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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. 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…

  2. 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!

  3. Elle says:

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

  4. 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

  5. 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…..