Has anyone ever tried to give you advice from God?
We all need people in our lives to encourage us with Scripture and build us up in our faith. Yet, we need to be cautious when receiving advice from others who proceed their sentence with “God told me to tell you….”
Especially when we are seeking counsel or direction in an area that seems unclear.
Here is a litmus test when you want to know if advice is really from God or from someone who just means well. When you sense God is speaking to you through someone else, you must ask yourself these four questions:
1. Does the advice contradict anything in God’s Word? Someone who says “God just wants you to be happy right now” or “God helps those who help themselves” is not quoting Scripture, but speaking out of sentiment. Search God’s Word and you’ll find He talks more of our suffering for eternal good, than wanting to make us happy. He also helps those who admit they can’t help themselves. Check the advice against Scripture.
2. Does the advice bring peace to your heart and mind? God’s instructions are not going to bring anxiety or fear, but an assurance that He is with you every step of the way. However, feeling peaceful about something doesn’t necessarily indicate the advice is from God, either. Sometimes we want something so badly we are convinced we’ll be at peace if we make a certain decision. But God’s peace is an assurance, in spite of the odds, and before you actually see where you’re heading.
3. Is the advice within the nature of God? God will not tell you to marry someone if that person is already married. Nor will He tell you to date or marry an unbeliever (Scripture says we are not to be bound together with unbelievers — 2 Corinthians 6:14). God also will not suggest anything that causes you to break a promise or act in a way that doesn’t reflect the fruits of the spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control (Gal. 5:22-23). Would Jesus do the same thing you’re being advised to do?
4. Can the advice be affirmed by godly people? In Matthew 18:19, Jesus said: “where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” It is His confirmation that in instances of judgment, He works within the frame work of two or three witnesses. But I have seen God confirm things two or three times when it comes to godly advice as well. The key here…don’t rush in. Wait and give God a chance to confirm something to you through others.
Does this help when it comes to knowing whether or not something is from God? Let me know…