. It can also help you be more discerning about God’s will in your life to avoid sinning or mistakes.
For this reason, it is vital to have accountability partners in church. They can be your spiritual leaders, ministry colleagues, or small group siblings. Whenever you have a problem or are confused about some things, you can tell them. Then, as they pray with you, you have no idea how God gives them the wisdom to counsel you in your situation.
6. There is an unexplainable conviction about something.
Most spiritually mature individuals have the gift of discernment. It is the ability to judge a situation wisely, even beyond what can be perceived by the senses. For instance, you can discern if a person is sincere in expressing their feelings for you or not. Or you can discern if a friend is struggling with a problem, even if they try to appear happy before you.
God can convey His message to you through discernment. Through it, He can give you the wisdom you need to decide on a matter correctly. Therefore, whenever you discern something, you have to ask God to help you understand His will completely.
7. The same problem happens again and again.
Are you tired of experiencing the same problem over and over again? Have you ever felt like God is teaching you something through a recurrent situation? Well, it could be true indeed.
Sometimes, God allows you to go through the same situation several times to help you learn a lesson. It is possible that you have been committing the same mistakes, and you are not changing your response to a similar situation. When this happens again, be more sensitive to God’s leading. Ask Him wisdom on how you can improve your approach to such recurring concerns.
8. He may speak through strange dreams or visions.
Some may not believe it, but there are Christians who claim that they have received prophetic visions from the Lord. It could be through dreams while asleep or sudden flashes of images while awake.
Not everyone is gifted with this. Plus, one must be careful in interpreting what they have seen as messages from God. If you think you have this kind of gift, you have to be more prayerful. It is also important to be guided by the Word of God to know if what you have seen is really from the Lord or just ordinary dreams and hallucinations. Prophecies from God will never contradict the Scripture, so be more discerning.
9. He gives you confirmations through circumstances.
God can also speak through your circumstances. Remember that God is in control. He can orchestrate things around you to meet His purposes. So, if you are waiting for God’s “yes” or “no”, you should open your eyes to how He lets things happen. If the situation does not go according to your plan, it could be a “no”.
So, how should you respond to God’s “no”? Would you rebel against Him? Nah. If you truly trust God and revere His sovereignty, you would not doubt His will. You know that the Lord knows what He is doing, and He knows better than you.
Be Sensitive to God’s Voice
You may not hear Him with your ears, but God can indeed speak to you. In fact, He talks to you every day. Whenever you have to decide between right and wrong, He speaks. Whenever you need guidance and wisdom, He also speaks. God also speaks whenever you need strength and comfort.
To hear God, you must keep your heart pure. Repent and ask forgiveness for your sins. Do your best to live a life according to His Word. Moreover, you have to draw close to Him daily intentionally.
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