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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57 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!!

  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

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