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How can I tell if God is telling me to do something, or if it's the devil? I'm facing a major decision, and I think I know what God wants me to do, but sometimes I wonder if it's the devil trying to lead me astray.


One of the Bible’s most comforting truths is that God wants to guide us. He loves us, and He knows what is best for us—and because of this, He wants to show us His will. The Bible says, “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:6).

But you’re right: Sometimes the devil also tries to guide us, and we have to be careful we don’t follow him instead of God when we need to make a decision. How can you keep this from happening, and be sure God is guiding you? Let me suggest three steps:

First, make sure of your relationship with Jesus Christ. Have you confessed your sins to Him and asked Him to come into your life as your Lord and Savior? If you haven’t done this, or if you are unsure of your salvation, turn by faith to Him and ask Him to come into your life today.

Then pray and ask God to guide you in this decision. Often, we want to tell God what we want Him to do—but ask Him to help you guard against this, and to seek His will instead of your own. We must be willing to do His will, whatever it is.

In addition, search His Word, the Bible, for guidance; God never guides us to do anything that is contrary to His Word. Seek also the advice of people who can help you—people who know God and have spiritual discernment. When we truly seek God’s will in this way, He has promised to guide us.

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  1. Jason Gildersleeve says:

    Today, I myself had an experience with God. It was one that confirmed all belief in Him and His power. Miracles are more real than anyone can ever imagine. I am only fifteen and I have been shown that God is with me. I was talking with a friend of mine, a girl from the UK, and she wasn’t of faith. But I knew, for some nagging reason, that I needed to let her know of Him. And while I was talking with her, I felt God come inside me. Literally inside me. Kind of like riding a comet through Heaven, but in the most relaxing of ways. And I knew that He had shown me that this was the right thing to do. She didn’t say anything specifically, but she started to seem like she wanted that belief and that she was feeling that belief. It was a blessing.

  2. Harvey Evison says:

    How can I know for sure that it is God telling me what to do or go and do this. I am praying that the Lord will for me or show me and asking His will be done. I am reading the Bible also for him to show me his will.Amen.

  3. Bob says:

    10 years ago God waned me to do something but I didn’t know what you need me to do. Then I didn’t know what you need me to do. I sometimes have a hard time dealing with it. I’m just a regular guy. Then in 2008 I was diagnosed with a grade 3 brain tumor. I’m fully recovered.. Duke University did a story about me. People from all across the country called because either they were or a family member were diagnosed with a brain tumor.. God blessed me help people and calm their fears. I was told by Dr.’s I may not able speak and In the day’s proceedings my surgery, I wondered what my last word might be. It was “Thy Will Be Done..” In God’s time you’ll know His plan. Have Faith.

    1. Ana says:

      Praise God for your story! I’m glad to hear that God used something terrible for good. He is amazing and merciful. It’s hard when you are going through something to see the positive in it till it’s over. Your story brings hope to people and family that are going through something similar. God’s will is perfect a lot of times we don’t understand it but in heaven I’m sure God will explain.

  4. Jeff says:

    I am lost. At the end of my rope. The last 3 years have been a struggle at every turn. I cannot even list all the poor decisions I have made. I’ve lost almost everything except my family. But I thank our Lord for the blessings we share. I pray now that God show me the way. I cannot go on without him. The only thing keeping me alive is my Lord and Savior. And my family. Suicide is a selfish sin and I know the devil puts those thoughts in my head. Gods wii be done!

    1. Anotherguy says:

      You ain’t the only one brother. Stay strong.

  5. Marla Noble says:

    My husband and I would love to adopt from Ukraine. This has been heavy on our hearts from months. My fear is flying so far away, and what is happening over in Ukraine. Also, scared of starting an adoption agency and not have enough money to finish. In my heart I feel the lord is telling me to go and adopt a child from Ukraine. I feel fear is stopping me from following my path in life. How do I overcome this fear. And how do I know for sure it is from the lord. Or is it just my loving heart for these children and all children. Please help me with my worries…

    1. Matt Clark says:

      I don’t have any answers for you, but I can pray about this situation for you.

  6. mark says:

    I’m so bless because God use this media as instrument to guide His people like me… so allow me Lord Father to pray people and management in this site to lead them use their circumstances in life to become a blessings to others…prosper them with Your exceeding glory and protect them in any pain and troubles everyday…AMEN!

  7. Elle says:

    I’m so glad that I just read this! You’re ministry is amazing! God bless you!:)

  8. Michael Lee says:

    I pray every nite to know hat it is the Lord speaking to me about what to do and not to do but I am so confused and believe it or not have been in church all my life and I am 65 years old HOW CAN I KNOW??? AND BE SURE

    1. Sabrina says:

      seekseek Him and His kingdom and you will find him you will know for sure you do this by reading the Bible everyday it is there you will see

  9. Navdeep kakkar says:

    I want to be close to god and do what god wants me to do but it is very hard sometime.

    1. Alma says:

      Thank you for your inspirational and encouraging words. I know God is real, his alive, and promised to return. I can not wait…..