Had I Known: Discerning The Voice Of God Or Satan

In the journey of faith, believers often face moments of uncertainty when it comes to discerning the voice of God from the voice of Satan. The spiritual battle between good and evil is constant, and the enemy’s deceptive tactics make it crucial for Christians to be equipped with wisdom and discernment. As Christians, we need to pray for the grace to distinguish between the voice of God and the voice of Satan and how to navigate this complex spiritual terrain. Understanding Divine Communication is essential in every Christian journey. Before diving into the nuances of discerning between God’s voice and Satan’s voice, it is essential to comprehend how God communicates with His people. The Bible serves as our primary guide, containing God’s revelations, principles, commandments, and wisdom.

By immersing ourselves in Scripture, we cultivate a solid foundation for discernment. God’s voice can be recognised by its alignment with His character. It embodies truth, love, peace, and righteousness. Understanding His Word and nature enables us to test any voice we hear, comparing it to the divine attributes. Satan, the father of lies, uses deception and tactics to deceive and manipulate believers away from God’s will. His voice often contradicts biblical truth and promotes values contrary to Scripture. Recognising Satan’s methods of deception is critical in discerning his voice from that of God.

Prayer, the Holy Spirit’s guidance, and spending time in God’s presence are vital for developing spiritual discernment. As we nurture our relationship with God, we become more attuned to His voice, making it easier to differentiate it from the enemy’s. The Bible instructs believers to test the spirits to ensure they are from God (1 John 4:1). By comparing the voice, we hear with Scripture’s teachings, seeking wise counsel, and relying on the Holy Spirit’s guidance, we can ensure that our discernment is aligned with God’s will.

Reflecting on past experiences can provide valuable insights into recognising God’s voice and learning from any mistakes made while discerning spiritual guidance. God’s grace covers our shortcomings, and it is through humility and a willingness to grow that we continue to hone our ability to discern His voice from Satan’s.

Since we are human and prone to error, we must seek God’s wisdom in all areas of our lives. Through heartfelt prayer, the study of Scripture, and fellowship with mature believers, we can gain insights and guidance that assist us in distinguishing between the voice of God and the voice of Satan.


Discerning the voice of God from the voice of Satan is an ongoing process that requires a deep relationship with God, a thorough understanding of His Word, and an open heart to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. As we grow in wisdom and discernment, we are repositioned and better equipped to navigate life’s challenges, avoiding Satan’s deceptions and consistently hearing God’s voice leading us towards His perfect will for our lives.

Written by Dennis Quaicoe (Axim Area / PENSA-Pentecost University)

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