How to Heed God’s Advice

Jun 23, 2021

Do you prayerfully welcome God into your business?  When you asked Him to join you in your venture, did you ask Him to be a silent partner? If not, then you should expect to get some input!  God cares about you and your business, and He will not stand idly by if you fail, while you seek His guidance and work to increase your faith.

Increasing your divine guidance and faith isn’t always easy.  Sometimes the voice of God comes in so loud and clear that we can’t help but hear it and know that it comes from Him.  At other times, He speaks to us softly, as our conscience, with friendly reminders.  But how do you know? 

When God has a message to get across, rest assured that He will do so. As my husband likes to say, He will hit you with a 2x4 to the head when necessary.  He will speak to you in the way that makes the most sense for you – He is your creator, after all, so He knows a little something about what will and will not work for you.

Sometimes it’s the voice of your mother in your head, reminding you to be kind because you never know someone else’s situation.  Other times it’s a warm breeze blowing across your cheek, filling your heart with gratitude for the beauty of nature.  When it’s abundantly clear, there will be no question.  But not everyone is open to grand proclamations from the Lord.  Some are more responsive to gentle nudges, in which case God could use your conscience to get your attention.

But when you hear that “little voice” inside your head telling you to do something, how can you be sure it’s coming from God?  Here are 5 quick ways to know:

  1. Pray for discernment and clarity – God is faithful and will help you understand the message.
  2. Compare the message to scripture – God will never give you direction that directly contradicts His word in the scriptures.
  3. Compare it to the nature of God – Is the message in line with His essential nature and character?
  4. Test the fruit – What effect does this message have on your soul? How does it make you feel?
  5. Consult with spiritual counselors – Speak with biblically knowledgeable others, who willingly receive council, about the message to consider their points of view.

Once secure in the knowledge that God has made His opinions known, what then?  Faith that it was God who spoke with you is a beautiful thing.  Faith without works, however, is dead.  James Chapter 2 speaks to this concept in a variety of ways, including, “15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.”

In other words, you can sit with your computer every day and say that you are “working”.  But until you start on a task, however small, you’re only planning to work.  Unless you actually do something to further your business, your business will cease to exist – it will be as dead as faith with no works.

 

God loves you as His daughter, and He wants to see you succeed in your faith-based business.  He’ll even help you if you let Him.  But to hear the voice of God isn’t enough alone.  You must also act on what God is telling you.  Listen carefully, interpret judiciously, and act!

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