Do not determine the will of God solely on a dream or vision
Do not trust a vision or dream alone in discerning God’s will. Visions and dreams are fickle. They can be interpreted widely.
In fact I have found that a vision or dream rarely means what you first thought it to mean. That is because we were the one experiencing it, our objectivity is limited and it takes others to point out things that might be missed by us because of our subjectivity,
But you say, “Didn’t Paul get a dream of a Macedonian man asking him to come preach the gospel?” The answer is yes, but was the decision made solely on that vision?
You will notice in Acts 16:10 that once Paul, had shared the dream, that it stopped becoming a one person thing, and it became a team thing. They sought the Lord, and they concluded that it was God’s will.
Don’t Make Assumptions
Do not assume that your way has to be God’s way. God’s will quite often will be outside our preconceived idea of how God works. He loves to prove that He is God and not limited to your box.
Example, when I came to this church one of the things the former pastor was concerned with is people who wanted to have more traditional worship music.
Now I pastor a Vineyard church, which has as a group of churches, have prided themselves in how contemporary our music is. In fact it is a Vineyard value.
But we are the only church in our town. I asked him if he had considered having 2 services. 1 contemporary and one traditional.
He looked at me like the thought had never crossed his mind.
We can sometimes miss the will of God because of our own prejudices and preconceived ideas about how God works. I remember the days that guitars and drums were called of the devil and couldn’t be God’s will. Do you?
Take your time discerning God’s will
Do not rush! Let the will of God unfold. You do not know the future but He does.
I spent 8 years waiting for God to place me back into ministry. Many times I was tempted to do it myself by starting a church. But I was determined to let God work it out.
I had the ability. I knew how to do it, because I had done it twice before, but I chose to wait.
Many times we are just like Saul in the Old Testament where he had been told by Samuel to wait until he arrived to give the offering to the Lord. Saul waited a little bit, but then thought He would help God out and gave the offering himself. And just as he was finished, who shows up? You got it! Samuel.
Saul was impatient and did not trust God to make it all work. He had to help God out a little. Do not give into the temptation of helping God out.
Have a tender heart waiting to hear from God
Finally don’t be such as stubborn donkey as I have been so many times that it takes the rod of correction to set you on the right path.
Don’t be so self-centered, self-willed, and self-directed that God has to bring trial and tribulation on your path in order to get your attention.
Do you need Balaam’s donkey to speak to you?
Or are you as the servants at the wedding of Cana, who did what Mary told them to do, which was, “Whatever He tells you to do, do it.”
Have a tender heart, willing and waiting to hear the voice of Jesus speak softly to you. Go and fill the pots with water.
Did you realize that no one at the wedding knew where the wine came from other than Jesus and the servants? I want to be one of those servants that knows where the wine comes from!
Understanding God’s Will Is About Relationship
Understanding and knowing the will of God is much more about relationship with Jesus than it is about methodology.
What I have given to you here is some tips that I have learned.
Please do not use this as some sort of checklist.
Incorporate it into your own personal relationship with Jesus.
Ponder each one and let God start showing you His only will for your life!