How do I know it’s God and not the enemy?
This is a huge question – and has a lot of fear behind it.
We’re taught to fear the devil at an early age – actually we’re taught to fear a lot of stuff at an early age. What we’re usually not taught is to trust God and have absolute faith in God.
Did you know that the devil can’t interrupt your time with God?
Resist the devil and he will flee from you – this scripture is quoted often and it’s good – there’s more to the verse however, and that’s the “How”.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (KJV)
The devil has no influence over a person who submits themselves to God.
Do you believe this?
Let me ask a question: Do you have more faith in the power of satan to get you than you have in the power of God to keep and protect you?
A few years ago when I was just learning to trust God and communicate with Him (I’m still learning by the way) I began to notice how often the ministers in our church would preach about satan and his tricks, deceptions, power, etc.
And I began to wonder… Do these people have more faith in satan’s power than they have in God’s power?
It certainly seemed so.
If you’re living in fear that the devil is going to get you – you have way to much faith in satan’s power – and you’ve not submitted yourself completely to God.
The amount of fear you’re living with is a good indicator. Remember the words of Jesus:
Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. (KJV)
There’s another scripture that comes to mind here:
I John 4:18
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. (KJV)
If you have a moment I highly suggest that you pick up your Bible and read that scripture and the surrounding verses to get the context.
Fear has no place in the heart of a believer. Do I still experience fear? Absolutely. It’s something that we will all face from time to time. At the same time we need not be living in fear and when we are faced with fear we know what to do – renew our confidence in God.
Recognize fear for what it is: The faith in the power of satan to destroy you.
Recommit yourself to God and faith in His infinite power to keep you.
You may wish to say to God “I believe in your infinite power to keep and protect me from all of satan’s attempts to get me.”
Use your own words and create your own personal statement of faith in God’s amazing power to keep you safe and secure in His hands!
So now back to the question: How do I know it’s God and not the enemy?
Once you’ve submitted yourself to God and you ask God to speak to you, and you are spoken to – be it in your thoughts, through another person or whatever, it’s God.
You simply have to believe that. If you cannot have the faith that God – and only God will answer you when you call – then you aren’t ready to try to communicate with God – you don’t believe in Him yet.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (KJV)
This is another scripture that I’m taking out of context. I again encourage you to go read the entire chapter.
So how do you know it’s God and not the enemy? Pray to God and ask God to speak and to keep you from hearing the enemy. Then pray and ask in faith.
I’m aware that I’m making this seems very simple – but it is. I too went through this struggle of wondering if God was giving me the answers or if they were coming from another source.
I had people tell me – my own parents in fact – “The devil answers prayers too”. My response was and still is: “I don’t pray to the devil.”
You must have faith my friends. Without it you have no relationship with God.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (KJV)
Once again go read the entire chapter – we have nothing to fear.