Hey girlllll. How are you?
It’s Ashley again, coming to you today with a word that has really been encouraging to me lately. This word is that we can fully trust and find peace in God’s sovereignty and gracious grace to lead and correct us as we seek to discern His voice and will for our lives.
It’s been three weeks since I have begun studying Priscilla Shirer’s “Discerning the Voice of God” and it has been SO rich. Have you ever been a part of something or studied something that you just knew would change your life? This bible study is exactly that for me right now. (Let’s not even get into the amount of times she has called me out already though, LOL.)
Last week, she began talking about the freedom that we believers and followers of Jesus have to hear from God. It was SO good that I wanted to share that with you today.
Here are two relevant verses:
“for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”
Philippians 2:13 NIV (After Paul tells the Philippians to work out their own salvation.)
“All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.”
Philippians 3:15 NIV (Spoken to the church of Philippi after sharing a word on not having confidence in the flesh.)
In our Bible study, Priscilla Shirer talked about God’s responsibility on our journeys of aiming to do God’s will for our lives, and it really lifted some burdens off of me and my heart.
In these verses, we can see that God is responsible for giving us both the desire and the ability (or energy, as Shirer puts it) to do what He has called us to do. In the second verse we can also see that God graciously corrects us when we are wrong.
I don’t know about you, but this is good news to me.
Discerning God’s voice in my life can sometimes be a road of anxiety and fear, but it is not supposed to be. I have personally struggled with the crippling fear of “getting things wrong” when it comes to hearing from God. But in these verses, I see that I can trust that God is, first of all, working in me to be able to do His will, and that He will also be gracious to correct me, in love, when I am getting it wrong. This truth brings so much peace, and inspires me to enjoy this journey of life, and even the process of discernment, with God.
There was this quote that said something about God’s leading in our lives is something like the steering of a ship. Just as a ship needs to be in motion to be steered in any direction, God can only be able to lead us when we are moving. Whether it be you continuing on the path that you are on or making a right or left in the ways you think God is leading you, we need to be moving. I am learning that God is sovereign in leading me and even correcting me if I make a mistake.
Phew. I really needed that this week, especially now that I am thinking so much about life after college. He is leading me, and if I make a move that He doesn’t want me to make, He will correct my path. I’m going to enjoy this grace to make mistakes.
You know what else is good news love? This verse right here:
“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8: 28
This verse simply reminds me that all of this, even the moments of confusion, God will use. I am not sure how, but He will. His plans will prevail <3.
Here are some helpful tips that my church Pastor has actually given me to determine if I am in a place to be hearing from God:
- Am I in God’s Word?
- Am I in prayer?
- Am I in Christian community?
- Is there any unrepented/ hidden sin in my life that I need to repent from?
If you answered yes to the first three and no to the last one, trust that you are in the place to more accurately hear from God. Of course, He is still faithful to speak when we are struggling in these areas, but these are important areas in our lives that can help us better listen to God.
** If you are struggling in any of these areas, some things that always help me are journaling, confessing to God and community, sitting myself down to pray, and committing to a study either alone or with friends.
So love, as a reminder for you and to myself: He is with us, His Daughters. He is lovingly leading us. We have nothing to worry about, and every reason to trust and to praise Him.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6
Prayer: Abba, thank you. Thank you for being a God that I can fully trust. Sometimes the process of discernment can be filled with anxiety, but thank you that you have better in mind for me, and that is your peace. Help me Lord to trust in your sovereignty in my life and your graciousness in leading me when I get it wrong. Help those reading who have a fear of correction, either because of their backgrounds or current circumstances, trust in your love and gentleness toward them. Abba, lead us to prayer and supplication when we are anxious, and help us to leave our worries at your feet. Help us to enjoy this journey with you. In Jesus’s name, Amen.