How to Know it’s God

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”.

James 4:7

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:

Luke 12:32

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.

Hebrews 11:6

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.

Ephesians 6:10-11

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.

  • April Austin February 18, 2010, 11:37 AM

    Very nice article, Robert.. the greatest experience I had when leaving my church was exactly this- fear. My greatest fear was that I was somehow making a mistake and I would lose my salvation. I had been taught that this group was the only right way and outside of it I was “lost” (unlikely to be in heaven). Then I had a really wonderful experience… I did a study on “fear” in the Bible and found that one of the things Jesus said the most to his disciples was, Fear not!! The church I belonged to is very rooted in fear- fear of others, fear of the world, fear of satan… the focus is on that instead of on trust in God. So continuing with my experience, I did this study and then I came across the passage where Peter is walking on the water to Jesus. I had this instant flash of recognizing myself being in that very position – except mine was purely spiritual, not physical. I realized that I was stepping out into the unknown (leaving the church) and was taking steps, but then became afraid by all the commotion around me (what others were saying to me/my own fear.. etc) and then I felt as if I were sinking. But then I realized Jesus was right there in front of me.. holding out His hand to me to catch me. He would not let me sink with fear. He was there to catch me. This scripture was very special to me. God wants us to trust in Him.. He will be there for us- He is faithful!

  • Robert February 19, 2010, 2:43 AM

    April,

    That is so awesome!

    There really is nothing (no thing) to fear. Now to live that way.

    And so we are.

    Robert

  • Dillon March 3, 2010, 4:49 PM

    Just wanted you all to know that I love you guys/gals and that our Jesus will never leave us. The past 6 yrs of my life have been plagued much doubt in regards to my own salvation, oftentimes quite agonizing. But I’m realizing that it is in the valley’s of our lives and even our minds that our faith grows. I’m not advocating that doubt is a good thing because only faith can please our God, but it seems that the tough stuff of life really are opportunities to grow closer to Jesus and our Daddy! Even in my struggles my faith is growing, and more and more through the Holy Spirit I am seeing myself in Christ, by His sacrifice and mercy alone, not anything I have done or could do! I’m human and want things in my time lol, but it doesn’t work that way.

    -Dillon

  • Fergus June 8, 2011, 12:17 PM

    Hi I have been asking this question.

    Are we taught to Fear the Devil or God?

    Me, I don’t believe in studying the bible cause I know where studying can lead to (Doubt) but I do my very best to learn. I came across your website in search of comments in my question. If I may quote 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.”

    You took my thoughts right out of my head. So great article look for word to chatting with you about DOUBT :) Thx again God Bless

  • Robert June 8, 2011, 11:01 PM

    Fergus,

    I think we’re taught to fear God and the Devil. In fact, we’re taught to fear pretty much everything!

    Jesus said “Fear Not”. Yet we’re so busy teaching ourselves to fear… It’s insanity.

    Let’s not talk about doubt – if you don’t mind. :-)

    Instead we can focus on what we are sure of. I think that will serve us much better.

    Doubt and thinking about doubt is a form of fear. We don’t need it.

    Blessings,

    Robert

  • Fergus June 13, 2011, 12:50 PM

    Thx I needed to hear that. I agree we don’t need that Doubt in GOD’s BIBLE.

    I have alot of questions that I have been asking the wrong people. They all tried to explain to me but they always only gave me 1 verse @ a time. Then one day I believe the Lord gave me his verse Palms 46:10 Be Still and Know That I am God. Now I seek my answer in the bible. I talk to my pastors about it. They tried to give me a single verse answer again and I tell them to hold on we will have to read the whole chapter to get the whole context of it. I have been only a believer for 5years. So that is why I have a lot of questions. Thx again for listening.

    GOD BLESS

  • Robert June 13, 2011, 8:15 PM

    Fergus,

    I preached a very fundamental Christianity for nearly 10 years and more questions came from that experience than you’d believe!

    Questions are good – and lead us onward if we seek the answers.

    I really believe that you can find all the answers within you – as you become still and find God.

    That’s the point of this website – and of course I throw in my 2 cents and experience to encourage you and others to brave the path!

    Blessings,

    Robert

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