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
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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 Scripture.
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 from God.
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"
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
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!
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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