5 Tips to Hear God for Big Decisions

Sooner or later, you’ll have to make your move.

Do you go this way or that way? Do you take this path or the other?

There are decisions that mark a new season of your life and choices that lead to exciting adventures or new experiences.

After nearly 30 years of training people to hear God’s voice, I discovered a few tips that remove frustration from the decision-making process. Here are five of them!

1. Try not to focus only on the negative.

Having a decision to make is a good thing! But if your focus is centered around how difficult the decision is, it can be hard for you to see the positive. Shift your focus to thinking about the good that is possible.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15 NIV

2. Expect God to speak to you.

God wants to speak to you … but you need to expect Him to! Yes, He even wants to tell you what He thinks concerning the decision that you need to make. When you ask God to speak to you—with the expectation that He will—you begin to hear God more clearly and effectively than ever before.

‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ Jeremiah 33:3 NIV

3. Ask yourself which decision gives you peace.

It is possible for God to answer these types of prayers: “God, if it is Your desire for me to do this, then make this happen …” But God wants us to become mature in our decision-making. Eventually God may not answer one of these prayers, and you will need to rely on other means to determine His will.

I have found that since the Holy Spirit is within us, we can now know God’s will by the amount of peace we have. God’s will always comes with His peace. Peace is the best fleece!

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27 NIV

4. Be sure to get confirmation in more than one way.

If you have a major decision to make, be sure to get confirmation in several forms. Also, the greater the risk or cost of the decision, the more you will want to hear God clearly with peace. The bigger the decision, the more confirmation you will need.

5. Remember that fear is not from God.

If you are afraid of getting stuck or making a mistake, that fear is coming from the enemy. You can break through this fear and enter into God’s perfect love!

I hope these tips helped you narrow down some options in your decision-making process. If you need more confirmation so you can have peace, I invite you to join me for my new online workshop: Discern God’s Voice: How to Know You’re Hearing Accurately! You’ll clear the fog over your ability to hear God in your daily life so you can make those decisions you know you need to make!

Keep your eyes and ears open! God is speaking all the time.

Blessings,

Doug Addison

DougAddison.com

Doug Addison is the founder and president of InLight Connection. Doug is a prophetic speaker, author and coach. He is known for his Daily Prophetic Words, Spirit Connection webcast, podcast and blog. He and his wife Linda live in Los Angeles, California where they are impacting the arts, entertainment and media industries.

    • Joanne
    • September 9, 2020
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    Your Daily prophetic word is such a blessing and am able to share with other family members whom are blessed also. Thankyou for your ministry.

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • September 9, 2020
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      Awesome! I am glad you are enjoying Doug’s words!

    • joanne daley
    • September 5, 2020
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    Thankyou ,for your ministry and word of the day, very encouraging. Bless you.

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • September 9, 2020
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      Bless you Joanne!

    • Pamela Blunt
    • August 14, 2020
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    I appreciate your wise advice, Pastor Doug.
    THANK YOU.

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • August 14, 2020
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      Bless you Pamela!

    • Cheryl A McDaniel
    • August 13, 2020
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    thank you for the helpful tips…many times i live in a fog, not understanding why, but I do, even though I hear prophetically on a daily basis during my study time with The Lord. But on a personal level, I struggle to be productive, but I usually stop and ask myself the question; “what decision do I feel peace in, and what direction brings peace to my emotions”, which helps me in many cases. But I have never thought about thinking on the positive thoughts to help me make decisions about a subject, it’s always been the bigger picture of fear. In other words, looking at the mountain and seeing that it is too much to take on.

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • August 14, 2020
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      I am glad you enjoyed it Cheryl! God bless you!

    • Susan Thomas
    • August 13, 2020
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    I asked God aloud today to show me how to make a decision in a certain area of my life that, when being fully transparent, I feel I ran ahead of His lead and was trying to make the decision on my own. I know He hears me and have a wonderful relationship with Him yet I was delightfully surprised to see this article come into my email box this evening. The 5 tips shared in this article are a true answer to todays prayer.

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • August 14, 2020
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      Haha I love that Susan! God hears your prayers!!

    • Ellen
    • August 13, 2020
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    Thank you, Doug, for the daily Word, and the encouragement of your insights!

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • August 14, 2020
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      Bless you Ellen!

    • Betti Fernandez
    • August 13, 2020
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    Thks you. I have a couple of ASAP decisions to make. And I need to know what to do after I have more free time.

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • August 14, 2020
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      Agreeing with you to hear God clearly and to have the wisdom and revelation you need.

    • Kim
    • August 13, 2020
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    Thanks, Doug! This was a great confirmation for me, as the Lord has shifted me into something new, in a new location. Praying blessing and peace over you and Linda, and the InLight team!

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • August 14, 2020
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      Thank you Kim! Bless you!!

    • Linky
    • August 13, 2020
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    Thank you my Lord this is helpful for me be blessed

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • August 14, 2020
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      Woohoo! Bless you Linky!

    • Winnie Kyokunda Buziro
    • August 13, 2020
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    This is awesome. Thank you, Doug for your spirit-filled posts. I always enjoy reading you stuff.

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • August 14, 2020
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      Woohoo! Bless you!!

    • Marlene
    • August 13, 2020
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    Thank you, Doug, for this sight. God bless

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • August 14, 2020
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      Bless you Marlene!

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