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By   •   May 12, 2011   •   Topics: ,

Q:

How do you know if God is telling you to do something, or if it's the devil? I need to make an important decision, and I think I know what God wants me to do, but I also worry that the devil might be trying to mislead me. How can I know?


A:

I have no doubt that Satan will do everything he can to lead us astray. He is a master of deception, and sometimes he’ll even try to persuade us that his voice is actually the voice of God — but it isn’t. The Apostle Paul wrote that sometimes Satan “transforms himself into an angel of light” in order to deceive us (2 Corinthians 11:14 NKJV).

But the Bible also tells us that the closer we are to Christ, the less hold the devil has on us — and the less we should be concerned about being led astray. The Bible says, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). This doesn’t mean Satan will give up or quit trying to lead us astray — but his efforts will be much less affective.

Pray earnestly about your decision, and ask God to guide you. In addition, make sure you aren’t seeking something that is wrong or selfish, but that you’ll be in a place where you can live without compromise for Christ. I often think of Jeremiah’s words of caution to his friend Baruch: “Should you then seek great things for yourself? Seek them not” (Jeremiah 45:5, emphasis added).

God has promised that when we sincerely want to do His will, then we can trust Him to guide us. The Bible says, “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:6).

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4 Comments

  1. Karen Antoine says:

    Please pray for my direction: my husband walked out on me in 2005, I have been riding a rollercoaster ever since, it seems. Family were there for me for a time, but now are tired of my struggles, and so often, I feel alone as I try to find a good job, another home, and a life, once again.

    1. Rebecca says:

      I’m going to be earnestly praying for you Karen. I am so sorry

  2. Mike says:

    A preacher I heard said that the way to discern who is speaking to us is to examine the message received and decide who it “honors”. Does it honor the flesh or satan or God. Make you decision upon who the message honors. A message from God will always fit into His plan.

    1. Diana O'Brien says:

      Oh, I don’t know who Mike is, but I think God has answered my question. I’m so sorry that I haven’t done God’s will all along, but I trust that God is speaking to me now about how to know his will and his voice in my time of trouble. What a merciful and wonderful God we serve (or rather, I will now serve until my days are done. Thank you.