I have seen this comparison quite frequently, but the more I see this the more my heart aches for those who have never heard the voice of God. It makes me wonder if the only voice they have ever heard is the one on the right, would they even be able to recognize the one on the left?
And even if you have heard God’s voice, Satan is constantly trying to deceive you and convince you otherwise. It’s always been this way, think back to the Garden of Eden, when he slyly convinced Eve to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 3:1-7). We need to always remember Satan is a thief and he only has one agenda … to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10) no matter the cause or consequence.
Sadly enough Satan’s voice is getting louder and louder through all the turmoil and hurt that is around us. And we must not only recognize his voice, but understand that the fight we are in is in no way with flesh and blood, but of the spirit of evil (Ephesians 6:12)! Which is why we need to be able to recognize Satan’s voice and not be fooled by what it is saying.
Whether you need help recognizing the difference or just need to be reminded, here’s some information that can help you discern the difference.
STILLS vs. RUSHES
stills: deep silence and calm
rushes: move with urgent haste
LEADS vs. PUSHES
leads: show the way to a destination by going in front of or beside
pushes: demand persistently; compel or urge to do something
REASSURES vs. FRIGHTENS
reassures: say or do something to remove the doubts and fears
frightens: make afraid or anxious; paralyzed through fear
ENLIGHTENS vs. CONFUSES
enlightens: shed light on, give greater knowledge and understanding
confuses: makes something more complex or not easily understood
ENCOURAGES vs. DISCOURAGES
encourages: give support, confidence, or hope
discourages: causes loss of confidence; holds you back, tears you down
COMFORTS vs. WORRIES
comforts: console; ease the grief or distress
worries: consume with anxiety; allows the mind to dwell on difficulty or trouble
CALMS vs. OBSESSES
calms: make tranquil and quiet; soothe
obsesses: preoccupy or fill the mind continually and to a troubling extent
CONVICTS vs. CONDEMNS
convicts: exposes sin and provides forgiveness and correction
condemns: express complete disapproval of
So the next time you are feeling rushed, pushed, frightened, confused, discouraged, worried, obsessed, or condemned, remember you do not have to listen to that voice! And instead you can call upon the power of the Lord, our Heavenly Father, to still, lead, reassure, enlighten, encourage, comfort, calm, or convict you.