How to Confirm a Word from God - Daily Devotional
When you receive a word from anyone, use these four keys to evaluate if it is a true word from God. Also listen to know how to position yourself to hear from God better.
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Episode Notes & Bible Verses
1. Does it line up with the Word of God?
But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. – Matthew 12:25
The principle explained here is that a house divided against itself will not stand. So how we apply this in this topic is if God spoke for you do something, it will not contradict it go against his written word. It will line up with his word. In fact it should be a confirmation of something already found in the word of God. So ask yourself, Does what you heart line up with the word of God?
2. Does it require faith?
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6
God wants us all to grow and increase in our ability to trust him. Knowing this, I can say that if God is directing you to do something, it will require a measure of faith in Him. It would be just above your natural ability. Or just above your capacity to accomplish so that you have to stretch your faith to achieve it. So this is a way that you can use to determine if God is speaking or not. Ask yourself if it requires a new level of faith.
3. Do you have peace about it?
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7
When God is directing you to do something or if someone gives you a word from the Lord, you should have peace about it. There shouldn’t be any anxiety or pressure as a result of hearing the word. There may be a sense of urgency to do something right away but it will also come with peace in your heart about doing it.
4. Does it go against the ways and rationals of the world?
For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts. – Isaiah 55:8-9
Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you. – Luke 6:38
Gods wisdom is above all the wisdom of all the people in the world. So if he wants to direct you to do something, it may be different from the way the rest of the world does it. Example is, when you have a financial need, the world says that you should save all you have. But from a Godly perspective, if you have a financial need you should give and sow a seed.
How to position ourselves to hear from God
Quiet devotional time
Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. – Luke 5:15-16
As Jesus is our example, this verse says that Jesus spent time away from the crowd to spend devotional time with God. During this time Jesus prayed and fellowshipped with God. During our devotional time we can worship, read the Bible and bring whatever request we have to God in prayer. We can accompany this also with quite time in order to listen to hear what God will speak to us. This is one way that we can position ourselves to hear from God.
Fasting and praying
At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over. – Daniel 10:2-3
Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. – Daniel 10:12
This is an example of what happens when we fast and seek God. He answers. This is where we get the Daniel fast from and Daniel fasted for 21 days. Verse 12 mentions that from the first day that Daniel set his mind to gain understanding that God sent the answer. Same can happen when we fast. We can expect to hear the answer that God will give to us when we set our minds and hearts to hear from God.
Seeking confirmation from God
Gideon said to God, “If you will save Israel by my hand as you have promised— look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you said.” And that is what happened. Gideon rose early the next day; he squeezed the fleece and wrung out the dew—a bowlful of water. Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me. Let me make just one more request. Allow me one more test with the fleece, but this time make the fleece dry and let the ground be covered with dew.” That night God did so. Only the fleece was dry; all the ground was covered with dew. – Judges 6:36-40
This is an example of how Gideon used a fleece to ask God for confirmation. If you ask God for a confirmation, make sure you have the correct motive and heart attitude. You must be willing to go if God confirms that you should go. And you should ask for the confirmation not out of fear but with faith. A additional sign from God will only confirm what you already have in your heart. And when there is 100% agreement then you know it’s from God.