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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. Emily Parker says:

    Please pray I discern God’s will in this situation. I need to make sure I’m hearing God correctly because it’s a big life decision.

  2. Jimmie Billingsley says:

    I like that about God’s will.

  3. Manie says:

    When the task seems impossible and you have to trust God to get through it and it takes faith and trust, it is very likely God that speaks to you. Also, when the timing is God’s time and not yours: “He who has faith is patient.” When something looks impossible, yet you know that God give you peace about it, it is normally from God. Even if you doubt, but you spend time in prayer and after that give of yourself to be obedient, it is from God. God is graceful and would even use your mistakes for the better. God never condemns, but convicts. If you are sinful, but you repent and turn away from sin, God will help you. God use people who are willing to be used. The devil would like to sow despair, unbelief and give no inner peace.

  4. Jacqueline Dawkins says:

    I’ve been asking our Father to help me.

  5. Andrew Hoyt says:

    I believe God wants me to be a pastor but I can’t read that well. I want to learn more about the Bible.

  6. Walter William Taylor says:

    This might help you ask God thru Jesus Christ and ask Him to lead you to the man Jesus Christ wants you to have ok

  7. steve pollack says:

    A person gave me a prophetic word from God and I do not think it was indeed a word from God. I told the person who says she has gift of prophecy and she became very angry with me and told me I was undermining her faith.

  8. Sheryl Brown says:

    Your Will GOD. I want What You Want. Your Decisions Not Mine, Not The World, Not The devil AMEN.

  9. Ron says:

    Thank you for this article very helpful.amazing ministry your doing for the lord.

  10. Amaya says:

    I just got out of a relationship a month ago and I have been single ever since then, he left me without a very good explanation and just acted like I never even existed to him. Now whenever I talk to guys they seem to lose interest ever since I started praying, and talking to God, I don’t know what god is trying to tell me, I’m frustrated but I still as if there is still hope. What does this mean?

    1. Bob says:

      I’m in the same situation, what is helping me is to surrender to our Lord. Hope this helps.

    2. Andrua says:

      It just means those guys you talking to are weak men and will eventually hurt you as well, place your heart in God’s hands and He will place it in the right man’s hands just have faith

    3. shakur adams says:

      Well it means that God is telling you that he has someone better than the men you are talking to. He knows what he’s doing trust me.

    4. eme says:

      I was in the same situation but keep praying and telling God that u will wait and you won’t leave and even though life is hard right now that you trust in time he will give u your answer and trust me I know its hard siting around letting God fix this and feeling like its out of your hands but God will give u an answer in due time but never leave him continue to pray and ask for help and say u will wait for an answer and it will come I promise I will pray for u