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{June 9, 2008}   Chapter 3 “The Nod of God”

This chapter really hit home.

Is it God’s will or your own?  Basically the question this chapter covers.  How do you really know.  Pastor Franklin uses his own story to relate the message.  A very good, funny, and meaningful read.

We are faced with decisions in life. All types of decisions. In our careers, our education, our family, our friends, our life, our romances, and even as simple as coloring our hair. 

If you are born with brunette and want to color your hair blonde, do you ask God first or do you just change your color at will?  Yes, God will love you either way, but I bet if you take the step in asking him first you will find that he would rather you be pleased with whom he has created.  God created you in the womb and if he wanted you to have blonde hair, he would have given you blonde hair.  Being happy with yourself is a definite must.

Anyway, if there is a stirring in your spirit about a task, a person, a place, or a job stop to listen.  Allow God to lead the way.  If you are like me, you might find a certain amount of excitement in some cases and want to run out and make things happen.  Sometimes what God calls us to do is NOT so exciting and takes courage; we tend to sit back and procrastinate.  Either way we find ourselves battling with removing ourselves from the equation of "Control".  In this chapter it speaks about whether we are racing ahead of God or following his lead.  If you find yourself trying to force a situation or push things along, only disappoint follows and discouragement.  Sit back. Chill out.  Wait.  He will take you by the hand and lead you.

"For I hold you by your right hand — I, the Lord your God.  And I say to you, ‘Don’t be afraid.  I am here to help you.’" Isaiah 41:13 NLT

God wants to be involved in your everyday life, in all aspects of it.  Will you allow him? 

That means letting go.  Let go of the control.  I am telling myself this too.  My personal life has been turned upside down.  I find myself in new territory, but one thing I know with out a doubt is GOD must be in control.  I find I have peace when I don’t try to make things happen.  I have had to learn this the hard way.  It would be easy for you if you can learn this by simply understanding it when you read this and take me for my word, but most of you will not.  You will have to endure your own trials and learn things for yourself.  As we all do from time to time.  I prefer to read about mistakes in history whether in the world or in another person’s life and not make those mistakes myself.  In some cases this is possible. 🙂

Anyway, if you find yourself in a situation that you feel you are pushing along.  Step back.  Ask God if this is really His will for you.  Then wait for him to respond.  If it is then he can take what you have done is haste and use it to continue his will.  If it is not his will, he will guide you in another direction.  He will not move as fast as we want him to, but he always comes through. 

In some cases, he moves faster then we can and if we slow down, we will miss out on the blessings he has for us.  I know.  I know, you are thinking, "How do I know?", this takes years of being in a relationship with him.  Allowing his spirit to walk with you and guide you.

So wait for the "Nod of God", the nod of approval.

How to develop the ability to hear and discern God’s voice:

1) Inner Convictions

2) Scriptural Confirmation

3) Prophetic Confirmation

4) Godly Counsel

5) Circumstances

6) The Peace of God

7) Provision

I must get ready for work now, but I will try to cover these 7 things in my next blog. 🙂


Edie says:

I think is is so important to acknowledge God when making decisions especially important decisions. I learned my lesson on that with that board member situation that you know about. I think that was a decision that I made without really checking with God. And you know the outcome of me having to resign. I definetly did not feel led at the time to do that. Yeah, I think it was more of my will to do that than God\’s.

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