This was Sheryl and my morning conversation, today. (My wife is so wise. I am truly married to a godly woman.)
How can you tell if a story told to you is of Satan or God? Whether it’s true or not (the truth can easily be told as a lie), how can you tell if what is being told to you is of God or Satan?
Here’s the barometer:
1) If what is being told to you is accusatory it’s not of God; Satan is the accuser of the brethren (Rev 12:10).
2) If what is being told to you is defending a brother/sister, than it’s of God because God is the believer’s Defense Attorney (Roman 8:1)
It is one thing to go to your brother/sister if you believe he/she is caught-up in a sin (Gal 6:1), but to talk about them to someone else is clearly of the Devil.
Do you recall the words the Holy Spirit said about Joseph when he found out Mary was pregnant and knew it was not his. God identifies the righteous man, and in so doing, also identifies the person used of Satan. He says this: “Because Joseph her husband was a righteous manand did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly” (Matthew 1:19).
Note the behavior of the righteous compared with the unrighteous. One accuses the other defends. If someone comes to you with a story and it’s accusatory, most likely it is a gossiper’s tongue inspired by none other than Satan himself.
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