7 mistakes Christians make when trying to discover God’s plan

If you have been trying to figure out what your life’s purpose is, God has given you His Word through the Bible, to help you do so. In order to find God’s will for your life, you have to get rid of the things that are keeping you from realizing it. Here are 7 mistakes Christians make when trying to discover God’s plan for their lives.

7 mistakes Christians make when trying to discover God’s plan for their lives

1. Not asking God to reveal His will

Have you ever thought about a situation where you wondered if God was trying to tell you something, but you were too afraid to ask Him?

Have you ever had one of those thoughts that you pushed down deep into your head and hoped it would go away? Please, don’t make that mistake.

God is always willing to help you and you need to ask for His guidance. Here’s the kicker though: you have to ask for it and then trust it.

Most people who are in the process of making big life moves will look to friends or other sources and not take the time to ask God to reveal His will.

2. Not giving God time to answer

When you ask God to reveal His will, it may not happen right away. It could take years or even decades before His promises are fulfilled.

In Genesis, God promised Abraham a son.

Abraham was 99 years old and his wife, who was barren, got pregnant right away. That promise wasn’t fulfilled until another ten years!

3. They listen to other voices instead of God’s

You know that phrase “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me?” It’s not true. Words do hurt and if you’re paying attention to what you’re saying, you’ll notice that you’re actually hurting yourself.

In today’s world, people are surrounded by so many voices. We have thousands of voices that are shouting at us to listen to them. Unfortunately, many of the voices distract us from hearing God’s voice.

4. Lack the faith to take a step of faith 

It’s hard to take a step of faith. You may not see the outcome, but you know that you need to take that step. However, you are afraid of the unknown, and you are afraid of going forward not knowing what you are getting into.

The rich young ruler is a great example.

He had the faith to go to Jesus and asked Him what He needed to do to be saved. Jesus replied: give what you have. The young ruler walked away sad because he didn’t have the faith to give up what he loved the most for Jesus.

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5. They don’t trust God in every part of their life

Many people don’t trust God in every part of their life. Instead, they trust God in certain areas of their life. But if we are to follow God, then we need to trust Him in every situation.

They’re afraid to believe in God during the bad times. When they don’t see their finances prospering, they think God has abandoned them.

They’re afraid to trust Him with their children’s lives during tough times in their lives. They’re afraid that He’ll abandon them when problems arise.

Love The Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.

To love God is to trust him and obey Him.

6. They refuse to follow Jesus because they don’t think it will benefit them.

There are a lot of people that are trying to find out what God is like. These people will read what Jesus says, but they don’t think they need to follow him.

They think it will only cause them trouble and they will not be able to fulfil their own plans.

There is a lot of freedom that comes with following Jesus. Jesus said, “If you believe in me, you will do what I have been doing.” John 14:12. 

7. They don’t share the struggle with others 

When we talk about knowing God’s will, we often discuss the difficulties, the challenges and the seemingly unanswered questions.

We are supposed to trust in the Lord, but sometimes it seems as if we are being pulled in two different directions.

The worst part is that we are afraid to share our struggles because we are afraid that we will be judged. It’s time to stop hiding and start talking.

We need to understand that we are not alone in our struggles. Here are the 4 biggest mistakes that most

5 steps to Hearing God’s Voice

It’s easy to get discouraged when you don’t know if you’ve heard God. You feel like God has gone silent, but that is probably not the case. God is always speaking and listening. We are not listening or we don’t realize how God is speaking to us. Here are 5 Steps to hearing God’s voice.

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5 Steps to Hearing God’s Voice

1. Identify God’s voice

It is hard to hear a voice when you don’t know who it belongs to. The first step in hearing God’s voice is knowing what it sounds like.

In 1 Samuel 3, God was calling out to Samuel, but he didn’t recognize who it was. Once Eli told Samuel who was calling him and what to say, Samuel responded to God. “And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.”

At first, Samuel didn’t recognize God’s voice. He had to be told who was speaking to him and how to respond. One he knew, he was willing to sit and listen. 

By experience, you can learn to recognize God’s voice when He speaks and to confidently respond to what He says. 

How can we be sure what we are hearing is actually of God?

If you think God is speaking to you, ask Him to confirm so as you study and meditate on the Bible, as you’re alert to the circumstances you encounter, or as you experience the Holy Spirit’s impressions in your mind.

2. Be still before God

It is impossible to hear something when you are always hearing noise around you. When we become preoccupied with the things of the world, we can often miss God’s voice because everything else is taking up our attention. 

We live in a 24 h/day world. We have immediate access to news, updates, and entertainment at all times. When we get bored, the first thing we do is reach for our phones.

We don’t take the time and sit still before God.

The word of God encourages us to stand still in His presence. 

Psalm 37:7 Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.

Psalm 62:5-6 Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken.

Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

3. Expect that God will speak to you

We may be in an exciting time where we have access to the Bible in our home language, but that doesn’t mean that we are always hearing what God is saying to us. 

We have to expect and believe that God speaks to us. We have to make the extra effort to listen and to see what God is saying to us.

Romans 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

4. Recognize that God communicates in many forms

You may have heard that God speaks to us through the Bible and prayer, but did you know He has other ways to communicate with us? 

He talks to us through:

  • Prompts in our mind and hearts: Isaiah 30:21 And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.
  • Other people: Proverbs 19:20 Listen to counsel and accept discipline, That you may be wise the rest of your days.
  • Through our circumstances: Acts 16:6-7 Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. 7 After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them

God is always there communicating with us; we just need to pay attention.

5. Pray for a greater ability to hear God’s voice

It’s often tempting to try to do things on our own or go our own way. Through many years of following God, I’ve learned that I may not understand the road He guides me down, but He knows and I can trust Him. 

There are many things we will never understand and The Lord encourages us to come to Him and ask for wisdom. 

  • James 1:5-6  If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

If we don’t root ourselves in Christ and who He is, we won’t have an anchor and we will jump from one belief to another and won’t have any stability. 

  • Psalm 37:23-24  The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; 24 though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.

Need more help? 

I just shared with you 5 steps to hearing God’s voice. But, maybe you have already done all those things and need more help. Or, you haven’t done any and feel lost- not knowing what to do first. 

Well, I have something that can help. The Grow in Trust Course is a 3-day virtual event to help Christian women stop feeling lost and discover God’s plan for their lives so they can be free to love God and pursue His will. Click here to learn more.

3 common mistakes keeping you from discovering God’s will

The realization that your relationship with God isn’t what you want it to be can feel discouraging. You might look at your life and wonder why you’re feeling lost and why you can’t apply God’s truth to your life. Today we’re going to go over 3 mistakes keeping you from discovering God’s will for your life. 

You are at a crossroads in your life, and you want to know which direction to go or, you are trying to hear God but aren’t sure what to listen for. 

I’ve been there. We’ve all been there.

It’s a scary feeling, but know that there’s always a way to improve and start turning your spiritual life into what you want it to be.

Over and over again I see the same mistakes Christian women make when trying to follow God’s plan for their lives.

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3 mistakes keeping you from discovering God’s will

1. They listen to other voices instead of God’s 

In today’s world, people are surrounded by so many voices. We have thousands of voices that are shouting at us to listen to them. Unfortunately, many of the voices distract us from hearing God’s voice.

Taking the time to know who God is and how He speaks to us is one of the most important things you can do to help you grow in your desire to follow God. 

If you need more information, be sure to check out Stephanie Isaac’s presentation: How to Hear God’s Voice: 5 simple steps to learn how God speaks presentations!

2. Lack the faith to take a step of faith 

It’s hard to take a step of faith. You may not see the outcome, but you know you need to take that step. However, you are afraid of the unknown, and you are afraid of going forward not knowing what you are getting into. 

You need the confidence to take each step by faith. 

To help you take those steps, be sure to check out Stephanie Miller’s presentation called Living Out Your Calling Once God Has Revealed It To You. 

3. They don’t know what steps to take next 

Maybe you are a seasoned Christian, and you know how God speaks to you but you are not sure what steps you should take next. You have biblical answers but need help to apply the truth you know to your life. 

Take some time to learn what area in your life you want direction in and find a presentation that can help you grow in that area. 

Some suggestions are a presentation from Lori Armstrong called Cultivating a Joyful Heart, and Alicia Michelle’s presentation called How to Use the Bible + Brain Science to Better Manage Your Emotions. 

Choose 1 and take action

Look back at the 3 mistakes keeping you from discovering God’s will that we went over, and choose the one that is currently affecting you the most, and take action on it!

And for a lot more help with discovering God’s plan for your life, I have something that can help. The Grow in Trust Course is a 3-day virtual event to help Christian women stop feeling lost and discover God’s plan for their lives so they can be free to love God and pursue His will. Click here to learn more.

We’ve got 18 experts lined up and ready to teach you everything from discovering God’s call for your life, God’s plan for the family, hard times, and more! Click here to grab the recordings from The Grow in Trust Summit today!

 

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