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Acting on What You Hear - Practical Steps, Part 4

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Acting on His will

If you feel peace about what you’ve heard, then there is only one course of action. Obey! Do not allow yourself to feel doubt. After his advice to ask God for wisdom, James says, “But when [you] ask, [you] must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.” (James 1:6-8)

What do you do if you think you haven’t heard or if action is required while you are still waiting? We suggest this is dependent of how important the issue is. If action can safely be put off, then be patient. If not, consider continuing in the same direction until you hear. If that isn’t appropriate to the situation, then step out in faith, telling God that lacking a specific direction from Him, you are going to do “such and such.” Believe that He has equipped you for such a time as this, placing you in this position of authority. Believe that you are led by the Holy Spirit. The book of Esther suggests that His people are prepared and positioned, even though God is never mentioned throughout the book. Carefully watch for God’s hand in the course of the decision playing out and be ready to change direction if needed, but do not second-guess your decision without a clear word from the Lord.

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