We’ve learned a lot recently about struggling where God has us and not fighting when He moves us to a new place. Perhaps the most commonly asked question in response to this topic is, “How do I know if I’m where the Lord wants me to be?” While much has been written on this subject, for the next few days, I’m going to attempt to simplify the answer and give you three practical ways to make this determination. First of all, when considering your current position and whether or not the Holy Spirit is prompting you to move elsewhere, it’s important to have a Biblical mind. Years ago, I read the book Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, and it was a very enjoyable and well-written work. However, since it’s a story about anarchy and fighting, in the days after I finished it, I found myself walking around with a rather bourgeoisie mentality. Even though it was not typical of me, I started feeling angry at institutions and contentious toward pretty much anyone in my path. Since the story had gotten “under my skin,” I took on a “fight club” mindset that began to affect my behavior. Though this was not a positive thing, it parallels the truth that we are deeply impacted by what we meditate on. This is why the Bible, when it becomes our primary focus and guidebook for life, will transform our actions and determine the direction we take. More than just another written work, the Word of God has supernatural power, and when we sing about it, say it, and focus as much attention on it as possible, it imbues our being and brings our attitudes and thoughts into alignment with the heart of our Savior. When making important decisions, having a Biblical mind enables us to discern a “check” in our spirit and to follow the Lord’s leading in confidence and full assurance of faith.
My friend, the pages of Scripture paint a clear picture of the Lord’s heart and offer divine insight into how to best build your life. In His faithfulness, your Heavenly Father has provided a guidebook by which to determine the course of your existence and thousands of promises to enable you to navigate unknown territory. If you’re unsure of your next step and feel as if the Holy Spirit may be prompting you to change, remember that living His best begins when you meditate on the pages of His Book. You are built up and empowered by His precepts, and the more time you spend with His teachings, the more clearly you can discern His truth, stay in step with His Spirit, and remain in the center of His will.