Listening to God is one of the most important things you can do as a son/daughter of a good Father. The Bible says, “See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking” [Hebrews 12:25]. And, “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking” [James 1:5 NLT].

Following are 12 questions to consider when implementing the Traffic Light Principle, Inquiring of the Lord (I.O.T.L.), Listening to God—and making decisions.

 

  1. Have you prayed about what you are considering? [Philippians 4:6; 2 Corinthians 10:5]
  2. Is what you are considering consistent with the principles in the Bible? [1 Corinthians 2:25; James 1:5 NIV]
  3. Is what you are considering affirmed by other godly people? [Proverbs 11:14]
  4. Will what you are considering bring glory to God? [Colossians 3:17]
  5. Will what you are considering positively impact God’s kingdom? [Matthew 6:33]
  6. How does what you are considering relate to God’s will for your life? [1 Thessalonians 5:16–18]
  7. Do you have peace about what you are considering? [Philippians 4:7 ESV]
  8. Do you have unity with your spouse [both have green lights]? [Genesis 1–2]
  9. Will what you are considering cost you something? [Luke 18:29–30]
  10. Does what you are considering agree with your life calling and mission? [Ephesians 4:1 ESV; 2 Timothy 1:9]
  11. Does what you are considering come from a pure heart? [1 Samuel 16:7; Luke 6:45]
  12. Does what you are considering come from a place of love? [Matthew 22:37–40]