The two kinds of spirit; God vs Satan

Hello everyone, and thank you for coming back to the Blessed Blog! It is Monday again and we are all facing a new week full of hope and God's grace. 

Today, I wanted to briefly speak about something that I used to first question at the start of my journey to finding God. 

How do I know when I am being prompted by God, or deceived by Satan?

At the face of it, it may seem like a spiritual question that is really hard to answer- at least that is what I used to think. Until God sent an explanation my way through my Bible teachers. 

It is incredibly crucial to recognise when Satan comes whispering. We all have an inner spiritual world, which is unfortunately under attack by the enemy. Constant attempts to misguide followers of Christ by deceiving and causing havoc with our inner peace. 

The Bible does make inferences that Satan is absolutely capable of influencing this inner conversation that happens in our heads. (Matthew 4:1-10, Acts 5:3, 1 Thessalonians 2:18)

These whispers that I am referring to are very subtle, and I can guarantee we all know what I am talking about. The enemy is very cunning and can present himself in the disguise of the voice of truth- but really all he whispers are lies and lies and lies. 

When Satan attempts to speak to us, just know that his main objective is to harm us. This can be through so many different things but just to list a few; discouragement, temptation, frustration or depression. With all of these, the goal is to diminish the believer's faith and hope in God. It's objective is it cripple our spiritual vitality, and prevent us from obeying God. 

This is why it is incredibly important to be able to discern which spirit is prompting and whispering.

I am not trying to imply that every bad thought is Satan and every good thought is God- it is a little bit more complex than that, but with time and as your relationship with God grows, discerning the voice becomes easier and easier.

It is like having a best friend. If someone told you your best friend was talking bad about you, you wouldn't want to believe it. Why? Because you know the friend deeply, and you know that they wouldn't do that. 

The voice of our enemy comes with messages like; "You are alone!" or "There is no hope!" or "Give up!". They all have a cowardly pattern of trying to instil fear, panic and disobedience in the believer's life.

We must not fall for these silly tricks.

It is very clear that the voice of the beloved Holy Spirit is different- where the goal of the enemy is to destroy, the goal of God is to uplift, encourage and strengthen. 

He speaks messages to lift you up, motivate you and bring you joy. But it is also important to realise that our God is righteous. The Holy Spirit may not always speak messages that make us feel all nice and warm.

Why?

Because we sin, and that is when the voice of God will bring discipline, correction and obedience. 

But if this is the case then how can I know what judgement is from God and what judgement is from Satan?

This I learned is rather simple; Satan brings judgement and condemnation; God comes with conviction and a way forward.

It is not always how the voice sounds but rather what the voice says. The more you know our Father, the easier it will be to discern His ways in the midst of the enemies' attempts to sway us. 

Anything that leads to obeying and being with God is from God, anything that leads to us away from God is most certainly not from God. 

If you feel like you need someone to pray with you or for you, please drop me a comment below and I will get back to speak to you asap. Alternatively, you can message me directly on Instagram @allblessingsshop

 Are you bored of Netflix? Do you want to see the Holy Spirit in action? Fancy something inspiring to watch?

Check out the inspiring testimony of the amazing Dr Nabeel Qureshi. He shares his journey from Islam to Christianity, and followed on to be an Oxford educated apologetics scholar. Sadly, Dr Qureshi has since passed away in 2017, but he certainly continues to inspire many followers of Christ to this day.

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 *important note- always make sure you go back to the original source which is the Word of God to confirm that what you are reading is true. This goes for anything you hear or read about God. You need to always go back and make sure for yourself. To make things easier for you below are links to the relevant chapters in the Bible from this article.

 

All Blessings,

Michael

 

Matthew 4:1-10

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test. Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour.  “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.

 Acts 5:3 "Then Peter said, "Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept yourself some of the money your received for the land?"
 Thessalonians 2:18 "For we wanted to come to you- certainly I, Paul, did, again- but Satan blocked our way."
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