How can I know I really am hearing God… will the doubt ever go away?
Someone asked a great question about doubt and it got me thinking about how to deal with doubt and knowing that you really are hearing from God in your journal.
For example today I woke up with questions about my business and what I am to do about a couple of clients. If I don’t continue to prove my value to them they don’t have a reason to keep paying me.
So how do I do this?
Naturally I think of praying and journaling about it, and expecting an answer to come during this time. Then doubt creeps in and says, “what if it doesn’t work this time?”.
What I do is go to The Word. All I have to do is start revisiting the stories of King David, Moses, Abraham, etc, to remember that it worked for them. I can move over to the New Testament and read about what worked for the disciples in the Gospels.
It really does work, it always has and it always will. We just have to remember that and step out in faith. If that was not so then James 1:5 would not have been written:
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
In my opinion when doubt tries to come in, that is proof that it will take faith to get it done. So I’m on the right track, now time to plug in my faith!
What about hearing?
How can I know that I’m really hearing from God and is not my own imagination?
I think one of the best ways to deal with doubt in journaling is keep pushing through. Because once you do you will see a pattern of answers and solutions that keep coming in your journal.
And when you hear the other witnesses (Bible and preaching) confirm what you’re writing it is very reassuring to know that you’re on the right track.
I have had this happen numerous times where a particular preacher on TV that I listen to will be preaching about something that I was journaling about months beforehand.
Which confirms to me that he and I are hearing from the same God, and we are hearing the same word. That is a good thing!