Recently, I was having a conversation with a person who was conflicted about whether or not he should go on a foreign mission trip. He had the time off, the trip was paid for, and he really wanted to go. What was holding him up, however, was deciding whether the desire to go was from God, or if it was his own selfish ambition or a temptation from Satan.
We searched the Scripture together and came to the conclusion that Satan doesn’t call people to missions to spread the Gospel. In fact, Satan’s modus operandi is often to blind people to the truth of the Gospel and try to stop those who go (2 Corinthians 4:4-6).
There are many times, though, when Satan is very tricky and uses Scripture (see Matthew 4) or well-meaning people to cause confusion. So, here are 7 things you can be sure are from God, not bad advice, or a trick of the devil.
7 Things Satan Will Never Tell You
1. You should go on a mission trip. God desires for us to go and make disciples of all nations and to be witnesses everywhere. Can you go? Then go.
2. You should pray more. The desire to pray more is not from the enemy. God desires active communication with you. Satan desires silence and shame before God.
3. Trust and obey God’s Word. God’s Word is alive and active. I don’t think anyone has ever been at fault because they trusted God’s Word too much.
4. You should talk to your friend/pastor about that. The worst thing that you could possibly do with a struggle, sin, or confusion is to keep it to yourself and not share it with someone who deeply loves Jesus. God uses the church community to help guide you into a deeper relationship with Him. Satan is not the one convicting you to share your struggle with another believer.
5. Forgive them. Matthew 6:14-15 says, “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” The life of a Christ-follower is marked with forgiveness.
6. Share the gospel with this person. Satan doesn’t prompt you to share the gospel. Is sharing the truth with others going to be awkward at times? Yes. Will you always be received well? No. Still, the desire to share the gospel is from God.
7. Jesus is the only way. Whether you’re facing difficult trials in life, rejoicing in victories and successes, or answering the question of how to have a relationship with God, the only hope and help is Jesus Christ. Keep your eyes on Him in everything.