Divine Guidance
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George Mueller's way of discerning God's voice:

  1. I seek at the beginning to get my heart into such a state that it has no will of its own in regard to a given matter.  Nine-tenths of the trouble with people generally is here.  Nine-tenths of the difficulties are overcome when our hearts are ready to do the knowledge of what His will is.

  2. Having done this, I do not leave the result to feeling or simple impression.  If I did so, I make myself liable to great delusions.

  3. I seek the Will of the Spirit of God through, or in connection with, the Word of God.  The Spirit and the Word must be combined.  If I look to the Spirit alone without the Word, I lay myself open to great delusions, also.  If the Holy Ghost guides us at all, He will do it according to the Scriptures and never contrary to them.

  4. Next I take into account providential circumstances.  These often plainly indicate God's will in connection with His Word and Spirit.

  5. I ask God in prayer to reveal His will to me aright.

  6. Thus, (1) through prayer to God, (2) the study of the Word, and (3) reflection, I come to a deliberate judgment according to the best of my ability and knowledge, and if my mind is thus at peace, and continues so after two or three more petitions, I proceed accordingly.

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