Finding God’s Will

Discernment “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; for many false prophets have gone out into this world.” John 4:1

In the Lord’s Prayer, we pray “thy will be done.”  In the context of making a decision or taking action, how can I discover God’s will?  We yearn for divine guidance, especially when voices within us seem to conflict. How do we tell the difference between self-deception and God’s leading? The aim of discernment is to enhance one’s participation in the work of God, for the glory of God and the healing of the world. There is no method that guarantees how the Spirit will be discerned because the Holy Spirit can’t be captured in a formula. But we can learn ways to practice discernment that help counter self-deception and heighten the possibility that God’s Spirit can be known. “Our decisions and our search for guidance take place in the active presence of a God who intimately cares about our life situations and who invites us to participate in the divine activities of healing and transformation.” Frank Rogers, Jr. Ignatius of Loyola offered a model of discernment that Christians have found useful through the centuries.  To read more about this model and other suggestions for practicing discernment, click here.

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