Have you ever had a thought or an urge, and you weren’t sure whether it was from God or from Satan trying to fool you? I have.
For example, I might sit down to read a good book. Then, something in the back of my mind says, “You shouldn’t be reading that. You should be reading the Bible.”
While I’m not saying in any way that reading the Bible is harmful, or that the Bible can be read too much, I am saying that the Bible can be read for the wrong reasons. Guilt and obligation aren’t good reasons to read the Bible!
I was confused for a while, and did a lot of praying. Why would Satan tell me to do something good, like reading the Bible? Well, he could be trying to make me associate Bible study with guilt and obligation. How is the Holy Spirit supposed to speak to me when I’m only reading God’s Word because I feel I have to? That gives him a difficult job, for sure!
Then, I heard someone wise explain how to tell if God or Satan is speaking to you. Typically, Satan will condemn you and turn you away from God (to yourself or something else), while God will convict you and turn you toward him. Neither one may feel good at the time, but one results in your confusion, and one results in your edification.
So, if I ever feel guilty about not reading the Bible or anything else like that, I should stop and think. Where is the desire coming from, and what will it result in?
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: – John 16:12a
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. – James 1:5
And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. – 2 Corinthians 11:14
I know I don’t have it all figured out, but I’m learning! I pray that the experiences I share with you on my blogs help you.
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