Beginning With God

The Art of Discerning God's Will

Rick James




When we think about the future, many of us desire to follow God’s will for our lives. It seems like the easiest thing would be for God to just tell us exactly what He wants us to do so we can do it. But this isn’t always how He chooses to work.

God does want us to follow His will, but part of His will for us is that we mature. Such maturity happens in the process of discerning His will following the pattern  He lays out for us in the Bible. The process also brings us closer to God.

Discerning God’s will is important, but it isn’t simple. This is especially true when we’re making big life decisions. The process can seem daunting, but God wants us to succeed, so He gives us the tools we need. The Bible tells us many things we can do to discern God’s will.

This article outlines several tools for discerning God’s will: feelings, logic, wisdom, circumstances, advice from others, the Bible and, sometimes, direct supernatural communication like dreams and impressions. It explores each method in-depth and shares pitfalls to avoid.

No single tool is perfect on its own. This article discusses how to use a combination of tools to gain a clearer picture of God’s will.


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