If God's not in it, it's best to just quit it. Lately God has been dropping this sentence into my spirit. When thinking about it and inquiring of the Lord for its meaning, I realized it was about obedience. God was speaking to me about obedience. For every idea we have, activity we take part in or relationship we are involved in, we should ask “Is God in it?” If the answer is no, then we should abandon it because it’s a waste of our time. Who knows what’s best for us more than our heavenly Father? Why should we go off track by doing something that God has not called us to do?
Now just to clarify, when I say activities, I’m not talking about routine activities like doing laundry and household chores, paying bills or exercising. These are things that don’t need questioning. I am talking about the many activities we find ourselves busy with. Should we go to every church conference or event that we are invited to on Facebook? Should we get involved with that ministry? Should we implement that idea? Should we take that advice?
This modern world sometimes offers us too many options. We could get so busy that we miss God’s plan and purpose in our life. I believe that God is calling us to simplify our lives in 2019. Proverbs 19:21 says “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” (ESV).
So how do we know if God’s in it? Here are a few simple ways to know.
1. Ask God for some clarification on what his main plans and purposes are for you. Seek him for a vision for your life. If you don’t know the vision, ask him. James 1:5 states “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you”. After you have done that, look at the activity that you are thinking about doing and see if it fits into God’s plans for you. Although God sometimes wants to do an entirely different thing in our lives (unrelated to our main vision), this is more of an exception than the rule.
2. The idea or direction comes to us when we are praying or spending time in God’s presence. Sometimes, it’s not something we would normally think of on our own.
3. The idea keeps coming back to us over and over again. We can’t seem to forget about it. This is often a nudging of the Holy Spirit. We should write the idea or direction down and follow through. Often, there will be a restlessness in our spirit until we complete it.
These are just a few simple ways we can hear God’s voice about his direction for our lives. There are many other ways. Check out our previous blogs for more information. Also, check out the 12-week and 24-week courses that are offered at the Samuel Elijah Prophetic College. Consider taking a class in the near future.
Minister Debra Szubrowski