There are times when we think the Lord has spoken and has told us to do something or not to do something. There are passages in scripture that talk about discernment. We are to discern where that voice is coming from. Is it the Lord, the enemy, is a spiritual battle taking place and I’m on the battle field, or is it coming from my soul? (I really want to do this!) If we think it’s truly the Lord, we’re to seek confirmation from others through prayer. We don’t have to do this on every decision we make. Because of the trust I have in the Lord and my relationship with Him I seek the Lord’s will on most things.
I have before me another opportunity for a book signing event. My pen has written the books, the Lord has guided me through all the editing, title choices, production processes and events thereafter. He has met all of my needs in doing whatever He calls me to do. Now I have an invitation to speak and sign my books, but for some un-known reason I hesitate to reply to that invitation. It’s as though my spirit is wrestling with the devil.
I haven’t done that before in the case of accepting an invitation to sign books. I’m wondering why now? This could be an event where I sell several books. It could be an event that raises much needed funds for the ministry so why am I not jumping at the opportunity? I’m not sure, but my spirit is not settled. I reach for the key board to send a reply, yet hesitate. At this point I’m not sure this is what the Lord wants me to do. Why? I don’t know.
Without the peace that the Lord gives I will not respond to the invitation until I have prayed, asked another to pray with me, and have had some kind of confirmation from the Lord, through prayer, that He wants me to partake in this particular event or that He does not want me to participate. As long as there seems to be discord within me I will hold off on my reply.
Throughout my walk with the Lord Jesus He has confirmed those things that He has called me to do; sell your home and go where I tell you to go, sell the stock on this particular day for the benefit will be higher, buy this house-not that one, pick up your pen, and the list could go on for miles. If our spirit, which is within us, is unsettled do not take that step until much prayer and confirmation has taken place. The Lord will give us the peace, “beyond all understanding” when it is He who has called us to do something or He wills us to do whatever is before us. Yes, at times we are to step out in faith, but not when our spirit is in a state of upheaval.
Trust in the Lord your God and He will give you the peace to take that step forward. Until He gives you confirmation, or His peace flows through you, do nothing. I’m waiting for that peace.
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let your heart not be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27
Added note: I’ve prayed with another, gotten confirmation as to the Lord’s will, and will be partaking in this event. The lack of peace I felt was due to spiritual warfare. God, through His Son, won again. Praise be to He who is the Mighty One!
Author Sue Cass- “Dawn’s Light” – “Pursuit” – “Laying Down my Net-A Walk of Faith” – “Sacrifices of a Saint” – “Seek My Face.”
Blessings to you and I welcome your comments. 🙂
Thank you Sue. I was going through a similar thing…not having peace for a decision. I prayed, asked others to pray and sought confirmation. It was nice to read and think on the way you worded what I just went through. 🙂
I’m glad it helped. His timing is always right.
An important lesson, Sue. ❤
Thank you, Anna.