Think Biblically

I was on my way to work one morning and I opened the Truth Endures podcast channel on my iPhone. I clicked on a sermon titled, Spirituality and the Mind by Voddie Baucham.  By the title, I was not exactly sure what the sermon was going to be about.  As I continued the listen, the main idea of the podcast was about finding God’s will.  I was immediately hooked on listening because I deeply desire to do God’s will for my life. Truth is I have spent enough time not being bothered about His will for my life, which has brought me to many terrible situations.  However, I was not expecting at all to hear what he was about to say.

One of the key points of his sermon were you do not find God’s will by “feeling peace” about a situation.  I hear this all the time Christians making decisions because they feel peace about it. Shoot! I have said that myself fairly recently. 

Baucham explains the problem is God’s will is not equal to finding peace about a situation.  In fact, there are many things in God’s will that you will not find peace about. Instead, it will scare you to death.  For example, God may lead you to share the gospel with women on your college campus or job who have boldly proclaimed their hatred towards Christians and Christianity.  I can guarantee you will not feel peace about approaching them to share the gospel.  Your nerves would be on edge! 

Another point he made was many Christians turn to God to show them signs so that they know which way to go.  Just like the kid graduating high school and trying to decide which college to go to. He has two offers on the table. Baylor or SMU? Lord give me a sign he prays. Next day he is in walmart drops his phone and once he picked it up, he looks up and sees the person behind him has on a Baylor Alumni t-shirt. Lord thank you for the sign he says to himself. This type of story is one we hear all the time. 

The last point point of his sermon I will touch on is the whole just follow your heart idea.  Please do not follow you heart.  Scripture says, The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9.  Do not follow your heart just guard it.

Lastly Baucham drives home his sermon by saying. This “feeling peace” and seeing the signs type of method to finding God’s will is not Biblical but is a pagan idea.  Pagans believe in finding your inner peace or seeking out fortunetellers to tell you the future so you can make sure you are “taking the right path.” [what scripture says about these practices] My thoughts are we have all heard of this before and shake our heads in shame.  However, we are kinda doing the same exact thing just sprinkling a little Jesus on it and calling it God’s will.  Baucham pointed out we have to stop asking God to direct our path by dropping spiritual breadcrumbs.  

So how are you to find God’s will? According, to Voddie Baucham it's  by thinking Biblically.  Want to know which way to go? Want to know what decision to make?  Open your Bible.  Pray Biblically and think Biblically.  Baucham says the problem is no one wants to do that.  That is not exciting and it does not make for a good story. When your friend asks why you made the decision you made you’ve got to be prepared to blow their mind with all the signs and wonders in which God revealed his will to you right? WRONG!

Baucham highlights scripture that says, we are called to be set apart (Romans 12:2).  We cannot do things as the world does.  

Many of you probably did not even know you were following these pagan ideas.  I didn't think I was but this is all the more why we have to be intentional about guarding our hearts (Proverbs 4:23) and renewing our minds (Colossians 3:5). I'm going to close by saying feeling peace or not feeling peace, seeing signs or not seeing signs at the end of the day we should be praying and diving into scripture to use it to help guide and direct our paths.

What are your thoughts?

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  1. Good post! Thank you for sharing your heart and your faith Tierraney :)

  2. Thanks for sharing this...
    And I agree that knowing God's will be "peace" has been misinterpreted. The kind of peace God gives isn't one that necessarily arises from us being cool with what's happening...its being kept in perfect peace even in situations that do not necessarily conform to our own will because we trust in God and trust in His will for us.(Isaiah 26:3)

    And christians still do throw out fleeces(signs) like Gideon did in the Bible and it may work for some still but that doesn't take away the place of the Spirit of truth who Jesus has given to us.
    You really want to find out God's will? Then seek Him, seek Him in the word, seek Him in prayers and keep still for the Holy Spirit to reveal to you all He hears from God..John 14:26, John 16:13-15.

    And colossians 4:12, Epaphras laboured IN PRAYER for the people to stand perfect and complete in all the will of God for their lives.
    The place of the Holy Spirit and prayers cannot be erased from knowing about what God wills for us.

    1. Thanks for taking time to share Frances! I would say you have some valid points an I encourage you to search & listen to the Voddie Baucham sermon for yourself (:


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