When Did God Tell You to do That?

Then fourteen years later I went back to Jerusalem again, this time with Barnabas; and Titus came along, too. 2 I went there because God revealed to me that I should go. -Galatians 2:1-2

I was in a Q and A session with Keith Moore, and my friend and I asked him how he stays fresh spiritually while on the road preaching all the time. He said, “I don’t do anything the Lord didn’t tell me to do.”

“If You want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.”

He went on to say that when he meets with Pastors who are “burning out or don’t have peace” he tells them to make a list of everything they’re doing in their lives at that time. Then go down the list and ask themselves, “Ok, when did God speak to my heart to do that?” He said if you can’t figure out a specific time when you KNOW God told you to do that, you should quit doing it.

If you know me, you know that I love setting goals, making bucket lists, life plans, etc. But what I’m realizing with all of those is that they’re mostly my plans for my life.

Psalm 127:1 says, “Except the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it“. I heard someone say they were going to write a book called, “How to miss God and be Miserable!” While that’s funny, it’s so true.

If you’re doing a bunch of things God never told you to do, I promise, you’ll be miserable and you’ll never get the results you’re looking for.

If you’re lacking peace in your life and are miserable more than you’re joyful, you should ask yourself the question, “What am I doing and When did God tell me to do that?”

Then comes the hard part… actually obeying God and quit doing the things He never told you to do. But that’s another blog post for another day.



5 Responses

  1. Just as a note, Keep in mind that Psalm 127 isn't so much a psalm of actions we take that are ordained by God, but a realization that everything we do is filled with vanity and selfishness unless we are believers and followers of God. That is one of the many psalms that explicitly outlines our wickedness and depravity without God. While I agree with you that we should always live out our lives according to the Will of God, remember that the Bible itself is what speaks to us. That is the final and written word of God. That's how God communicates to His people. That's how we know how to run our lives. The book is there. That's our manual. That does in no way limit God's ability to communicate to believers, but rather it makes a strong case for having no excuse in not obeying his law.

  2. Michel!

    Hope everything is going well bro!

    I agree with you the Word of God is what speaks to us and is our manual. The Word of God is the general will of God for every believer. Things like not drinking to get drunk, not having sex before you're married, putting God first in everyday life, etc.

    However, what you won't find out in the Bible is the specific will of God for your life – such as – where to work, who to marry, etc. (the specific will of God) – that's where we need to be led from God. That is what I'm referring to in the post. Sometimes we do things and go places, God never told us to go, we don't have a peace about it, and we do it anyway, and end up miserable!

    So all I'm trying to say is make sure you're being led by God, and His peace, and you can't go wrong!

    Hope this clarifies!

    You're awesome man! Looking forward to connecting again!


    1. Thanks Bubba. Psalm 127 is one of my favorite psalms, along with Psalm 1. They're such a clear guide to understanding that no one is righteous without God. Hope to talk to you soon.

  3. Bub I figured out how to view your blogs haha. I am not to sure if I will be able to know if you comment back on this though. Well I really like this post, mainly because it is so true! Thanks for the reassurance and willingness to obey God by relaying this message to your viewers! It was apperciated!

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