5 Ways to Know if Something is From God

5 Ways to Know if Something is from God - Counting My Blessings

Do you ever wonder whether you are following God’s will or plan for you?

Do you worry that you might be headed in the wrong direction?

Do you wish God would write His will for your day on your to-do list?

Yep, me too!

Since his ordination, Rev has received calls to serve at various ministries and I’ve had to decide whether I should go back to teaching full-time, part-time or if I should stay at home.

And work is just the beginning, isn’t it?

How many children should we have? Where should our children go to school or should we homeschool? Where should we live? Is that the right house for us? The right church family? When should I retire?

What should I do?

The questions go on and on.

Sometimes it was easy to tell where God wants us, other times are harder.

Life decisions can cause some of the greatest stress in our lives.

So the question we all want to know is…

There are some things we can do to test a situation and we ask for God’s guidance and seek His will.

Do you ever wonder whether you are following God's will or plan for you? Here are 5 things you can do when you want to know if something is from God.

5 Ways to Know if Something is From God

1. Pray

Begin with prayer. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? It is.

Start by asking God to show you His specific will for you in this situation.

Pray that the Lord your God will show us what to do and where to go. Jeremiah 42:3

2. Glorify God

Ask – Does this glorify God?

Ask yourself, “Does this bless my relationship with my family? Does it make it possible for me to serve others? What will my attitude be if I do this? Etc.”

Give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. Romans 6:13

3. Agree with Scripture

Does it agree with Scripture?

God gave us His Word to show us His will. You and I can trust the counsel of the Bible.

You never have to ask God if it’s His will for you to embezzle from your employer or dish the latest dirty detail about your neighbor.

 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 2 Timothy 3:16

4. Be Willing to Wait

Be patient. God’s will is worth the wait. Trust His timing.

If something is God’s will, He will guide you while you wait and bring it to pass. Don’t rush it – when the timing is right God will let you know.

Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord. Psalm 27:14

5. Trust God to accomplish His will in your life

God will fulfill His promises and accomplish His will for you.

I’ll admit, I’ve gotten impatient at times. I want a clear answer and I want it now! But I’ve learned I can watch and wait . . . God will do what He says He will do, and He will accomplish His will.

Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Ephesians 3:20

Not everything in life is clear. There will be times when you will do all the above and still be uncertain about God’s direction for you.

That’s okay.

You can trust that if God wants something specific in your life He will guide you to it.

If you’ve gone through the 5 step process and still have no clear answer . . . just keep moving. Make a choice. The good news is if you are trusting and glorifying God with your life you can move ahead confidently.

5 Ways to Know if Something is from God - Counting My Blessings

Rev and I have had times when the choice was clear . . . so clear in fact, we had to change our plans midway.

We’ve occasionally used a “fleece” to ask God for guidance. You can read about Gideon and how he used a fleece to confirm God’s direction, here. No, we haven’t actually asked God to leave dew on lamb’s wool but we have asked Him to clearly show us His will through events that made it easier for us to make decisions.

And I will honestly tell you, there have been a few times when we went through our list of five and still felt uncertain about what we should do.

So, we just lived each day…

And you can too!

Trust God’s love . . . lean into His grace and mercy. You can be confident that God will make any specific plans He has for you clear. You don’t have to live in fear of His displeasure when you seek His will through these 5 steps.

Pray, glorify God, study the Scripture, be willing to wait, and trust God’s ability to work in your life.

Your Father is with you.

He wants what is best for you and He is able to accomplish it!

Go for it! Live your life for His glory and honor. Praise Him!

 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11–13

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113 comments

  1. Barb
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    I like the “God wants me to-do list” idea, Deb – maybe I should revise my to-do list to say that each day. 🙂 I was thinking of the Boring book as I read your last point – about how God will find us if He wants us to do something specific for Him. I am really enjoying that book. I should read it today because I’m bored and thinking life should be more exciting! Maybe it’s because I’m on Day 10 of the Daniel Fast and life seems a little boring without coffee and ice cream!

  2. Candy says:

    I Know sometimes we think about what direction God wants us to go, he has shown me a couple of times. I was meant to be a care giver. Back when I was younger we had no money and I prayed for God’s help! I never graduated from high school so a job was hard for me to find I started running a day care which brought in enough money for my family.
    Then at the age of 60 I went to school with God’s help and became a C.N.A. and now work for hospice. I love my job and thank God every day for all the wonderful gifts he has given me . I heard a story once, what if God only gave you what you told him you were thankful for yesterday. Be sure to thank him for everything in your life. Like the song says he walks with me and he talks with me. Let him talk to you to. Thank you

  3. Caroline Doherty
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    Loved this post. This is has given me some clarity with which path to follow. Sometimes it’s hard to know where God wants you to be or what he would like you to do

  4. plp says:

    Please pray for Eric who is wanting to get into college for a program in architecture.
    Pray for acceptance and that he will do well. He has waited

  5. Gail Smith says:

    I have had 12 heart attacks and I have diabetes along with stage 4 kidney failure. To add to all of that I am in a loveless marriage. I know God wants me to do his will but I have know idea what that could be. What I do know is that when death comes I would like a peace of mind and to be with someone who loves me dearly and who is equally yoked with me. HELP!!

  6. M says:

    Hello There,
    This was a good article. I really enjoyed reading it. I did want to point out that in #3 you have highlighted 1Tim 3:16 with the wrong verse.

    “Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.”
    ‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  7. Pam says:

    This article really blessed me and gave confirmation on things and answers I have been praying about and waiting for! I just have to continue to trust the Lord and patiently wait for His answers, guidance, direction and promises.
    Thank you

  8. Pam
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    Thank you. I have been researching scripture to learn how to pray for God’s Will in my life. This post from you has blessed me. I usually just read and move on, but this … I had to leave a comment to. Thank you for allowing GOD to use you to bless me with answers.

    Now, I will wait for GODS WILL. Thank you!!

    • Nichols says:

      Marlene, yes. We might find at times that we have lost our faith but the Lord can restore anything in our hearts. If you ask you shall receive. I will pray for you!

  9. Deanna Highsmith says:

    Our daughter has not allowed us to see our granddaughter for almost 3 years now. My husband and I are so hurt. We miss Raven so much. Raven lived in our home for 8 years and it is so hard to understand the reason why this situation continues!
    I’m asking for assistance with prayer!

  10. Cheryl says:

    I so desperately need prayer. I’ve been sick for 4 1/2 years & been to alot of doctors & we are waiting on God’s will for my life whether He wants me to be well or not. I want to live by the Bible Scripture Psm. 118:17 I shall not die but live, and declare the works of the Lord. I do not know God’s plans for me but I do know that I do not want to die at least not yet. Can someone please pray for healing for me because I don’t want to be in pain or sick anymore. I trust my dear Lord & Savior & I love Him so very much. Sincerely Cheryl

  11. Deb Yager says:

    This article did help me today. I always believe there is a plan and I follow where the Lord leads me. At times, when I think I’m on the right path, all of a sudden there’s a road block. At this point I question myself, “did I follow God’s plan, or did I stray and make my own decision?” If I’m quiet and reflective (and patient), I’ll get an answer and set forth again in the path that He leads me.
    Thank you for posting this article. May God bless you as only He can! 🙂

  12. Barbara says:

    I love your posts they are encouraging and uplifting. At times of despair and emptiness I go yo your blog and read to find peace and serenity. It is where I charge my battery for my future battles.

    Thank you

  13. Makeda
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    I really enjoyed reading your post and I agree with you. This is a test that I normally use as well. God will always lead us down the right path, but as you’ve said, it’s very important that we seek Him first.

  14. Cassandra says:

    I have a prayer request! I’m asking for strength, joy,happiness and love. I feel so lonely and sad and I feel like everyone surrounding around me is blessed but me. I try my best to serve in church, pay my tithes and give offerings and help others. But I’m always left in the cold with nothing. I’m 38 and never been married. I am single parent. I be applying for jobs haven’t got a response back. I want a new home. I want a better career. I want my student loan paid off. I want a God fearing, faithful husband who is going to put God first and me second and love and respect my children. Bless me allow me to live and see my children get older. Continue blessing my health. Be able to travel and buy some nice things for me and others who in need. I need transportation. My car is barley holding on. I need Jesus to work out a miracle with my name on it. I need guidance and prayers.

  15. Sherrie Ashenbremer says:

    Just found your pages, I love learning more about how to live the will of God and how to pray. Thank you, I subscribed to your page and I look forward to learning more and sharing

  16. Lynn says:

    This is helpful. I am at a stage in my life where i have to make huge decisuons,based on my healrh, and my emotionally abusive maggiage,of 32 years.
    Thank you, Lynn

  17. Hena says:

    Deb,
    So so so rejuvenating! I’m a Muslim and I can so relate to similar verses from my Book that I had forgotten.
    Just what I needed to read!

  18. Sherrie Ashenbremer says:

    really enjoyed this information on prayer. I hope to keep reading your posts and learn more about how to get a relationship with God. Thank you and God bless you

  19. Lisa Landry says:

    Good morning my computer stopped so I’m rewriting my prayer sorry it’s so long I’ll try to shorten it I really need prayer for my older son Cole I’ve tried to raise my children to be Christian’s but somehow he has lost his path to following Jesus he was arrested for using heroine he is in outpatient drug therapy right now 3 nights a week for 3 hours each night and AA meetings the other nights it’s working on my marriage because I remarried when he was little his dad and I take him to therapy and AA pray for his guidance strength courage health his will from God and that he finds god before it’s too late his first court date is march 1 pray that God will forgive him and give him another chance to get his life straight pray for my other son he’s a junior in HS pray for his grades he wants to go in the Marines after HS pray for my husband and the rest of my family (mom dad sister bRother and their families my friends and Karl my son’s attorney ) thank you for your post it was what was on my heart today I will try the 5 steps shown here bless you can I also ask prayer for myself I was in a wreck 20 years ago I’ve had surgeries the last one with complications I am now disabled can’t drive can’t do my weekly shopping anymore by myself I had to quit my job which I loved working with pre k with diabilities I miss it so bad but I’m not able to pick them up and do what I need to with them I need a miracle in my life that God will take away all or most of the pain I endure everyday now some days I can’t get out of bed also a miracle for Cole we also have a tornado watch here today around us thank you god bless you Amen

    • Deb
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      Lisa, I am so sorry. It sounds like you have many challenges to deal with. I prayed for you this morning and will add you and your family to my prayer list.

      Father, I’m asking that You will relieve Lisa’s pain and give her more mobility that she can do the things she loves. Please give her son, Cole the strength to stay clean of drugs and find a way to serve others that excites and blesses him. Please bless her younger son and her husband. Give them all your peace and fill them with your hope and love. In Jesus name, Amen.
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    • Nichols says:

      Lisa, our Father in Heaven loves you so much, I wish you could feel his love in your heart. We are all praying for you and all your family that he can send his angels to help you with your challenges or to understand his Devine path and find comfort in his love. Try to leave up to him all your problems. God bless you and your family.

  20. Julie Kuhn says:

    Thank you for your post. I truly enjoyed reading it. And clarifying for myself. I’ve know. All those things but there are times when reminders are necessary. I have been divorced for almost 9 years now after a 30 yr marriage. I did not want this divorce so it’s been hard for me. I pray constantly daily to God thanking him for everything I have in my life but that one thing is having a Godly man to spend the rest of my life with. Patience is not very good through out this wait but I’m working on that. Your prayers for me would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you so much
    Julie.

  21. T says:

    Please pray for me i am facing health problems that has caused me to lose everything my original doc didn’t do right by me i pray that my new doc does..im going in friday 31st i need blessings financially and acceptance of the medical condition no one can change…by Gods grace and mercy ive suffered so long im tired…

  22. Nicole says:

    Dear T.,
    I am sorry for all you are going through, I will pray for you that our God can send you the help you need at this time. Don’t forget to keep the eternal perspective, our trials are only but a brief moment when we think about eternity. Always keep a prayer in your heart and love for all humanity, in my trials I found this change of focus to be very powerful.
    Love always!

  23. Cathy West says:

    Thank you for this wonderful post.
    Please pray for my marriage. Please pray for
    God to take away the addiction of alcohol from my husband. Please pray for each of my 7 children. Thank you so much.

    • Nicole says:

      Cathy,
      I will pray for you. Our wonderful God is always available to us and will only let us go thru situations that we can handle. Sometimes I think he trust me more than I trust myself but I know he knows better than me. I find comfort in prayer and giving my difficult troublesituation to Christ. Praying for you.

  24. Gayl
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    “The good news is if you are trusting and glorifying God with your life you can move ahead confidently.” That’s been true with us. I believe if we are seeking Him, even if there is no clear direction we can move ahead. He gives us freedom within boundaries, and I believe He will show us if there is something specific He wants us to do.

    Thanks for a great post! Blessings to you! I’m your neighbor at #MomentsofHope

  25. Elizabeth
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    Deb, I loved and needed this when I first saw several months ago, and I love and need it again today. Then, it was for my daughter, and something she felt God convicting her about. Today, the circumstances of the situation are similar, but the conviction is for me. Thank you for allowing God to use you to speak His truth and reassurance again today. #Faith’n’Friends
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  26. April says:

    I admit even as a christian there are times that i hardly know if i am making the right decision in life,But after readinh this I have been reminded that i should just trust and follow what God want for us. Thank you and God Bless looking forward to more of your helpful blogs.

  27. Cathy West says:

    Thank you. I needed this today. I am a 43 yr old woman who has drifted away from God. My life is living me at the moment instead of me living my life. Please pray for me. Thank you again.

    • Monica says:

      Cathy, God loves you and is always with you, waiting for you to let him in your life and heart. I will pray for you. Please pray for Him to guide your life from now on and He will take you on your best path, it might be different than someone else because you are unique and precious in His eyes. God bless

  28. Michelle says:

    I so needed to do this today! I have prayed and prayed for God to show if H & J were meant to be together as we all felt he placed them together to show His work at sending you the one He has chosen for you. They have been apart for a year but have stayed in touch and continued to see each other off and on. It seems as though there is a force keeping them from connecting completely, which is sad as you can see how happy and how they complete each other when they are together. They are such a perfect example together of Gods work. Please pray for God to place them together again so they can continue to share Goss word & work! I also pray for financial relief for my husband & I. We are raising our 2 grandchildren & need guidance & strength to handle their multiple emotional issues. Pray that God shows my son his significant other that will bring him back to God & will give him the teaching position that He wants for him. Pray that J continued to work on herself & continues to ask God for guidance, strength, & wisdom. I know I am being selfish and I apologize but our family is hurting & we need to see Gods way for us more than ever! Thank you! In your name, I pray. Amen!

  29. Samantha says:

    Thank you for this. I recently started reading my bible and verses more whenever I feel I need to be closer to God. I pray when I am grateful and I pray when I am struggling. I’ve been going through hard times recently and I pick up the Bible for guidance and reassurance. It’s hard to keep on moving but I have my faith that God will show me the way.

  30. Sheena Nickerson says:

    This is a wonderfully inspiring blog. I pray tha God continues to bless you and use you for His will. Please pray for my children and I. Thank you.

  31. Patty says:

    I was so blessed to find this today. I have been struggling to find a permanent job. Not just any job but one doing something I love and helping others. I pray for God to clearly direct my path.

  32. Amy says:

    What do you do when God led you to His will and you followed through. Then following through caused you the biggest heartache of your life? After being a single mom for over 10 years God gave me my high school sweetheart. We married and my daughter chose to not live with us because she doesn’t like my husband. She now lives with my mother who we lived with while I was a single mom.

    • Deb
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      Oh, Amy, I’m so sorry! I know the heartbreak of the rejection of my child. It’s horrible. People have free will. It’s hard to know all the reasons why your daughter made the choice she made but know this breaks God’s heart too. Keep praying and keep hoping. I continue to do both . . . praying and hoping that someday soon we will be reunited with a daughter we so dearly love. Praying for you, too! God bless you!
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  33. glorious says:

    This is a wonderful article on knowing God will for your life. I believe I had been doing them, but seeing them written out like you presented was such an encouragement. God you

  34. Jyoti says:

    Hello Deb

    You are doing a great job which help others to lead a happy life. Today you have really helped me and reminded me that God is always with us. Sometimes we are overloaded with our problems that we think that nothing is coming out of our efforts and no one is helping us to get the solutions of our problem. But the messages you posted really gives strength and faith in God that none of the problems are unsolved and prayers are unheard.

  35. Simran Sharma
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    Hi! I please request you to pray for me. I am under the influence of a very strong witch Craft and it’s there for 4 years now. My day to day life is very challenging and my existence is purely The Grace of God! They are constant threat to my life. This leads me to a lot of depression and suffocation. Am praying daily and thanking God to save me. I would be blessed if you pray for me! Am waiting for a miracle that will rescue me cuz I don’t know what it is to love a free life! God bless U Sister! Tk Care.
    Godspeed!
    Simran Sharma

  36. Jen Cox says:

    I have 3 teenage boys and they are in HS and looking at colleges. They want to play High level baseball in college. We’ve been discussing how they can be used by God to encourage other players and young kids that look up to them, if God blesses them with this privilege. It can be a stressful process. This article has been good on getting our focus on Gods will. I plan to pin it and read it and discuss it with my husband and boys. Thanks for sharing!

    JEN

  37. Rana Cooper says:

    I can relate to what you were saying about being impatient while waiting on God. I’ve missed him trying to fix things instead of confidently waiting. I’m learning to wait.

  38. Claudia says:

    Please pray for me…i have done wrong and will probably be unemployed by Friday, 30 June. I deeply regret that I failed God in so many ways.
    God bless

  39. Kathy says:

    Deb,
    Thank you for reposting Counting My Blessings. On June 3ed I had a near death experience. My grandson had come over to my place to borrow my truck. He found me slumped on the floor hardly breathing and gurgling. After getting to the emergency room and being treated the Doctor came out and explained to my son that I was probably 15 minutes from having passed.
    I’m very grateful for my Grandson wanting my truck. He was Gods Angel when I needed on.
    As I read Counting My Blessings I know that I will be using the 5 steps in finding and feeling Gods will.
    I’ve only been out of the hospital 18 days, but when I found this post it’s like my heart eased. God was speaking to me that this is what I need to go forward and find out what my purpose is going forward.
    Its a slow day by day journey for healing, but I know Gods hand is on my heart and keeping me from pushing over my limits.

    Again THANK YOU FOR YOU POSTING.

    • Deb
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      Oh, Kathy! I’m praying for you! I’m so glad your grandson arrived at God’s appointed time and was there to help. I’m praying that God continues to heal you and give you strength. Thanks so much for visiting Counting My Blessings. I’m looking forward to hearing from you again soon on your progress and the ways God is working in your life! God bless you!
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  40. Marla Loyer says:

    Hello,
    I am 36 years old and work as a secretary. I’ve been a secretary for years. This year I’ve had the strong desire to go back to school to upgrade so I can further my education in the medical field but I’m at a standstill because I don’t have the financial means to pay for some courses I need to be excepted into college. I have this strong drive to go back to school for some reason and I feel stuck because of roadblocks. I ask for prayers that God will open the doors I need to be able to return to school and pursue my goal. God bless!

    • kym says:

      Maria, I pray that you will be able to go back to school to pursue your dream.
      Im praying for a job and hope that I make it through this month with paying my bills for a roof over my head for my son me as I have been seeking and hope to find something. I have my BA in criminal Justice. I worked at a jail as a detention officer until I got hurt and had to have surgery on my knee and I am just praying for something as I enjoy helping others if I can. I feel like im at a standstill in my life and I admit I dont know what to do as I pray that god will place me with a good company or organization. Prayers please

  41. Rosalia Mokoen says:

    _Thanks for the message it’s a very complex subject especially for relationship as well to know is this the right man or woman or not but your guidance is helpful in deed.

  42. Michael says:

    Can’t say how much I needed this. I’m going through a storm in everything in my life. And yes, wish I had answers right now. Thank you for the 5 steps and God bless you.

  43. Cathy West says:

    Hello,
    Thank you for your article. I needed to be
    reminded of these important steps. I do hate
    to ask for so many different prayer requests
    but these are heavy on my heart. My marriage. God’s protection and wisdom for my son Tray as he goes off to college in August . My business. Thank you again. God
    Bless you all.

  44. Carol says:

    Amen, as always I enjoy hearing an encouraging word and proven direction from the Holy Spirit. I search these sights sd well as read my daily word on my email pages looking for an answer to prayers that I have prayed in the past. Praise be to God that almost 100% of yge yime I receive those answers, especially when I am feeling hopeless and in dispair. Saints like you are helpng us to keep the faith and never give up. I am so very grateful most of all to my Lord and Savior for his saving grace and his perfect love towards us that He will not leave us alone nor by ourselves. Keep us in your prayers that we may be still and wait patiently on the Lord in all situations and trusting that all things will work together for the good of this nation and all of God’s people. God bless you and your husband and may he enlarge your territory beyond this website.

  45. pamela thompson says:

    Thank you for this page and your articles! I really needed this today. I have been sick and questioning myself about my walk with the Lord. I know that I have not been reading the Bible like I should lately. So thankly you for giving me that nudge I needed to get me back on track!

  46. Rebecca Mutesi says:

    Hi, I have loved these verses you shared they’re so good and they have given me hopes to be patient and wait on God’s promises.

  47. Shawn B says:

    My family could use some extra prayers as we are experiencing an event that has turned our world upside down. Please pray for guidance and strength as we journey through this. I am comforted by this article and it inspired me to subscribe to your blog. Thank You!

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