Day in and day out, many thoughts come into our mind. And sometimes we entertain the wrong thoughts while other times, we let the most important, life giving thoughts go in one ear and out the other.
A key thing to remember, is that there are some things that God will never say to you. And on the contrary, there are somethings that Satan will never say to you.
God has given us the gift to discern His voice and the words that He speaks to us. But too often, we go around in doubt about whether it’s God speaking to us or Satan speaking to us.
When God speaks to you, it will always line up with what His Word says about you. It’s usually a thought that leads you to do what is right. A thought that builds you up. It’s often times a thought that will encourage you in bad times.
On the other hand, when Satan speaks to you it’s a thought that tempts you to go against what God’s Word says about you. It can be a thought to tempt you into sin. Or it can be a thought full of guilt, condemnation, and accusation.
In Matthew 12:22-37 is a familiar text that indirectly sheds light on how to determine whether God is speaking and working with us. In this text, Jesus heals a demon-possessed man. And the Pharisees said, “no wonder he can cast out demons. He gets his power from Satan, the prince of demons.” But Jesus replies and basically illustrates that a kingdom can’t stand if it’s divided from within. In other words, Satan’s kingdom can’t stand, if Satan is casting out Satan. His own kingdom will not survive.
Another illustration would be, if the Lakers’ own, Kobe Bryant, makes a great turn around in the fourth quarter. And as he goes in for the point, Derek Fisher, who is on the same team, comes and purposely blocks Kobe’s shot. If this happens the Lakers would not stand. They would be divided from within.
In the same way, Satan wouldn’t tell you something that’s uplifting. Satan wouldn’t tell you that you’re blessed going in and you’re blessed coming out. Satan wouldn’t tell you that you’re more than a conqueror. Satan wouldn’t tell you that you’re the head and not the tail. Satan wouldn’t tell you that you can do all things through Christ which strengthens you. Satan wouldn’t tell you, such as Luke 10:19 says, that “God has given you authority over all the power of the enemy, to walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them.”
Satan wouldn’t tell you that all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord, and are called according to his purpose in Christ Jesus. Satan wouldn’t tell you that the peace that surpasses all understanding will come to guard your heart and mind through Christ Jesus. Satan wouldn’t say, “Now unto Him (God) who is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all you may ask or think according to the power that works in you.” He wouldn’t tell you such things because it tears down his own camp. Only God would tell you these things because they line up with the Word of God.
Remember, Jesus came to destroy the work of the devil. He would never tell you anything that is not life giving, is not uplifting, or doesn’t promote a future full of hope. Jesus came that you might have life and have it in abundance. When He speaks to you, it’s Words that are full of life, love and hope.
When you think thoughts that don’t line up with God’s word, rebuke them immediately. Don’t entertain them. Only entertain and obey the thoughts that lift you up in Christ. When you do so, you will see more of God’s favor and blessings as you charge forth on your journey of life!
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