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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?

Are you in the camp that believes that impressions are to be paid attention to, and that is one method in which God speaks to His people?

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 πŸ™‚

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?

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  1. TonyP.
    July 27, 2010 at 10:26 am

    I’m a both/and as well, Brian. The part for me that is the hardest in it all is patience. If He takes to long to answer, or answers contrary to my thoughts on a direction, I am more inclined to write it off as spiritual “indigestion”. πŸ˜€

  2. July 27, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Tony, thanks! While I’m referring more to when He speaks (or you think He’s speaking) to you, not hearing Him at all can be frustrating…and a whole ‘nutha discussion on its own.

    Still, when He speaks, because we’re human, we can brush it off in any number of ways.

  3. July 27, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Both/and. But, it’s hard to tell sometimes. OK, a lot of the time. Sometimes, I just go with the best decision I can come up with and pray an awful lot!

  4. BrianD
    July 27, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Good advice, Catherine!

  5. Another Voice
    July 27, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    What would be the difference beween an ‘impression’ and the leading of the Spirit (for anyone who sees a difference). How would we know?

    Now, of course that does not mean that every impression is the supernatural speaking of God to us via the Spirit.

    And of course, no impression violates Scripture – if it is from the Lord.

  6. Na'amah
    July 27, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    AV “And of course, no impression violates Scripture – if it is from the Lord.” ah, a very important note!

    for me, too many life experiences where that ‘impression’ has a somewhat different ‘quality’ to it… and when i’ve not heeded it Oy! Vey! the 20/20 hindsight is darn painful

  7. Captain Kevin
    July 28, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Rich Little, Frank Gorshin and Fred Travalena gave great impressions! πŸ™‚

  8. BrianD
    July 28, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Dude, that’s going way back…

  9. Captain Kevin
    July 29, 2010 at 1:15 am

    That’s cuz I’M going way back!

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