How can you know that your plans are from God? Many people agonize over this question, not wanting to go the wrong way or inadvertently disobey God. Others presume they are in God’s will just because things are fine and don’t stop to wonder if their lifestyle choices are God-honoring. Joey Bonifacio helps us understand how to gauge our choices and ensure we are doing what God has called us to do.
- The way to know that your plans are from God is to plan God’s plan for our lives! But how can you know what that means?
- First: is the plan righteous? Is there anything about the plan that is contrary to God’s word? God loves righteousness and desires us to live righteously. When planning, seek God’s righteousness. Proverbs 15:9 (NASB) says, “The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but He loves one who pursues righteousness.” If you are seeking to honor God from the get-go, you are already on the right track.
- Second: is it peaceful? When you create a plan, check your heart to ensure you have a sense of peace. If you are overly anxious and unsettled, you may not be in God’s will. In John 14:27 Jesus says, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” To have peace of mind and heart is the ultimate gift of abiding in Jesus and walking with him in a way that pleases him.
- Third: is there joy? Does the plan produce joy in yourself and in the hearts of people around you? Are you excited, energized, and ready to follow God? If not, slow down. When we ask things in Jesus’s name (meaning when we ask according to his will for his purposes, not for every possible thing we might desire) we will have abundant joy. John 16:24 says, “Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.”
- Fourth: is there agreement? Do the Christians around you agree that your plan is from God? Or are the mature voices of other believers in your life cautioning you against a course of action? If many godly people around you are wary of your plan, step back and get some perspective. Proverbs 15:22 says, “Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success,” and Matthew 18:20 says, “For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.”
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- How do you typically go about deciding if your plans are of God? Explain.
- Have you ever had a plan that evidently was not of God? Share as you are comfortable.
- Have you ever had a plan that was definitely within God’s will? Explain how you knew and what the outcome was.
- Is there something going on in your life right now where you really need God’s wisdom to make the right decision? What applications from this topic will help you in making that decision?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.