Questions and Answers

6. How can I discern if it is from God?

We need to be able to discern the differences between the kingdom of God, which is good and the kingdom of Satan, which is a kingdom of lies and deceit. Most things have a spiritual component and whenever we consider anything, we should first examine its content and if possible, what the original source or motivation driving it is. Secondly we need to examine the fruit and the results that it will eventually have in our life. Let us look at the following table, as this will help us to understand the differences between the two spiritual kingdoms.

  KINGDOM OF GOD KINGDOM OF SATAN
  CONTENT & MOTIVATION CONTENT & MOTIVATION
1 ACCEPTS TESTING DOES NOT LIKE TO BE TESTED
2 COMFORTING FEARFUL
3 CONFORMS TO GOD'S NATURE VIOLATES GOD'S NATURE
4 CONFORMS TO SCRIPTURE USES SCRIPTURE OUT OF CONTEXT
5 DEMONSTRATES HUMILITY APPEALS TO EGO
6 INSTRUCTIVE CONFUSING
7 IT IS HONEST DECEITFUL AND DISHONEST
8 FREEING MANIPULATIVE
9 NON-SECRETIVE SECRETIVE
10 POSITIVE NEGATIVE
11 UP BUILDING DESTRUCTIVE
  FRUIT & RESULT FRUIT & RESULT
1 ALLOWS GRACEFUL ACCEPTANCE BRINGS CONDEMNATION
2 BRINGS CONVICTION BRINGS DOUBT
3 BRINGS FREEDOM BRINGS BONDAGE
4 BRINGS ENLIGHTENMENT BRINGS CONFUSION
5 EMPOWERS & STRENGTHENS BRINGS COMPULSION & DRIVES
6 SHOWS HUMILITY EGOTISTICAL
7 BRINGS PEACE DISTURBED FEELINGS
8 BRINGS POSITIVE EMOTIONS BRINGS NEGATIVE EMOTIONS
9 QUICKENS FAITH FEARFUL
10 TRUTHFUL & HONEST DISHONEST & SCHEMING
11 TEACHABLE & SUBMISSIVE STUBBORN & UN-SUBMISSIVE


By having a good discernment of the differences we should be able to avoid being drawn into something that could harm us.

Extract from the book“A Road to Freedom” by Merril