“If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God:
You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country. The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.”- Deuteronomy 28:1-4
Have you ever felt like God was calling you to do something, but weren’t quite sure if it was from you or God? Did you follow it or did you ignore it? How did you feel when you did what God asked? How did you feel when you ignored it?
There is great blessing when we follow God’s commands. However, they may be difficult to discern at times. Sometimes thoughts go through my mind and I don’t now if God is speaking, or if it just a fleeting thought.
According to this, if we fully obey God, we will be blessed. But how do we know when to obey, or when to ignore?
The apostle Paul said in Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” The bible also says we must test every prophecy against Scripture. So the next time you feel God is speaking to you, ask yourself these questions:
Is it true?
Is it noble?
Is it right?
Is it pure?
Is it lovely?
Is it admirable (excellent or praiseworthy)?
If you still are not sure if what you are hearing is from God after asking yourself these questions, do it anyway. It is better to act and have God reward you for blind obedience, then to ignore it and be cursed because of disobedience.
Do you act in obedience when you believe you are hearing from go, or do you ignore such things?
10/15/2016 04:54:38 am
The best thing about this is, even if it was a fleeting thought in your mind not an actual direction from God, if all the answers to the questions based on Philippians 4:8 are yes, you are doing no harm. In fact, even if it wasn't a direction from God, He may bless it anyway because it was true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and/or praiseworthy.
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