Five Keys for Validating Your Calling
Once you know what you think you want to do, you still want to feel like it’s God’s will before you pursue it.
There are some basic principles that are universally accepted within the Church‚but they are not definitive.
They are suggestions based off a lot of people’s experiences. You can apply these to any decision or direction you’re heading toward.
Examine yourself to know if you are in the faith. II Corinthians 13:5. “5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?”
Pray the prayer of Psalm 139: “23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: 24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Seek God’s guideance through persistent – insistent – consistent prayer.
Do yourself a big favor when you are consistent because you will feel closer to God and spend less time feeling guilty.
Devote more time investing yourself into the needs of others, instead of always being focused on your own problems. Learn to pray before you do anything.
Many answers are in the Bible as clear as day. There are many issues the Bible deals with that are black and white, don’t let society tell you otherwise.
To be grounded, get involved with a systematic Bible study or to grow and use a Bible Tool online to look up the topic you are dealing with.
In every major decision I’ve made in my life, I’ve had someone – a parent or a mentor, a pastor or wise friend – give me valued advice and confirmation of my own decision.
However, don’t presume that what others think is a guarantee of God’s will. Always measure what others say against what you know from prayer and from your Bible study.
This is the prevailing advice, but I have to admit sometimes I have had to make a decision without this mysterious feeling.
But almost always, there has been something that has confirmed my decision was the right one. For instance, I found out that the company of one job I turned down folded only months later. But again, this isn‚’t a hard and fast rule.
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