There’s a little flaw in that theological standpoint. Do we assume that the devil never gives good things? If we’re to recognize the devil only by his works, then we’re faced with a big problem because the devil also gives things that appear as good things. Do we also assume that God never sends trials? Trials never appear as good things. Trials are different from temptations. Temptations are meant to make you fall, not to make you stand. Trials are meant to make you stronger. And yes, trials do come from God. He doesn’t tempt us, but He tests us. So, works is a poor way to sufficiently differentiate between God and the devil.
If we judge simply by sight, we’ll never be able to adequately tell when the devil acts. A lot of folks have mistaken attacks from the devil as tests from God. So, we see believers struggling with certain habits and saying that it’s their thorn in flesh. People take the experience of Paul out of context and make excuses for their struggles. We must learn to differentiate between God’s acts and the devil’s. We must learn to know when Jesus is in the boat and when He’s not. I find this as a very important part of our walk.
While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
Job 1:16 [KJV]
The servant of Job knew that God sent lightning. He knew that it was part of His many capabilities. But at that moment, he mistook the lightning as God’s fire. He saw what he had been taught to believe as fire from God. There was no way that he would have imagined that the fire hadn’t been from God. The truth, however, had been that the fire had been orchestrated by the devil. Oh yes, the devil also dresses like God!
How many times have men who were full of the Spirit mistaken the fire from the devil as though it was from God. Jesus had even said, “Fake messiahs and lying preachers are going to pop up everywhere. Their impressive credentials and dazzling performances will pull the wool over the eyes of even those who ought to know better.” [Matt. 24:24, MSG]
We’re certain of two things. The first is that false men will surface (and they will look exactly like the real guys). Their works will look like the real thing even. Secondly, note that Jesus didn’t say that these guys might come. He said that they would come. Here again we see the believer faced with the task of knowing who is God’s and who is not. As in our day, when we have so many ministries, the believer is faced with the serious task of discerning who’s right and who’s not.
How will you know when the devil dresses like God? How do you define a move of God? How many times has God left and His children still announced His Presence? How exactly will one know when He’s in the room? These are tough questions for many. And I believe that tough questions need answers. Enough of people being our god. Every believer can know who is God’s man and who’s not. A lot don’t just know how to.
All answers can be easily answered using Scriptures. All, not some. God is not One who confuses His people. No, He’s not. He’s a Father that wants His children to understand Him.
Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.
Jer. 9:23-24 [KJV]
I hope to go on a journey on this blog and share how we can answer some of these questions. Thanks for stopping by. Expect more in the weeks to come. Remain blessed!
© Eleazar Maduka