This is not the first time the people of God have wrestled with emotions and discerning God’s will.
- Consolation – feelings of peace, joy, contentment, serenity. These feel “good.”
- Desolation – feelings of anger, depression, discouragement, inner turmoil. We don’t like these; they feel “bad.”
Your inner feelings might be the Spirit of God speaking … or not. And that’s the confusing part. You need to sort your heart out.
- Prayerfully reflect
“Listening” to your heart. Here is a simple but very helpful way to discern by .
I have found combining this prayer guide with my journaling to be very helpful to bring my head and my heart together. We must analyze these feelings with prayer. God shapes us with our joys and sorrows. We need to pay attention to what we are sensing in our spirit, and what these feelings indicate.
- Consult with trusted advisers
- a Scriptural foundation
- brotherly conversations