Obedience isn’t always easy, in fact, it’s usually easier said than it is done. Sometimes God calls us out beyond the shore and into the waves, and what we do in response to that is so important. If we choose to follow Him, we will find a freedom and liberty like never before. If we don’t…we’ll fall into a path like Jonah did when he disobeyed God. You see, our comfort zone is a great place and all, but really, if we are stuck there and aren’t following what Yahweh calls us to do, we will feel uncomfortable.
Comfort zones seem nice, but we’re never truly secure there. You know why? When we aren’t following what God calls us to do, we will never be secure. We’ll constantly be worried that we aren’t doing the wrong thing, and wondering what to do. All it takes is that step of obedience, but taking that first step and getting out of the place where we feel stuck is the hardest.
Today I want to share a few key ways to know God’s voice and walk in obedience:
PRAY & seek the Lord & learn to know His voice through His Word and Spirit.
Prayer is powerful. We can come to the Lord at any time and ask for His guidance and wisdom on a situation where we are confused or don’t know what to do.
Oftentimes when He wants to reveal something to us, He will speak it multiple times – whether it be through what we read in His Word one morning, prayer, in church, through someone’s social media post, etc. I have had multiple times experienced where He spoke to me in multiple ways on the same topic! I mean, how can you say that’s NOT God? Learn to know when He is speaking, and when the enemy is speaking. When we are in confusing situations or seasons, it can be hard to tell the difference. However, if we are in the Word and know Truth, following Jesus, we can learn to know the difference. The enemy brings condemnation – the Holy Spirit brings conviction.
James 1:5 // But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach; and it will be given to him.
Proverbs 3:6 // In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. (emphasis mine)
Seek Godly wisdom.
If you’re unsure about doing something, after you’ve sought God’s wisdom about it -such as going into a ministry program at your church, starting a blog, going into a relationship with someone, or any other decision, big or seemingly small – go to someone you trust – a parent/pastor/good friend who is also a strong Christian! Sometimes getting someone else’s perspective helps immensely and pushes you towards the right steps to take. It’s not always necessary, but can be so helpful and needed in certain situations.
When you know what God’s calling you to do, don’t hesitate to do it, or not do it.
Maybe God is calling you to do something, or refrain from doing something. I want to encourage you today, if you feel there’s something God has told you to do, don’t hesitate. As God’s children, we CAN know His voice, we CAN be guided by Him, but it’s up to us if we’ll follow. And yes, it’s so hard to break out of our flesh and do it. Would you rather stay in a state of discord, your comfort zone, or take that really hard step and follow your Father, and find freedom? We have these quotes about WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?) and about how nothing ever grows in our comfort zones, but when it comes to doing what God calls us to do, it’s a different story. Don’t let fear hold you back from doing what God calls you to do, because, frankly, you’ll never feel “ready” or qualified. God doesn’t call the qualified, HE QUALIFIES THE CALLED.
Don’t rush into things.
Now, you also shouldn’t rush into doing something if you are unsure if you really heard God’s voice. If you feel you should do something but are not fully sure you heard the Lord telling you to do it, pray about, read His Word, seek Him and seek advice from others. If it seems to line up with His Word, what He’s been doing in your life + future, and you feel He’s told you to do it, GO FOR IT! I think oftentimes we either will swing to one of the extremes – following our heart whenever we feel it calls instead of seeking God’s advice and wisdom for each decision, or not following God at all. We need to find that balance of learning to seek Him and know when He speaks, and then going and following.
In all seasons of life we face questions, but there’s nothing we can’t face with God by our side. I hope this post has been an encouragement to you in whatever season you’re currently in – whether you know you need to do something and follow God, are unsure and are needing to seek Him and possibly some Godly wisdom, or just need to learn to discern God’s voice better.
Lastly I want to share 2 more encouraging passages:
Psalm 27:11-14 // Teach me your way, Yahweh. Lead me in a straight path, because of my enemies. Don’t deliver me over to the desire of my adversaries, for false witnesses have risen up against me, such as breathe out cruelty, I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of Yahweh in the land of the living. Wait for Yahweh. Be strong, and let your heart take courage. Yes, wait for Yahweh.
James 2:14-26 // What good is it, my brothers, if a man says he has faith, but has no works? Can faith save him? And if a brother or sister is naked and in lack of daily food, and one of you tells them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled”; and yet you didn’t give them the things the body needs, what good is it? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead in itself. Yes, a man will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without works, and I by my works will show you my faith. You believe that God is one. You do well. The demons also believe, and shudder. But do you want to know, vain man, that faith apart from works is dead? Wasn’t Abraham our father justified by works, in that he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? You see that faith worked with his works, and by works faith was perfected; and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him as righteousness”;and he was called the friend of God. You see then that by works, a man is justified, and not only by faith. In the same way, wasn’t Rahab the prostitute also justified by works, in that she received the messengers, and sent them out another way? For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, even so faith apart from works is dead.