Ever have a strong impression you need to do something or not do something?
The kind of deal where you KNOW you need, say, to stick around the house that day…or NOT go somewhere…or TAKE a job in a certain town, GO into the ministry, WAIT to get married, AVOID that particular person…and you either think it’s God’s will for that situation or you review what God’s will would be.
This leads up to figuring out what God’s will might be or is (or is NOT) in a given situation. Do you go with the impression or do you brush it off?
Some Christians believe that impressions are important, that they need to be perhaps filtered through Scripture but essentially heeded: God spoke through dreams in the Bible, why not impressions…especially when there the Bible doesn’t speak specifically to things like “should I buy three shirts from Macy’s or four shirts from Kohl’s?”
What about you?
Or the camp that believes everything God wants us to do is listed in Scripture, and He gives us great freedom to choose in areas that the Bible doesn’t specifically or indirectly speak to? (scroll to page 3)
I….I’m both/and on this issue.
God definitely lays out His will in His Word. And some impressions are like feelings…it’s your fear talking, the conspiracy in your mind talking, that two-day-old pizza you grabbed out of the fridge talking 🙂
But remember, the Spirit hasn’t stopped working in our day…and I believe He still speaks to us not just in general but in the day-to-day. The trick is in determining His voice from the other voices in our heads, and sometimes that is hard to figure out.
What do you say?