While waiting on His promises, we must guard against crossing that line of testing everything (1 Thess 5:21) to verifying to the point that we are leaning on our own understanding.

Let’s take a look at how Proverbs 3:5-6 is stated in different versions.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. – NIV

Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.  – AMP

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. – NLT

Lean not, do not rely, do not depend on your own understanding.


Lean, rely, and depend on Father’s all-knowing understanding of you and His omniscient understanding of all of history and His place for you in it.

“Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?  If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! – Mt 7:9-11

Bread and Fish versus Stones and Snakes. . .

When you’re seeking to test and verify what you sense Father has spoken into your life, use the principle spoken of in Mt 7:9-11.  Father gives good gifts to His children.  We wouldn’t need to read a blog post on how to decipher the difference between bread and fish versus stones and snakes.

Step #1: Test that what you sense Father has spoken into your life is confirmed through your reading of the Word, listening to Him in prayer, your circumstances, and the counsel of other believers (read more in Discord:  Voices of Confusion)

Step #2: Verify that what you sense Father has spoken into your life falls into the category of bread and fish (wholesome, beneficial, life-giving) rather than the category of stones and snakes (harmful, destructive, not life-giving).

Step #3: Step out in faith, trusting that if you need redirection, Father will be faithful in providing you with it.

Leaning, relying, and depending on your own understanding would mean creating more steps to verify Father’s words to you, thus leaning on your own understanding which often becomes dangerous ground for delays, doubting, and disobedience.

Test, verify, and then STEP OUT IN FAITH.

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