Grace and peace to you.
A Word of Encouragement…
Scripture says, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). Satan is always on the lookout for believers whom he can persuade to disobey God. When we refuse to yield to his deceptive schemes, he speaks through people from our inner circle, that is, those whom we trust.
On one occasion, Jesus was speaking to his disciples and Peter took him aside and reprimanded him. However, he recognized that Satan was speaking through Peter and admonished him, “And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, ‘Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man” (Mark 8:32-33). Do you know when Satan is speaking through your loved ones? How do you respond?
When a trusted source gives you instruction that violates scripture or does not align with what God has revealed to you, he is being used by Satan. Therefore, reject the information according to the leading of the Holy Spirit. He may lead you to do one of the following: 1. Rebuke him similar to how Jesus reprimanded Peter, 2. Gently and lovingly explain how the information is contrary to scripture, 3. Tell him that you are in a close relationship with God and he has told you something different.
The information that we internalize and eventually act on is either from God or Satan. If it is from Satan, the harsh reality is that we will sin, face the consequences, and our divine purpose may be altered. As a result, it is crucial that we use the spirit of discernment in our daily interactions and reject every information that is contrary to the knowledge and wisdom of God. When we know who we are in Christ, we can confidently stand against Satan’s plans, “For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds” (2 Corinthians 10:4).