Life is full of decisions!  We all have questions about truth and fantasy.  Sometimes we may ask am I hearing God or am I hearing my own inner voice?  Sometimes we may wonder, am I hearing the crafty words of Satan pretending to be the voice of God? It can be a challenge distinguishing our own ideas from God’s leading.

What if our thoughts are coming from the enemy of our soul? How would we know if we were the target of Luciferic manipulation?  The short answer is that the devil messes with your mind!  He plays you like the fiddle in that old country song, “The devil went down to Georgia” seeking for a soul to steal.  How does Satan attempt to wreak havoc in your life?  His strategies are very deceptive and often amazingly enticing.  He attempts to disturb our mind with ugly thoughts, lies and barbaric images of our worthlessness and inept abilities to live a godly life.  He seeks to divert attention from what is genuinely wholesome and beautiful as he creates a facade of amusement and entertainment aimed directly at where we are most vulnerable.  The devil loves to separate and divide individuals, couples, families, churches, communities and nations. His modus operandi is to deceive and keep individuals from coming to Christ as a savior and Lord AND to perpetually bombard the saints with mental, emotional and spiritual overload.  He wants to crush the saints and keep them from having an effective witness.  His desire is to spin confusion and tomfoolery for a lifetime of perpetual ineffectiveness in a person’s life.  BEWARE! 

God communicates through the Bible, His inspired Word, preserved through the centuries. It is through the Word that we see and experience the truth of what God wants us to know.  For example, (John 17:17), and the Word is the light for our path (Psalm 119:105). God can also guide us through circumstances (2 Corinthians 2:12), the promptings of the Spirit (Galatians 5:16), and godly mentors providing wise counsel (Proverbs 12:15).

Here are some good questions to ask as we examine whether or not we are hearing God: Are the promptings confusing or vague? God is not the author of confusion; He brings peace (1 Corinthians 14:33). Do the thoughts go against God’s Word? God will not contradict Himself. Will following these promptings lead to sin?

It’s often good to seek guidance from a Christian friend, family member, or pastor (Proverbs 15:22).   God does not want us to fail. The more we listen to God, the better we will be at distinguishing His voice from the noises in our heads.  Did Satan visit your church this past week?   Jesus is the Good Shepherd!  Who are you listening to today and how’s that working for you?

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