4 Comments on DISCERNING GOD’S CALLING

A Heartdweller recently wrote to ask:

How can I truly deny myself & yet still pursue my dreams? To let go of myself but chase the desires of my heart that is in God’s will? I want to please Father but I don’t know where Father wants me to start or how to start. I love these videos but they leave me with more questions.

This calls for discernment.  For instance, let’s say you play an instrument, and you love it, but your motive is wanting to be a star and have a following and make lots of money.  That is an impure, worldly motive which will burn in the fire of God’s judgment.

On the other hand – you love to play, you’ve honed your gift, and your heart’s desire is to lead worship.  That’s a pure desire and will be a blessing at the judgment.

Or even beyond music, your heart really burns with God’s love when you see people who have given up a comfortable life, some of them even musicians, to go to Africa and bring people to Christ. That’s an even higher desire.

And another part of you is fascinated by medicine and you’d like to be a doctor or nurse practitioner and perhaps use that gift in the mission field.

So there are three GOOD choices in your heart…things you really enjoy.  The first thing would be to check out your motives for each of these things, to see if they are pure.

The next thing would be to bring them before the Lord, lay them at His feet and ask Him to confirm which direction to take.

I had to give up photography (a professional nature photographer for 30 years)  when I became a Christian.  My attitude, when I had a camera in hand, was vain, proud and condescending.  It nurtured pride.  So, the Lord asked me to hang it up.  But then He gave me the gift of painting…and check this out, the only reason I took up photography in the first place when I was 21 was that I couldn’t paint!!!   So now He’s gone deeper and given me my real heart’s desire.

Sometimes these things are muddied up because some things are buried in your heart beneath the expectations others have for your life plan. So, you just naturally head in the direction they encourage but it isn’t really what YOU want. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would be a musician.  It wasn’t until I was 58 that God gave me that gift. It was safe to give it to me then, because I had left the world to serve Him. If I had been given that gift in my 20’s…it would have been defiled by vanity.

God puts a desire in your heart, but you should always stay detached from it.  For instance…laying those three options I mentioned down at His feet and asking Him which direction He wants you to go in.

Once you KNOW for sure then you hang onto that dream FOR DEAR LIFE because Satan will try to wrench it out of your hands, he will oppose you at every turn, and try to ruin it…but because you took the time to discern it in the first place, you are unshakable, you know the Lord is with you.  So you persevere and fight the good fight until you succeed. Hope this helps Pablo.  God bless you, dear – with very clear discernment.

Love, Clare








  1. Edita

    September 23,2017?Wahat’s going to happen?(video)and God’s timeline and the Jews(video).What do you think think about the 2 video?

  2. Ilma Coelho Bonesi

    Hi Carol
    I dont speak ingleshmy Very well
    Send for me
    Maria Divine Mercy is she a true prophet of God ?
    Is Very important for me
    Please Helpe me

  3. Sister Mercy

    I have a strong passion for counseling from my university days even till now, though I started going to secondary schools to give brief talks until God told me to counsel through His word. This drew me into deeper study and I remembered a time when I went for a personal retreat, I was praying , Lord , I want to know u more, He told me audibly in my heart, u will know me through my word. But when I picked a job, cos the job took all of my time, though attractive , I never have time for His word as usual.for seven years , I was spiritually dry, my prayer life , meditation dropped. Until God pulled me out of the job , I found another job, whose pay was quite law, but I have more time for His word. God has given may lot of inspiration in writing, music. For the music, when I was much younger in choir, there was this passion in me to minister to lives through music. Not just entertaining, cos what I was seeing then looks more like entertaining, not able to penetrate the heart of those we minister to, I know God , from that instance heard my inner cry answered me and took it as a sees. Today He gave me inspiration to write and sing some songs which I believe will bless and uplift many. Though am still working on them. I am still working, I know a time will come when I will be set apart to full time ministering for God. God brought me into this channel to really teach me some important things. I have really been blessed immensely through you. You are always my prayers. Thank you so much. Pls can u please assist me with your email and phone number. So eager to communicate with u. Thanks.


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