By   •   August 6, 2007   •   Topics: ,


How can you tell whether it's God speaking to you or the devil? Last year, I had a very strong feeling that I ought to do something, and I thought God must be telling me to do it. But it turned out to be very wrong, and now I think it must have been the devil. But how could I have known?


As you look back, what made you decide God was leading you? I don’t know the answer to that, of course, but I suspect the reason was an emotional conviction on your part—a strong feeling that this path must be right.

But our feelings and emotions can be tricky, and they can deceive us—especially if we depend on them alone for making a decision. God has given us our emotions, and they are important—but God also has given us our mental abilities, and when we face a decision, we also need to look at it carefully and logically. Part of discerning God’s will is to ask Him to help us see all sides of an issue—sometimes with help from others we trust.

Emotion and intellect aren’t enough, however. When we face a decision, we need to do it prayerfully, trusting God to lead us. We also need to do it in light of God’s Word, the Bible. God will never lead you to do something that is not in accord with the Bible—never.

The Bible says, “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” (Proverbs 3:5-6). Make sure of your commitment to Christ, and then submit every decision you face to Him. When we sincerely want God’s will above all else, He will help us know what is right.

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  1. Karen Sulak says:

    Thank you.

  2. Clyde Jones says:

    Thank you.

  3. Emilie says:

    Now if it’s God, he is telling you to do something amazing. He will always be there to help you every step of the way. If it’s God, he is saying “He/she is wrong. I’m not ugly. I’m happy for who I am.” Or “Eh. It was just a mistake and I can try again later,” like that. God is there to make you do the right thing. God loves you for who you are. The devil is wrong. God is right. God speaks through your brain by telling you you are amazing for who you are. Now boasting and thinking you are better than everyone is the devil. None is perfect or worse. Be sure to trust in the Lord. Oh, and to be honest I am not a Christian, nor am I baptized, due to my parents not being religious or baptized as well. But, I believe in the Lord. [=

  4. Emilie says:

    If your mind is telling to you to do something bad, that is the devil speaking through your brain. The devil is trying to interrupt God from speaking, and is trying to force you to do the horrible thing. The devil speaking is the one who convinces you to listen to him by barking out bad things into your brain. For example, if you make a mistake or someone says something mean to you like calling you fat or ugly, the devil tries to take full control over your brain by saying “She’s/he’s right, I am ugly. I’m so ugly.” Or “Oh my gosh, I’m so stupid, I can’t believe I just did that. I’m horrible! I’m so clumsy! Oh my gosh, I am never going to talk to him/her ever again.” The devil is evil. If you do think that, don’t listen.

  5. aicel says:

    Maybe it was god! God works in mysterious ways, maybe eventually what you did will have been a jigsaw piece for the bigger puzzle but it doesn’t quite look like it fits yet!!! 😊

  6. Erica Mitchell says:

    I have a strong desire to know the will of God for my life. Also, I want a deep relationship with God.

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