When God reveals something to you, it is exciting. The God of the universe just spoke to you! The same God that spoke to Moses and David and the Apostle Paul has just revealed something to you. Wow! It is an incredible honor to have God reveal something to you.
But after you have heard God, then what do you do with it? What do you do with what God has spoken to you?
Here are 4 things to do when God reveals something to you:
- Pray About What God is Revealing
- Confirm What God is Revealing with the Written Word
- Believe What God Has Revealed
- Act On What God Has Revealed
Let’s look at these 4 steps and break down how to actually do them.
1. Pray About What God is Revealing
When God reveals something to you, it’s not always clear what you are supposed to do with that information. You need wisdom to know why He is showing you this and what you are supposed to do with it. God is more than willing to give you this wisdom you need.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5 NIV
Wisdom will give you the understanding that you need to know if what God revealed to you is something for yourself or maybe for someone else. Are you supposed to share it or keep it in your heart? Are you supposed to act on it now or is this something for the future?
Praying about what God has revealed to you will answer these questions. Praying about it will also allow God to further explain what He’s revealing. Sometimes God reveals something, and we get so excited that we stop listening to the rest of what He has to say! I know I have done this. Taking some time to pray about it will allow Him to communicate any more details that are necessary.
Wait on the Lord: be encouraged, and He will strengthen your heart, wait, I say, on the Lord (Psalms 27:14)
Many mistakes can be made from acting too quickly on what you think God is revealing. Satan, people, and your flesh will put pressure on you to act now, or you will miss God. But God is not in a hurry. He will give you plenty of time to know His will and then even more time to confirm it.
2. Confirm What God is Revealing with the Written Word
God will never reveal something to you that is in disagreement with His written Word. The only true written Word of God is the Bible. God and His Word are one. They are always in agreement. They always have been and always will be.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1 NKJV
If you ask the Lord to confirm what you think He is revealing to you in the Word, He will gladly do it for you. Sometimes the verses will come to mind immediately or sometimes He will confirm what He’s saying during your time in the Bible. Verses will pop out at you that are the exact same as what He’s revealing to you by His Spirit.
If you can’t confirm what you think God is saying to you in the Bible, I would recommend pausing until you can. So many people get off track and bring destruction into their lives because of something they “heard” and thought was God. Remember that Satan himself can transform into an angel of light.
And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:14 NKJV
Confirming things in the Word will keep you from being deceived. Sometimes voices that we hear can seem like God, but they are not. The enemy uses our pride to cause us to listen to voices that are not really God.
Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18 NKJV
I can’t tell you how important this step is. Many cults and false religions have been started because someone believed God was revealing something to them but it was not in agreement with the Bible. Many people lives have gotten off track. Many tragedies could have been avoided by simply confirming things in the Word.
3. Believe What God is Saying
Once you have prayed about what God is revealing to you and allowed Him to confirm it in the Word, it’s time to put the questioning, reasoning and doubting aside! You must believe what God has told you. You have to believe that God revealed this to you.
Thoughts of doubt will come. Did you really hear God? Is that really what God said? Maybe that was just your own imagination. This is exactly how Satan tempted Eve to not believe what God said.
Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” Genesis 3:1 NKJV
The enemy will always try to make you question and doubt the Word of God. Refuse these thoughts! If God has spoken something to you, that is the end of the discussion. Let God be true and every contrary voice a liar.
…Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar… Romans 3:4 NKJV
Just because God reveals something to you, it doesn’t mean you will automatically believe it. You have to mix your faith with what God says. There will never come a point in your life when you won’t need faith. It’s just how God operates.
For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. Hebrews 4:2 NKJV
Sometimes what God says doesn’t make logical sense, or even seem possible. Many times God will instruct you to do something that seems completely impossible, but God is the God of the impossible. Don’t try to reason everything with your brain. Sometimes you just need to believe!
When God told Mary that she would have a son without having sexual relations with a man, it was completely impossible in the natural! Her mind probably couldn’t make sense of it. But even what God revealed to Mary could be confirmed in the Word. There were prophecies in the Scriptures about the virgin birth that likely came to Mary’s heart and confirmed what God was revealing to her.
4. Act On What God Has Revealed
Faith is what pleases God, and a big part of faith is action.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6 KJV
But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? James 2:20 NKJV
If you really believe that God has revealed something to you, you will act on it.
For example, if you really believe that God has told you that He has healed you, you have confirmed it in the Word (1 Peter 2:24), then you will begin to act healed.
If you believe that God has told you that you are forgiven, you have confirmed it in the Word (1 John 1:9), then you will act like you are completely forgiven.
Acting on what God has revealed to you is how you will see the fruit of it come to pass in your life. It is a critical step.
There are situations where God has revealed something to you about the future, and it’s not time to fully act on it yet. For example, there was a time when God told me I would be moving to a new state. After praying about it, I knew that it would be in about a year and half. I didn’t pick up and move right away. I waited on God’s timing. However, I went out and bought snow boots because I knew that within a couple years, I would need them in my new location. I acted on what God was telling me. I didn’t get ahead of His plans, but I began making provisions for the move that I knew was coming.
When God reveals something to you, it’s always going to work out for your good. You can trust that what He reveals is truth and can be trusted.
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